Making his debut in Panto this year is Jacob the Puppet. He will be appearing in MADC’s Jack and the Beanstalk as Mr Slinky, a rather suspicious character who buys Jack’s beloved cow in exchange for a handful of beans. Although Jacob is a veteran performer, this will be his first time on the big stage. Jacob very kindly took some time out of his very hectic schedule to answer a few questions for indulge.com.mt
First and foremost, please introduce yourself…
Jacob’s the name and entertaining people is the game.
When and how did you get started in show business?
By mistake actually. Once I was in Paris, just sitting down having a coffee and minding my own business. People seemed to find me interesting, so I starting improvising. When I realised how little it takes to impress people, I started getting paid for it.
What are you working on at the moment?
Right now, I’m preparing to go to Moscow, I’ve been invited to do a science show. Not to mention the dozens of shows I’m doing all over the island… what can I say, everybody wants a piece of Jacob. Oh, and occasionally I turn up at panto rehearsals… when I find the time.
Can you tell us a little bit about your role as Mr Slinky in Jack and the Beanstalk? Is this in fact the main role?
Mr Slinky is not the main character, it’s quite a small part in fact. It’s only made the main feature of this show through my impeccable performance. Also, working as Mr Slinky has made me realise cows are surprisingly hot.
If you weren’t a performer, what would you be?
Hmm, I don’t know. In what other job do you get paid well for doing almost nothing, get a huge round of applause when you’re done, and a legion of adoring fans for doing it? I know, I’d be Ben Camille…
What is the epitome of happiness for you?
Performing for MADC’s wonderful audience at MFCC alongside Jack and the Beanstalk’s cast members who are as professional and talented as myself.
What is your favourite indulgence?
I’m used to doing shows that are full of energy and have happy endings. I try to extend the same structure to my personal life.
Jack and the Beanstalk will be performed at MFCC Ta’ Qali at 7.30pm on 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 December 2018 and 3, 4, 5 January 2019, with matinee performances at 3pm on 26, 29, 30 December 2018. TO BOOK visit www.madc.com.mt or email firstname.lastname@example.org – Tickets start from €10! Tickets at further rates also reduced for children aged 3-11. Children aged 2 and under enter FREE with a toddler ticket but must have a reserved seat with parents/guardians.