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 a past webmaster for the Talisman Theatre and Side By Side
Theatre, and remain online archivist for the Talisman. 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.
2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic when theatres were closed I wrote
a monologue and a short one-act play which I produced and directed as
audio presentations, published on YouTube, together with other plays
and monologues not of my authorship, but which I have adapted
specifically for this purpose.