You know those British traditions, like Pantomime, which is difficult to explain to someone who’s never seen one? Well, Chalmersspexet is just like that – you really have to see one to know what it’s all about.
In Sweden, Spex is the name given to student comedies, or raucous plays, often performed in silly costumes. Chalmersspex is in fact very similar to a British Panto, because this student tradition which began at Chalmers University in Gothenburg some 65 years ago, also involves men dressing up as women; there’s singing and there’s general silliness. Unlike in a Panto, however, the only audience participation is clapping – if you show your keen appreciation for an energetic dance number, the cast have to perform the routine again. The aim is to get the poor young students as exhausted as possible – a task which seemed impossible with this lot!
|Apologies for the quality of the photos –
at this point the show had been going on for s few hours already…
Now that would be a treat too!