There are many British traditions which make Christmas special, and while the cold weather, television specials and Boxing Day sales may not be the same in Kenya, there is one experience your whole family can enjoy this festive season.
That theatrical tradition of the pantomime is alive and well in Kenya and the Braeburn Players will be taking to the stage to perform Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves over the next fortnight.
For anyone who doesn’t know, pantomime (or panto as it is popularly known) is a type of musical comedy stage production, designed for family entertainment. It was developed in England and is still performed throughout the United Kingdom, generally during the Christmas and New Year season and, to a lesser extent, in other English-speaking countries.
Modern pantomime includes songs, gags, slapstick comedy and dancing, employs gender-crossing actors, and combines topical humour with a story loosely based on a well-known fairy tale, fable or folk tale. It is a participatory form of theatre, in which the audience is expected to sing along with certain parts of the music and shout out phrases to the performers.
Braeburn Theatre on Gitanga Road in Lavington is the venue, for the panto, with tickets on sale for Ksh 1,000 (adults) and Ksh 500 for students (under 18).
The performances will take place on the following dates and times:
- Friday 24 November, 7pm
- Saturday 25 November, 5pm
- Sunday 26th November, 3pm
- Friday 1st December, 7pm
- Saturday 2nd December, 5pm
- Sunday 3rd December, 3pm
To purchase tickets, you can either email, phone +254 719 524 929 or visit the Community and Events Office at Braeburn School on Gitanga Road.