Cinders enjoying every minute of panto role

Ruby Campbell who plays the lead role in "Cinderella"
Ruby Campbell who plays the lead role in "Cinderella"

Rehearsals are in full swing for this year’s big Christmas panto and Ruby Campbell, who has the coveted role of Cinderella, is really looking forward to playing to an audience.

“The rehearsals are going brilliantly. We are moving into the theatre next week for full costume rehearsals, so we are just doing a few final run throughs and touch ups. Everyone is getting very excited as opening night gets closer.”

The A Level student, who lived in Derry for five years as a young child and attended Oakgrove Primary School, is loving being back in Derry.

“It is bringing back lots of lovely childhood memories. The people are so friendly and everyone has been so welcoming. “

“Although we have been rehearsing and will be doing forty shows throughout the run of the panto, we are having so much craic it doesn’t feel like coming to work.”

Luckily for us, Ruby loves dressing up as a princess and has been involved in panto in other parts of Northern Ireland for the last two years.

The 17-year-old has been involved in the performing arts for the past decade and would like to pursue a career on the stage in the future.

In the past she has performed on the stage of the Grand Opera House and the National Theatre, London.

“I love panto because it is very light hearted and there is something in it for all the family. It is a nice break from serious theatre for me. There is definitely a lot in it for the adults too and the sets and costumes are just fantastic.”

She is thoroughly enjoying working with co-star and former X-Factor contestant Eoghan Quigg, who she says is “just one of the cast.”

“He has no ego or anything like that. He is great fun and is hard working.”

Once she is finished in the panto, Ruby will be stuck straight into the books studying for exams.

“My first day back at school in January is the beginning of my exams so I will be trying to do as much work for them as I can when I am not rehearsing or on stage. But it is all worth the extra bit of work for an experience like this.”

“Although I have never performed in the Millennium Forum before, I know from other actors that they put on a great standard of show every year. I am loving the whole atmosphere and there is such a great artistic team involved.”

Cinderella runs at the Millennium Forum from Friday, December 2 until Saturday, January 7. Tickets can be booked by phoning the box office on 02871264455.