When did you join Churchdown players?
In 1992 I was approached to be in the cast of “Key for Two”, a comedy with the St Andrew’s Dramatic Society, now Churchdown Players, where I have been a member for 31 years.
Have you been in any other drama groups? Can you remember the first production you were in and who you played?
Back in the late 50’s / early 60’s I helped back-stage with the Cheltenham Operatic Society (CODS), at both The Everyman and the Civic Playhouse, now the Cheltenham Playhouse.
Then quite a while later in the late 80’s, I joined the Reddings and District Amateur Dramatic Society, where I was involved in a few productions, including a pantomime in which I was given the part of the Dame.
During the last 31 years I have been cast in around 60 productions and have also been involved with productions at the King’s Theatre in Gloucester, the Playhouse in Cheltenham and even at the Everyman Theatre as part of the supernumary company in The Royal National Theatre’s production of “An Inspector Calls”.
I have played the Dame in a number of pantos both at Churchdown and the Playhouse.
What has been your favourite character that you have played?
I have two favourite parts which stick in my mind, Clive Debanks in “Love Begins at 50” in 2002, and Arnold Crouch in “Not Now Darling” performed in both 1998 and 2017. My preference is comedy (probably because it is easier to get away with a prompt or two!).
Who do you play in the hound of the Baskervilles?
In this current production I am Doctor Watson, the part I also played back in 2001.
Can you tell me a little about the character you play?
John Watson is devoted to Sherlock Holmes and enjoys sharing his adventures acting as his assistant. He is conservative, unimaginative and orthodox in his behaviour and opinions, in a way quite the opposite to Holmes.
Which would you rather be, a hero or a villain?
I have never really thought about that one as I have been cast in many different enjoyable roles, however I think that I would prefer to be a hero, as we seem to have too many villains.