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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 85 - Brad Fitt

My guest for the final episode of this series is Dame, writer and master of various theatrical jobs Brad Fitt. He tells me how he's ended up falling into various theatre jobs, how he'd like to be a baddie one day and the accolade of being in an episode of Have I Got News For You. You can find more out about Brad at his website His Twitter And you can book tickets to see Beauty and the Beast at Theatre Severn (2021-22) with this link...


Ep 84 - Danny Rogers

Danny Rogers is my guest for this episode. He tells me about his first appearance on stage, his love of patter songs and of course we speak about his father, the legendary Ted Rogers. You can find out more about Danny and his show Bin and Gone at And you can follow Danny on Twitter at


Ep 83 - Tom Whalley

Writer and performer Tom Whalley is this weeks guest. He tells me what it was like being a young Dame, superstitions, his writing process and working for 'The Mouse'. You can follow Tom on Twitter You can find more out about his script services at And you can see Tom at Sunderland Empire in Snow White (2021/22)


Ep 82 - Martin Cabble Reid

Martin Cabble Reid is my guest for this episode. He tells me how a comedy course changed his life, working with a famous fox and how dressers should be treating talent. You can find out more about Martin and follow him on social media And here's a link to Martin's charity The Kevin Cruise Foundation if you'd like to make a little (or big)...


Ep 81 - Mervyn Francis

Celebrating his 50th year in the business, Pantomime Dame, Director and actor Mervyn Francis is my guest for this weeks episode. He tells me how the business has changed, his directing style and playing his dream role, Mother Goose.


Ep 80 - Richard Cadell (with Sooty and Sweep)

For this special Christmas Day gift to you, Richard Cadell is my guest for this episode. He tells me about how his showman skills allowed him to pursue a successful career as an illusionist, sleeping in a cold caravan and how owning your own bit of beach comes in handy. You can find out more about Sooty and where you can see him (with Richard) The Sooty Show YouTube channel The Facebook...


Ep 79 - Charlie Cairoli Jnr

Clowning royalty Charlie Cairoli Jnr is my guest for this episode. He tells me what life was like growing up with a dad who was a practical joker, what makes a good clown and meeting Princess Diana when he had a custard pie in his hand.


Ep 78 - Ceri Dupree

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

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...


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...