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/
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
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
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
His backing tracks
And his band sourcing website
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
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
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
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
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!