Liverpool funnyman John Evans celebrates his 10 year pantomime anniversary at Venue Cymru this festive season.
John has over 30 years’ experience in the world of entertainment, and his panto milestone, marked by a giant pink cake, is an important part of that career.
“If someone said 10 years ago that I’d be here, I would have been delighted.” he told the Pioneer. “It’s just fantastic and for it to be marked by the wonderful cake. I’m really blessed.”
Asking John what keeps him coming back every year, he laughs: “A mortgage, shoes on my feet. No, I really enjoy it and I’m lucky Qudos have this panto here as I can commute.
“I like it when you get a gasp out of a kid when the carpet flies up and out, kids will go ‘wow that’s amazing’ and to get that off a kid when they’ve got an Xbox at their fingertips that’s great.”
His wonderful timing and warm style gained nationwide recognition and alongside appearances on Granada Television’s The Comedians and The Big Breakfast, he also released his own stand up show on DVD in 2015.
His love for acting started young.
“I was 15 at school and I knew I wanted to act in some way,” he says.
“I always thought it was a fantastic place to be. It’s a great life, it’s demanding and tiring but it’s very rewarding.”
This year John will take on the role of Wishee Washee (Aladdin’s brother) in the technically ambitious production.
He says: “The effects this year are phenomenal. The flying carpet this year is breathtaking. To get that up and running technically it’s fantastic.
“I love the relationship between me and Widow Twankey, my mum. It’s always great to work with a dame and I love the fact that yet again he tries to fall in love but never quite makes the tape. Just come along and see the pantomime.”
For more information or to book tickets to see Aladdin, call Venue Cymru on 01492 872000 or visit www.venuecymru.co.uk