Panto in aid of gay rights campaigners

Tony Grew January 5, 2007
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London Frontrunners, the gay and lesbian running club, will present a one-off special performance of its pantomime Cinders and the Panto Pride Run on 21 January 2007 at the Black Cap in Camden, in aid of Stonewall.

The show was first seen at Clapham’s The Two Brewers in December.

The pantomime’s writers, Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper, told “There are so many fairytales. But there aren’t any gay ones yet – the coming out story is the closest we have. So we thought about creating our own.

“Pantomime, with its traditions of cross-dressing, larger than life characters, pretty-boy soap stars and innuendo, didn’t seem to need more than a little tweaking. We hope people enjoy our little tweaking.”

Cinders offers everything you’d hope for from a traditional pantomime, but with a couple of twists: it’s shorter, and features a gay love story.

Can Cinders the slave boy escape Chainup Hall and the clutches of Baron Chainup? Will he meet his hero, the handsome, dim, champion athlete Casey McPacey?

Will there be cross-dressing, romance, tiny shorts, comedy, smut, pathos and sweet-throwing? Oh yes there will!

Cinders and the Panto Pride Run is free to watch though audience members will be asked to make a donation on the night to Stonewall, the charity which campaigns for the rights of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals.

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