Ian going out with a bang

Ian 'Sheepie' Smith  is Buttons to Yasmin Galloway's Cinderella at Motherwell Theatre.

Ian 'Sheepie' Smith is Buttons to Yasmin Galloway's Cinderella at Motherwell Theatre.

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Ian ‘Sheepie’ Smith is aiming to go out with a bang as he headlines the Motherwell Theatre pantomime for the final time this festive season.

Sheepie stars as Buttons in Cinderella as he appears at Motherwell for the sixth year in a row.

He said: “I feel like I’m part of the furniture here at Motherwell and it’s great to be back, it’s like a home from home now.

“It’s a bit different this year as I’m used to being the silly-billy character like Smee and Muddles, but to play Buttons is something of a dream come true.

“There is the comedy side, but there is a bit of feeling towards Cinderella as well, along with there being a lot of singing and dancing so its been a bit of a challenge for me.

“I’ve done Cinderella before touring Haven holiday park, but this is on a much bigger scale and Spillers have assembled a terrific cast.

“Apart from me everyone is brand new, but we’ve gelled very well and every thing is going great.

“It’ll be my last year in Motherwell this year so I want to go out with a bang.

“I’ve been here for six years and it looks like next year could be back to one I’ve done here before so it might be time to part ways.

“However, never say never, I might be back next year and hopefully I’ll be back in Motherwell at some point in the future.

“I love the audience here, I gained such a connection with them and love staying here for two months so I’ve enjoyed some happy days.”

Playing Cinderella is Yasmin Galloway who swaps Shakespeare to make her panto debut.

She said: “This is my first time doing panto having graduated this year from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

“I’m really excited, it’s such a great, fun show and a great part - playing Cinderella is such a little girl’s dream and the whole cast has been lovely.

“I did Shakespeare over the summer in an open air Taming of the Shrew, which obviously is a very different proposition from a technical point of view.

“However, both panto and Shakespeare are big and energetic so there’s some similarities and I’m ready for what will be a gruelling schedule.

“I’m also glad to be back in Scotland as I’m from Girvan so will be nice to see family and friends over Christmas.”