ENTERTAINMENT: The Improv Panto at Cork Opera House – leave the children at home for this one!

16 November 2017
By Bryan Smyth

Improv Panto
Picture: Miki Barlok

What: The Improvised Panto – It’s a different panto every night! – Oh yes it is!
Starring: Dominic MacHale, Laura O’Mahony, Laura Harte, Cornelius O’Sullivan and Bernard Casey with Darragh Keary on keys.
Where: Cork Opera House Mainstage
When: Friday, 8th & Saturday, 9th December, Friday, 15th & Saturday, 16th December
Thursday, 21st, Friday, 22nd & Saturday, 23rd December
Time: 10.30pm
Tickets: €15 & €12 (concessions) | Group rates available


For the seventh year running ITSA Theatre Company returns to Cork Opera House this December with their massively successful show The Improvised Panto, bringing mayhem, mischief and a sack full o’ Christmas craic to the Cork Opera House MAINSTAGE!

Armed with some of Cork’s funniest and talented actors and improvisers, to present a different pantomime each night, based on the audience’s choice. It’s all improvised, so nothing is prepared or scripted. You the audience get to choose what panto you’d like to see, and who plays what character.  Expect the unexpected, the hilarious and the outrageous as the actors weave their way through classic fairy tales without so much as a trail of breadcrumbs to guide them wherever the audience wants them to go.
So if you’re tired of Sleeping Beauty, sick of Snow White, and all Aladdin’ed out, and fancy a twist on these well-known classics then this is the show for you!

With live music thrown into the mix, not only will the actors have to come up with the script, they will also have to come improvise up a few lyrics. What will they be singing about? Not even the actors have a clue!

Many of the cast members are well known to Cork audiences. Dominic MacHale, just finished filming with The Young Offenders and is looking forward to reprieving his many and varied roles within The Improv Panto nightly.  Laura O Mahony, busy juggling CCCahoots commitments and giving birth! Baba Alfie O Mahony was born on November first, but Laura is all set to take to the stage come December 5th.

With over 4000 fans attending the shows at Cork Opera House last year, The Improvised Panto is fast becoming an annual tradition with many partygoers looking for a fun, enjoyable, outrageous night out.  Some say Christmas starts with the RTE guide, we say it starts with The Improvised Panto.

So, don’t miss a whole new world of panto where anything is possible. Including spontaneous bouts of singing, dancing, laughing, crying and the telling of outrageous lies. No rules, no writing, just rollicking bouts of laughter and rib-tickling ridiculousness.



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