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An Audience with May McFettridge

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People should come along and enjoy themselves at Beauty and The Beast this Christmas because there is no show in town as spectacular for costumes, sets, special effects and singing – and who wouldn't want to miss seeing May McFettridge dancing? But, behind the racy innuendoes and the cutting remarks, the war paint and the flouncy frocks, who is May McFettridge? Any time I'm doing panto, I would walk into work at the Opera House, which is three miles from north Belfast.

May will be joined on stage by the hilarious Phil Walker, who recently toured with comedy superstar Jason Manford, as Muddles, and Paddy Jenkins who featured in the Oscar and BAFTA award-winning short film An Irish Goodbye, as The Wicked Queen’s Henchman. But I'm not one for drinking in the house, only on Christmas Day, and even then I have two shows the day before Christmas Day and two on Boxing Day so there's no point in having a hangover. Joining May on stage is the hilarious Phil Walker, who recently toured with comedy superstar Jason Manford, as Muddles, and Paddy Jenkins who featured in the Oscar and BAFTA award-winning short film An Irish Goodbye, as The Wicked Queen’s Henchman. Noted for his charity work and for his real, genuine love for how audiences - particularly kids - react to pantomime. We had a super fun, light-hearted conversation with John filled with lots of great nuggets of wisdom and laughs a long the way.When asked about the turnaround between A Happy Medium wrapping, and the start of rehearsals for Snow White, John shared a notable admission. And he finished the piece with: “My favorite act of the evening was the last one, James Mulgrew, best known as Jimmy Cricket. In September, May made her operatic debut in Opera NI's Johann Strauss operetta Die Fledermaus – a thoroughly enjoyable experience, but not one that has made John want to sign up for opera singing classes.

No, I was just talking about this with Brenda and I turned round and said: "This thing about getting old, it's not great, but when you think about the alternative. Now, having missed out on last year's panto due to Covid restrictions, John couldn't be happier to be back playing 'Dame McFetty' in Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I like to get the sun on my back, but the wife’s passport wasn’t up to date, so I was thinking of something to do.

The kids will love it," says John, revealing May will make a dramatic entrance on a hot air balloon.

May is, of course, well-known for her signature look - bright blue eyeshadow and wonkily-applied red lipstick. Mayhem (1995) | In Mayhem John Linehan’s famous alter-ego, May McFettridge, entertains a live UTV Northern Ireland studio audience (1995). He’s English, but he can do the auld Belfast accent great, because of his granny living in East Belfast. In her stunning crimson and black dress, Jolene, with her strong vocals, impressed as the evil witch. Famous funnyman Jimmy Cricket is again appearing alongside several fellow comedians in the popular You Must Be Joking show.After the bomb I could see her cheek bone sticking out and I could see the white of her skull in her forehead.

Dresden-born Stephan Loges, who will perform the role of Falke, has given recitals throughout the world, including regular appearances at Wigmore Hall, London as well as Carnegie Hall, New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vienna Konzerthaus, Klavierfestival Ruhr, La Monnaie Brussels, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Santiago de Compostela, BBC Radio 3 and the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Later European versions of the 'Divorcing Jack' DVD had May McFettridge segments edited out due to social sensitivities in Eastern European countries such as the Czech Republic or Slovakia. Dublin’s Aisling Sharkey joins the cast in the title role of Snow White and Scott English leads the Magnificent Seven on their quest to save Snow White from the Wicked Queen.

Paddy Jenkins, as Mr Potts, Georgia Lennon, as Belle, Ben Richards, who will play the role of the Beast and May McFettridge, as Mrs Potts Picture Matt Mackey / Press Eye.

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