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Pantomime: A Very British Feast Giles Ramsay Wednesday 04 December 2019

Over 2500 years in the making, the great British pantomime is a very potent brew indeed.  Mix the earliest Greek and Roman drama with commedia dell'arte and medieval morality plays, then stir in a sprig of C17th masque, a dash of C18th harlequinade and a hefty shot of Victorian music hall and, hey presto, you have the modern Christmas pantomime. (Oh no you don't!)


Giles Ramsay is an independent theatre director and producer who specializes in creating new work with artists in developing countries.  He is the Founding Director of the charity Developing Artists, a Fellow of St. Chad's College, Durham University and Course Leader in Theatre at the V&A Museum in London.  Giles has run theatre projects in Botswana, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Kosovo, Palestine, Mexico, Thailand and Zimbabwe and given numerous talks for institutions ranging from The Foundation of Mexican Literature in Mexico City to The Royal College of Physicians in London.  He regularly lectures on the history and practice of theatre on the Queen Mary 2 as it sails from New York to the UK.  Giles combines academic analysis with hands on experience to bring a unique insight to the world of the theatre. 


Image:   40 Thieves Pantomime, Royal Lyceum Edinburgh. 1886

Source:  Wikimedia Commons