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8 things you're bound to see and hear at every panto

“OH NO HE DIDN’T!” “OH YES HE DID!”

IT’S PANTO SEASON, and every theatre and town hall in the land is currently full of fairytale creatures, Z-list Irish celebrities, and men in brightly coloured wigs.

Panto is wonderful in that it rarely ever changes. Really. After years and years, the following things are still panto stalwarts:

1. The token celebrity guest

jedward-beauty-panto-event Source: Olympia

You can’t move in Pantoland for seeing Jedward, Linda Martin, or Twink. It’s just the way it is.

2. Staff peddling these things

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And kids in a huff because their parents won’t buy one for them.

3. Questionable covers of pop hits

Source: Wayne Burns/YouTube

With all sorts of references to the plot (or local jokes) shoehorned in.

Yes, that song above is a cover of Barry Manilow’s Copacabana, with the lyrics modified to tell the tale of a local supermarket.

4. Terrible special effects

Chrstmas Pantos Cinderella Jedward making a very convincing show of fighting each other in the 2011 Olympia Theatre panto Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

STROBE LIGHTING. JUST USE ALL THE STROBE LIGHTING.

5. Innuendo-laden dirty jokes for the parents

Adults be like:

giphy Source: Giphy

Kids be like:

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6. A subplot that has nothing to do with the fairy tale

Robinson Crusoe and the Ca Samantha Mumba in costume for Robinson Crusoe in 2011 Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

“Barbie the Panto Dame is lonely! Aww!”

…Wait. Isn’t this supposed to be Aladdin?

7. “HE’S BEHIND YOU!”

.  This year for the very f Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Panto IS audience participation. Join in or get out.

And 8. Alan Hughes

Jack And The Beanstalk Pantos Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Sammy Sausages, we love you.

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