The Entertainer, BILLY BANANA (Peter Ashley)
performed his first fee earning show at the age of twelve years and for the princely sum of
seven shillings and sixpence! He has now been entertaining for over forty years. He is still however very young at heart and well in tune with the needs of even the youngest
audience. He never stands on his own dignity, which possibly helps!
He has appeared at functions of all sorts, including parties, fetes, carnivals, stage shows and
pantomime, to name but a few. He has even been a Punch and Judy Man on the beach!
Other venues include a four year stint as Children's Uncle at a well known holiday centre on the Isle
of Wight and further seasons in Norfolk. He has performed many times for local authorities in various locations. Peter was also resident Punch and Judy Man on Newmarket
Racecourse for eleven seasons, and only ceased performing there because of holiday camp commitments.
He has also given numerous talks on radio, including Radio Solent, Radio Victory, Radio
Cambridgeshire and several other independent stations. His television credits as supporting artist include: Lovejoy (several episodes), The Chief, Silent Witness, Middlemarch
etc. In addition he has been seen a number of times in interviews, and segments of his performances have been shown by various television companies.
Peter Ashley has also toured extensively with his own children's shows, including, Funtime
Spectacular, The Clown Lollipop Show, The Silly Sausage Show and lately, The Buster Bunny Show and
'The Wotta State Circus Show'
Peter is a full member of EQUITY and the International Magicians