Host makes his mark

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

JIMMY Rees, from Gig­gle and Hoot, will have some strong com­pe­ti­tion for the nicest chil­dren’s tele­vi­sion show pre­sen­ter in the coun­try next month.

Phil Gal­lagher, aka Mis­ter Maker, is bring­ing his gloopy glue, sharp scis­sors and The Shapes to Australia for the first na­tional Mis­ter Maker Live! tour, fin­ish­ing at Perth Con­cert Hall, July 14 to 15.

Hail­ing from Kent, the English star to chil­dren and their par­ents ev­ery­where said although it sounded cliche, he was living his dream.

“Even while I was grow­ing up, I wanted to be a kids TV show pre­sen­ter,” Gal­lagher said.

“I al­ways say get­ting the job as Mis­ter Maker was the best day of my life but then ev­ery day since has kind of bet­tered it.”

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Can­ter­bury Christ Church Uni­ver­sity in 1998 with a de­gree in ra­dio, film and tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion, Gal­lagher started at the bot­tom of the lad­der as a Dis­ney Chan­nel run­ner in Lon­don be­fore mov­ing be­hind the cam­era to pro­duc­tion, di­rec­tion and scriptwrit­ing.

He moved to the BBC as a tele­vi­sion direc­tor for Cbee­bies and was handed his Mis­ter Maker spotty waist­coat and jacket in 2007.

“It started off as a very tra­di­tional man stands be­hind a desk and shows art tech­niques type of art show, but I’ve al­ways loved live theatre,” Gal­lagher said. “So I kind of kept push­ing the fact that we could do th­ese live shows and even­tu­ally my bosses bought in to it, which was bril­liant.

“What we have with the live show is the spirit, heart and cre­ativ­ity of Mis­ter Maker the TV show but pre­sented in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent way.

“The au­di­ence won’t come and see a live per­for­mance of the TV show as they know it, it will be com­pletely dif­fer­ent with a sup­port­ing cast of dancers, singers and of course, The Shapes.

“I still get goose­bumps ev­ery time they come out and I can’t wait for the chil­dren of Perth to see The Shapes and make some noise.”

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