Time to meet Mis­ter Maker

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - Tanya MacNaughton

PHIL Gal­lagher, aka Mis­ter Maker, has been treated like a rock star by chil­dren and their fam­i­lies since the UK arts and crafts show be­gan al­most 10 years ago.

But the BBC Cbee­bies and ABC Kids tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter has not let this fan­dom boost his ego, which is ev­i­dent as he re­turns for an­other tour of Aus­tralia with live show Mis­ter Maker and The Shapes.

“It’s been non-stop tour­ing and when we flew into Syd­ney, we spent the whole day do­ing wash­ing,” Gal­lagher said. “It was very glam­orous; af­ter wash­ing, we counted out our art ma­te­ri­als to prep for the Aus­tralian shows, so we’re all set now.”

Gal­lagher, and his co-stars Jenny Phillips and The Shapes, will be back in Perth with their glit­ter and glue at Re­gal Theatre this month.

“We’ve put lots of new stuff in the show, in­clud­ing some new mu­si­cal choices,” Gal­lagher said.

“There will be some fresh dance moves that I’ve been taught for the show, which will cer­tainly make you chuckle when you see them.”

Au­di­ence in­ter­ac­tion is set to reach greater heights af­ter last year’s Perth Con­cert Hall shows, where mums, dads, aun­ties, un­cles and grand­par­ents were se­lected from the crowd to help Mis­ter Maker.

“We’ll be ask­ing grown-ups to join us on­stage again but I also wanted ev­ery­one to feel like they’d taken part in an art-make, so we’ve come up with an idea,” Gal­lagher said. “I won’t give away too much but each au­di­ence mem­ber will be given a cer­tain arty ma­te­rial as they en­ter Re­gal Theatre and they’ll use that in a spe­cial way to help Mis­ter Maker make some­thing that comes to­gether dur­ing the show.”

Gal­lagher said he was ex­cited to reach 10 years of be­ing Mis­ter Maker next March.

“March 2017 will be my 40th birth­day and it will be my mum’s 70th birth­day just be­fore that,” he said.

“I’ll be home in the UK, so I’ll spend some time with my mum on her birth­day, have a quick nod to my 40th and then maybe an arty party to cel­e­brate 10 years of Mis­ter Maker.”

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