Appearing in his 50th professional pantomime in 2019, David Burton tells me how being the son of a Tiller Girl and comedian gave him a good grounding to get into the business. We talk about writing comedy, his diagnosis of cancer and how he beat it and what was worse to work with, either an elderly animal or a troublesome actor.
One of TV's best loved baddies Anne Hegerty is my guest for this weeks episode. We chat about how she surprisingly got into pantomime, how the public of all ages have taken to her and the full story behind that rather naughty question on The Chase.
You can follow Anne on Twitter https://twitter.com/anne_hegerty
The UK's only Drag Dwarf, Jamie John is my guest this week. We talk about his love of performing, his alter ego Miss DQ and confronting bullies.
You can follow Jamie on Twitter https://twitter.com/jamiejohn4u
He's in pantomime at the Birmingham Hippodrome (19/20) click here to book tickets https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/snow-white-the-seven-dwarfs/#performances
And you can see Jamie performing in 2020 with The Ladyboys of Bangkok, click here to book tickets https://www.ladyboysofbangkok.co.uk/tour/
The legendary comedian Freddie 'Parrot Face' Davies is my guest for this special Christmas episode.
We chat at length about his career and he tells lots of lovely stories with many names that you'll might wish to google. I would also like to personally thank Freddie for his time, generosity and his enthusiasm for The Panto Podcast.
Freddie is a true master of his craft and you can find more about him at his website http://freddiedavies.com
And you can buy his book, CD's and the DVD of Funny Bones at http://www.stageoneproductions.co.uk/index.htm
Singer, actress and presenter Charlie Raine is my guest this week. She tells me how she's battled against hearing loss since a child and how she prepares for pantomime by learning the entire script so she can lip read the other actors on stage. This is a truly inspirational story that I'm very proud to share.
Charlie is performing at The Customs House South Shields as Sniffy The Skunk, click here to book tickets https://www.customshouse.co.uk/theatre/snow-white/
You can follow Charlie on Twitter https://twitter.com/charlieraine6
And here's a link to her YouTube page which teaches sign language for all ages https://www.youtube.com/BSLcharlie
Pianist, composer and actor Bobby Crush is this weeks guest. In this episode he tells me about his meteoric rise to the stage of the London Palladium, his most famous composition and the benefits of having large hands!
You can see Bobby playing Dame Dolly at the Kenneth More Theatre Ilford this season (19/20) Book tickets using this link https://redbridgedramacentre.co.uk/RedbridgeDramaCentre.dll/WhatsOn?Programme=825998
You can follow Bobby on Twitter https://twitter.com/thebobbycrush
And you can visit his website at http://www.bobbycrush.com
Singer and songwriter Joe McElderry is this weeks guest. We chat about his love of panto, his rapid rise to fame and how he looks after his famous voice.
You can see where Joe is performing and more about him on his website
You can follow Joe on Twitter https://twitter.com/joemcelderry91
and you can see him in pantomime at the Birmingham Hippodrome (19/20) Book tickets here https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/snow-white-the-seven-dwarfs/
The ever so naughty David Dale is my guest for this weeks episode. He tells me what life was like in the drag scene of the 80's, his breakthrough role in one the biggest television shows and his famous doll creations.
There are a couple of naughty words in this episode, so you have been warned.
You can order your very own Diva Dolly by contacting David direct on Facebook.
You can see David performing in Northampton in Cinderella this year (19/20). Click here to book tickets https://www.royalandderngate.co.uk/whats-on/cinderella/
Ventriloquist Steve Hewlett is this weeks guest. He tells me about how a certain television show propelled him to national fame, his love of pantomime and he tells me what life was really like on The Osmonds tour bus.
You can find more about Steve, where he's performing and his personalised puppets on his website http://thestevehewlettshow.com