A great way to cheer up the winter is to go to a pantomime. A familiar tale spiced with lots of jokes with local flavour and plenty of audience participation. Behind all the high jinks there runs an epic struggle between the hero (hurrah!) and the villain (boo, hiss). Might this be a light-hearted way of coming to terms with something deep in our human reality – the battle between goodness and evil. This is something brought into focus by the Book of Revelation (which can read like a pantomime in places) with its extraordinary twist that the victory is won by the Lamb who is slain.