A shocked mum has spoken of her disgust after taking her children to a festive panto which made heavy use of the word 'dick'.
Natalie Wood took her young kids to see Dick Whittington at Manchester Opera House, but left with a bitter taste in her mouth after finding both the content and the behaviour of the cast 'disgusting and inappropriate'.
The mother of two said that as a direct result of the performance's lewd content, her children kept repeating the joke, "Alice loves Dick" and "sticking their fingers out of their trousers for a pretend penis throughout the evening."
"This is not acceptable and my children required far too much explaining about adult humour for a family show," Natalie explained to the Manchester Evening News.
"Eleven of us are furious that the production was given the go ahead. Who is responsible for adult content in a child's performance? The show needs stopping."
But it wasn't just the language that left Natalie gobsmacked. According to the Oldham mum, the entire show, starring John Barrowman and The Krankies, was creepy and over-sexualised.
She continued: "I have never been a pantomime where I felt so uncomfortable. The whole show was very sexualised.
"John Barrowman sat Jimmy Krankie on his knee and started fondling her breasts. He then takes his hands off and she puts them back on again as if to say 'I was enjoying that'.
"We thought that was wrong being a female but the fact it was supposed to be a schoolboy, it was just a step too far."
Natalie was so shocked with what she had witnessed at the hands of Barrowman and wee Jimmy Krankie that she wrote an email to the Opera House to make her feelings known.
"Our family is disgusted with this production. It has ruined our annual Christmas panto outing and left us feeling uncomfortable and concerned about what the children were exposed to," she said.
"We are far from prudes, but there has to be boundaries where children are concerned."
She added: "My children were repeating Alice loves Dick and sticking their fingers out of their trousers for a pretend penis throughout the evening."
However, the production company behind the allegedly unsavoury panto has spoken out to defend its show.
A spokesperson for Qdos Entertainment said: "In keeping with the tradition of pantomime, the script does make use of double entendre and part of that is a play on the names of the characters.
"None of the humour within the show is intended to cause offence of any kind and the enjoyment of our audiences is always paramount.
"We value all feedback we receive and the Qdos creative team regularly review all comments in order to inform the development of our shows, both currently on stage and scripts for the future.
"Qdos Entertainment are delighted to bring our production of Dick Whittington to Manchester Opera House. We have already received excellent audience feedback during the show's previews and are looking forward to a great Christmas in the city."
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