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Interview: David Morris on playing Dame Dolly Dumpling in King's Theatre pantomime Sleeping Beauty

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 20, 2013

By Sally Cross


Sleeping Beauty

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DAMES often love their dresses – Dame Helen Mirren or Dame Judi Dench are often spotted looking glamorous on the red carpet.

But David Morris, who plays Dame Dolly Dumpling in pantomime Sleeping Beauty, has already grown to love his outfit more than he first expected.

“I enjoy changing costumes,” he says. It’s actually quite fun wearing the dresses.

“She’s larger than life and a considers herself a real beauty,” David, of Abbeydale, Gloucester, says of his character who takes centre stage at the King’s Theatre in Gloucester today and tomorrow.

“She’s also a proud mum and does everything for anyone including looking after the Princess.”

Written as an original literary tale, it was first published by Charles Perrault in 1697 and has become a firm favourite with numerous adaptations including an animated version in 1959.

“It’s a classic panto affair,” David says of the show which is written and produced by Rowena Davies, director of Tyger Productions.

“Expect some great songs and brilliant dialogue. The moments of music are really something and we’re having lots of fun with it.”

And like any pantomime this festive season, there will be plenty of audience participation throughout.

“The audience participation is the great thing about pantomime,” David (30) says. “In Sleeping Beauty expect more of it towards the end.”

Many actors talk about how pantomime is different from any other form of acting and David is no exception – crediting the audience as the main reason.

“It lifts you up having everyone involved with classic phrases like ‘he’s behind you!’. It’s very traditional. You’ve got the bloke in the dress, the slapstick comedy, the music, everything you really hope to see.

“There really is something freeing about being in a pantomime so make sure if you’re attending you’re ready to get fully into the Christmas panto spirit.”

When David, who works for Ageas Insurance, hangs up his dress tomorrow, he’ll be preparing for a traditional Christmas. “It will be a family Christmas this year,” he says.

“I’m really looking forward to playing board games and eating Christmas food.”

Performances take place at 7pm today and tomorrow with a matinee at 2pm tomorrow.

Tickets cost from £6. Call 01452 396572.

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