Monday, 15 August 2022

Panto's homophobic ...oh no it's not!

WHEN attending a traditional pantomime you would expect to see cross-dressing on stage.

Not so one disgruntled visitor to Henley Children’s Theatre’s production of Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale at the Kenton Theatre who lodged a complaint after the show.

The man believed that a male character called Hairy Fairy Berry, who played a caricatured fairy while wearing a dress and large fake breasts, was homophobic as the term “fairy” is also an insult aimed at gay men.

He also complained that parts of the script written by the theatre company’s Muffin Hurst were misogynistic and offensive to women.

Ms Hurst, whose grandmother Flavia Pickworth founded the group, was unfazed and said no one else who had attended the show’s nine-day run had raised concerns.

She said: “I don’t think he understood what a pantomime is about as gender confusion and cross-dressing is a key element. I changed one line just to be sure there were no misunderstandings but it was very family-friendly.

“We were all rather aghast and think it says more about the person complaining and their willingness to see something that isn’t there. Everyone else says they enjoyed it and thought it was perfectly innocent.”

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