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NEWS: Ayr Gaiety’s just-announced pantomime cast get ready for the climb of their life

The Gaiety Theatre in association with Ken Alexander and Fraser Boyle have announced the cast and creative team behind Jack and the Beanstalk their new pantomime for 2019.

Reach dizzy heights in the village of Auchinfleg as Sir Hector, Laird of Auchinfleg (David McGowan: Trust Me) and his villagers who try to escape the tyranny of the evil Giant and his wicked sidekick Sluggie Thunderpants. (Karen Bartke: Scot Squad) With the help of Fairy Bluebell (Kirsty Malone: Sunshine on Leith) can Jack (Gavin Jon Wright: River City) rescue his mother Dame Aggie Trott (Chris Forbes: Scot Squad) and their family dairy from certain disaster?

The Gaiety’s creative team is headed up by writer-director Ken Alexander who is joined by co-writer Fraser Boyle, Assistant Director & Choreographer Chris J. Stuart-Wilson, Musical Director Stuart William Fleming, Lighting Designer and Set & Costume Design by Mark Walters and Glitter Pantomimes.

With cow-ntless costume changes, incredible live moosic, glittering scenery and family-friendly fun they promise plenty to keep you amoosed this Christmas at The Gaiety.

[Further casting to be announced]

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK:  Tuesday 26th November 2019– Sunday 5th January 2020 [VARIOUS TIMES]

BSL, AUDIO DESCRIBED & RELAXED PERFORMANCES AVAILABLE

TICKETS: Premium: £22/£21 Standard: £19.50/£18.50  Economy: £17.50/£16.50   Balcony/Restricted View: £14   Family Ticket: £72

CAST

Karen Bartke  – Sluggie Thunderpants

Karen first found her feet as a member of Glasgow Schools Youth Theatre before studying at the University of Glasgow.

On screen she is best known as Officer Karen in the BAFTA winning mockumentary Scot Squad (Comedy Unit).  She was also recently seen in Coronation Street in several episodes as one of the doctors caring for a sepsis stricken Jack Webster.

Stage roles include originating the character of Suzy/Sajida in My Name Is… (Tamasha Theatre, UK Tour) for which she was nominated for an Off West End Award and an Asian Culture, Theatre & Arts Award in the Best Actress categories.

Additional stage credits include Tracks of the Winter Bear (Traverse Theatre); The Man Who Had All The Luck (Sell A Door/Mull Theatre UK tour); There’s Something About Mary Queen of Scots (Ree Productions); No Time Has Passed in Hippoland (Sonic Boom); Pygmalion(GTP); Twelfth Night (Goodnightout Theatre) Karen also performs as a member of Q Fusion Improv, as part of the sketch comedy shows Man vs. Woman and Alchemy and in her spare time Karen is quite literally a singer in a band with classic rock’n’roll party band The Sentinels.

Fairy Bluebell – Kirsty Malone

Kirsty trained on the Musical Theatre Course at The Dance School of Scotland until she was 18 when she moved to London to study Classical Music at the University of London.  After graduating and living in London she went on to study the Masters in Musical Theatre at the RSAMD (now RCS).  Kirsty’s credits include Melania (A Play, A Pie and A Pint, Oran Mor) Six Black Candles (The Glasgow Pavilion), A Matter of Life and Death musical workshop (Citizen’s Theatre) White Christmas (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), Miracle on 34th Street (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Dundee Rep), The Elves and the Shoemaker (Dundee Rep) Sunshine on Leith (No.1 UK Tour) and Quadropheina (No.1 UK Tour). Last summer she filmed for the BBC series Clique, which is currently available on BBC3. Kirsty has also appeared in a number of Pantomimes across Scotland, including at Perth Theatre, The Brunton, The Village Theatre East Kilbride and Lanark Memorial Hall.  She also regularly gigs with her swing group The St. Andrews Sisters, performing at the European Championships, for the BBC at the Edinburgh Festival and also at the Ayr Gaiety as part of the Francie and Josie Tribute Show – she is very much looking forward to being back in the theatre – oh yes she is.

Chris Forbes- Dame Aggie Trott

Chris Forbes is a multi-award winning comedian, actor and writer. As a comic, Forbes has performed all over the world, including America, Australia, Canada, Norway and Dubai. TV credits include Jonathan Creek, Scot Squad, Still Game, Mountain Goats and Only an Excuse. A regular guest on BBC Radio Scotland shows ‘Off the Ball’ and ‘Breaking the News’, Chris has also been commissioned to write and star in his own sitcom creation, ‘The Farm’ for the BBC iPlayer. As a core contributor to BBC Scotland’s online comedy platform, ‘Short Stuff’, Forbes has racked up nearly 20 million views for his comedy sketches.

