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Parent calls on John Barrowman Christmas panto to be stopped for 'crude content'

It turns out this parent isn't a fan of Dick Whittington

Parent calls on John Barrowman Christmas panto to be stopped for 'crude content'

A parent is calling for a John Barrowman panto should be stopped for gay jokes and its ‘crude content’.

The gay Doctor Who actor stars as Dick Whittington at the Manchester Opera House during the Christmas period.

Natalie Wood (ooh er) , from Oldham, took her two children aged 11 and 12 to the show on Saturday (9 December).

Horrified by ‘crude content’ at Christmas panto

She said she was horrified by the ‘disgusting content’ and ‘inappropriate behavior’ from the characters.

Pantomimes are a British tradition that uses a fairy tale story to celebrate camp, pop culture, and innuendo. It is often a child’s first introduction to ‘dames’, or drag queens.

And while pantos are known for ‘tongue-in-cheek’ comedy, Wood says the production ‘crosses boundaries’.

She claimed Barrowman makes constant references to sex, and using ‘Dick’ to mean his genitalia.

In an email seen by the Manchester Evening News, she said: ‘Our family is disgusted with this production. It has ruined our annual Christmas panto outing and left us feeling uncomfortable and concerned about what the children were exposed to.

‘We are far from prudes, but there has to be boundaries where children are concerned.’

‘My children were repeating Alice loves Dick and sticking their fingers out of their trousers for a pretend penis.’

She added: ‘My children were repeating Alice loves Dick and sticking their fingers out of their trousers for a pretend penis throughout the evening.’

‘This is not acceptable and my children required far too much explaining about adult humor for a family show.

‘Eleven of us are furious that the production was given the go ahead. Who is responsible for adult content in a child’s performance? The show needs stopping.’

A Qdos Entertainment and Manchester Opera House spokesperson said the show, like every panto, uses double entendre.

‘The enjoyment of our audiences is always paramount’

They said: ‘In keeping with the tradition of pantomime, the script does make use of double entendre and part of that is a play on the names of the characters.

“None of the humor within the show is intended to cause offense of any kind and the enjoyment of our audiences is always paramount.

‘We value all feedback we receive and the Qdos creative team regularly review all comments in order to inform the development of our shows, both currently on stage and scripts for the future.

‘Qdos Entertainment are delighted to bring our production of Dick Whittington to Manchester Opera House. We have already received excellent audience feedback during the show’s previews and are looking forward to a great Christmas in the city.’


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