It broke my heart when my mother was very ill with dementia and I had to tour Australia with Mrs Brown's Boys - Rory Cowan
The curtain will rise next month on the Olympia Christmas panto as theatre fans get in the festive mood at Polly and the Beanstalk.
Leading man Rory Cowan has said that he knows from doing panto in 2015 how much fun it can be treading the boards over Christmas.
The 58-year-old said that he's relishing spending the Yuletide season at home in Dublin, having toured abroad for so long while he was working with the Mrs Brown's Boys cast.
"The last panto I did was a very enjoyable experience. Immediately after it, I had to go to Australia for a three-month-long tour.
"So it was a bit hectic. This year is better. I can finish the panto then relax at home.
"My mother Esther suffers from dementia so I'll be able to continue to spend time with her, instead of having to go off to Australia and New Zealand.
"The last time I was over there was a horrible time in my life. My mother was very ill and I had to tour on the other side of the world, which broke my heart. I'm in a happier place now because I can pop over to see her whenever I want to," he added.
The production, which co-stars Dustin the Turkey and Fair City's Ryan Andrews, will start at the Olympia on December 15 and run until January 14.