Television's Mister Maker & The Shapes come to Oxford
We talked to Mister Maker ahead of his appearance at Oxford's New Theatre...
Do lots of people have an ambition to end up working in children’s television?
It certainly is a competitive industry – even more so these days with our multi-channel world. When I was looking for my start in TV, there were only five terrestrial channels in the UK...satellite television was still emerging... and I sent my showreels to prospective employers on VHS tape!
Were you worried about making a fool of yourself when you first did it?
I have never been worried about that. I love performing and trying to make people laugh. To have that as a job is an honour and a privilege.
If you’re in the pub with mates do they do Mister Maker impressions?
A lot of my friends have children themselves now, so they often come to the live shows. They really get into the spirit of things and always support me. I've not seen any of them do a Mister Maker impression yet, but who knows!
Did the show’s bosses care more about presenting ability or artistic ability?
Good question! And the answer is both! When I was auditioning for the part, I went through many 'rounds' where both my art and presenting skills were tested in different ways. I guess they were looking for someone who could combine both of those things with an excellent hairstyle!
How well does the show transfer on to the stage and do you have to make any drastic changes?
Another great question. That was a tricky thing...taking a carefully directed TV show about Art and transferring it to a live theatre. What I wanted to do was keep the heart of Mister Maker there, the characters, the catchphrases, the Minute Makes, But bring something new to the party as well. So there's lots of singing, dancing and audience participation. I wanted to make it a show that the children and the grown-ups can enjoy together.
On television you just need to keep the kids’ attention for 20 minutes so is it difficult doing the same for a full length stage show?
Our live show moves so fast, we hope that won't be a problem! I love great production value, pace, fun, music and laughter – all the great ingredients of an enjoyable family show!
Mister Maker is at New Theatre Oxford on 30th March.
Tickets can be purchased from the New Theatre box office on George Street, by ringing 0844 871 3020 or by visiting our website (phone and internet bookings subject to booking/transaction fee. Calls are charged at 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge).
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