Up until a few years ago, Damian Williams seemed to be a regular face at Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre - earning him the tag of the town’s favourite comic actor.
Then a city panto and extensive nationwide tours beckoned and his visits became less frequent.
Damian hasn’t been spotted in town since treading the boards in Being Tommy Cooper two years ago.
But his Chesterfield fans haven’t forgotten him, helped in no small part by his performance as the dame in panto at Sheffield Lyceum.
“A lot of people come from Chesterfield to Sheffield for panto, quite often I’ll see them at the stage door,” 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.”
Long before panto rehearsals start, Damian is touring the country in My Dog’s Got No Nose, which revolves around a stand-up comedian’s debut performance.
He said: “It’s a real challenge doing a one-man show, 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 real tour de force and as a jobbing actor with two children and a labrador I’ve been forced to tour.”
Damian is bringing My Dog’s Got No Nose to Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre on February 27.“I last visited with this show in 2009, we did a small tour of which Chesterfield was one of the venues,” he said. “It went down very well, great reviews and lovely comments from the audience.”