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Presenter Profile: Jonathan Parker & Marcus Heald

Marcus Heald and Jonathan Parker
Marcus Heald and Jonathan Parker

Jonathan Parker and Marcus Heald present their weekly radio show concentrating on show-business with an emphasis on musical theatre.

The programme features listeners' requests, interviews with local and national performers plus a sprinkling of show-business news from entertainment journalist Nicola George.

Between them, Jonathan and Marcus have over 50 years experience in the theatre both on and off stage and their passion for the subject has never failed.

Jonathan started his show-business career with many of the local drama groups including HATS (Hornsea Amateur Theatre Society), the Northern Theatre and Beverley. He has appeared in many musicals including Mack and Mabel, Me and My Girl, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Guys and Dolls.

He has written, directed and appeared in over 40 pantos and spends each Christmas wearing a false chest and size 10 stilettos. There's little wonder his family make themselves scarce when he's in full regalia.

Marcus has done his fair share of theatre work. His first role was as Peter The Polisher in the Bewholme Primary School nativity. He went on to be a street urchin in Oliver at the Hornsea Floral Hall. It wasn't long before he decided his love of the theatre lay in working behind the scenes and not treading the boards.

He became a stage manager for twelve years. From Edinburgh to London, he's worked on hundreds of shows and festivals across the UK. Recently he stage-managed shows for the BBC in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire for Children in Need. Currently, Marcus has been lured back into the limelight and indulging his pleasure for dressing up in public.

Westenders has a dedicated following across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and globally thanks to the power of the internet through the BBC iPlayer.

Jonathan and Marcus love receiving listeners' suggestions for music to play in the programme. You can leave a pre-recorded 'phone message on 01482 314455. Calls are charged at national rate and mobiles may be charged at a higher rate.


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