The "pantomime," not to be confused with the silent gestures of mimes, was a popular theatrical form in Victorian and Edwardian England and Ireland. It was often called "panto," as in the Nymph's reference to "immoral panto boys in fleshtights" in Circe. In Dublin, pantomime shows like "Turko the Terrible" and "Sinbad the Sailor" were performed at all three of the city's principal theaters: the Theatre Royal, the Gaiety Theatre, and the Queen's Theatre.

Illustration of a pantomime being performed on stage, in Blue Beard: A Pantomime Toy Book (ebook). Source:

Cast photo of a Dublin pantomime, date unknown. Source:

Poster for 1892-93 performance of a Sinbad pantomime at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. Source:

The Valley of Diamonds by Maxfield Parrish, illustration from The Arabian Nights, Sindbad 2nd Voyage (1907). Source: Wikimedia Commons.