Panto fans have seen Damian Williams clowning around on stage in women’s dresses as he shows that he’s dame for a laugh.
While the festive fun at Sheffield Lyceum takes up a quarter of his year, he’s still got to earn a living for the remaining nine months.
But once a comic actor, always a comic actor - and this month sees him doing what he does best, making people laugh.
In his current incarnation he’s wearing the trousers rather than the Dame’s dress, and hasn’t got the comfort blanket of a large cast to soak up his notorious ad-libbing.
Damian is touring in My Dog’s Got No Nose, a one-man show about a stand-up comedian’s debut performance, which visits Buxton’s Pavilion Arts Centre on Monday, February 23.
The play charts the comedian’s early career as a furniture saleman-turned-photographer, the times he’s been in love, his marriage and his ambitions.
“It’s a real challenge doing a one-man show,” said Damian. “You can’t rely on anyone else helping you with cues or lines, you’re out there on your own and as an actor it’s a thrilling experience.
“It’s a well written play that has humour, pathos, tragedy, an emotional rollercoaster which has something for everyone. The audience are laughing one minute and crying the next.
“It’s a real tour de force and as a jobbing actor with two children and a labrador I’ve been forced to tour!”
“Buxton is a lovely place to work. I was last in the town with Bed-full of Foreigners in 2011, that was at the Opera House of course and this time I’m looking forward to playing the Pavilion.”
The play, penned by Ron Aldridge, toured for the first time six years ago and was staged at Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre. “It went down very well, great reviews and lovely comments from the audience,” said Damian.
Since then, he’s taken centre stage in the bitter-sweet drama Being Tommy Cooper which visited the Pomegranate two years ago.
Damian has also added to his growing army of fans who watch him strutt his stuff in panto. “I have met people at the stage door that have come from Buxton,” he said. “This past season was my seventh year in Sheffield and I will be returning for my eighth as Widow Twankey in Aladdin this Christmas.”
Touring My Dog’s Got No Nose will keep Damian on the road until March and he’s weighing up his options for the months leading up to panto. “There’s a couple of things in the pipeline but nothing definite as yet,” he said.
“The producers of My Dog’s Got No Nose are currently talking to me about taking a farce out in 2016 which is very exciting.”
My Dog’s Got No Nose is suitable for ages 14 years and over. Tickets £14. Contact 0845 127 2190 or 01298 72190 or www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk