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Season 62 (2009/10) Cast Members

Below are photographs and penpics of all the players who appeared in our Season 62 productions, together with a list of the roles they played.

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Ian Atkinson

Peter in Month of Sundays and Chief Warden Hodges in Dad's Army

Ian has appeared many times on the BLT stage and will be known to regular theatre-goers. His latest performances include John the footman in Jane Eyre, and an Immigration Officer in A View from the Bridge. Ian is also a valuable member of the workshop.

Dean Ambridge

Mr Wickham in Pride and Prejudice

This is Deanís first play with BLT since playing Lucentio in the Taming of the Shrew in December 2007. His debut for Bingley was as Culpepper in Katherine Howard October 2006, the play presented for the Little Theatre Guild (northern region) weekend. Credits include various theatre and TV appearances: he was the paramedic in two episodes of Emmerdale and a submarine crewman in the ITV drama Ghostboat with David Jason. Dean completed a two year course in Performing Arts at Bradford College 2001/3.

Lucy Bairstow

Miss Bingley in Pride and Prejudice

Another Kaleidoscope graduate transfering to the main house. Lucy has been accepted to Central School of Acting in London for her degree course.

Sam Ball

Clarissa Hailsham-Brown in Spider's web

The multi-talented Sam Ball has appeared on stages throughout the district, delighting audiences with her acting, singing and dancing. Her association with Bingley goes back a long way, appearing with BLT and frequently with Bingley Amateurs in musical productions. Her last appearance at BLT was in the title role in Victor/Victoria. She has also appeared as Mabel in Mack and Mabel, Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie and most recently as Nellie in Bingley Amateursí production of South Pacific.

Tom Bean

Captain Denny in Pride and Prejudice also Serviceman in Dad's Army

Tom is a member of Kaleidoscope, his last appearance with them in The Beggarís Opera, and he was on main stage in Pride and Prejudice in February.

Natalie Bartlett

Amelia in Pride and Prejudice

Peter Berry

Hill in Pride and Prejudice also Private Godfrey in Dad's Army

This will be Peterís 21st performance at BLT. He was last seen in Pride and Prejudice and he stage managed Underground. He is very active with Baildon Players.

Stephen Blundell

Michael Preston in Underground and Charles Bingley in Pride and Prejudice

Stephenís first acting role with BLT was as Smokey in Bad Blood, his latest being Michael Preston in Underground, October 2009. Apart from acting Stephen has brought his considerable expertise to the lighting and effects department having worked on Somethingís Afoot, Dead Funny , Night of the Iguana and latterly as the lighting designer for Present Laughter, June 2009.

Jim Brooks

Tramp in Underground

A regular behind the scenes as Effects Manager, Jim is also no stranger in front of the footlights, last being seen on stage here as Constable Downs in Tom, Dick and Harry.

Mark Brown

Mr Yeatman the Verger in Dad's Army

Since appearing in The Night of the Iguana Mark has played several parts and was recently seen in last seasonís Present Laughter. He is a member of the Reading and Casting Committee.

Jackie Campbell

Julia in Month of Sundays

Jackie is new to BLTís stage but comes with a wonderful pedigree in musicals. For 10 years she was heavily involved in the Guiseley Youth Theatre, but more recently has appeared on the Ilkley Playhouse theatre. In fact she worked there on Straight and Narrow with her now director, Robin Martin.

Haydn Cavanagh

Gordon in F.A.H.E.T.W.G.D.S. production of A Christmas Carol

Haydn has directed and acted in numerous BLT productions over a long period time, most recently on the BLT stage in his hilarious impersonation of Harry Kerwood in the hit comedy Tom, Dick and Harry. Haydn lives in Harden and is a keen member of Harden Horticultural Society and opened his garden in July this year in support of Manorlands.

Rhiannon Cawthorne

Nurse Wilson in Month of Sundays

Rhiannon, although fairly new to BLT has established her credentials as a talented actress with her last role at this theatre as the long suffering wife in Tom, Dick and Harry. Her other appearances on our stage were in the plays, Taming of the Shrew, and the unforgettable, Ladiesí Day.

