In this age of high definition computer-generated imagery, the continued appeal of pantomime is a bit of a mystery!
But appeal it does, judging by the big numbers that attended each performance last weekend of Cashel Pantomime Society’s 2016 production Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, in Halla na Feile.
Panto is the one theatre experience that celebrates the child within us all by permitting its audience, no matter what their age, to laugh with abandon. In essence it is wild, colourful and, above all else, frivolous.
The face of panto from this society has changed dramatically (excuse the pun) in recent years. The show is now a more glitzy affair with less of the buffoonery of yesteryear and more singing and dancing from a talented and enthusiastic troop of performers. The story line was lost on this scribe, tales of ‘A Thousand and One Nights’ and a gun slinging cowboy, severely undernourished ponies, the stuff of fairytales, but who cares, it made for a enjoyable night of foot tapping entertainment!
Congratulations to all involved, the talent, vitality and passion of all on stage argues well for the future, the production team and committee members can take a bow your endeavours were evident for all to see.