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Panto king Andy Gray was one of Edinburgh's most revered revellers

Panto king Andy Gray was one of Edinburgh's most revered revellers

The actor, who has died aged 61, had hangdog charm, a cheery twinkle and the sense of danger that sparks chaotic comedy

It was 2010 and the world of Scottish theatre was reeling from the sudden death of Gerard Kelly, one of the great panto stars. I called a grieving Andy Gray, who had first worked with Kelly on John Byrne’s Still Life in 1982, to get his reaction.

“He did it with such gusto, such conviction,” Gray said of his friend. “A lot of performers say, ‘Oh, I’ve got to do pantomime again,’ and it’s looked down upon, but if you approach it with any cynicism you make it a difficult job for yourself. You’ve got to approach it with ‘I will have fun doing this.’ If you go on thinking, ‘This will be good fun,’ you get the energy from the audience.”

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