Like a dame

What makes a great panto dame? Jo-Anne Rowney asks Dave Lynn, Ayles­bury Wa­ter­side The­atre’s ugly sis­ter for his se­cret to play­ing a great dame

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DAVE Lynn first starred in panto in 1991, but it wasn’t un­til ‘94 that he played the evil dame character from the queen to the ugly sis­ter. “I have al­ways played the evil per­sona,” he said. “The guy I was part­nered with was older and had done tele­vi­sion voice work, he had this rich tele­vi­sion voice that just be­came some­thing fem­i­nine and dif­fer­ent when he be­came the ugly sis­ter. “That’s the magic of panto.” Here are his se­crets to play­ing the dame.

lot of men play­ing the dame think, es­pe­cially if they are the evil one, that they need to slap on the make up as if it’s a drag act.

You don’t. There’s no need to put on all that blue eye makeup and look a fright.

The the­ory is you are play­ing a lady, but no mat­ter how much I try I will never look as beau­ti­ful as Cin­derella for ex­am­ple.

The best thing is to think how the dame thinks. She thinks she is beau­ti­ful, I think of glam­our mod­els and do the makeup that way.

Whether the jolly dame, the mother or evil dame, the queen or baronness they

Aall think they are stun­ning. Feel that way.

I worked with a dame once who cut out black hard pa­per and made those into eye lashes. That’s not for me.

This links to the makeup but it’s about the way you are and the way you be­have. I think the evil dames feel as if they are sexy. That scares the kids more!

The ugly sis­ters are two ladies who feel as if they are young, they think they are gor­geous. They are the kind of bitchy girls in the play­ground. I just think if they lived in the real world, they’d have had bo­tox and all the works.

Some of the out­fits are re­ally fig­ure hug­ging. I felt and looked like Jan­ice Dick­in­son [ Amer­i­can su­per­model].

The out­fits are out­ra­geous. This year, we saw them and thought how am I go­ing to wear that, let along walk in it.

It’s a skill. You don’t even re­alise you are learn­ing to walk in heels but you do.

You own that look, you have to feel like a sex bomb.

You take on the stance, the walk and come across as fem­i­nine. It’s all part of be­ing the dame. There’s no need to play butch here.

It’s more for the evil dames, but at first I was slightly shocked when peo­ple booed so much. I gulped. It’s quite

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