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The 12 Dames of Christmas photo series revolves around traditional pantomime performances. A form of musical comedy performed on stage, it is interesting to see that behind the scenes, things are just as entertaining. By focusing on backstage shots, the photo series offers a glimpse into what goes into each performance as well as the fun and quirky personalities of the actors.
Shot by photographer Sally Mais, The 12 Dames of Christmas photo series was inspired after she captured actor and friend Andy Hockley getting ready for his own pantomime performance in 2011. She writes, “A year later, as theatres around the UK launch their panto season, I’ve decided to tour round the country, going backstage to meet and document a selection of our favourite dames in every part of the UK.”