Pantomime fun of yesteryear

The teachers of Craigroyston High School put on their Cinderella pantomime in 1976. Picture: TSPL
The teachers of Craigroyston High School put on their Cinderella pantomime in 1976. Picture: TSPL
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WHAT would the festive season be without the traditional pantomime?

Likely incomplete for many families, most of whom look forward to a couple of hours of mayhem and laughter, music and dance, as they head to the theatre for a special treat.

Across the Lothians, panto season is in full swing with enthusiastic shouts of “He’s behind you” and “Oh no he isn’t” filling auditoriums from north to south, east to west.

In 1976, pupils at 
Craigroyston High School were lost for words, however, when their teachers put on a performance of Cinderella.

Seeing their elders in something of a different light, they quickly relished the moment though as men dressed as women, and their female teachers appeared in creative costumes, all for an afternoon of theatrical delight.

Cinderella was once again the pantomime of choice in the Capital ten years later when pupils at Liberton Primary put on their own version.

Pictured here, 11-year-old Patricia Telfer took the lead role, posing for an after-show picture with her cast 
backstage.

Over the years, the jovial panto spirit across the Lothians has spread wide beyond the theatre setting. Such was the case in 1988 when stars from that year’s Mother Goose visited children at Sick Kids hospital.

The actors brought in props to show youngsters, many of whom would be spending the festive season in hospital without the opportunity to get to a pantomime.

Treasured memories for many children, as are those opportunities to see “celebrities” on the pantomime stage. Back in 1980, entertainer Rikki Fulton brought a smile to hundreds of people’s faces as he starred in Babes in the Wood at the King’s.