The queer punk party confronting panto’s outdated attitudes

The queer punk party confronting panto’s outdated attitudes

December 17, 2020

Traditional pantomimes often spin the same old narratives about gender and beauty, says the maker of an alternative show, about LGBTQ+ activists

“Kids love a mosh pit! They love a headbang,” says Tali Clarke, the writer and director of a queer punk pantomime, Madre Goose, which is streamed this month.

Madre Goose tells the story of an LGBTQ+ community of activists rallying against gentrification and materialism. All the wacky costumes, silly characters and daft jokes are as you’d expect from panto, but it has punk songs, psychedelic green-screen backgrounds and embraces inclusivity.

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