Friday 23 February 2018

Celebs make panto debuts for charity

Brian Kennedy will be among the stars in the 'Beauty and the Beast' charity production. Photo: PA
Brian Kennedy will be among the stars in the 'Beauty and the Beast' charity production. Photo: PA
Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

OH yes they are . . . more than 50 celebrities have agreed to take to the stage this year in a special panto production for charity.

Singer Brian Kennedy, TV presenter Glenda Gilson, model Andrea Roche and a host of RTE and TV3 stars will be among the famous faces in 'Beauty and the Beast' in Dublin's Tivoli Theatre in aid of the Cari Foundation, which offers therapy and other services to children, families and groups who have been affected by sexual abuse.

Producer Alan Hughes revealed politicians, sports stars and international names have also been asked to support the charity. "There's a couple of people, huge international names, who are still deciding but we're 99pc there," said Alan, who will return to the stage in the role of Sammy Sausage.

"It's very exciting. We've our fingers crossed for them."

A different celebrity will make their panto debut at each of the 53 shows, which begin on December 14.

Collections will be held for Cari at every show, with the producers also making a donation to the charity.


Alan said that while the planning would be a logistical nightmare, he hoped the initiative would raise a lot of money for such a good cause.

"It's something different and will be a bit of fun," he said.

"They'll all come on as themselves and will get a slagging and have a bit of banter with the audience. We won't be taking it seriously at all."

Irish Independent

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