So what’s brewing for the former Mrs Doyle?
British comedy East is East has stopped off at a Bucks theatre this week. AL SENTER chats to one of the stars of the show Pauline McLynn on emotional rollercoasters and getting younger
Na break from East is East rehearsals, Pauline McLynn breezes into the interview and embarks immediately on the conversation, as if we were old mates meeting for a coffee and a chinwag.
Pauline (Father Ted, Shameless and EastEnders) is starring as Ella in East is East, which at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre until Saturday.
In the first week of rehearsal, Pauline is clutching the East is East script to her bosom, as if it were a lucky charm.
Pauline said: “I’m delighted to be cast in East is East, playing a lady from Salford, although she is of Irish extraction, or so we have just decided. I’m getting a chance to show a bit of versatility. I like to play lots of different characters and not do the Irish thing all the time, much as I love it.”
Ella is the long-suffering wife and mother in East is East, Ayub Khan Din’s hilarious domestic comedy.
Pauline said: “I hadn’t seen the play on stage – either the original production or this revival when it played in the West End. However, I do remember seeing the film, although I don’t recall much of the detail, other than the very funny scene towards the end when everybody behaves very badly.”
What drew Pauline to the character?
“It’s such a great part for a woman of a certain age and there are not many of these about. I think that the ratio of male roles to female roles is about seven to one!
“I also wanted to work with Sam Yates, the director of this production.
Family strife in East is East