February 28, 2019
National Treasure and comedy legend Paul Chuckle is my guest this week on The Panto Podcast. In this episode Paul tells of how a football injury changed his career path, the sad loss of Barry and how Chucklevision saved a girls life.
Paul would also love for all the overseas listeners to look up Chucklevision on YouTube to see his and Barry's work.
You can also follow Paul on his Twitter page https://twitter.com/PaulChuckle2
I would also like to personally thank Paul for being so open and honest in his podcast.
February 21, 2019
Celebrating his 30th year at the Grand Opera House in Belfast in 2019/20, my guest this week is best known in Northern Ireland as May McFetteridge. John tells me how he stumbled his way to become the larger than life character. We talk about how he came up with the characters name and about what it was like performing shows during the troubles.
And also try and spot which key character from pantomime we both forgot about when we were against the clock choosing his Dream Panto (whoops).
Here's a link for tickets for the 2019/20 Beauty and the Beast https://www.goh.co.uk/whats-on/beauty-and-the-beast/
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
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.
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
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