Sun 15 Dec – Jack and the Beanstalk, New Brighton

Damn you X Factor final, damn you! Every show had been sold out until this evening, when the combined results of the X Factor final and kids having to go to school tomorrow meant we were half full. You couldn’t tell though, they made just as much noise as this afternoon’s lot.

But they couldn’t beat the response that Nick, who plays Dame Trott, got during the milking scene in the matinee. When he sat down on the milking stool it fell to pieces. People love stuff going wrong in pantos, so much so that the director’s asked me to keep in a bit where I come on stage by mistake cos it made him laugh so much in rehearsals (I’m slightly worried that it makes me look a bit rubbish, but there’s no denying it gets a laugh every time). That, coupled with the stool breaking, meant that we looked a right old shambles today and the audience couldn’t get enough of it. Maybe I shouldn’t have even bothered learning my lines, we’d probably get a standing ovation…

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