December 2019

A Very British Art Form - The Story Of Pantomime

Welcome to The Arts Society Tarporley
Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 11:30
The Community Centre
113a High St Tarporley CW6 0AY

Oh no it isn't!

Sometimes called 'Britain's greatest art form', pantomime has been a popular form of entertainment for over 300 years. From the early 18th Century, the word described performances at the Drury Lane Theatre. These were based on the Italian commedia dell'arte and they then developed into an opportunity for political satire. During the 19th Century, the fairytale plots were established and the Music Hall entertainment created the tradition of the 'pantomime' of today.


Mr Malcolm Jones

Malcolm has lectured on the Victoria & Albert Museum Short Course and Year Course Programmes since 2009, devising and developing a range of courses on Theatre History and Practice. He also lectures on theatre for Road Scholar and London Arts Discovery Tours for theatre groups visiting UK from America.   

Malcolm was Workshop and Events manager at the V&A Theatre Museum in Covent Garden for 10 years where he was responsible for lectures, Study Days and workshops for adults and interviewed many leading British actors and directors including Kenneth Cranham, Zoe Wanamaker, Barry Cryer, June Whitfield and Don Black. He has lectured and led workshops at many drama schools including RADA, The Actors Centre and Rose Bruford College. He has chaired panels and post show talks for Ambassadors Theatre Group. Malcolm has contributed as a speaker on theatre to many television and radio programmes. He has worked with Age Exchange Community Arts since 2000 on many creative arts programmes with older people and intergenerational film and theatre projects.