It’s Panto Time In Glasgow….Oh Yes It Is!
By Sean Graham
It’s that time of year again, the most wonderful time of the year, the time when a guy in a beard in a Red suit brings presents to kids up and down the country and the time when the Panto season is amongst us once again.
With so many Panto’s on offer in the city, Glasgow Eyes were sent on a special mission to find the biggest and best Panto for families at this time of year and we think we have found it and not only did we find it, we ended up talking to one of the stars, none other than (Greg McHugh) Gary Tank Commander who stars in Jack and the Beanstalk (as Jack’s brother Gary) which runs from Saturday 16th December 2017 to Sunday 7th January 2018 at the SEC Armadillo.
The 3D Panto, is Glasgow’s biggest panto as the Trot family go on an exciting adventure deep into a mysterious forest with these effects ( created especially for this panto by The Twins FX) and will leave the audience spellbound.
Glasgow Eyes just managed to grab a few words with Gary as he was parking his tank outside the Armadillo.
The Panto season is always an exciting time for kids and family members who are old enough to remember many years of this family tradition and they too loved to be transported back to their childhood.
The actors too, love this time of year and Gary is no different as he is about to step into some very big shoes.
“ I am following in some amazing footsteps! There is that mad radge, The Hoff, the Hoffmister, there is that guy who thought that he was Dr. Who, Barrowman and now they have got Gary, they have gradually been increasing the bar!”
Joining Gary and the cast in this show , will be the dolls and he is quite excited about the prospect of teaming up with them.
“ I have got two dolls and nae Krankies ! I don’t know about that…I am just so happy it’s the dolls , sadly the Krankies passed away a number of years ago and everyone was really sad about that! ”
It’s not just the audiences who are really excited about this up and coming panto, Gary simply canno wait!
“ I am just really excited, it’s going to be a laugh, it’s gonna be brilliant! There is going to be 3D effects and explosions, we are going to decimate cities with special effects from the tank, that is what I have been told, so we will see what happens with that!”
“ It is going to be a big family show and we will see, dancing and singing, a Beanstalk, a coo and beans!”
“ I am going to be looking at the audience and thinking….the interval!” – It is just going to enjoy every hour of it!
Doing the panto as well as trying to save the world can be quite a challenging job and it’s definitely not easy.
“ I am doubling up as well on this panto. I am on a zero hours contract with the army, so I have to Top that up by dain pantos- during the day I am test firing missiles and at night on the stage , dain these pantos, you tell me if ma job is easy?”
Gary has not had the best of time with injuries in his time in the army but he has promised that he will be fully fit for this panto.
“ I broke my ankle last year, I gave maself away when I was undercover in North Korea when I got some of the North Koerean wrong and I had to jump out of a window dain it but I am not the only one who has got a beef with Kim Jong-un but I am fighting fit now, my ankle healed in about two weeks, I have got special bones and now I am fit as a chello “.
With the special 3D effects in this panto, will Gary have anything special coming from his tank.
“ Maybe I could fire out some sweets to the kids but I would need to be careful with that as the ferocity of hard sweets hitting a small child , could cause some serious damage and I cannae be assassinating young children at the Christmas panto….although the director did say all Press is good press!
There is not going to be young children being shot at during this show, so all families should come along!”
For guys like Gary and all the actors who will take part in pantos, these guys have the hardest but best job in the world, making kids and audiences smile and as Gary says, “If ya cannae smile, whit kin ye dae?”
What next for Gary after the panto season finishes?
“ The way the world is going, it’s gonna be over in about six months, so I would say, come and have a good time at a panto, cause next year will just be dust and cockroaches….no ma plans will probably be saving the world and having a break in Carlisle, a wee weekend in Carlisle cause I like it there or maybe go to Blackpool with the Dolls, I am just one of these guys who rolls with it and takes things one day at a time.”
Tickets for the Panto can be bought from the SEC Armadillo on the following hotlines
08443954005 or 08009520110 for accessible seating
Tickets £15, £18,, £23, £26, £27.50
Saturday 16th December to Sunday 7th January 2018