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.
|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|
|Too Long an Autumn
|A Small Affair||Oct 1990||Guy|
|House Guest||Apr 1991||Robert Drury|
|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
|Habeas Corpus||Autumn 1993||Arthur Wickstead|
|Curses, Foiled Again!||Spring 1994||Director / Henry / Jasper Rotten|
Red Riding Hood
|Dec 1994||Stage Manager
The Saxon Wives of Ellandune
|May 1995||Mr Purley / 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|