Real life: Three women on why they’re at their busiest

Christ­mas is hec­tic for most of us, but for those per­form­ing dur­ing the sea­son, it’s ex­haust­ing! We meet three women who find De­cem­ber is the busiest month of the year

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - HELLO! -

‘Per­form­ing at Christ­mas is even more mag­i­cal’

Liz Drury, 45, voice-over artist, Bar­ton-upon-Hum­ber There’s noth­ing quite so Bri­tish as a panto. Hear­ing the laugh­ter of the au­di­ence, the cries of ‘He’s be­hind you!’ and ‘Oh no she didn’t!’ never fail to make me chuckle.

I’ve al­ways been a bit of a per­former – in school I used to take to the stage reg­u­larly. Sadly, my en­thu­si­asm fiz­zled out when I went to univer­sity in Durham in 1991, as the drama group felt a bit cliquey.

It was in 2010 when my in­ter­est was piqued again. My son James, then eight, be­came in­volved in the lo­cal chil­dren’s drama group in Bar­ton-on-Hum­ber and I was per­suaded to join the adult group to make up num­bers.

My first part was Sheila Bir­ling in An In­spec­tor Calls. And although I was ner­vous, when I got back on stage I re­alised how much I’d missed it. When I was told the group were stag­ing a sci-fi themed pan­tomime that Christ­mas I signed up im­me­di­ately! I played Bob Love­ly­girl – a princess in dis­guise – and loved ev­ery minute.

Since then, I’ve per­formed in sev­eral pan­tos, and even writ­ten one my­self called Strictly Cin­derella, which was per­formed at

Rop­ery Hall in Bar­ton-up­onHum­ber in 2011. My hus­band Chris,

49, and I do Jive les­sons, so dur­ing the panto when Cin­derella was given the chance to dance, Chris re­placed the ac­tor play­ing the prince so we could show off our moves!

This year, I’m play­ing the prince my­self in Snow White and the Six and a Half Dwarfs – the ju­nior group will be play­ing the dwarfs and the ‘half’ is a pup­pet! We’re also don­ning our cos­tumes for a pa­rade through the streets of Bar­ton.

Be­ing in panto is ab­so­lutely ex­haust­ing, but Christ­mas wouldn’t be Christ­mas with­out it!

Liz (top) at work as a voice-over artist, as Bob Love­ly­girl (above) and in Strictly Cin­derella

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