There’s nothing like a dame

Panto may have changed over the years with society’s increasing acceptance of gender fluidity and diverse sexuality, but the outrageous man in a wig still takes pride of place in our hearts

22nd December, 2019
Rob Murphy, who plays the dame Buffy in The Cheerios Panto Cinderella, and Myles Breen, who will play Widow Twankey in this year’s Specsavers, Limerick Panto Aladdin, pictured at the University Concert Hall Limerick Pictures: Alan Place

While drag queens have taken their place as part of the pop culture canon, we must not forget our long-standing and beloved pantomime dames. As society has become more accepting of fluid gender identities and diverse sexualities, let’s remember that for hundreds of years we’ve loved the man in drag that is the dame in the Christmas pantomime, an over-the-top, elder matriarch there for our amusement....

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