interested in theatre, especially performing, very early on, and participated
in many school productions from about the age of seven. Theatre as a
career, however, was not considered by my family to be a suitable option,
so the profession was saved at least one overcrowding element! As a
non-professional I have been lucky to play many great rôles that probably
would otherwise have eluded me.
as a singer and between 1961 and 1974 I performed, almost exclusively,
the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan with Coventry Savoy Opera and Spa
Opera of Leamington Spa, specialising in comic baritone rôles, although,
from time to time, I also played a tenor lead. Looking back, the only
G&S opera that I didn’t perform during that period was "The Grand Duke".
Towards the end of that time I also played Motel, the tailor, in the
British amateur premiere of "Fiddler on the Roof" with Spa Opera.
early 70s I was finding that the long rehearsal periods required by
the musical companies were beginning to pall, and I was longing to get
into straight drama where six week, intensive rehearsal periods were
the norm. So, in 1972 there began a very long association with the Loft
Theatre Company in Leamington. Apart from a couple of breaks, each
of about six years, this continues on an occasional basis. During this
time I have been fortunate enough to play many exciting rôles in some
wonderful plays. I also continued to make a few appearances with Spa
Opera up until 1997.
I joined the Talisman
Theatre Company in Kenilworth which, like the Loft, is a member
of the Little
Theatre Guild (LTG). At the time, this was specifically to play
Antonio in "The Merchant of Venice", but for seven years I performed
almost exclusively there. However, since returning to the Loft in 2005,
I have appeared at both theatres and in 2009 made my debut at the Criterion
Theatre in Coventry.
to time, I have also enjoyed taking on the occasional ‘professional’
engagement, filming historical documentaries, and rôle-playing for various
organisations. In 2003 I spent an enjoyable 12 months writing theatre
reviews for the BBC WM website. Sadly, BBC economies brought these to
a premature end. For three years I toured some anthologies that I put
together as entertainments for club meetings, but finished evening presentations
at the end of 2009, as they were limiting availability for other performing
activities. I still take the odd daytime booking though. I am also webmaster
for the Talisman Theatre and Side By Side Theatre. 2011 marked the 50th
anniversary of my first production in adult theatre, and I was pleased
to be able to share that anniversary with the Criterion's 50th whilst
appearing there in "Guys and Dolls". 2012 was another notable year in
which I shared my 70th birthday with the Talisman's 70th.