Tuesday 26 September 2017

Twink admits she was 'unceremoniously let go' as 'panto queen'

STAGE: Panto queen Twink
STAGE: Panto queen Twink

Elaine McCahill

Twink has finally admitted that she was let go from the panto in Limerick last Christmas.

The stage veteran contended that she left the role due to “under rehearsing” while the production company said she was “released due to artistic differences”.

Speaking on TV3’s Seven O’Clock Show, the 64-year-old said she was “unceremoniously let go” from her “lifetime job of being a panto queen” by the production.

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Keith Duffy went on to replace her and her dog Teddy, who was also due to appear in the show.

“Under rehearsing doesn’t sit well with me, I like things done properly,” she told the Herald at the time.

Cake creations: Twink
Cake creations: Twink
Adele King aka Twink
Adele King aka Twink and Chloe Agnew attend the opening night of The Field at The Gaiety Theatre
Adele King aka Twink and daughter Chloe pictured at the VIP Style Awards at the Marker Hotel in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron

“Properly to me means devotion and dedication to the show. I want to know in February what’s going on when it goes to March and then April it’s worrying . When it’s September, October my pot is boiling and there ain’t no lid and I can’t keep the lid on anyway.

“This is my job and the problem is that it is my name over that title and since I was a child, I have never short changed the patrons for my contribution to the show. If I don’t feel my contribution would be excellent enough in that time frame I’m outta here,” she added.

At the time she said she “was flooded with offers” for other pantos, adding that she would only return to the stage “on my terms and my time”.

She has since focussed her time on baking and spends her weekends selling her cakes at a local farmer’s market.

“I’ve always loved doing my cakes, it’s very cathartic. It’s a huge labour of love,” she said.

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