PHIL Gallagher, aka Mister Maker, has been treated like a rock star by children and their families since the UK arts and crafts show first ‘framed it’ almost 10 years ago.
But the BBC Cbeebies and ABC Kids children’s 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, #showbiz. 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, where mini-makers can ‘make some noise’ to new artwork and songs.
“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.
“We hope it’s something spectacular to look at, but also a really lovely interactive part too.”
Gallagher, who graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University in 1998 with a degree in radio, film and television, said he was excited to reach 10 years of being Mister Maker next March, although the milestone would be shared with other celebrations.
“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 70th birthday, have a quick nod to my 40th and then maybe an arty party to celebrate 10 years of Mister Maker.
“Our audience is the secret to our success; they’ve supported us for nearly 10 years now. It makes us all very proud and thankful indeed.”
What: Mister Maker and The Shapes
Where: Regal Theatre
When: July 23 and 24