Having notched up nine consecutive years in Grand Theatre pantomimes, comedy entertainer Steve Royle says he is beginning to feel, like one of the fixtures.
“It’s always great to be back but it’s a little scary to think that a lot of the kids who saw me the first year are probably teenagers now,” he says. “But I love it and it’s so convenient because I can commute from home. And it’s good to have people around you instead of being alone doing a stand up routine.”
It also gives him time to work on new material for one of his other sidelines – comedy group Slaughterhouse - Live.
For the first time in a few years they didn’t make the trip to the Edinburgh Festival but instead created an online situation comedy in which the group were locked in an eighth floor flat.
“We did it as five minute episodes on a daily bass and it’s given us the idea for a proper situation comedy called Locked In which we are working on now.”
Commuting will be more pleasant this year too because one of his best friends - and fellow Slaughterhouse member - Martin Pemberton plays the Henchman in the panto.
“He couldn’t make it last year because he had Pirates of the Caribbean commitments,” says Steve. “He’s also my daughter’s godfather and she’s in the show too so we are gradually taking it over.”