The Panto Podcast
Ep 78 - Ceri Dupree

Ep 78 - Ceri Dupree

December 11, 2020

Ceri Dupree is my guest for this weeks episode. He tells me how a random fancy dress party started a career path, his dreams of playing Mother Goose and he reveals the name of his autobiography (if he ever gets round to writing it). 

There are some saucy words in this episode (but nothing too risqué). 

You can see Ceri in Sleeping Beauty this year (20/21) at Southampton's Mayflower Theatre

You can follow Ceri on Twitter


Ep 77 -  Steve Royle

Ep 77 - Steve Royle

December 4, 2020

Juggler and comedian Steve Royle is this weeks guest. He tells me about how he started juggling ping pong balls, bringing Dan Leno back to the stage and how he once had a proper job. 

This episode was recorded before Steve performed in the Britain's Got Talent Semi-Finals, where he ended up in 3rd place in the final. 

You can hopefully see Steve performing at Pantomonium! The Pantomime at Blackpool's Grand Theatre. Click here for tickets

His show 'Naturally Insane The Life of Dan Leno' Facebook page

You can follow Steve on Twitter

and visit his website for details of his upcoming tour




Ep 76 - CJ de Mooi

Ep 76 - CJ de Mooi

November 27, 2020

Actor CJ de Mooi is this weeks guest. He tells me all about his passion for acting, creating the baddie character for the television show Eggheads and spreading positive vibes. 

You can follow CJ on Twitter

Visit his website

View his Spotlight

And join CJ's Happy Place on Facebook


Ep 75 - Tam Ryan

Ep 75 - Tam Ryan

November 20, 2020

The very cheeky Tam Ryan is my guest for this weeks episode. We chat about his time as comic, the challenges he likes to set himself and the joys of being an understudy to a household name. 


You can see Tam in Elf at the Winter Gardens Blackpool this season (2020) and here's the link for tickets

And you can book for Cinderella (2021-22) here 


You can follow Tam on Twitter 

on Instagram 

and his YouTube channel 

Ep 74 -  Andrew Van Buren

Ep 74 - Andrew Van Buren

November 13, 2020

In this episode the versatile circus performer and magician Andrew Van Buren talks about the history of his family and the parallels with the inventor of circus Philip Astley, shyness and possibly the most moving song sheet story you'll ever hear. 

You can find more about Andrew and the family history at the website

Andrew's YouTube channel

and the link to The Philip Astley Project


Ep 73 - Wyn Calvin MBE OStJ

Ep 73 - Wyn Calvin MBE OStJ

November 8, 2020

The Welsh Prince of Laughter, Wyn Calvin is my guest for this episode. Recorded a week before his 95th birthday, Wyn tells me how he got started in the business, sharing some of his wonderful stories and advice for performers. 

I would like to thank Wyn and his wife Carole for their hospitality and to David Lloyd-Jones for making this interview possible. 

If you have enjoyed this episode, please click this link to make a donation to Noah's Ark, the Children's Hospital Charity of which Wyn is a founder of  




Ep 72 - Basil Brush

Ep 72 - Basil Brush

November 6, 2020

Children's television legend Basil Brush is my guest for this episode. We talk about who he's loved working with over the years, his various 'Misters' and winning over audiences. 

Basil is appearing in Cinderella at Theatre Royal Windsor, click here to book tickets 

You can find out more about Basil and where he's next appearing at his website

You can follow him on social media

And you can see Basil on his own YouTube channel

I would also like to thank Michael Windsor and Jonathan Owen for their help making this episode possible. 


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 

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