Listowel stages week of panto hilarity!

Spider girl Florence Corridan frames Billy Keane and Lucia O’Mahony backstage at the Listowel Panto on Sunday. Photos: Domnick Walsh
Spider girl Florence Corridan frames Billy Keane and Lucia O’Mahony backstage at the Listowel Panto on Sunday. Photos: Domnick Walsh
Natalie Gorczyk , Kaylin Murphy, Joe O’Mahony and Katie Trant
Meave Quilter, Anabell Walsh and Sarah Mahony applying the final touches before taking to the stage in Goody Two Shoes
Robert Bunyan all made-up and dressed for laughs backstage at the panto
Jim White, Billy Keane and Shane O’Donoghue clowning around in character ahead of their turn on the stage for the last night of Goody Two Shoes at Scoil Réalta na Maidin. Photos: Domnick Walsh

Though titled Goody Two Shoes, this year's Listowel pantomime was outstanding for two other items - both of which were to be found on the front of Billy Keane.

Billy's enlarged chest certainly played no small part in bringing the house down, alongside all the other brilliant performances of a five-night run playing to a packed house at the boys' school.

This was the first outing by a brand-new membership of the Listowel Pantomime Group, comprised entirely of panto newcomers on the stage.

Directed by Wexford pantomime expert Dónal Whelan, with choreography by Listowel's Jo Jordan, it included in its colourful cast Billy Keane, Lucia O'Mahony, Shane O'Donoghue, Robert Bunyan, Jim White, William O'Sullivan, Jamie Mazelle and many more, all backed up by a large cast of singers and dancers. They all performed out of their skins to make the 2019 panto among the best yet.

"It was done to a very high standard in fairness, despite the fact none of us had ever been in a panto before, and we had an absolute blast over the five nights," Billy Keane said.

It was a run that left Billy with a newfound sense of the rigours of life faced by women. And he's 'kilt' from the large breasts after the five nights of it.

They came together with a little know-how and a couple of choice items at hand. "There was a shop in the panto and I took two bull's eyes from it and stuck them onto the balloons as nipples!" Billy said.

And it worked a treat for great panto banter on stage: "I might not have road frontage, but I have the kind of frontage that men like!" was one memorable quip.

Billy was also helped in his lines by Donal Whelan's son, Michael, who was on stage with them. "I forgot my line," Billy exclaimed at one point, only to be hilariously chastised by Michael: "You might remember them if you went to rehearsals."

Kerryman

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