Thursday 23 March 2017

Magic of pantomime draws young and old to the Gaiety

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

Paul Daniels and his wife Debbie Magee on their way in to see 'Robinson Crusoe'
at the Gaiety last night
Paul Daniels and his wife Debbie Magee on their way in to see 'Robinson Crusoe' at the Gaiety last night
Also at the show (right) were Kathleen Watkins, daughter Suzy O'Byrne and grandchildren Cian (7), Sadhbh (5) and Saoirse (3)

THERE was a hint of magic in the air as magician Paul Daniels joined the young swashbucklers stepping aboard for 'Robinson Crusoe And The Caribbean Pirates' at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin.

"I love pantomimes," said Mr Daniels, who was accompanied by his wife and on-stage assistant, Debbie Magee.

He added: "I've written them, I've directed them, I just think they're great."

He was only in Dublin for a flying visit after accepting an invitation from fellow magician and RTE producer Aonghus McAnally for an up-close-and-personal performance for the Society of Irish Magicians.

Also at the Gaiety was US cop Torray Scales, the fiance of singer and actress Samantha Mumba (29), who has foregone the balmy climes of Los Angeles to star as the feisty 'Girl Friday' in this year's panto.

TV presenter Lorraine Keane was there with two children in tow, as was Kathleen Watkins, accompanied by her daughter Suzy O'Byrne and three grandchildren.

The panto will run until January 29.

Irish Independent

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