Elaine C. Smith, one of Scotland’s best-known actresses and comic entertainers, brings her ‘Still Standing - Just’ tour to Rothesay Pavilion on September 5 - amid hopes of an end to a recent run of artists cancelling gigs in the town due to poor advance ticket sales.
The star, probably still best known for her portrayal of ‘Mary Doll’ in the TV comedy series Rab C. Nesbitt, kicked off her tour with a sell-out show at the 1000-seat Motherwell Concert Hall on Friday.
But as of Friday afternoon, only 17 tickets had been sold for the Rothesay Pavilion date in little more than a month’s time.
Poor advance ticket sales were blamed for the cancellation of a Roy Chubby Brown show in Rothesay scheduled for August 10, while performances by Dorothy Paul and Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall have been cancelled for the same reason in recent months.
Born in Baillieston in the east end of Glasgow, Elaine C. Smith’s first TV appearances were in the BBC Scotland comedy sketch show Naked Video, first screened in 1986, and the comedy series City Lights, broadcast between 1986 and 1991.
More recently she appeared in the BBC drama series Two Thousand Acres of Sky and 55 Degrees North, while she has also performed extensively on stage, in drama, pantomime and musical, including the leading role in the 2012 show ‘I Dreamed A Dream’, about the life and rise to fame of Susan Boyle.
Her current tour also includes dates at the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock on August 22, the Corran Halls in Oban on August 29, the Queen’s Hall in Dunoon on September 7 and the Victoria Halls in Helensburgh on September 12.