TOP telly comedy show Mrs Brown’s Boys transfers to the stage for five sell-out nights at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena from tonight - but fans without a ticket can still have fun with the cast.
They are planning to explore the city they fell in love with earlier this year and they want fans to come up and say hello, says actor Rory Cowan.
He plays Rory Brown, the gay son of Agnes, the loud, foul-mouthed Irish matriarch in charge of a madcap dysfunctional family, which stars creator Brendan O’Carroll in the title role.
And Irish funyman O’Carroll wasn’t joking when he told show bosses he wanted Sheffield on their first arena tour schedule after selling out the City Hall earlier this year.
“It was one of the first things Brendan said. He got on to Simon Moran, who is our promoter and said make sure we go back to Sheffield,’ said Rory, in an exclusive chat with The Star. See thestar.co.uk to hear it in full.
“I’m not just saying that. It’s true. We had never been before. We were aware of Sheffield steel and Joe Cocker. But when we arrived in Sheffield it was stunning city. It was nothing like we thought.
“The people there were also absolutely brilliant. Everyone knew us - which doesn’t happen everywhere. We got such a wonderful welcome.
“This time I’m going to explore it and visit a lot of the museums. I’ve got my walking shoes with me and my tracksuit bottoms. And if fans do see us in the street, come up and say hello. We love to talk and have fun with everybody.”
He’s also promising lots of laughs on stage in new show Mrs Brown Rides Again. So much is ad-libbed that it’s like an opening night every performance and a different show every night, he says.
Roy said: “I sometimes forget I’m in the show and I actually think I’m at the show, when Mrs Brown starts telling jokes that aren’t in the script. It’s Brendan’s way of keeping us on our toes. He’s even had me singing and there are no songs in the play.
Rory says of his own character: “I love the part. In Ireland 20 years ago it was illegal to be homosexual. What Brendan did was to make the character likeable. He didn’t change the law but he helped to change attitudes.”
n Mrs Brown Rides Again is at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena from tonight until Saturday 22. For returns visit the Box Office, www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk or call 0114 256 5656.