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Interviewing the good, the bad and the uglies of the pantomime world.

Interviewing the good, the bad and the uglies of the pantomime world.


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Interviewing the good, the bad and the uglies of the pantomime world.






Ep 76 - CJ de Mooi

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

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...


Ep 74 - Andrew Van Buren

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

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...


Ep 72 - Basil Brush

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...


Ep 71 - Paul Harris

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)

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

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


Ep 68 - Andy Eastwood

World renowned ukulele player and pantomime star Andy Eastwood is my guest for this episode. He tells me how he was first introduced to this wonderful little instrument, being taught to self edit from the master of comedy and his love of performing pantomime. You can find more about Andy at his website You can follow him And you can watch him in action at his YouTube channel...


Ep 67 - David Benson

Actor, impersonator, writer, historian, Pantomime Dame, West End star, Small Screen star and Movie Star (it's a long list) the very amusing David Benson is my guest for this weeks episode. We talk about his long career, what it was like to perform for Her Majesty and writing pantomime. We do talk about some adult themes in this episode, so whilst not explicit, I would not recommend this episode to listeners under the age of 18. You can see The Dad's Army Radio Show by following this link...


Ep 66 - Kev Orkian

The hilarious (and very fast talking) Kev Orkian is my guest for this episode. He tells me what happens when you have a well educated child up for the song sheet, his academy to teach the noble art of panto to the next generation and what it's like to perform pantomime to an international audience. You can follow Kev on Twitter and find out more about Kev and where he’s performing at his website You can see Kev this year at the...


Ep 65 - Alex Robertson

Scottish character actor and Dame Alex Robertson is my guest for this weeks episode. He tells me about the transition from pit to performing on stage, his friendship with a previous guest and how he behaved when he was a child attending pantomimes. You can follow Alex at his Twitter account


Ep 64 - Chris Rankin

Hollywood movie star and pantomime actor Chris Rankin is my guest for this weeks episode. He tells me about his first day on the set of Harry Potter, his love of villainy and the pantomime performers who were the inspiration for his career. You can follow Chris on Twitter His YouTube channel His instagram and find out even more about him and where he's appearing at his website...


Ep 63 - Paul Hendy

Award winning Pantomime producer Paul Hendy is my guest for this episode. He tells me about his first role in pantomime, which was playing King Rat at the age of 18, how he helped Ant & Dec to stage one of TV's biggest wind ups during a pantomime and I can promise you'll never watch a blockbuster Hollywood film in the same way again. I would also like to thank Paul for his valuable time and support with the project. Here's a link for Evolution and the shows they produce...


Ep 62 - Stu Francis

Pantomime stalwart, comedy and Crackerjack (CRACKERJACK!!!) legend Stu Francis is my guest for this weeks episode. I find out all about his pantomime career, working with monkeys and how that famous catchphrase came about.


Ep 61 - Mark Whitney

Preparing for semi-retirement, circus owner Mark Whitney is my guest for this episode. Here’s a link for his Twitter page And you can find out when Planet Circus is coming to a town near you


Ep 60 - Phil Walker

With 16 pantomimes under his belt, former Bluecoat, comedian and writer Phil Walker is my guest this week. We talk about summer seasons, performing to children and what life was like growing up with a famous Dad. You can find more about Phil at his website You can follow him on Twitter And you can order his book The Snots here


Ep 59 - Joseph Hodgkinson

Actor, director and vocalist Joseph Hodgkinson is my guest for this episode. We talk about crafting the role of baddie, his Boy George tribute and having a sleep over in a theatre. You can find more about Joseph at his Facebook page, just search for Joseph Hodgkinson and his Instagram


Ep 58 - Andy Ford

Entering his 51st year as a performer, Pantomime legend Andy Ford is my guest for this episode. He tells me how he went from entertaining other children in his back garden to appearing at the Royal Variety Performance. We also talk extensively about pantomime and his love of comedy. You can find out more about Andy, where he's touring and to buy his DVD's at His Confidence Through Comedy course and you can follow...


Ep 57 - Richard Aucott

Pantomime Dame for over 20 years, Richard Aucott is this weeks guest. we talk about his love of this wonderful art form, his costume making and how forced cods aren’t for him. You can follow Richard on his Twitter