Dave is another person who needs little introduction if you have followed our group for a while. Spent many years on the committee and has also done some directing. Always keen to be involved and happy to take on most parts and make them his own and get the audience to laugh.
How long have you been with The Curtain Callers (formerly Churchdown Players)?
In 1992 I was approached by the St Andrew’s Dramatic Society to take part in “Key for two”, a comedy which they were having difficulty in casting. 32 years later I am still with the group, having changed venue to be Churchdown Players and again very recently to The Curtain Callers for this our first production.
Have you been in any other drama groups?
Back in the late 50’s early 60’s I assisted 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 in Cheltenham.
Can you remember the first production you were in and who you played?
I cannot remember my first production at the Reddings, (it’s bad enough remembering lines), but I do remember playing the part of the Dame in one of their pantos.
During the last 32 years I have been cast in excess of 60 productions, including other venues, the Playhouse in Cheltenham and the King’s Theatre in Gloucester. I was also part of the supernumerary company in The Royal National Theatre’s production of “An Inspector Calls” at the Everyman Theatre.
I have played the Dame in a number of pantos at both Churchdown and the Playhouse. There could be a hint of the Dame again in this forthcoming production??
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.
Is there a specific production you would love to be in?
I cannot think of any specific production, I have been happy to take part in whatever comes up.
However, I do prefer comedy (probably because it is easier to get away with a prompt or two!).
Who do you play in ‘Out of Focus’ and can you tell us a little about your character?
In this production I play the part of Bob Enfield, the same part I played when we put on the play previously in 2008. Bob is a rather “hen pecked” husband to Kath, who fancies his secretary Linda.
Things do not work out as planned in more ways than one, including the badminton match booking at the church hall, which clashes with other bookings, concluding with a disastrous pantomime and after show party.