What is a pantomime dame?
Pantomime dame. A pantomime dame is a traditional role in British pantomime. It is a continuation of travesti portrayal of female characters by male actors in drag. They are often played either in an extremely camp style, or else by men acting ‘butch’ in women’s clothing.
Who is the longest running pantomime dame in Britain?
Berwick Kaler is Britain’s longest-running consecutive pantomime dame and a traditionalist too. Steering away from celebrity guest stars and naughty humour, Berwick prefers the more traditional form of pantomime. Often referred to as “Biggins”, this actor is one of the most renowned pantomime dames of all time.
What makes a pantomime so special in the UK?
This old tradition is definitely here to stay and is a regular winter feature in theatres across the UK including at The Grand Blackpool. But what makes a pantomime special? Some people might tell you it’s the humourous songs and special-effects.
What are the characteristics of a Dame?
Dame characters are often played either in an extremely camp style, or else by men acting butch in women’s clothing. They usually wear heavy make up and big hair, have exaggerated physical features, and perform in an over the top style.