The Panto Podcast
Ep 44 - Eric Potts

Ep 44 - Eric Potts

September 19, 2019

Writer, Actor, Director and Dame Eric Potts is my guest in this weeks episode. We chat about timing, who helped during his career and how he keeps appearing on our TV sets in different guises. 

You can follow Eric on Twitter

You can see Eric performing three different plays (The Ladykillers, Dear Uncle and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice) at The Theatre By The Lake in Keswick. Click here for tickets

And Eric will be staring in the Pantomime Snow White for the 2019-20 season at Manchester Opera House. Click here for tickets


Ep 43 - Martin Barrass

Ep 43 - Martin Barrass

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


Ep 42 - Asa Elliott

Ep 42 - Asa Elliott

September 5, 2019

Singer and actor Asa Elliott is my guest this week. He tells me how his love of singing catapulted him to fame on one of ITV's biggest shows Benidorm (and its sell out tour Benidorm Live), his late start in pantomime and his relationship with the public. 

You can find out more about Asa on Facebook, Twitter and his website

And you can see Asa in panto this year (19/20) at the Liverpool Empire. Click here to book tickets


Ep 41 - Scott McKenzie (Molly Limpets)

Ep 41 - Scott McKenzie (Molly Limpets)

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 



Ep 40 - Craig Garner

Ep 40 - Craig Garner

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

And you can follow Craig on Twitter

Ep 39 - Nigel Ellacott

Ep 39 - Nigel Ellacott

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

Here's a link to Nigel's Twitter

And of course the extensively researched and updated It's Behind You


Ep 38 - Doreen Tipton (Gill Jordan and David Tristram)

Ep 38 - Doreen Tipton (Gill Jordan and David Tristram)

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

And for all things Doreen (and Gill) take a look at the hilarious YouTube channel

You can also order the book 'The Giant Panteater, and other curious animals' by clicking here 

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


Ep 37 - Paul Dunn

Ep 37 - Paul Dunn

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


Ep 36 - Andrew Fleming

Ep 36 - Andrew Fleming

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


Ep 35 - Simon Sladen

Ep 35 - Simon Sladen

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 

You can find more about the V&A and how to visit at the website