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“The biggest comedy role in a pantomime belongs to the dame, a formidable matron (or matrons, in the case of Cinderella’s sisters) with preposterous makeup and a gaudy, clashing costume. The dame is presented as a maternal force, a woman past the first budding flush of youth, the kind of woman who owns more comfortable underwear (bloomers, mostly) than lingerie, but thinks of herself as a rare and precious flower. She’s Mother Goose or Widow Twankey or the Nanny in Babes in the Wood. And she’s always, always played by a man.”
Back catalogue: Anglophenia: The Brits and Cross-Dressing: A History
Anglophenia: ’80s Music Week: Five Great British Gender Bending Pop Stars
Anglophenia: Alan Cumming: ‘Being a Woman is Hard’
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