Ken Dodd

Ken Dodd

When I was ten years old I was in hospital with appendicitis and spent about a week on the children’s ward. There was a young man in the bed next to me who was often visited by his Grandmother, she would sit with him and chat away and if he was sleeping she...
Hope House

Hope House

As many of you will know we run bucket collections during the pantomime run at Theatre Severn between Christmas and New Year. This all started back in 2009 when I first appeared in Shropshire and I asked Eric Smith if there was a good local children’s charity,...
Snow White

Snow White

It’s the first chance I’ve had to sit down and write about Snow White since we started rehearsals in late November. It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks of rehearsals, choreography, technical rehearsals onstage, lighting and costume fittings but we...
Photo-shoot

Photo-shoot

This week I made my yearly trip down to London for the Evolution Pantomimes photo-shoot. It’s always a nice day as the casts of all the various Pantomimes are gathered together and it’s a chance to catch up with old friends. It’s also one of the few...
Great British Pantomime Awards

Great British Pantomime Awards

This evening I settled down to watch the live feed of the inaugural Great British Pantomime Awards. I couldn’t make it to the event so was thrilled to be able to watch the proceedings via the wonder of the inter-web. I was delighted to have my Basildon Towngate...