September 12, 2019
Film, TV and theatre actor Martin Barrass is my guest this week. He tells me how he first became involved with the York Theatre Royal pantomime, his love of physical comedy and how a horrendous accident almost killed him. And we’re so glad he's here to tell the tale.
You can see Martin playing the role of Queen in this years pantomime Sleeping Beauty at the York Theatre Royal, click below for tickets
August 29, 2019
Today Molly Limpet’s celebrate their 19th birthday. In this episode I chat with Scott McKenzie who talks about what life is like in one of the largest costume houses in Europe.
You can find more details out about everything Scott and his hard working team on their website
August 22, 2019
Movie and stage star Craig Garner is my guest for this episode. He tells me all about how he got started in the business, the difficulties that being a little person in a large theatre can bring and his emotional performance at the London Palladium last year.
You can see Craig this year (19/20) at the Birmingham Hippodrome in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Click here to book tickets https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/snow-white-the-seven-dwarfs/
And you can follow Craig on Twitter https://twitter.com/craiggarner85
August 15, 2019
Swansea born Nigel Ellacott has become part of pantomime royalty. We chat about his rise to fame, how he lost his welsh accent and the wonderful website he created that we all use.
He's performing this year (19/20) in Sleeping Beauty at Venue Cymru, Llandudno. Here's a link for tickets https://venuecymru.co.uk/sleeping-beauty-0
Here's a link to Nigel's Twitter http://twitter.com/IBYNigel
And of course the extensively researched and updated It's Behind You http://www.its-behind-you.com
August 8, 2019
The first ever three part Panto Podcast.
Part One - I meet the indolent Doreen Tipton. After waiting almost 4 hours for her to get out of bed, she finally answered the front door and reluctantly agreed to be interviewed.
Part Two - Comedy playwright David Tristram is my guest for the second part. We talk about his creation of Doreen and how the process of writing takes place.
Part Three - Gill Jordan, the talented actor tells me her full story and what she loves about pantomime.
I would like to thank David for his wonderful writing especially for this podcast and to Gill for allowing me to share her story.
You can follow Doreen on Twitter www.twitter.com/doreentipton
And for all things Doreen (and Gill) take a look at the hilarious YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/inspectordrake
You can also order the book 'The Giant Panteater, and other curious animals' by clicking here https://doreenforkids.com
And you can see Doreen giving the performance of her life in Snow White & the Seven Dwarves at Birmingham Hippodrome this year (19/20). Here's a link for tickets https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/snow-white-the-seven-dwarfs/#performances
August 1, 2019
Shakespearean actor, writer, producer and pantomime Dame Paul Dunn is my guest this week.
You can follow Paul on Twitter
You can find out more about him and his writing at his website
And tickets for Aladdin at The Gala Theatre in Durham (19/20) are available at this link
July 26, 2019
Singer, impressionist and seasoned pantomime performer Andrew Fleming is my guest this week. We chat backstage between performances of Peter Pan, where he tells me about his career, does a fair few impressions and silly voices and some great advice for actors before they tread the boards.
Here's a link to Andrew's webite www.andrew-fleming.co.uk
July 19, 2019
One of the worlds leading experts on Pantomime, Simon Sladen is this weeks guest.
He's the Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Performance at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. We talk about what makes a good pantomime, his own writing and performance and the future of this art form.
Here's a link to Simon's Twitter accounts http://twitter.com/simonsladen https://twitter.com/theatrecurator
You can find more about the V&A and how to visit at the website https://www.vam.ac.uk