Heart Breakfast DJs Tom Evans and Jack Hayes will once again be continuing their fun and friendship on stage in panto this Christmas.
And once again, it will be Worthing that gets the pleasure of their company, their third panto on the trot in the town, this time Jack and the Beanstalk.
The experiences of the past couple of years have more than fired Tom up for more: “The first year Jack and I were a little bit unsure. It was a whole new thing for us. We are more used to hiding away behind our microphones on the radio – hiding away in the sense that we don’t have to dress up or bother what we look like.
“But being out there on stage was just great. I am just such a wanabee actor anyway. My brother and sister are actors, fairly successful actors, and I was thinking ‘Do I go and do it as well or maybe I should go my own way?”
In the event, he went instead into radio where he has been working now for nearly ten years. He started out with a show at Charing Cross Hospital Radio called Monday Medicine with Tom Evans.
After working at small radio stations, Tom joined Heart, presenting in Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, London and now across Sussex and Surrey. But the acting is certainly in the blood.
Tom counts to his credit appearances in the touring production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Cambridge Corn Exchange), Mother Goose (Watford Palace Theatre) and amateur musical productions including Oklahoma and West Side Story.
Last year, in a reworking of Wizard of Oz in which Dorothy wanted to get to Hollywood, Tom and Jack were movie producers along her way. This year, Tom has been elevated to King, the father of the leading lady in Jack and the Beanstalk.
He said: “Before you go into it, you think that it is going to be daunting. But you always get through it. There are moments when you can catch up with a little bit of sleep. We bed down. We always take our airbeds into the theatre!”
“We have such a good time that it does not really affect us that much,” Tom says. “You have just got to look after yourself before you start, sleeping properly and eating properly.”
Jack and the Beanstalk will be at Worthing’s Connaught Theatre from December 6 to January 4. Tickets on 01903 206206 or www.worthingtheatres.co.uk.