A pantomime dame is vying to be become Exeter’s MP in next month’s general election. Oh no, she isn’t! Oh yes, she is! Oh no… that’s quite enough of that.
But it’s true, a dame is attempting to be elected in Exeter – or, at least, the actor behind her is. Tabard hears that Daniel Page, who is playing Dame Belladone in the Corn Exchange production of Snow White, has revealed he will be standing as an independent candidate in the forthcoming election – and the reason he’s standing is in part revenge for the election’s impact on the production he is in.
A performance of the panto on December 12 has been cancelled to allow for the election count to be carried out in the venue. Page told the BBC-funded Local Democracy Reporting Service: “Just when it looked like Christmas would be ruined by those notorious scrooges in the House of Commons, Dame Belladone of Snow White has arrived to save Christmas.”
He added: “This is the first time in history that the voting public has had the opportunity to show pantomime dames the respect they deserve.” Page admitted it was a publicity stunt (what? No way!) but went on to say that the public could vote for him if they were looking to make a protest vote (who isn’t?).
Tabard’s hoping Page attends the count on the night dressed in costume and that there are plenty of ‘she’s behind you’ shouts from the crowd. Maybe the other candidates could enter into the spirit and turn up as other panto characters. Surely at least one of them is born to be Dopey.