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Dan Burn-Forti for The Independent
Though it may not be a familiar experience here in the States, pantomime is a British tradition! From the "outrageous costumes" to the "eye-popping make-up" pantomime is all about gender-bending and fun. Dan Burn-Forti photographed three panto stars, in and out of character, for The Independent. Learn more about British pantomimes in the holiday season on The Independent's site.
“Pantomimes are, I think, a uniquely British part of Christmas. Super cheesy tellings of classic fairy tales, all overseen by the ubiquitous pantomime Dame, who is always a man in drag. For me, they’re not very funny, but everyone else seems to love them! But it was great to see the transformation from normal thesps into the full Dame. And they all seem to take it so seriously. One interesting fact gleaned from the experience is that Mother Goose is the Hamlet of pantomimes. Just so you know.”
Dan Burn-Forti is part of Exposure NY's photography division. Exposure NY is photography agency / stylist agency in New York City.