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British pantomime performance

British pantomime performance

Taylor, Millie

British pantomime, a blend of commedia dell'arte and vaudeville-style performance, uses cross-dressing, familiar children's stories such as Cinderella, and shouts from the audience as the basis for its matchless theatrical spectacle. Millie Taylor's British Pantomime Performance explores how pantomime creates an interactive relationship with-and potentially transformative experience for-its audiences.In its uniquely British form, pantomime draws viewers into the story through an engagement with the hero, an empathetic attachment to the success of the quest, and a complicit relationship between actors and spectators as they unite to create the live performance. A heady combination of slapstick, dance, and witty repartee, British pantomime strives to seek balance between the intellectual appreciation of artifice, the chaotic possibilities of interactivity, and the emotional engagement of narrative storytelling. British Pantomime Performance digs beneath the jokes to force a reevaluation of pantomime's importance as a dramatic art form. "Their [industry professionals] contributions provide a fascinating insight not only into some of the secrets and tricks that help produce the magic we see on stage, but also help complement and develop the ideas of the author. I would highly recommend it to anyone working in pantomime or teaching it in the post-16 sector."-Journal of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama "It is rare for a scholarly work to be so handy with the nuts and bolts of performance. Millie Taylor has been the musical director of British professional pantomimes, and there has never been a better guide that this to the true priorities of those who stalwartly produce them."-Peter Thompson, Editor of Studies in Theatre & Performance

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Bristol: Intellect, 2007
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Statement of responsibility: Millie Taylor
ISBN: 1841501743, 9781841501741
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes index.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 197-200).
Note: Filmography: (p. 201).
Physical Description: 208 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm.
Subject: Pantomime; Great Britain; Pantomime Great Britain History.; Pantomime Great Britain.


  1. Prologue: 'What's Behind Them?'
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  3. Millie Taylor 1.'Money Matters'
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  5. Millie Taylor 2.'Chaos and Disruption in Slapstick and Slosh Scenes'
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  7. Millie Taylor 3.'Fantasy and Illusion in Design'
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  9. Millie Taylor 4.'Familiarity and Nostalgia in an Oral Tradition'
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  11. Millie Taylor 5.'Quests and Transformations in Pantomime Stories'
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  13. Millie Taylor 6.'Playing with Distance in Pantoland'
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  15. Millie Taylor 7.'Is She or Isn't He? Gender and Identity'
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  17. Millie Taylor 8.'Audience Participation, Community and Ritual'
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  19. Millie Taylor 9.'Topical Reference and the Unique Event'
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  21. Millie Taylor 10.'Artifice and Excess in Pantomime Comedy'
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  23. Millie Taylor 11.'Mixing Genres in Pantomime Music'
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  25. Millie Taylor 12.'A Utopian Community of Dancers'
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  27. Millie Taylor The Epilogue:'What's Entertainment?'
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  29. Millie Taylor