A strange result of my beginning the Masters course is that I have ended up writing a seminar presentation and essay on Pantomime in the middle of Spring!
This is how it came about. We are able to choose two co-validated modules for the whole course - and one of the modules that I selected was "Fairytale and Gothic Horror" in the School of Film Studies. I chose this because I am interested in Narrative Therapy and the use of Storytelling in Therapy. I thought it would also broaden the course that I am Majoring in - leavening pure Death Studies with something a little lighter (though having studied Fairytale and Gothic for three months, I'm not too sure about that - it can sometimes be pretty gruesome...the fairytales, as well as the Horror!)
We are able to choose the topic which we write about within the module - and as my father was caught up in the world of Pantomime for many years, when it was given as a suggestion in relation to the segment on "fairytale in popular culture", it seemed a natural choice for me.
Because Pantomime is so visual, I feel it is important for my seminar audience to also experience my talk visually, so I am including a number of film clips and images - and phew, have they taken some time! Because of problems with the video card on my main computer, I was not able to use my normal Pinnacle video editing suite, so ended up editing in Windows Movie Maker on my laptop. Much simpler - and I have been very grateful indeed to be able to use it - better than nothing at all.
I've researched the origins of Panto right back to pagan ritual, and have just learned so much in the whole experience - about video editing and scheduling study as much as the topic in hand. Even if I fall at the first fence as far as my module is concerned, the time will not have been wasted.
I have a few more images to scan and a little more text to add - and then it will be ready to present in a little over a week's time. But for today - I am doing nothing at all to it (that's another thing I am learning on this course - its easy to "max out" on study and neglect other things, like sleeping and gardening and cooking and stuff - doesn't time fly when you are having fun!).
Instead, I will play with Lissie and maybe even give her a bath - now that IS bordering on the reckless, don't you think?