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Cliff Bruce

Father of Rebecca and Ben.

I did get involved in one or two plays at secondary school and then in my first job, the company had a dramatic society. I somehow got cast as the queer (is one allowed to say that?) chef in The Amorous Prawn, without attending an audition!! I suppose the real laugh is that Bridget took her parents along to see the young man she was keen on in a play! I was too innocent to appreciate the significance of being a queer chef at the time.

Then came a move to a village in Essex, where I was one of the founder members of a village dramatic society, rehearsing in a very damp corrugated iron hut and performing in an equally primitive village hall.

One of our first plays involved the explaining to some Russian tourists how cricket was played. The jokes were pretty juvenile "the batsmanís in until heís out, then he comes in and the next batsman goes out, and heís in until heís out as well" etc. But it did provide me with my best ad lib ever. We were, of course, wildly overloading the electrical supply and midway through this scene we had total darkness, in which I produced the line "and sometimes, bad light stops play!"

And so, with very little by way of fallow intervals, I came to join ODS in the winter of 1973/4, where, as well as directing or taking part in most productions, I have occupied most of the official positions, including being treasurer, with Yvonne as auditor. I only mention this because the roles were reversed at some stage and I tried to audit Yvonneís accounts. I had to ask Yvonne to explain the bookkeeping to me!

Last updated 28th August 2001.

Productions participated in

Bell Book and Candle Dec 1983 Director / Anthony Henderson
Midsummer Mink Apr 1984 Director
Allova-Dinn and his Wonderful Gamp Dec 1984 Mrs. Dinn
Murder Deferred May 1985 Col. Fountain
The Twelve Pound Look May 1987 Tombes
The Browning Version May 1988 Dr. Frobisher
Hiccups Oct 1988 Harold
Too Long an Autumn
The Rescue
May 1990 Sound
A Small Affair Oct 1990 Guy
House Guest Apr 1991 Robert Drury
The Boundary
Easy Stages
Nov 1991 Bunyans
Ring Round the Moon May 1992 Messerschmann / Sound
Half an Idea Nov 1992 Mr Charlton / Mr Stiles / Set construction
Rave no more
Low Comedy Woman
Jul 1993 Inspector Davies
Harry Forty
Habeas Corpus Autumn 1993 Arthur Wickstead
Curses, Foiled Again! Spring 1994 Director / Henry / Jasper Rotten
Cindy Ella
Red Riding Hood
Dec 1994 Stage Manager
Mother Hubbard
Music Lovers
The Saxon Wives of Ellandune
May 1995 Mr Purley / Production team
Production team
Beyond a Joke Nov 1995 Andrew
Last Tango in Ockley May 1996 Bernard
Distracted Globe Gerry / Set
From here to the Library May 1997 Mr Gostilow
The Walking Dead Director
Caught on the hop Nov 1997 Director
Aladdin Jan 1998 Widow Twankey
The Witching Hour May 1998 Director
What's for Pudding? Jack
After September Nov 1998 Director
Dick Whittington Dec 1999 Sarah, the Cook