The Panto Podcast
Ep 34 - John Challis

Ep 34 - John Challis

July 12, 2019

With 50 years in the business, John tells his story of how he started off in weekly rep, how circumstances meant he was cast in Only Fools and Horses and the story behind that laugh. 

John has two volumes of his autobiography available from the website Wigmore Books, click the link to order your signed copy http://www.wigmorebooks.com/being-boycie.php 

And you can see John getting the boos in Aladdin at Malvern this year (19/20), click the link to book tickets https://www.malvern-theatres.co.uk/whats-on/aladdin/

 

 

Ep 33 - Simon Bashford

Ep 33 - Simon Bashford

July 4, 2019

Dame Simon Bashford is my guest this week. We chat about his great friendship with Danny La Rue, his passion for singing and how he keeps himself young. 

You can find all about Simon, where he's performing and buy his albums from his website http://www.simonbashford.com

This Christmas (19/20), Simon is appearing as Dame in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Harlequin Theatre Redhill, click here for tickets http://www.harlequintheatre.co.uk/whats-on/pantomime/ 

And to see Simon perform his one man show 'One For My Baby' on the 19th October 2019, please click here for tickets http://www.harlequintheatre.co.uk/whats-on/on-stage/up-close-and-on-stage-simon-bashford-one-for-my-baby/

 

 

Ep 32 - Bernie Clifton

Ep 32 - Bernie Clifton

June 27, 2019

Zany comedian and entertainer Bernie Clifton is my guest in this episode. 

We chat about a talking donkey, how he played Buttons, his love of singing and his energetic ostrich. SPOILER ALERT - Bernie gives away one of the biggest secrets of his career!

Bernie is appearing in Cinderella in Northampton this year 19/20. To book tickets please click here https://www.royalandderngate.co.uk/whats-on/cinderella/

And you can find out where he’s performing and buy his latest album on his website

http://www.bernieclifton.co.uk

Ep 31 - Chris Hayward

Ep 31 - Chris Hayward

June 20, 2019

The Glamorous Dame Rita, Chris Hayward is my guest this week. We chat about working with some of the greatest names in the business, costume making and how he adores working in the North East.

Here's a link for this years Beauty and the Beast at Newcastle Theatre Royal if you would like to see Chris in action https://www.theatreroyal.co.uk/whats-on/panto-beauty-and-the-beast

 

Ep 30 - James Harrison

Ep 30 - James Harrison

June 13, 2019

Musical virtuoso James Harrison is my guest this week. He talks about how the most strict of piano teacher made him defiant, working with a certain silver fox and how he hopes to create a new vital addition to pantomimes. 

You can find all about James on his website 

https://www.jamesharrisonmusician.com

His backing tracks 

https://www.jhbackingtracks.com 

And his band sourcing website

https://www.cuemusicuk.com 

You can also see James performing at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield this Christmas (19/20) in Cinderella. Here’s a link for tickets https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/events/cinderella

Ep 29 - Ray Spencer MBE

Ep 29 - Ray Spencer MBE

June 6, 2019

Hailing from South Shields, Ray Spencer is the Director and resident Dame of The Customs House. In 2010 Ray was awarded the MBE for services to the arts. We chat about his comical creation Tommy The Trumpeter, when he left his beloved North East and what he thinks about the industry and the Pantomime Awards. (This episode was recorded before Charlie Raine won the award for Best Animal at the 2019 awards).

Here's a link for the pantomime Snow White at The Customs House in South Shields https://www.customshouse.co.uk/theatre/snow-white/

And here's the link to Ray's Twitter https://twitter.com/rayspencermbe

Ep 28 - Lloyd Warbey

Ep 28 - Lloyd Warbey

May 30, 2019

International TV presenter, artist, actor and singer Lloyd Warbey is my guest this week. We chat about his life in pantomime, becoming a musical performer and how he become the host of one of the biggest children's television shows in the world, Art Attack. 

I would like to thank Lloyd for taking the time between very energetic shows to chat for the podcast. 

You can follow Lloyd on his Twitter account

https://twitter.com/lloydwarbey

And you can book tickets to see Lloyd this Christmas in Pantomime at Royal Tunbridge Wells https://www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk/whats-on/peter-pan

 

Ep 27 - Leon Craig

Ep 27 - Leon Craig

May 23, 2019

Speaking backstage in between performances of Disney's Aladdin, Leon Craig tells me all about his career, influences, his Dame costumes and the audition process to be in one of the biggest and most spectacular shows in London’s West End. 

You can see Leon's very insightful Instagram https://www.instagram.com/leoncraigofficial 

Details of his latest pantomime appearance will be updated here soon! 

 

Ep 26 - Danny Posthill

Ep 26 - Danny Posthill

May 16, 2019

Finalist of Britain's Got Talent, impersonator and comedian Danny Posthill is this weeks guest. We chat about his time on the show, his transfer from comic to Dame and what Diane Abbott did to him.

You can follow and see lots of hilarious videos on Twitter

https://twitter.com/posthilldanny

and here's the link to his 2019 Edinburgh Fringe show at Frankenstein's Bier Keller https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/danny-posthill-is-that-bloke-who-does-voices

 

 

 

 

Ep 25 - Gary Bridgens

Ep 25 - Gary Bridgens

May 9, 2019

Showman, Story Teller and Pantomime performer Gary Bridgens shares his story in this episode. 

Here's a link to Gary's website and his diary where you can find out where he's performing 

https://garybridgens.com

Here's his Twitter link

https://twitter.com/gacko666 

And here's the link for tickets to Aladdin at The Georgian Theatre Royal (they also have the most amazing tours too) http://www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk/Shows/Aladdin.aspx