Jane can’t wait to tread the boards
King’s Park actress Jane McCarry says she can’t wait to do panto again this winter
The Still Game star is set to headline the cast of Jack and the Beanstalk, at the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr.
Jane (44), who plays Isa in the hit BBC Scotland sitcom, will star as Fairy Beansprout.
Delighted Jane - also has a legion of young followers from playing Granny Murray in popular children’s TV series Me Too - told the Reformer: “This will be something like the 20th pantomime I’ve been in.
“I’ve been in Kilmarnock, at the King’s in Glasgow, the Pavilion, Dunfermline, at the Magnum and through in Edinburgh.
“It’s a great experience, every time.It’s enjoyable because you are breaking down the fourth wall and involving the audience, which you don’t normally get to do in theatre.
“I love that you can do things like involving the audience, getting them up on stage, and it’s great for the kids too, getting them into theatres and having fun.
“One of the funniest things I ever saw was when I was doing a panto with Derek Lord. He was playing the villain, but he had been off-stage, and somehow had got some girl’s bra stuck onto his costume, and he didn’t know about it. He was trying to be evil, but everyone just kept laughing. The audience were killing themselves!
“Panto is great fun, but the thing you have to remember is that as a cast, we can’t be lazy. We’ve got to keep the pace up, even if we’re doing two or three shows a day.
“While we might be doing the show for the umpteenth time, it’s the first time the audience will have seen it, so we need to treat them with respect and make every show as good as it can be.”
Jane, who has just finished appearing at the Oran Mor, is about to begin a stint with the Rapture Theatre Company, who will be performing all over Scotland in Arthur Miller’s The Last Yankee, which will lead her up to her stint at the Gaiety.
She added: “There’s two theatres in Scotland where I’ve not appeared and wanted to work - one was the Theatre Royal in Glagow, and the other is the Gaiety in Ayr. So I can’t wait to get started - and I’ll just have one more to cross off my list now!”