Fairy's soaps are her dream
A MAGICAL fairy godmother has been appointed to Grimsby Auditorium's pantomime.
It may seem like a mountain of glass slippers away, but panto season will soon be here – and Cinderella will burst on to the stage in Grimsby in a riot of colour from Friday, December 7.
Among the team will be TV actress Dawn Lowe, who has recently appeared in BBC 3's Dead Boss as a prison officer – but she will "puff" on to stage with a rather different "uniform" which she hopes will be as "sparkly as a Christmas tree".
"I am having my fitting soon for my costume, and I hope it will be full of glitter so when I walk around the stage it glistens," Dawn told the Grimsby Telegraph.
"I have cousins, aunts and uncles that live in Grimsby, so I know the place quite well – they live near to the Auditorium, so it will be handy for me.
"I have played the fairy godmother before at London theatres. I love playing the character because you can dazzle the kids – and they believe in you.
"I will try and make my character different by being cheeky to make it fun for the kids."
Dawn, who has appeared in Midsomer Murders with John Nettles, loves working in front of the TV cameras, but still has a place in her heart for performing in traditional pantomimes, too.
"I love pantos because they are make-believe and you can't die in panto land," she said.
"It's a whole new world where children can use their imagination and be caught up in a magical world.
"It also brings out a different contrast in children – some are cheeky and others are mesmerised."
Dawn said she will begin rehearsals on November 26 for her role.
She explained: "It's good to get your bearings early and I'm expected to know my lines beforehand, so I will just need to learn stage directions.
"It's also good fun to gel with a new cast – it's so much fun."
Currently, Dawn is working on a voiceover for a Sky documentary, but her dream job would be working on one of the top soaps.
"I really want to get my teeth into TV work and my favourite soap has to be EastEnders – that would be my dream job, or even as a barmaid on Coronation Street," she explained.
"I'm very versatile so even working on period dramas, such as Downton Abbey, would be fun."
Cinderella – which also stars Kim Woodburn, from How Clean Is Your House – runs from Friday, December 7 until Wednesday, December 26. Tickets are £16 for adults and £12.50 for children and concessions. To book, call 0844 871 3016 or visit www.atgtickets.com/grimsbyauditorium