Who doesn’t love it? As Pantomime has taught us(please comment below if you’re not from the UK and would like an explanation) it is hilarious. Men playing women tends to more comedic than the other way round, though I’m not entirely sure why.
In a play where there are three cast members, and only one male, with the many characters I mentioned in my last post, is inevitable. I play two men, plus a girl called William. Isabel also plays men in the piece. However it is Philip Wall’s portrayal of not just one, but multiple women, is what had our audiences in fits of laughter(literally. When I tell you how to get the DVD you’ll hear it!)
Because not only was it a man playing a woman, as it was a play within a play, the audience got to see how much he hated it. And not only was it a man playing a woman, it is a man getting told off by his sister for not having a high enough pitched voice. And not only was it a man playing a woman, in was a man having a conversation with himself switching between being a man and being a woman.
I hope you could follow that! And if you want to imagine how unhappy Henry Austen was made by having to wear a woman’s hat – just have a look here: https://rediscoveringausten.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/our-flyer/