Pantomime


2022

I got my first two pantomimes, playing Captain’s Mate in Dick Whittington (Theatre Royal, Plymouth) and Wishee Washee in Aladdin (Millfield Theatre, Edmonton) when I was doing Kids’ TV shows in the late 80’s, but it wasn’t until I was 40 that I decided I wanted to play pantomime Dame. I think I must have seen a documentary on TV and realised that it encompassed everything I loved doing – acting, routines (sketches) and stand-up. It took three years to persuade someone to let me have a go and I’m really grateful to Joanna Read (then running Salisbury Playhouse) for taking a chance with me. Then, as now, I was inspired by the wonderful Chris Harris, who I worked with in my first panto in Plymouth in 1987. Chris, sadly died in 2014 and I feel incredibly proud and privileged to have stepped into his Dame’s boots at The Theatre Royal Bath in 2015 and to have spent four very happy Christmases playing Jon Monie’s Panto Mum .

2021


2020


2019


2018


2017


2016


2015


2014


2013


2012

Nurse Nelly Nora, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, Tunbridge Wells. UK Productions.


2011

Dame Trott, Jack and The Beanstalk, Bournemouth Pavilion. UK Productions.


2010

Nurse Nelly Nora, Sleeping Beauty, Anvil Basingstoke. UK Productions.


2009

Dame Dolly Dumpling, Sleeping Beauty, Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare. Produced by Paul Holman.

Starring Peter Duncan and Vicki Michelle.


2008

Widow Twankey, Aladdin, Festival Theatre, Malvern. UK Productions.

Starring Clive Mantle, Michael Absalom and Hannah Waterman.


2007

Dame Trot, Jack and The Beanstalk, New Theatre, Hull. Qdos

Starring Cannon & Ball.


2006

Sarah the Cook, Dick Whittington, Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl. UK Productions.


2005

Sarah the Cook, Dick Whittington, Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford.


2004

Nurse Nora, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, Connaught Theatre, Worthing.

Starring Leila Birch and Des Coleman.


2003

Widow Twankey, Connaught Theatre, Worthing.

Starring Melanie Stace


2002

Mother Goose, Mother Goose, Connaught Theatre, Worthing.

Starring Frazer Hines and Emma Wray.


2001

Dame Trott, Jack & The Beanstalk, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch.


2000

My first year playing Dame.

Nanny Nellie Nora, Robin Hood & The Babes in the Wood, Salisbury Playhouse.


1991

Not technically a pantomime, more a Christmas musical.

The only time I played a baddie – Mr Tastee, owner of a Fast Food company, who had his eye on the animals in Mother Goose’s farm.


1990


1987

Dick Whittington at The Theatre Royal Plymouth.

My first panto – I played Mate to Glyn Owen’s Captain; Anita Harris was Dick, Bernard Cribbins played Alderman Fitzwarren and Chris Harris was Sarah the Cook.