Pantomime dame on stage
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How does panto fare in the recession?

Pantomime is as traditional as turkey and the Queen's speech but it is also a valuable part of the cultural economy.

For many theatres, it is a chance to build their income for the year ahead and build audiences for the future.

BBC Scotland's Pauline McLean has been to see how three very different pantomimes work.