Her­bie is as bright as But­tons

Caernarfon Herald - - NOSTALGIA - Joel Leaver

IT’S al­most pan­tomime sea­son in North Wales so we caught up with funny man Her­bie Adams, who’s set to star in Venue Cymru’s Cin­derella.

The co­me­dian will be tak­ing on the role of fan-favourite But­tons in the pro­duc­tion, which be­gins on Satur­day De­cem­ber 8.

Run­ning un­til Satur­day, De­cem­ber 30, Cin­derella also stars The Wanted’s Tom Parker and Llan­dudno-lad Chris Bew­sher.

With just un­der a week to go, co­me­dian Her­bie spoke about his love for the char­ac­ter . It’s not the first time the co­me­dian has played the iconic panto role, and Her­bie says he loves get­ting to be But­tons.

“The last few years I’ve been play­ing old men in panto, so it’s nice this year to get back to be­ing a bit more me on stage,” he ex­plained.

Dis­cussing fan-favourite But­tons, Her­bie said:”He isn’t re­ally the hero but he’s like the un­der­dog so I think peo­ple like to be on his side.

“He’s got a mas­sive heart hasn’t he But­tons, the whole love in­ter­est thing with Cin­derella, and we know how it pans out but he’s happy for her.”

Her­bie added that But­tons’ story is a good mes­sage to teach peo­ple, that “you can’t al­ways have what you want.”

A sea­soned panto per­former, Her­bie says what he loves most is get­ting to share the stage with peo­ple.

He said: “I don’t like to hog all the laughs. So ev­ery­one gets the com­edy into their per­for­mance as well.

“You al­ways be­come a lit­tle fam­ily in panto; it’s peo­ple from all aspects of the busi­ness and you all be­come one in this melt­ing pot of en­ter­tain­ment.”

As a stand-up, Her­bie’s used to work­ing a live au­di­ence – a skill that will come in use­ful dur­ing his stint in the Venue Cymru show.

On per­form­ing live, he said: “When you’ve got a good au­di­ence who are to­tally on-board with what you’re do­ing, and ev­ery­thing flows, and they’re re­spond­ing the right way at the right points, it beats any­thing else I’ve ever done in the busi­ness. It’s not work then, and it’s a priv­i­lege to be in that place.”

Hav­ing worked in Wales sev­eral times over the course of his ca­reer, Her­bie re­vealed that it’s his first time in Llan­dudno.

“It’s a lovely spot. I love the old build­ings, and it’s just a very nice sea­side town,” he said.

The co­me­dian added that “it’s one of the few left that have main­tained that nice, olde-worlde feel to it.”

And hav­ing per­formed in pan­tomimes all across the UK, Her­bie said he can’t wait to work in Venue Cymru.

“It’s good for com­edy,” he said of the theatre, not­ing that he im­me­di­ately felt com­fort­able work­ing on the stage. “I’ve got a re­ally good feel­ing about it.” With Llan­dudno as his tem­po­rary home, Her­bie’s ex­cited for his wife, El­lie, and their daugh­ter, Maisie, to join him on the North Wales coast.

“They’re gonna come up and stay here with me. We’re gonna spend Christ­mas here, so I’m look­ing for­ward to that.”

On his two-year-old see­ing the show, he laughed: “We’re yet to find out what her re­ac­tion will be to her dad in tights.”

“It’ll be aw­ful for her to scream and say ‘what’s my dad do­ing?’”

Her­bie re­vealed that his grand­mother was from Wales, with the co­me­dian say­ing it’s his “Welsh link.”

Orig­i­nally from Cardiff, his grand­mother even­tu­ally moved to Cam­bridge but her fam­ily, who were farm­ers, were spread out all across Wales.

“Cin­derella is the all-time clas­sic and this par­tic­u­lar show we’re big­ging up the laughs,” he teased of this year’s Venue Cymru panto. PIC: DAVID POW­ELL

“It sends it­self up con­stantly but at the same time keep­ing the story strong.”

The co­me­dian prom­ises lots of com­edy, aimed at mak­ing sure kids and adults laughs to­gether.

“That’s part of my mis­sion on this show to make ev­ery­one laugh at once,” he ex­plained.

Sum­ming up the show, the star said: “It’s a top class show that I’d highly rec­om­mend and there’s a right silly berk play­ing But­tons that’s quite amus­ing some­times.”

Her­bie Adams, who plays But­tons (in cos­tume in­set) in the panto Cin­derella at Venue Cymru, Llan­dudno

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