Jane can’t wait to tread the boards

Rutherglen Reformer - - CANADA CALLING -

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!”

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