The beautiful thing about podcasts in general is the level of diversity of industries and subsets of industries that you can discover and explore. The Panto Podcast most certainly qualifies as one of the shows that dives deep into a very specific niche in the performing arts world—pantomime!
Host Hayden Parker delightfully exposes the good, the bad, and the ugly of the pantomime world via interviews featuring theatre directors, actors, impersonators, character actors, Hollywood stars, and plenty of pantomime dames—a very sub subset of performing artists:
“A pantomime dame is a traditional role in British pantomime. It is part of the theatrical tradition of travesti portrayal of female characters by male actors in drag. 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 makeup and big hair, have exaggerated physical features, and perform in an over-the-top style” (Wikipedia).
If you’d like to discover more about the fine performing art of pantomime, the sound quality and enthusiasm of the host for his subject are just two of the many reasons to tune in to The Panto Podcast. Launched in 2018, the show boasts over 340,000 downloads from 118 countries and was ranked #8 in Performing Arts in Great Britain on November 8, 2020. Clearly, listeners all over the world tune in to be entertained.
January 2021 Issue