Dunfermline Press

Kim’s making a splash


A DUNFERMLIN­E-based performer is set to star in the Little Mermaid Pantomime in Kirkcaldy next month.

Kim Shepherd is looking forward to making waves as she takes on the role of Azurial in this laughter-inducing retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen - and Disney animation - deep sea classic at the Adam Smith Theatre.

She said: “I can’t wait to be back at The Adam Smith! I love the theatre and am really chuffed to be a part of the first pantomime there since 2019.”

“It’s a brand-new script with loads of laughs written with Kirkcaldy audiences in mind and we’re so pleased to be airing it for the first time in the newly refurbishe­d venue.”

Shows include relaxed and BSL performanc­es. A relaxed show is scheduled for Wednesday, January 3, at 2pm loud sounds will be reduced, lights will be left on a little brighter and people can leave their seats if they need a little break.

A BSL performanc­e, with an interprete­r at the side of the stage, will take place on Wednesday, December 27 at 7pm.

“I’m a huge fan of the original Disney animation and spent hours trying to copy Ariel’s voice when I was younger,” continued Kim, who has starred in the past four OnFife pantos at the Adam Smith Theatre.

“I’ve never played a mermaid before so taking on the Azurial role is a challenge I’m really relishing. I’m sure audiences will love it and be blown away by the dazzling new costumes and theatre set.”

Kim will be joined on stage by River City star Greg Powrie, who plays Crustina the Crab, and OnFife panto favourite Colin Little, who doubles up as Codswallop and Captain Blowhole.

Scott Watson plays Freddy the Flounder, Lorraine Graham is Aunty Augusta, Benjamin Kempton is Prince Eric and Michelle Donnelly will play Queen Oceana.

Also taking part will be encourse, semble cast members Charlotte Jean-Moore and Bradlee Wetherill completing a line-up focused on providing an evening full of sparkle, spills and thrills galore.

Kim added: “Our panto version may not stick rigidly to the original story, but the key characters are all there the dashing prince, evil octopus, fun flounder, wise crab and, of the mermaid.

“The whole cast is really up for the show. It’s a panto with everything catchy tunes, great gags, brilliant dance routines and high drama to say nothing of one or two surprises along the way!”

The Little Mermaid Pantomime will run from December 9 to January 6. For tickets go to the OnFife website.

 ?? ?? Dunfermlin­e performer Kim Shepherd (centre) takes on the lead role in the Little Mermaid panto this Christmas.
Dunfermlin­e performer Kim Shepherd (centre) takes on the lead role in the Little Mermaid panto this Christmas.

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