Dame Fraser set for sea­son

Ayrshire Post - - AYRSHIRE LIFE -

Is it al­most that time of year again? Oh yes it is!

Christ­mas will be here be­fore we know it, so with panto sea­son only weeks away Dame Sarah the Cook, AKA Fraser Boyle can’t wait to get back into ac­tion with his role in Dick Whit­ting­ton at the Grand Hall.

Fraser is no stranger to the Palace The­atre stage, hav­ing re­ceived rave re­views as the dame in last year’s panto Beauty and the Beast, which he de­scribed as “a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence”.

He said: “Ev­ery­one was so pro­fes­sional and good hu­moured.

“We had some laughs back­stage... plus the au­di­ences at Kil­marnock are a riot - you never know what you’re go­ing to get.

“That makes pan­tomime for me, the fab­u­lous au­di­ence. The Kil­marnock lot are my kind of peo­ple.

“I’m so pleased and ex­cited to be back and I’m look­ing for­ward to Christ­mas al­ready.”

It’s a great ex­pe­ri­ence for lo­cal lad Fraser, who comes from Ayr, to be play­ing so close to home.

He said: “I come from quite a large ex­tended fam­ily.

“Ever since I can re­mem­ber, when the fam­ily all got to­gether for a party, we’d each do a turn for each other. You would sing, play piano, dance or tell a joke when it was your turn.

“Those are some of my ear­li­est mem­o­ries per­form­ing.

“But the first time I was on an ac­tual stage I was five years old and my line was “It be un­der your hat Jim Lad”. I was a pi­rate.”

And Fraser claims be­ing the star isn’t all he would like to do.

He said: “I think I’d love to play the bad­die, it seems like a fun ex­pe­ri­ence. All those boos! I’d also like to play the silly Billy but I think I’d be rub­bish at it.

“Play­ing the dame you get to mag­nify all your worst qual­i­ties, like van­ity and pet­ti­ness and gen­er­ally be­have like an ob­tuse buf­foon!

“Equally you get to mag­nify some good qual­i­ties too like warmth and charm. That’s pretty much where the sim­i­lar­i­ties end... a 6ft 2 woman I am not.”

Don’t miss the panto from Satur­day, Novem­ber 25 to Satur­day, De­cem­ber 30.

To book tick­ets, call the box of­fice on 01563 554900 or visit eas­t­ayr­shireleisure. com.

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