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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.

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'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!

The story starts when the young (and rather arrogant…) King Tom is turned into an ugly Beast by Delilah, a scorned witch with a short temper.
Delilah makes sure this spell can only be overturned if someone loves the Beast unconditionally. But who will be able to love this monstrous and
growling creature? Good fairy Tulip and her apprentice Dandilion will do anything to reverse the spell cast by this Delilah, but they are going to
need the help of the Smith family. Father Smith has three daughters, Ivy, Nightshade and Beauty, the fairest of the three. The fairies come up
with a daring plan, and it works: Beauty meets the Beast, and the Beast falls in love with her! But is this love mutual? Will Beauty be able to see
his friendliness and love underneath all that ugliness? Will she save the king?? Come see the show, and find out for yourself!

Photo: Marjan Collins

Keep an eye on this website and on our Facebook page for more information about our other productions this year!!

  • International Drama Group for English Speaking Associates

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    I.D.E.A. was formed initially in 1992 as a means to allow English speaking people in the area of Dordrecht to participate in the production and performance of amateur theatricals. The major form of production was and still is the annual Christmas panto - a form which is unknown outside the UK. Over the years we have produced pantos (written by our own members) virtually every year, much to the enjoyment of the English resident population and to the delight of many Dutch people, who join in wholeheartedly.