One day, Alastair France asked me if I wanted to be in the chorus of the pantomime his local group, The Harlequins, were doing. I said OK, and went along to the audition - and ended up as the Principal Boy! I also performed in another pantomime (Good Fairy this time) and many smaller productions.
Then I joined Bottisham Players and have fallen into doing whatever is required - costumes, doing the photography, production, painting, poster, programme as well as performing.
And, most recently I joined Balsham Unique Repertory and Pantomime Society, where I performed "Liz Price" in Christmas Belles 4-5 December 2009.
I've also performed with Combined Actors in Lady Windermere's Fan, 9-15 April 2002 (photo below). I did the photography for their production of The Boundary (prints) and The Real Inspector Hound (prints) 29 March - 2 April 2011, The Borrowers 7-11 Dec 2010 (prints), Charley's Aunt 29 June-3 July 2010 (prints), Breaking the Code 13-17 April 2010 (prints), Habeus Corpus 30 June - 4 July 2009 (prints) and Measure for Measure 31 March - 4 April 2009 (prints) at the ADC Theatre. And their production of The Browning Version and Harlequinade 8-12 April 2008 (prints) in Peterhouse Theatre. And I did the photography and continuity for their production of Hobson's Choice 10-14 July 2007 (prints); photography for Beauty and the Beast (prints) 5-9 December 2006; My Three Angels (prints) 4-8 July 2006; Humble Boy (prints) 28 March - 1 April 2006; photography and continuity for Hay Fever (prints) (publicity prints), 5-9 July 2005 and photography for Pride and Prejudice, 23-27 March 2004 all at the ADC Theatre.
And all photography for Bawds production of Absent Friends 5-9 April 2011 (prints), Amy, Wonderful Amy 2-6 Nov 2010 (prints), Under Milkwood 13-17 July 2010 (prints), The Woman in White 23-27 March 2010 (prints), Three Men in a Boat 4-10 Dec 2009 (prints), The Constant Wife 14-18 July 2009 (prints), The Lady in the Van 24-28 March 2009 (prints) and Rebecca 9-13 December 2008 (prints) at the ADC Theatre. And the photography for their production of Dick Barton 15-19 July 2008 (prints) at Corpus Christi playroom. And the photography for their production of Celebration and Monologue 22-26 April 2008 (prints) and David Copperfield 11-15 December 2007 (prints). All photography for their production of Murder is Announced 24-28 July 2007 (prints) - and wardrobe assistant too. Publicity photography for their production of Pygmalion 17-21 April 2007 - and again wardrobe assistant. And the photography for Little Women (prints) 12-16 December 2006. All at the ADC Theatre.
And the photography for the Cambridge Drama Festival presentation of awards 2011 and 2010. At the Mumford Theatre.
And the photography for Horseshoe Theatre's productions: Folk: Tales from a Fenland Village 1-4 April 2008 (prints) at The Round Church. Waiting for Godot 6-10 November 2007 (prints), The Caretaker 7-10 February 2007 (prints) and A Doll's House 7-11 November 2006 (prints). All at the Mumford Theatre.
And the photography for Pied Pipers' production of Beauty and the Beast 30 March - 3 April 2010 (prints), Sweet Charity 28 April - 2 May 2009 (prints) at the ADC Theatre. And I did all the photography and continuity for their production of Oklahoma! 11-15 March 2008 (prints) at the Mumford Theatre.
And the photography for SIMADS production of HMS Pinafore 7-9 April 2011 (prints) and Anything Goes 28 April-1 May 2010 (prints) at the Burgess Hall, St Ives.
And the photography for The Tempest (prints), 28 June - 2 July 2005 and The Two Gentlemen of Verona, 29 June-3 July 2004 at the Cambridge Arts Theatre. And Fuente Ovejuna July 2006 at the ADC Theatre.
And the photography for Cameo Theatre's Witness, 15-20 Nov 2010; Short Cuts and Fringe Benefits, 21-22 May 2010; A Hint of the Unknown God, November 2009; Spark in Judea, 2-15 April 2006 and Cell Talk, 2 September - 2 October 2005. Very sadly, my photographs of Rex were used by Anglia TV in their report of his untimely death.
And wardrobe assistant (what, no camera?) for Black and Blue Eyed Productions' Four Nights in Knaresborough, 25-29 September 2007.
And with the Sutton Rhythm and Blues Orchestra (aka the One Rehearsal Band!) as a backing singer for Sutton Feast 2003.