Twink is not a diva, ‘just passionate’

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

PANTO queen Twink, who makes her return to the genre in Limerick for the first time in 12 years this Christmas, said her pending autobiography was going to “ruffle a few feathers”.

PANTO queen Twink, who makes her return to the genre in Limerick for the first time in 12 years this Christmas, said her pending autobiography was going to “ruffle a few feathers”.

Speaking at the launch of the University Concert Hall’s panto Cinderella this week, Twink - Adele King - denied any notion that she could be considered ‘difficult’ to work with.

“It is a joy to be here. I only do anything with the word professional on it, and I have heard people say, ‘I’ve heard she’s a bit difficult’; no, no, as I once heard a great Italian chef say, ‘don’t confuse please, I am not difficult, I am passionate’! Big difference,” laughed the panto star, whose autobiography, Unzipped! is due for release soon.

As a result, and with a pending appearance on the Late Late Show to come, Twink refused to speak to the media other than to give a speech, in which she lauded Limerick, and the UCH in particular - where she will be appearing in Cinderella in nearly 30 performances, the first fully professional panto ever to take place in the Mid West region.

She will appear alongside Dustin the Turkey, Fair City’s George McMahon, Voice star Richie Hayes and the local trio of Richard Lynch, Myles Breen and the glamorous Leanne Moore in the major production, which opens on December 21.

“I’ve said before how much I love Limerick,” said Ms King. “I am not allowed to talk about the book because of the Late Late Show - but I can safely say that I am going to ruffle a lot of feathers, and it is not my old rival Dustin,” she laughed.

“I have played in Limerick since the time I was a kid, with Maxi, Dick and Twink - we had great outings down here. I also played with Brendan Bowyer in the Jetland - so Limerick and I have a long, long history.

“I have always said, I don’t know what the hell it is, but without exception, they are unquestionably the best audiences anywhere on the planet.

“In Limerick, you walk out and they are there ahead of you, already anticipating that you are going to be good,” she added.

Twink said she had been persuaded to return to panto by producer Robert C Kelly, with whom she has worked on many productions in the past.

“Robert mentioned panto to me and I thought he was nuts, had lost his marbles, nobody loves a fairy when she is 40,” laughed Twink.

“He said would you do a panto, I said, absolutely no way. He said in Limerick university? Oh, I said, I might have to think about that one.

“If I am going to do something it is a new venture, in my favourite venue in the whole country - I have put it as my favourite venue in the book - it is gone to print now, I can’t take it back,” added Ms King in reference to the UCH.

The first Cinderella shows are already sold out, with schools from the city and county, as well as Clonmel and Charleville snapping up tickets.

Leanne Moore said securing the starring role in the panto was “absolutely brilliant”.

“To be at home for Christmas and on home turf is great, but also I think it is just absolutely sensational to get something like this into Limerick city because Cork and Dublin have their professional pantos, so why not Limerick?” she declared.

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