Herbie is as bright as Buttons
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