DCU Drama holds annual Christmas Panto

The diverse and ever entertaining DCU Christmas panto, staged by the Drama Society, took place on Wednesday and Thursday in The Mezz.

“The Adventures of the Wickedly Talented Adele Dazeem”, written by James Keogh, was a medley of DCU related jokes and pop culture references imposed on the traditional panto format.

Tickets were just €5 per person and both nights attracted great crowds of students, with Thursday seeing a full house.

The production was directed by first year student Cait Ni Cheallachain and second year Gearoid Clesham. The lead role, that of Adele Dazeem, was played by Hanah Egan and was said to have been inspired by Idina Menzel.

The story followed panto tradition and saw Adele break free of her evil stepmother, fall in love and realise her dream of being a Broadway star. The show also featured an eclectic mix of supporting characters, with drama society members portraying roles such Joan Burton, Madonna, Jedward, Miley Cyrus and Pope Francis.

Among the selection of famous songs featured in the show were “Hard out here”, by Lily Allen, “Happy”, by Pharrell and an adapted version of Oscar wining number, “Let it Go”, from Frozen.

Despite a few lighthearted jibes about The College View from Puff the Magic Dragon, primarily referencing readership numbers, the show was a huge success for Drama Soc and is only one of the productions they have scheduled for this year.

A show of an entirely different genre, “A Clockwork Orange” will take place next week, starting December 11, which is adapted from the novella and film of the same name, while “Spring Awakening” is expected in 2015.

Rebecca Lumley

Image: Gianluca Avagnina

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