Why You Should Join The Pantomime Society
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Why You Should Join The Pantomime Society

Jessica Hamilton February 20, 2022

Have you always wanted to perform but lacked the talent to be allowed on stage? Well The University of Manchester’s ‘Pantomime Society’ might just be for you. Their society is open to anyone who ‘Can’t sing, Can’t dance and Can’t act’. It doesn’t matter how ungifted you are! They’ll let just about anyone in. 

Not your ordinary pantomime…

The pantomime society takes a different approach to your typical wholesome panto’s. Corrupting any fond memories of your favourite childhood pantomimes by making them X-rated. You’ll see your classic characters like you’ve never seen them before. Including Buttons in some compromising positions (he had more than just the ghost behind him). 

Filled with filthy scenes, double entendres and saucy storylines, it’s not something you want to miss out on. Don’t fancy the main part? That’s fine. The writer’s don’t have any trouble coming up with random chorus characters. For example, Phil Mitchell was in their production of Snow White, and Vicky Pollard made an appearance in Scooby-doo.

But be warned! The script will shock you. The excitement of being cast as a main character will soon wear off when you see you’re involved in a sex scene involving different sized fruits and squirty cream. Or even worse, performing a red-light strip tease to Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’. But that’s nothing new for the writers!

Now don’t get me wrong, the society honours a lot of the traditional characters and plot-lines.  But they’ve gone the extra mile to make panto even more camp!

Why Join Pantomime society?

Pantomime society is arguably the most inclusive society there is. It’s also a safe space for LGBTQIA+ students, as most of their weekly socials involve visits to gay village. Overall, you’re encouraged to be yourself and embarrass yourself semi-annually. Is it something you’ll enjoy? Oh yes it is!

Worried about stage fright?

You don’t have to be on stage! Get involved in writing and behind the scenes production. Or support the show by going to watch it. All proceeds go to charity, so make sure to put the next one in your diary.  The next show will be Alice in Fallowland. Make sure to check it out this Easter!

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Jessica Hamilton is a freelance writer for HITC entertainment and has contributed to several sights across GRV media. She is currently on the MA journalism course at Kingston University and is working towards the NCTJ gold standard diploma which she will receive in April. Jessica has had years of experience writing and, like any young journalist, is keen to gain more. Currently residing in London, she is the editor of the Kingston Courier and has even court-reported at the Old Bailey.