COSTUME. Dame costumes are often made to illustrate what is going on in the story of the panto, or to illustrate the setting

Dame costumes are often made to illustrate what is going on in the story of the panto, or to illustrate the setting

Pantomime Dame Richard Aucott dressed as Widow Twankey for a January 2014 production of the panto Aladdin in Sutton Coldfield

Pantomime Dame Richard Aucott dressed as Widow Twankey for a January 2014 production of the panto Aladdin in Sutton Coldfield

Dame Trott pantomime costume, Jack in the Beanstalk.

Dame Trott pantomime costume, Jack in the Beanstalk.

COSTUME. As well as the unnatural hair colour, this illustrates the gaudy costumes worn by dames, and that dames are played by men

As well as the unnatural hair colour, this illustrates the gaudy costumes worn by dames, and that dames are played by men

Fancy Feet: five ballets danced in unusual footwear_ La Fille mal gardée - Clogs_ handsome young farm boy trying to win his sweetheart's hand while avoiding her cantankerous mother's disapproving glare. The ballet is described as a 'summer pantomime', and the mindful matriarch - The Widow Simone - is its dame character.

Fancy Feet: five ballets danced in unusual footwear_ La Fille mal gardée…

The Gallery - Andrew Ryan and Graham Hoadly

The Gallery - Andrew Ryan and Graham Hoadly

91 - Pantomime Dame Skirt - See 67 (Jacket) & 68 (Panatloons)

91 - Pantomime Dame Skirt - See 67 (Jacket) & 68 (Panatloons)

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