British pantomime, a blend of commedia dellaarte and vaudeville-style performance, uses cross-dressing, familiar childrenas stories such as Cinderella, and shouts from the audience as the basis for its matchless theatrical spectacle. Millie Tayloras British Pantomime Performance explores how pantomime creates an interactive relationship withaand potentially transformative experience foraits 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 pantomimeas importance as a dramatic art form. aTheir [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.aaJournal of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama aIt 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.aaPeter Thompson, Editor of Studies in Theatre a PerformanceIn 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 ...
|Title||:||British Pantomime Performance|
|Publisher||:||Intellect Books - 2007|