The Panto Podcast
Ep 71 - Paul Harris

Ep 71 - Paul Harris

May 15, 2020

Celebrating 50 years in the business, legendary Pantomime Dame, comedy historian and radio presenter Paul Harris is my guest for this episode. We chat about his famous book (that should be gracing your shelves), the feedback he was given by his science teacher at an after dinner speech and why you should never ask Paul for help with a chandelier. 

You can buy a copy of The Pantomime Book on Amazon


Ep 70 - Simmons and Simmons (Keith Simmons and Ben Simmons)

Ep 70 - Simmons and Simmons (Keith Simmons and Ben Simmons)

May 8, 2020

Father and son double act Simmons and Simmons are my guests for this penultimate episode of this series. 

In this episode we talk about Keith’s 50th pantomime and Ben’s 20th, how joining the act happened and how their partnership has evolved. 

You can find more about them and where they're next performing at their website

You can follow them on Twitter

And you can hear their song Pantomime by following this link


Ep 69 - Ken Alexander

Ep 69 - Ken Alexander

May 1, 2020

Theatre Director Ken Alexander is my guest for this episode.

We talk about writing & editing  pantomime, getting the best from his crew and the biggest difference between pantomime in Scotland and England.

You can follow Ken on his Twitter

You can book tickets to see Sleeping Beauty at the Gaiety Ayr (20-21) here 

Ep 68 - Andy Eastwood

Ep 68 - Andy Eastwood

April 24, 2020

World renowned ukulele player and pantomime star Andy Eastwood is my guest for this episode. 

He tells me how he was first introduced to this wonderful little instrument, being taught to self edit from the master of comedy and his love of performing pantomime.

You can find more about Andy at his website

You can follow him

And you can watch him in action at his YouTube channel


This episode contains a clip of Leaning On A Lamppost written by Noel Gay, performed by Andy Eastwood GBDJL0700004 under licence. 

Ep 67 - David Benson

Ep 67 - David Benson

April 16, 2020

Actor, impersonator, writer, historian, Pantomime Dame, West End star, Small Screen star and Movie Star (it's a long list) the very amusing David Benson is my guest for this weeks episode. 

We talk about his long career, what it was like to perform for Her Majesty and writing pantomime. 

We do talk about some adult themes in this episode, so whilst not explicit, I would not recommend this episode to listeners under the age of 18. 

You can see The Dad's Army Radio Show by following this link

And to see Cato Street 1820


Ep 66 - Kev Orkian

Ep 66 - Kev Orkian

April 10, 2020

The hilarious (and very fast talking) Kev Orkian is my guest for this episode. He tells me what happens when you have a well educated child up for the song sheet, his academy to teach the noble art of panto to the next generation and what it's like to perform pantomime to an international audience. 

You can follow Kev on Twitter

and find out more about Kev and where he’s performing at his website

You can see Kev this year at the Thursford Christmas Spectacular, click here for more details and to buy tickets

Tickets for the rescheduled 2021 Australian Pantomime can be found here

And the link for The Panto Academy




Ep 65 - Alex Robertson

Ep 65 - Alex Robertson

April 2, 2020

Scottish character actor and Dame Alex Robertson is my guest for this weeks episode. He tells me about the transition from pit to performing on stage, his friendship with a previous guest and how he behaved when he was a child attending pantomimes. 

You can follow Alex at his Twitter account 


Ep 64 - Chris Rankin

Ep 64 - Chris Rankin

March 27, 2020

Hollywood movie star and pantomime actor Chris Rankin is my guest for this weeks episode. 

He tells me about his first day on the set of Harry Potter, his love of villainy and the pantomime performers who were the inspiration for his career. 

You can follow Chris on Twitter

His YouTube channel

His instagram

and find out even more about him and where he's appearing at his website


Ep 63 - Paul Hendy

Ep 63 - Paul Hendy

March 20, 2020

Award winning Pantomime producer Paul Hendy is my guest for this episode. 

He tells me about his first role in pantomime, which was playing King Rat at the age of 18, how he helped Ant & Dec to stage one of TV's biggest wind ups during a pantomime and I can promise you'll never watch a blockbuster Hollywood film in the same way again.

I would also like to thank Paul for his valuable time and support with the project. 

Here's a link for Evolution and the shows they produce

And you can watch the short film The Last Laugh for free here


Ep 62 - Stu Francis

Ep 62 - Stu Francis

February 21, 2020

Pantomime stalwart, comedy and Crackerjack (CRACKERJACK!!!) legend Stu Francis is my guest for this weeks episode. I find out all about his pantomime career, working with monkeys and how that famous catchphrase came about.


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