• Give us a Like, Share or review!!
  • IDEA's Agenda
    14th December
    Christmas Revue 

    Loc: Vrije School Dordrecht
    30th January
    2nd February
    Sleeping Beauty

    the Panto 2020

    Loc: Theater Cascade

    Tickets Available NOW!!!

Over the years we have produced pantos virtually every year; the annual Christmas panto is without a doubt our biggest production. Our other productions are held to introduce new members, to bridge the gap between pantos, and to raise funds.

We have produced numerous revues, musicals, participated in a staged version of My Fair Lady at the Kunstmin Theatre in Dordrecht, and staged one-act plays at the Berckepoort and Inter Amicos Theatres in Dordrecht. In 2007 we performed a piece for the 'Fringe' in the FEATS festival in Den Haag. We have also put on a serious play for the 'Drechtsteden festival'.

Pantomime or 'panto' is a uniquely British form of entertainment. An essential part of the traditional British Christmas season. Panto is performed throughout the UK in scores of large and small theaters by professional, semi-professional, and amateur drama groups. Annually around Christmas, hundreds of thousands of children and adults attend these popular plays. The traditional British Christmas Panto has its roots in the crude comedies of ancient Greece, the silent masked plays of Rome,  medieval English morality plays and the 19th century French mimed Pierrot plays. It is essentially a morality play based upon a children's fairy story (e.g. Cinderella) demonstrating the triumph of good over evil and using all the elements of theatre to illustrate the point.

‘Sinbad the panto’ - Join him on his dangerous quest!

‘Sinbad’ is an amazing show for all ages, full of song, dance, fun and laughter. A
classic story about good versus evil, set on unknown islands with even more mysterious creatures.

When Sinbad comes home after a long journey of exploring foreign parts of the world he meets
princess Yasmin. The two fall in love right away but they can’t get married. She is the daughter of
the Sultan and he is but a common sailor... Only moments later, the evil magician ‘Xander Dread’
tricks everyone and kidnaps the princess! They fly away on a magic carpet, never to be seen in
Baghdad again! 

Sinbad persuades the Sultan that he’s the right man for this quest. And so he sets out to bring the
princess back home, accompanied by his Captain and crew. What he doesn’t know is that they’ll
meet pirates, sea witches and monsters on the way!! Will they survive this dangerous quest?
Find out for yourself if Sinbad succeeds in saving his beloved Yasmin, by joining us in an amazing
show! And be warned: everybody is encouraged to boo-and-hiss at ‘the baddies’ and warn ‘the
goodies’ of approaching danger (shout: “It’s behind you!”). Various characters on stage will seek
the audience’s help, asking questions or claiming inability to sing or shout loud enough on their
own. The wholehearted and loud response of the audience is vital - the louder the better!

SINBAD the Sailor Panto 2019

  • International Drama Group for English Speaking Associates

    I.D.E.A. logo

    I.D.E.A. was formed initially in 1992 as a means to allow English speaking people in the area of Dordrecht to participate in the production and performance of amateur theatricals. The major form of production was and still is the annual Christmas panto - a form which is unknown outside the UK. Over the years we have produced pantos (written by our own members) virtually every year, much to the enjoyment of the English resident population and to the delight of many Dutch people, who join in wholeheartedly.