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Actor Ross is an important ingredient in new family show – as the chef!

By Margaret Chrystall

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Ross Allan is known to many Highlanders as a regular face at Eden Court's annual panto. But he is at Eden Court this week a little bit early to be part of a brand-new show (for a 3+ audience) created by a team put together by producer Alan Mackintosh from Inverness, with cast members Jane McCarry (Still Game's Isa) and Kim Shepherd. The show opens at Eden Court then tours across Scotland to Glasgow, Greenock, Aberdeen, Dumfries and Dundee.

Ross chats about being part of Misty's Magical Adventures ...

Ross Allan with Jane McCarry in the new show.
Ross Allan with Jane McCarry in the new show.

Q A lot of people in the Highlands know you as the funny guy from the panto and half of the winning double act with Steven Wren they look forward to seeing every year when they book their tickets for the show. But what other things are you involved with when you aren’t doing panto – and what have you been up to this year since the last curtain fell on the panto in January?

A Ross Allan: Well, I’ve been doing what every other actor does! Auditioning for shows, a bit of TV work in the summer and some outdoor theatre with the Macallan whisky distillery in Aberlour tour which was a lot of fun.

Q How did you get involved with Misty’s Magical Adventure?

A Alan Mackintosh got in touch with me last year. We did a weekend of development work on the script and that’s how I got involved originally, I then got asked back to do the actual show and it was a lot of fun and I was available!

Ross Allan and Jane McCarry with the puppet characters and producer Alan Mackintosh.
Ross Allan and Jane McCarry with the puppet characters and producer Alan Mackintosh.

Q Who is your character and what are the challenges of playing him? (I’m going by the theatre website photo here when I’m saying he!)?

A I am playing Shuggy the Chef. The challenges are I am the only human character in a world of dragon puppets, so acting opposite puppets is a bit of a challenge as it’s the puppets I need to interact with rather than the people operating them which is definitely a very different perspective of acting and challenge for me.

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Q Have you worked with any of the team before, Jane McCarry maybe or Alan McHugh?

A I’ve worked with the cast before. Jane and I did children’s television – Me Too – back in the early 2000s, and I did a panto with Kim a few years ago as well.

Q As we are coming closer to the performance in Eden Court, what are you most looking forward to?

A I’m most looking forward to getting up North! Eden Court is one of the best theatres in the world, and seeing all of the little children’s faces when they see all of the puppets for the first time, when they hear the catchy songs and just generally getting them all wound up! The show is a lot of fun and little kids are going to absolutely love it!

The curtain rises on the first shows of Misty's Magical Adventure at Eden Court on Wednesday (Oct 18) at 11am and 2.30pm. Tickets:

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