Pauline and Tony Drewitt have spent most of their adult life entertaining children with their puppet and magic shows for promotions, films, attractions, birthday parties, nurseries and schools. Their events company 'Drewitt's Events' include clients from Saville Gardens in Windsor Great Park, Harrods, Fortnum and Mason to specializing in performing their traditional Punch and Judy Show which is performed at many local village fetes and fairs.
Pauline and Tony have always wanted to write a children’s book. Their debut title 'Bubbly Bean from Godstone Green' is based on a real dog who belonged to their daughter Sally and who had so much character and won the affection of the whole family. Sally and Bubble lived close to Godstone Green in Surrey. Tony and Pauline would like to share with you the experiences and adventures of Bubbly Bean which are based on the Author's experience with working with children.
Follow the Drewitt's on their events website.
What inspired you to start writing?
Both: We have always wanted to write a collection of children's books. The fact that a lot of interesting events have taken place during our long career and it seemed a lovely idea to turn these stories into a publication and lockdown has given us this opportunity.
What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?
Both: Write about a subject that you know about!
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Both: Our experiences of performing shows and entertaining children over the last 50 years.
What book is currently on your bedside table?
PD: I am re-reading the second book of Gervase Phinn 'Over Hill and Dale'.
TD: I am very interested in steam trains so tend to read railway magazines.
Both: Tony Isambard Kingdom Brunel because of his engineering vision.
If you could choose three people to invite for a dinner party, who would they be and why?
PD: I would choose three people connected with Musical Theatre and shows in the West End.
TD: Sadly all deceased, but I would choose Laurel and Hardy and Tommy Cooper!
If you could invite one person to dinner, who would it be and what would you cook?
PD: I would get a professional in to cook dinner and would invite Andrew Lloyd-Webber.
TD: Tony would like to invite his Dad and have fish and chips with him one last time. There are so many things he would like to ask him.
What is the best part of your day?
Both: First thing in the morning. We really enjoy breakfast and if there is anything that has to be done, Pauline will tackle it at this time. Tony’s is definitely early morning walking round the park with the dog.
What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
Both: We are both rather quiet and shy but come alive when performing shows. But as with a lot of theatrical people, we come to life with an audience!
What do you do when you’re not working?
PD: Before lockdown Pauline used to attend a community choir called Show Choir which she absolutely loved.
TD: I enjoy visiting steam railways.
What fictional place would you like to visit?
PD: I would like to go to Downton Abbey.
TD: I would like to travel by steam train to Hogwarts.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? By whom?
TD: “Never lose your temper.” Advice given by my Dad.
What are you really bad at?