David McGowan – Sir Hector, Laird of Auchinfleg

David studied at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, New York. He has worked extensively in Scottish theatre and television for 25 years. In that time, David has worked with companies both home and abroad including Cumbernauld, Hopscotch, Royal Lyceum, Raindog, TAG, P.A.C.E, MacRoberts, Rab C Nesbitt productions, The Steamie productions, Lee Strasberg Creative Centre (New York), Teatro do Vestido (Lisbon) and five productions for the Oran Mor’s A Play, A Pie and A Pint.TV credits include: Trust Me (BBC) Taggart, The Baldy Man, High Road, Rab C Nesbitt, Children of the Coal and Iron, Pulp Video, Act of Union, Athletico Partick, Acting Shakespeare, In your Face, Case Histories, Waterloo Road. Film credits include: Tickets for the Zoo (Film 4) Being Human (Warner Bros) The Legend of Barney Thomson (Sigma Films). Radio work includes Granpas Green, O’Hara’s Barra, The Basement Tapes, Last Ten. (BBC Radio).

Gavin Jon Wright – Jack Trott

This is Gavin’s first show at The Gaiety and he is awfy chuffed to be part of the production. His travels in Panto-sphere have taken him around the country, from Dumfries, to Arbroath, Pitlochry, Perth, Cumbernauld, Stirling and Glasgow so he is excited to be working somewhere he’s not been before. He’s also worked for a number of theatre companies across Scotland and internationally. Including Tron Theatre, Citizens, Cumbernauld, Random Accomplice, Red Bridge Arts, MacRobert, Perth Theatre, Vox Motus, National Theatre of Scotland, Traverse, Grid Iron and a few shows for Oran Mor’s A Play, A Pie and A Pint seasons. On occasion he has also appeared on the telly, on things such as River City, Still Game, Taggart, In Plain Sight, Shetland and Dear Green Place.

REVIEW: Miracle on 34 Parnie Street – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

This review was originally written for and published by http://www.thepublicreviews.com at http://www.thepublicreviews.com/miracle-on-34-parnie-street-tron-theatre-glasgow/

There’s no denying Johnny McKnight’s theatrical credentials: writer of hits such as The Incredible Adventures of See Thru Sam and Wendy Hoose; director of Blithe Spirit for Perth Theatre and Carmen Redux for Scottish Opera; undisputed ‘King of Panto’ with hit after hit here at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre, The Lyceum in Edinburgh and Stirling’s macrobert, to name a (very) few. This year McKnight asks us simply to believe, taking the much-loved 1947 movie Miracle on 34th Street and reworking it for a Glasgow audience in Miracle on 34 Parnie Street.

Things are not quite going as smoothly as planned at Glasgow’s favourite department store T.J. Confuse: Santa has turned up to work in the grotto but to everyone’s surprise Santa isn’t a he, but a she (with a platinum beehive to rival the late Amy Winehouse). To add to the mayhem, Kristine Cagney Kringle, gloriously played by McKnight himself, is claiming to be the real deal, but the sceptics just won’t believe and Kristine finds herself in court and on a mission to restore to the masses, the real meaning of Christmas.

It’s camp, it’s kitsch and punctuated throughout by original songs from Ross Brown which range from traditional panto sing a-long to pop and R&B and it’s all dressed up in eye-popping designs from Kenny Miller.

The cast of six work their socks off, actor/choreographer Darren Brownlie particularly impresses as the up-tight, commercially focussed store manager Mr. Bellhammer as does the ever reliable Julie Wilson Nimmo in multiple roles, Michelle Chantelle Hopewell as Chantelle possesses a stunning R&B powerhouse singing voice but does less well when delivering her lines, her accent obscuring much of her dialogue. But there was never going to be any doubt who was going to be the star here: McKnight (clad in what can only be described as a Kim Kardashian/Maria Carey mash-up) has the most finely tuned comic timing and razor-sharp wit you will find on any stage anywhere. That he genuinely seems to love what he’s doing is a delight to watch.

Writer/director/star McKnight has his finger firmly on the pulse of panto, perfectly pitching each show to its target audience and this is no exception, you would be hard pressed to find a greater number of local references than this, even the title references the theatres address. The storyline is cleverly multilayered and speaks volumes about crass commercialism and of sexism – hell, this is a more stirring, rallying cry for feminism than any you could wish for. It is peppered with witty one-liners (and more than the average share of ad-libs as McKnight picks on the audience and his fellow actors foibles to hysterical effect), however, as much as this theatre is known for its more cerebral Christmas content, the line: “that’s too meta, even for The Tron” gives you some idea of the usual audience, it’s hard to shake the feeling that it maybe goes a little too over the heads of the typical tiny panto-goer, save for the fart jokes of course. That said, they were a-whooping and a-hollering at the musical numbers and booing and hissing in all the right places.

If it’s something different than the usual run of the mill fairytale with chart hits shoe-horned in that you’re looking for, then look no further than Parnie Street – head on down to the Tron and just…believe!

Runs until 4 January 2015