Paul Chewins

Henry Hailsham-Brown in Spider's Web

Another of our prolific actors, Paul has been involved in over 150 plays. He also directs and produces many plays in and around the area. His most recent appearance for BLT was as Garry Essendine in Present Laughter. Previously he had appeared in Much Ado about Nothing, Pygmalion, and Katherine Howard.

Sandra Chewins

Thelma in F.A.H.E.T.W.G.D.S. production of A Christmas Carol

An experienced and much sought after local actress who has performed at Bradford Playhouse and with experimental theatre group "The Silverhammer", playing Mephistopheles in Faust and Barbara Streisand in For Sale. Her last BLT role was as Susan in Good Things. Sandra is married to popular local actor, Paul Chewins.

Helen Clarke

Mrs Fox in Dad's Army

Helen has been involved in amateur theatre for over 25 years, acting, choreographing and directing for many societies. She last appeared at Bingley as Grace Poole in Jane Eyre.

Howard Clements

Barry in Lust in The Dust and Private Walker in Dad's Army

Howard has been a regular on stage for BLT over the past few years appearing in Season's Greetings, Out of Order, 'Allo 'Allo and Wait Until Dark. This season he will also be appearing in Kick in the Baubles for Keighley Playhouse. He continues to appear with the Dial M for Murder Company along with Director Richard Walsh and other members of the cast.

Hazel Cooper

Amanda in Pride and Prejudice

Jan Darnbrough

Elizabeth in Lust in The Dust and Director Pride and Prejudice

Jan needs no introduction to the regular BLT patrons. An accomplished actress whose most recent BLT appearance was as Elizabeth in Lust in the Dust in September 2009. Currently, making her mark as a director having directed Jane Eyre in March 2009 and now Pride and Prejudice. Jan completes her year as Vice Chairman in May 2010 when she takes over as Chairman from Phil Holbrough.

Bradley Davis

Young Man 3 in Pride and Prejudice

June Driver

Felicity Allender in Underground

June is a past BLT Chairman and a regular on stage both here and at Keighley Playhouse. A versatile servant of BLT, June was also involved in producing the memorable costumes for Kaleidoscope's recent production of The Boyfriend.

David Elliott

U-Boat Captain in Dad's Army

We first saw David at Bingley in Death of a Salesman, latterly in Jane Eyre. He is very involved with the Great Horton Theatre Company.

Frank Etchells

Guard in Underground

Frankís first appearance for BLT was in A View from the Bridge in 2006. Since then has become a familiar face at BLT including a highly praised performance as Hortensio in our 60th Season gala production of The Taming of the Shrew.

Jason Evens

Bill Fellows in Underground and Guy Fitzwilliam in Pride and Predjudice

Jason works behind the scenes in our technical department at BLT running both lighting and effects as well as appearing in plays. Most recently played Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre and Nigel Rancour in Something's Afoot.

Julian Freeman

Asst. Director in Lust in The Dust, Dr Alex Farquhar in Mindgames and Captain Mainwaring in Dad's Army

Julian is well known to BLT audiences as a fine actor of great versatility. In August 2009 Julian made his directing debut as assistant to Gilly Rogers in Lust in the Dust, taking over the helm for a couple of weeks whilst Gilly was in the USA. Having enjoyed the experience, he may venture down that route again some day. Currently Julian is a member of BLTís Reading and Casting Committee.

Katy Gaul

Gwyneth (pianist) in F.A.H.E.T.W.G.D.S. production of A Christmas Carol

Katy studied music and ethnomusicality at Durham University and has composed and directed music for many theatre productions including A Midsummer Night's Dream and Canterbury Tales for Kaleidoscope and musical accompaniment for the main house production of Something's Afoot.

Tanya Gillow

Lydia Bennet in Pride and Prejudice

This young actress is a talented member of Kaleidoscope. Having enjoyed performing in Dracula Spectacula and playing Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Nightís Dream, Nancy in The Boyfriend and Chaunticleer in Chaucerís Canterbury Tales, she now makes her debut on the main house stage. She is also a gifted musician playing flute in the Bradford Youth Orchestra and Bradford Youth Wind Orchestra. It becomes a family affair when her mother lends a hand not only doing props for Kaleidoscope but occasionally for BLT productions.

