Principally boys? Gender dynamics and casting practices in modern British pantomime

Lipton, Martina (2008) Principally boys? Gender dynamics and casting practices in modern British pantomime. Contemporary Theatre Review: An International Journal, 18 4: 470-486. doi:10.1080/10486800802379565

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Author Lipton, Martina
Title Principally boys? Gender dynamics and casting practices in modern British pantomime
Journal name Contemporary Theatre Review: An International Journal
ISSN 1026-7166
Publication date 2008-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10486800802379565
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 18
Issue 4
Start page 470
End page 486
Total pages 17
Editor David Bradby
Maria M. Delgado
Place of publication London, England
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject C1
950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Abstract Pantomime's history is one of evolutionary transformation, and its modern incarnation as a multi-million-pound industry has seen a significant change in its treatment of the stock characters: the female principal boy and the male dame, skin parts and speciality acts. This article examines gender dynamics and casting practices contingent upon the relationship between pantomime companies' aesthetic identification with, or rejection of, mediatized popular culture. Qdos Entertainment and the in-house panto companies at the Nottingham Playhouse and York Theatre Royal provide case studies for tracing the generic modifications in pantomime praxis. The ascendancy of the cross-dressed dame and the concomitant decline of the female principal boy reflect the employment opportunities and casualties produced by British pantomime's current market placements.
Keyword Drama
Performance Theory
Practice & Practitioners
Theatre Studies
Theater studies
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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