The panto mayhem began recently for the Adam Smith’s spectacular family panto Cinderella when the cast got together for the photo shoot and if the shoot was anything to go by the cast are certainly going to have a ball this Christmas!
In addition to the previously announced Ugly Sisters Greg Powrie and Derek McGhie are Gordon Brandie as Buttons, Kim Shepherd as Cinderella, Blair Robertson as Prince, Ryan Ferrie as Dandini and Ashley Andrew as the Fairy Godmother.
Gordon Brandie is delighted to return to the Adam Smith after appearing in last year’s production of Mother Goose.
“I am thrilled to have been asked back after played the guardian angel Angelo Angelini in last year’s Mother Goose. I am really looking forward to playing Buttons. He is a great character to play and probably the most endearing of all the panto comic characters. I also enjoy performing to the lovely Fife audiences and working with the great team behind the scenes at the Adam Smith.”
For Greg Powrie playing an Ugly Sister at the Adam Smith is a chance to return to a venue that played a large part in his early acting career.
“I got a place with Scottish Youth Theatre, in 1980, when I was about 16. They held a five week residential course at The Adam Smith Centre over the summer; it was my first real taste of theatre, with thirty or so like-minded people, and something of an eye-opener. Safe to say I was hooked! The show was a musical called What a Way to Run a Revolution, written by David Benedictus, the man responsible for the screenplay Local Hero, along with the RSC's Musical Director Guy Wolfenden, who sadly died this year. The show was very successful, getting a second airing at the Edinburgh Festival, and there was even an edited television version staged. It is safe to say that production is responsible for my being an actor.”
“There are a few people still connected with that show that are still in the business, not least Billy Mack, which is where we met. I remember being hugely impressed by his confidence, and he had (and still has) a brilliant singing voice. As a sidebar, one of the adults responsible for trying to keep this bunch of eager beavers in check was Elaine C Smith. She was just Elaine Smith then, a teacher, nightclub singer, and Warden to us lot! I remember her asking us to put up our hands if acting was what we wanted to do, and of course most hands shot up; needless to say she then said that most of us wouldn't make it... Harsh but fair!”
“I'm pretty sure I've not performed at the Adam Smith since, except perhaps on tour, so after 36 years I guess it is something of a homecoming.”
Don’t miss your chance to see this fabulous cast. Cinderella runs from Saturday 10 December 2016 until Saturday 7 January 2017.