Saturday 14 November 2009

Selfridges, London

This years Christmas scheme from Selfridges here in London is an homage to that great British institution Pantomime. Pantomime is not exclusive to the UK of course and apparently is Greek in origin. That aside, those of you who are not aware of what a Pantomime is, well, each narrative has a principal boy, usually played by a female, Pantomime Dames are usually played by males and each story (I think) has at least one pantomime horse. The experience is quite difficult to describe and the more I think of it the most absurd it sounds. There at least 17 different stories that I can think of such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk - you get the idea. My favourites, of course are the Australian or alternative versions, Little Red Riding Hoodlum and The Adventures of Goldilockpick. Still, whether you like Pantomime or not, do have a look at Selfridges. If this doesn't make you want to see one of the shows named here nothing will. Fantastic stuff. (Videos of some of the windows can be viewed on my YouTube channel: jhvefun)

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