Pantomime or 'panto' is a uniquely British form of entertainment. An essential part of the traditional British Christmas season. Panto is performed throughout the UK in scores of large and small theaters by professional, semi-professional, and amateur drama groups. Annually around Christmas, hundreds of thousands of children and adults attend these popular plays. The traditional British Christmas Panto has its roots in the crude comedies of ancient Greece, the silent masked plays of Rome, medieval English morality plays and the 19th century French mimed Pierrot plays. It is essentially a morality play based upon a children's fairy story (e.g. Cinderella) demonstrating the triumph of good over evil and using all the elements of theatre to illustrate the point.
Over the years we have produced pantos virtually every year; the annual Christmas panto is without a doubt our biggest production. Our other productions are held to introduce new members, to bridge the gap between pantos, and to raise funds.
We have produced numerous revues, musicals, participated in a staged version of My Fair Lady at the Kunstmin Theatre in Dordrecht, and staged one-act plays at the Berckepoort and Inter Amicos Theatres in Dordrecht. In 2007 we performed a piece for the 'Fringe' in the FEATS festival in Den Haag. We have also put on a serious play for the 'Drechtsteden festival'.
In January 2017 we were proud to perform our panto Beauty and the Beast in the Cascade Theatre in Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht.
'Beauty and the Beast’ – the magical panto!
A classic story about love, courage, sacrifice and battling on, despite everything life throws at you. A show for all ages, full of song, dance, fun and laughter!
Keep an eye on this website and on our Facebook page for more information about our other productions this year!!