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

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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

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