Spring meeting 2016
Confessions of a pantomime dame.
As members of the O.G.A. and their guests gathered in the Science Theatre, we began to wonder. We had been promised an evening with a
pantomime dame, and yet, standing in front of us, was a smartly suited gentleman introducing himself as Richard Westcott.
We were not to be disappointed, though, for step at a time he transformed himself into a typically outrageous pantomime dame,
complete with an engaging and hilarious commentary. Quite how many members take up the tips on make up, or indeed costume design and
choice remains to be seen!
We were also treated into insights into the magical world of pantomime, from the other side of the stage. Not the least of these was
the necessity for quick costume changes at times.
Whilst `tricks of the trade` can make this process easier - who would have thought of attaching one`s hat to one`s wig? -
the assistance of a dresser is still invaluable, and Richard, as is his custom, chose someone from the audience for this role - me!
Nothing had prepared me for this stressful and onerous task, not made any easier by Richard`s constant asides, which
provided much added amusement for the assembled company!
After looking at a further selection of costumes and accessories that only a panto dame could love, our evening drew to a close
in a traditional manner, with audience participation in a pantomime song. In true K.H.S. tradition it was enthusiastic,
if not exactly of Madrigal choir standard in other respects.
Over light refreshments it was evident that everyone had thoroughly enjoyed the evening, and our thanks go to all involved
with the arrangements for the evening, which made a small profit for O.G.A. funds as well.