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Firefighters’ surprise role in Perth Theatre panto

December 8, 2017
Firefighters on stageImage copyrightColinMcCredie
Image caption They’re behind you! Firefighters on stage during the Perth Theatre pantomime

The first performance at Perth Theatre in four years defied all expectations when two real-life firefighters appeared on stage.

A smoke alarm mid-way through Aladdin on Saturday forced the evacuation of the Edwardian theatre which has just had a £16.6m refurbishment.

After checks to the building, the show resumed with one of the actors carried back on stage by the firefighters.

The theatre management blamed a “snagging” fault for the alarm.

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Image caption Theatregoers enjoyed some unexpected excitement

Gwylym Gibbons, chief executive of Horsecross Arts which runs theatre, said: “There was a lovely moment when the firefighters came on stage, carrying one of the cast members.