Pantomime season is upon us, everybody! Chances are that in your move to university you finally got the chance to shed off various aspects of your life that no longer serve you justice.
One of these – if your family happens to be that way inclined – may have been the annual trip to the theatre to see whichever pantomime happens to be replaying that year at Christmas and during that week before Hogmanay.
Did the rhetorical questioning get too much? Were the cheesy pop numbers starting to grind away at your soul? Was the level of audience participation just too much for your cool new student status?
All of this aside, as a relatively new official resident of the adult world, ask yourself: why would I not need this interjection of pure joy in my life in the build up to 2017?
And as you struggle to think of a reason why not, review the following round-up of performances in Glasgow and Edinburgh during this festive period.
Glasgow’s 2016 showstopper comes in the form of Cinderella where Gregor Fisher will be joining Rab. C. Nesbit co-star / pantomime royalty Tony Roper and Capital FM presenter Des Clarke – back due to popular demand – in an all singing, all dancing adaptation at the Kings Theatre, guaranteed not to disappoint you. (2nd December – 8th January 2017)
In Edinburgh, prepare to be dazzled by Jack and the Beanstalk where Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott lead the cast in another unmissable Kings Theatre panto from the 26th November – 15th January 2017.
Other productions in and around Glasgow include a touch of traditional magic with another Jack and the Beanstalk performance at the Kingswood Congregation Church (23rd – 26th December), a cheeky and colloquial use of Scots dialect in The Snaw Queen which will be showing at the Tron Theatre (29th November – 7th January) and an adaptation of the Grimm’s tale we all know and love, Hansel & Gretel, at the Citizens Theatre (6th December – 7th January).
Alternatively, take an evening out of your hectic week to support the current students of the Royal Scottish Conservatoire of Drama and Music who will be performing Hans Christian Andersen’s wintery tale The Snow Queen (8th – 16th December).
With £5.00 tickets available every night, this is a fantastically cheap and enjoyable way to support the next generation of actors and designers currently living in Scotland.
In Edinburgh, relive the now classic pantomime Aladdin at the cosy The Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, between the 22nd November – 31st December or Goldilocks and the Three Bears over in Church Hill Theatre, Edinburgh South, from the 9th – 18th December.