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An Audience with May McFettridge

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Linehan is also involved in charity work, appearing regularly in Northern Ireland's Children in Need broadcasts, and organising events such as golfing tournaments to help raise money for Children of the Crossfire. Known for ruthlessly roasting pantomime audiences, attendees at the Grand Opera House should be aware that - thanks to May - they might find themselves the centre of attention if she catches your eye.

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 had a super fun, light-hearted conversation with John filled with lots of great nuggets of wisdom and laughs a long the way. I meet up with my mates, I have a game of golf and if I can I get a couple of days away with my family. The idea came about due to John’s free time at the beginning of the year, which was inadvertently caused by an expired passport.As inconceivable as it may sound, does John worry that one day he'll told that he's not needed for the following year's panto? And, I think that in bringing May McFettridge to perform opera in the Opera House, Belfast will get a debut as noteworthy as Pavarotti’s here back in 1963. Welcome to the October 2018 edition of our monthly new music playlist, which is available to listen to and watch via YouTube.

In the hands of her softly-spoken alter ego John Linehan, she has become something of a cultural icon - part of the Christmas furniture at the Opera House, where, in the 101 years of its life, she has given more performances than any other person, real or imagined, living or dead. The eight-show tour had opened on 20 January at the Grand Opera House in Belfast, Jimmy’s birth place though he has lived in Rochdale for many years with his wife May Mulgrew. It is a farce about men taking liberties, women taking control, and the dangers of dressing up as a bat. Noted for his charity work and for his real, genuine love for how audiences - particularly kids - react to pantomime. May will be back later this year as Nurse May in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, which begins on December 2.She has earned a special place in the hearts of audiences young and old alike with her distinctive bran d of affectionate but well-aimed gibes and witticisms. Jimmy, 72, with his funny hat and his wellies on the wrong feet, will be reading his letter from his Mammy and getting up to his usual shenanigans. I like to get the sun on my back, but the wife’s passport wasn’t up to date, so I was thinking of something to do.

Appearing in his trademark outfit of cut-off evening trousers, dinner jacket, hat and Wellington boots marked ‘L’ and ‘R’ for left and right, but worn on the wrong feet, his routine was a fast-moving, gag-a-minute, focusing on his unique interpretation of Irish logic. From May's scarlet gash of a mouth, insults and saucy innuendoes flew, right, left and centre - at the audience, at the other cast members and at an unsuspecting, po-faced family, seated in one of the expensive boxes, whom she accused of looking like "a Sinn Fein press conference". No, I was just talking about this with Brenda and I turned round and said: "This thing about getting old, it's not great, but when you think about the alternative. John Joseph Linehan, MBE (born 1952, Belfast, Northern Ireland) is an Irish entertainer, most known for his drag queen character May McFettridge.

She wants to make contact with her dead sister to fulfil a promise made years ago on the top of the Cave Hill. he asks, noting everyone “assumes they have months and months” to trial the festive comedy before its three-month run. Indeed, her highly acclaimed stage show, An Audience with May McFettridge, at Belfast’s Grand Opera House proved just that.

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