Ep 21 - Brian Patton

February 14, 2019

Following on from last weeks episode, I meet Brian Patton. We chat about his long lasting career, all the great people he's worked with, pantomime and the location of his fathers ashes. 

Some of the stories are a little bit on the naughty side, but nothing too rude so you should be alright. Brian would also like to thank everyone for listening, and like Jimmy, would love you to view all their videos on YouTube. Also stay listening at the end for a little bit of a bonus.

Their book 'Laughing All Our Lives' is now available to buy on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/PATTON-BROTHERS-Laughing-All-Lives/dp/0244401667/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1549902968&sr=8-1&keywords=patton+brothers


Ep 20 - Jimmy Patton

February 7, 2019

With a career spanning seven decades, Jimmy is one of half of the legendary Patton Brother. He talks about what life was like growing up with a father who was a successful comedian, forming a double act with his brother, then what is was like to have two more brothers watching you and how that influences them. 

There are plenty of routines of The Patton Brothers on YouTube, something that Jimmy loves and would very much like you to watch his videos.

Brian Patton's episode will be next week. 


Ep 19 - Leah Bell

January 31, 2019

The all round entertainer Leah Bell has been treading the boards in pantomime for many years. On top of writing and directing, she still take part in comedy plays which tour around the UK. We chat about her lucky break, working with a famous household name and how she likes to keep pantomime for families. 

You can catch Leah on tour at the moment in Dirty Dusting https://www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/dirty-dusting-touring

And her pantomime tickets for 2019/20 are now on sale https://www.empireconsett.co.uk/galapost/snow-white-the-pantomime/ 


Ep18 - Paul Shriek

January 24, 2019

With almost 40 years in the fashion design business, Paul was awarded Costume Designer of the Year at the 2018 Great British Pantomime Awards. 

In this episode we talk about his love of all things theatrical, colour, growing up in a large coal mining town and of course pantomime. 

You can see his designs at The Customs House South Shields in their next pantomime https://www.customshouse.co.uk/theatre/snow-white/

and find out more about Paul and the work he does at http://www.foxandshriek.com/index.html


Ep17 - David Leonard

January 18, 2019

Pantomime and West End star David Leonard is my guest in this weeks episode. We talk about what it's like being a baddie, how he got the role of Agatha Trunchbull in Matilda and going into rehearsals without a complete script. 

This is David's 29th year performing in pantomime at York Theatre Royal. The Grand Old Dame of York is running until 2nd Feb, grab a ticket (if you can) at https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/event/grand_old_dame_of_york.php




Ep 16 - Johnny Mac

January 10, 2019

Award winning Scottish comedian and actor Johnny Mac is my guest this week. We chat about how he got his break, performing his show in Great Yarmouth and nerves. 

You can find out more about Johnny at his website https://johnnymac.co.uk

his Twitter https://twitter.com/meetthemacs 

and here's a link for tickets for his Great Yarmouth show https://www.hippodromecircus.co.uk/pirates/

Jack and The Beanstalk 2019-20 https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/jack-and-the-beanstalk/kings-theatre/




Ep 15 - Grant Stott

January 3, 2019

Scottish baddie Grant Stott has been treading the boards for 25 years in pantoland this season. We talk about his influences, his love of the Kings Theatre, how he plays a baddie and the reason why he quit his long running radio show. We also have a little interruption by Allan Stewart, who has agreed to be a guest at some point in the future. 

Here's a link to his website and Twitter 



And this is where you can catch Grant performing



And here's the link to the next pantomime 



Ep 14 - Steve Walls

January 1, 2019

Actor, singer, comedian, presenter, awards host and pantomime star Steve Walls has been all over the UK starring in some of the biggest productions. In this episode we talk about his love for Panto, hoarding and not forgetting a lovely story about a pesky pyro.

You can find more about Steve at his website http://www.stevewalls.co.uk

And here's the link for tickets to the 2019/20 pantomime https://www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk/events/blue-genie-entertainment-presents-jack-the-beanstalk/ 



Ep 13 - Ashleigh Butler

December 28, 2018

After winning Britain's Got Talent, Ashleigh was given top star billing alongside her trusted dog Pudsey, but having never really appeared on a stage before she tells her story of what it was like. We also talk a lot about dogs of course. 

To follow Ashleigh, please go to her Twitter https://twitter.com/ashleighnsully


Ep 12 - Matthew Kelly

December 20, 2018

Legend of TV and stage, Matthew Kelly is my special guest for the christmas episode of The Panto Podcast. We chat about his life as a child and the dressing up box, phones in the theatre and the shocking reason why he's not doing pantomime at the moment.

I would like to thank him for his valuable time in between performances of the play The Habit of Art. 

©Hayden Parker - The Panto Podcast 2018 

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