An Audience with May McFettridge

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An Audience with May McFettridge

An Audience with May McFettridge

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Since making her pantomime debut in Robinson Crusoe in 1989 alongside comedian Jimmy Cricket, May has appeared with a galaxy of stars including Su Pollard, Linda Nolan, Britt Ekland, Lisa Riley and Zippy, George and Bungle. And how does John feel knowing that the character has become so iconic that it'd be recognised throughout Northern Ireland. In the last couple of years I've had surgery, including rotator cuff surgery, and that kept me at arm's length from the golf, so the last couple of years hasn't been great for golf.

And he finished the piece with: “My favorite act of the evening was the last one, James Mulgrew, best known as Jimmy Cricket. Deep in rehearsals for his role as the psychic Belfast woman, it’s only been a matter of weeks since John kicked off May’s heels after treading the boards in her latest role as the Fairy Godmother in Grand Opera House in Cinderella in January. the room was so atmospheric with double height ceilings gorgeous red velvet drapes just add to the cozy feelings. There are no bad apples in this cast, with young Dublin actress Aisling Sharkey having the crowd rooting for Snow White as the Queen tried to poison her. A Happy Medium will tour across Northern Ireland with performances starting in the Grand Opera House, and plans for it to show in the Millennium Forum Theatre in Londonderry and Theatre at the Mill, Mossley.

Following 30 years of performing pantomime, May’s operatic debut is as the role of Frosch the Jailer in Die Fledermaus. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. He is married to Brenda (66) and they have two children, Donna (42) and Kerry (37), and three grandchildren, Johnny (21), Eve (3) and Paul (1).

But, behind the racy innuendoes and the cutting remarks, the war paint and the flouncy frocks, who is May McFettridge? Linehan invented the name and the character by ad libbing — the first name being that of his mother-in-law and the surname being that of an Antrim hurler by the name of Olcan McFettridge, whose exploits in a National Hurling League game had made headlines in a local newspaper, which happened to be beside Linehan when put on the spot. We have been before for the usual panto outing to the GOH but I have to say that this year surpassed all previous performances. YouTube sets this cookie to measure bandwidth, determining whether the user gets the new or old player interface. In 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic the Grand Opera House announced that their annual pantomime would not take place and was rescheduled to the 2021/22 season.Britain’s Got Talent street dance troupe Flawless showed off their acrobatics in the role of The Queen’s Guards. The idea came about due to John’s free time at the beginning of the year, which was inadvertently caused by an expired passport. Normally we like to go away for about 10 days in the sun after the panto, because by summer is taken up by weddings here, there and everywhere,” said John. His career wouldn’t allow him to wait and with our help he has secured his unbroken 23-year panto run at the Belfast Grand Opera House.

It’s been a long time coming, but tonight’s the night for Falke to get his revenge at the most glamorous party of the season where there’ll be champagne.This was a very professional performance from start to finish with perfect casting of the main characters.

It is almost 40 years since May McFettridge burst onto Ulster’s entertainment scene, a gap-toothed, pop-sock wearing wee woman from north Belfast, with trowelled on make-up, racy innuendoes and pure ‘Norn Iron’ wit.Belfast’s much-loved pantomime dame, May McFettridge, as May of the Mirror celebrates her record-breaking 33rd Grand Opera House panto season this year.

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