What Do Eurovision Stars do at Christmas?
I’m sure it’s a question you’ve often asked yourself. Unless you’re an Albanian singer, the depths of winter will be a quiet time for you. However, for those British and Irish singers who have an inner thespian dying to get out, then pantomime is often the answer.
For those that don’t know, pantomime is a type of seasonal theatre that has its biggest following in the UK and Ireland. These productions, taking place around Christmas, are based on popular fairy tales such as Aladdin, Snow White & the Seven Dwarves and Cinderella. Traditionally, there is cross-dressing, songs, bad jokes, audience participation and a happy ending.
The Principal Boy – the hero – is played by a woman, and whilst the comedic dame is played by a man. They have a huge following, and countless celebrities will take part in them.
Among these countless celebrities, a fair sprinkling of Eurovision stars will be treading the boards this year at theatres across the UK and Ireland. If you fancy going to see them, here are where some of them will be:
Jedward and Linda Martin will be starring in Beauty & the Beast at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin. It also features ‘Princes, Beauties and Beasts’, and will be ‘jamazing’.
In the UK, fan favourite Josh Dubovie (now known as Josh James) will be playing the Prince in Sleeping Beauty at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury.
Runner-up in the 1993 contest Sonia is starring as the Fairy of the Forest in Jack & the Beanstalk at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton, near Liverpool.
Samantha Womack, who sang for the UK in 1991 under her maiden name of Samantha Janus, is appearing at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, also in Jack & the Beanstalk.
UK entrant from 2000, Nicki French will be starring as the wicked Queen Grizelda (boo, hiss) at the Palace Theatre in Newark.
Finally, UK entrant in 2010, Andy Abraham will be treading the boards at the Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks, Kent, as Little John in Robin Hood.
For more details on pantomimes, mainly in the UK, visit the website It’s Behind You.
So if you are not a Grinch this Christmas then there is no reason for you not to rekindle your youth this Christmas Season and have some Yule Tide Fun with your Eurovision Stars!
Author : John Stanton
Source : Eurovision Ireland