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Derek Farenden

Derek Farenden

Married to Sylvia.

Before moving to Ockley in 1988 and joining Ockley Dramatic Society, Derek was an active member of The Parish Players, Surbiton for over 25 years both as Actor and Director.

His most demanding roles were – the twin brothers, Hugo and Frederick in Jean Anouilh’s "Ring Around the Moon" and Scrooge in a play version of "Christmas Carol".

For his last 7 years with the Company he mainly directed, the most memorable being Shaw’s "Pygmalion" and the UK premier of an American stage production of "Great Expectations".

During these years, Derek appeared in one off productions with other local Societies and in 1973 appeared at the York Festival in a semi-professional production of the record breaking, off Broadway, musical "The Fantastics". This Company, The Spectrum Theatre Group, were largely composed of staff from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the production was also staged at The Festival Theatre, Malvern, The Stables Theatre, Hastings and the Cockpit, London.

Since joining Ockley Dramatic Society, he has divided his time between acting and directing – his most enjoyable roles being Canon Throbbing in "Habeas Corpus" and Dad in "From Here To The Library" for which he was awarded the Cup for the Best Supporting Actor at the Barns Green Festival.

He was pleased to direct his favourite play, "Ring Around The Moon" in 1990 and as a Panto buff, thoroughly enjoyed directing "Aladdin" and "Dick Whittington" in tandem with the Musical Director, Jane Charman.

Last updated 17th August 2001.

Productions participated in

Don't Blame it on the Boots May 1989 Director
Too Long an Autumn May 1990 Director / Dad
A Small Affair Oct 1990 Ron / Publicity
House Guest Apr 1991 Inspector Burford / Publicity
The Boundary
Easy Stages
Nov 1991 Cricketer / Stage Manager / Publicity
Stage Manager / Publicity
Ring Round the Moon May 1992 Director / Publicity
Half an Idea Nov 1992 Sound
Rave no more
Low Comedy Woman
Jul 1993 Stage Manager / Publicity
Habeas Corpus Autumn 1993 Canon Throbbing / Publicity
Untimely Ripp'd
Curses, Foiled Again!
Spring 1994 Publicity
Co-Director / Stage Manager / Publicity
Cindy Ella
Red Riding Hood
Dec 1994 Mama / Publicity
Production Assistant / Publicity
Music Lovers
The Saxon Wives of Ellandune
May 1995 Production team / Publicity
Director / Production team / Publicity
Beyond a Joke Nov 1995 Edgar / Publicity
Last Tango in Ockley
Distracted Globe
May 1996 Publicity / Programme
Eric / Publicity / Programme
From here to the Library
The Walking Dead
May 1997 Dad / Stage Manager / Publicity / Programme
Stage Manager / Publicity / Programme
Sweet Caroline Sweet
Caught on the hop
Nov 1997 Publicity / Programme
A porter / Publicity / Programme
Aladdin Jan 1998 Director / Band: Bassoon / Publicity / Programme
The Witching Hour
What's for Pudding?
May 1998 Publicity / Programme
Dennis / Publicity / Programme
After September Nov 1998 Mr. Smith / Publicity
Dick Whittington Dec 1999 Director / Band: Bassoon / Publicity / Programme
In a Street
Anyone for Drama?
Nov 2000 Publicity / Programme
Director / Publicity / Programme
Sand Castles Nov 2001 William Patterson / Set / Box Office & Publicity