Old Ma Donald on Jack and the Beanstalk
December 17, 2012
We sat down with Old Ma Donald, one of the stars of Jack and the Beanstalk, this year’s panto at South Hill Park, for a chat and a cuppa.
Q - Hello Old Ma Donald, thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer a few questions for our website. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
A- I was born at a very early age, by the time I was seven I mastered the alphabet, and by the time I was 18 I travelled in a pram because it made me look younger. I've been running the farm on my own ever since Jack's dad died in child birth.
Q - I must say for a lady that runs around a lot with such a busy schedule being a single mother you look very radiant. Where do you get your make-up from?
A - Artex. Some people get it from Max Factor in New York; some people get it from Elizabeth Arden of London, I get mine from Plaster of Paris.
Q - Being a single ‘lady' what do you look for in a man? (What kind of dads in the audience should be scared?)
A - A pulse, so if they breathe, they should be scared!
Q - What should people expect from the show? What's so special about South Hill Park’s pantomimes?
A - The people in the audience are more well known then the people on the stage. To expect the unexpected, we certainly do on stage; we're not sure what's going to happen from one performance to the next! If you want something serious... It's an original script and music, slapstick comedy, there's something for everybody.
Q - Why should the people of Bracknell and beyond come and see you star in Jack and the Beanstalk?
A - It's live and every performance is unique to the next. It's about Christmas, family and fun! There are bits for the whole family to enjoy, it works on lots of different levels, it's got bits for the kids to enjoy and the adults too... including some eye candy for the dads! (that's me!)
Q - What's your best part of the show?
A - Apart from the interval where I sit down and have a nice cup of tea? The children are all very good, very talented! The cow ballet is very funny, and even though everyone is expecting to see a beanstalk, ours is spectacular! I don't want to give too much away...
Q - What makes pantomime so special to any other theatre show?
A - All of the above, it's special because there's that interaction with the audience, so the audience can participate and in some ways change what happens in the show because there's a lot of adlibbing, so no two shows are the same.
Q - And finally where can you be found?
A - On Twitter dear, @Old_Ma_Donald, #SHPJack