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Diary: Shameless end to a white Christmas

Tina Malone. Photo: Featureflash Photo Agency/Shutterstock Tina Malone. Photo: Featureflash Photo Agency/Shutterstock
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You may think all the melodrama takes place on stage during panto season.

Not so in Barrow-in-Furness, where Sleeping Beauty was being staged at the Cloud Nine Theatre.

The production starred former Shameless actor Tina Malone. But her stint in the show was cut short, Tabard hears, after she was allegedly caught with drugs in her possession.

According to reports, the actor was sacked after admitting cocaine possession, although she later claimed the drugs were planted.

There have also been reports of her difficult behaviour backstage, with claims she “locked herself in the theatre’s only toilet for hours, causing chaos for the young cast”, according to the Mirror.

The Mirror also reports that theatre staff said she made no secret of her cocaine possession, claiming she was heard asking for “her little bag of snow” before going on stage.

Tabard can only wonder what effect this had on her performance. Apparently cocaine can make people feel paranoid, angry, hostile and anxious.

Perfect for the role of the wicked stepmother, then.

Panto bosses confirmed her contract had been ended.

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