“You’ll be finding glitter on your pillow for days,” says Murphy. My partner is a psychiatric nurse and heads off to work covered in it.” He pauses for thought.
“Then again, they say laughter is the best medicine.” The blonde wig won’t fit so Hughes and Murphy opt for a larger, pinker wig adorned with butterflies.
After some polite conversation and facial treatments with my stylist Rob Murphy who is based, for some reason, in the Tivoli Theatre and is accompanied by, for some reason, Alan Hughes from TV3, I glance in the light-bulb framed mirror to see his work. I remember coming on stage on a scooter covered in tinsel.” “Buffy is not your traditional type of panto dame,” says Hughes, who has been involved in panto for 24 years. I worked with a lot of dames like Val Fitzpatrick and Jimmy O’Dea. “‘I’d say Buffy is in his 60s.’ Which doesn’t say much for the good legs! “If I went method, I’d be in the STD clinic every week.” I remember that I write for and so I ask about panto’s cultural origins. “I think the panto dame has its origins in the ‘fop’ character,” he says. That’s where lots of stock characters come from actually.” In fact, when he was studying theatre in Bull Alley drama school, his performance as a fop prompted his lecturer to predict a career in panto for him. You can’t have a stand-offish dame who’s cold and technical.” Some actors struggle with the anarchic nature of panto, says Murphy. At the start of a panto run, it takes him over an hour to do the make-up, but by the end, he says, he does it in 30 minutes. He recently did a one-man show, , and found it “so lonely”.
I have rouged cheeks, glittery lips, a large pink wig, bright red gloves and a purple frock. ” “I never said it was called ‘office casual’,” says Murphy. At this point I decide to actually read the email from my editor. “I was replacing a 70-year-old man who’d played the dame for his whole life. Val would throw make-up on over his stubble, but Buffy is pure perfection. I mean, the amount of comments Rob gets about his legs.” Indeed, Murphy often wears the clothes of his female co-stars and undergoes some eight stressful costume changes per show. ” Mischievous Buffy has become a little bit of a panto icon with recurring catchphrases like “I swear on my hair” and “Thanks a thousand.” “Women have come up to me,” says Hughes “And they’ve said: ‘I will kill you because when my kids do something bold and I say, ‘Did you do that? There are five of us backstage right now and I am not remotely lonely.
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