Buying A Horse
Comedy Sketch featuring a pantomime horse
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A comedy extract from a cinemagazine featuring the music hall comedians Power and Bendon. The duo go to buy a horse and out of a line up they decide upon a pantomine horse who creates mischief. Power and Bendon often performed at the Princesses Theatre, Glasgow (now the Citizens Theatre).
Questions & Activities
- Why is this sketch funny?
- What type of comedy do you think this is?
- Why do think this film was made?
- What are the main types of comic characters?
- Do you think the RSPCA should be called?
Media Studies / Music / English: Add your own comedy soundtrack to this film and see if it alters your viewing of the film. Spot when the Pantomime horse first appears.
Art and Design / Drama / Media Studies: Make your own pantomime horse or other pantomime animal and recreate and film the sketch.
History / Drama: Research slap-stick comedy - what modern day comedians can you think of that use this method of comedy?
History / Drama: Where does the tradition pantomime horse come from and can you name other animals in pantomimes?
History / Drama / Media Studies: Power and Bendon were a famous comedy duo. Find out who the modern equivalents would be.
Media Studies: What would be the purpose of them making this film? Add a voice-over to promote Power and Bendon's upcoming Pantomime.
|Resource Rights Holder||National Library of Scotland|
|School Subject||Drama, Expressive Arts, Media Studies, Art and Design, English, History|
|Who||Green's Film Service (Production Company)|
|Attributes||Black and White, Silent|