Rosemary Grainger

Director F.A.H.E.T.W.G.D.S. production of A Christmas Carol

Rosemary, who taught English and Drama at Bradford Girls Grammar School, has for the last six years been responsible for our youth drama group, Kaleidoscope. She directed our recent main house productions of Katherine Howard and Ladies in Retirement and has been involved in other ways including ASM, prompt and props.

Claire Gregson

Buffet Attendant in Dad's Army

This is Claireís first appearance on the main house stage. She is one of our junior actors with experience helping with props.

Pam Gresty

Lady Catherine De Bourgh in Pride and Prejudice

Pam is delighted to be involved in her first production for BLT. However, she has a wealth of experience over many years with amateur theatre in different areas of the country, playing a variety of roles. An early experience was with Liverpoolís Shakespeare Players which was followed by ten happy years with Bradford Civic Playhouse where her favourite roles included Marsha in The Three Sisters and Titania in A Midsummer Nightís Dream. Pam moved to Yorkshire in 2009 to be closer to her family.

Peter Hall

Sir Rowland Delahaye in Spider's Web

We are pleased to welcome back Peter, who last appeared for BLT in Victor/Victoria in 2005, along with Sam Ball and Phil Holbrough. He has been involved with BLT for many years and was especially busy around the time of the move to our new premises in 1974 when he made his debut in A Flea in her Ear. He then appeared in Guys and Dolls, which was the last show in the old premises in 1974.

Faye Hardy

Waitress in Dad's Army

This will be Fayeís first stage performance but for the last 2 years she has been very involved backstage in lighting, props and prompting as well as bar attendant.

Nikita Heaton

Belinda in Pride and Prejudice

David Helliwell

Graham Craig in Underground, Cooper in Month of Sundays and Private Frazier in Dad's Army

David is a past chairman of BLT and his wife Catherine is currently BLT secretary. David is a well established and accomplished BLT member and West Riding actor. He appeared most recently in Underground for BLT, in pantomime at BAOS and Great Hortonís The Likes of Us.

Graeme Holbrough

Vicar in Dad's Army

Graeme, the theatreís treasurer, is a stalwart of the workshop team. As an actor he has recently played in ĎAllo ĎAllo and The Taming of the Shrew.

Joann Holbrough

Mrs Lake in Pride and Prejudice

Phil Holbrough

Oliver Costello in Spider's Web

Phil is well known to audiences at BLT for his appearances on stage over several years. He appeared in Victor/Victoria alongside Sam Ball, Peter Hall and Tim Lobley, and more recently in Visiting Mr Green, ĎAllo ĎAllo, Dead Funny, The Taming of the Shrew, Seasonís Greetings and the Studio production of Art, with Gareth James. Off stage, he is often in the control box operating lights and effects and has just finished his year as Chairman of the Theatre.

Imogen Hoddy

Agatha in Pride and Prejudice

Martine Illingworth

Miss Ironside/Mrs Prosser in Dad's Army

Apart from her numerous responsibilities in the organisation of BLT, Martine has appeared on stage for Bingley Operatic Society where her most notable performance was as the back end of a cow! She last appeared for BLT in Ladiesí Day.

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Charlie Jagger

Private Hancock in Dad's Army

Charlie has been a member of the workshop team for many years and is also Front of House Manager for the plays.

Tom Jagger

Young man 2 in Pride and Prejudice

Gareth James

Constable Jones in Spider's Web

We welcome Gareth back to the main house stage at BLT; his last appearance was as Yvan in the Studio production of Art, alongside Phil Holbrough.
His previous appearances have been in And Then There Were None, Silhouette, Memory of Water, A Flea in her Ear and The Taming of the Shrew.

Selina Johal

Nurse Plimpton in Mindgames

Not only is this Selinaís acting debut with BLT, it is her first acting role on a main house stage. Her previous experience has been as a drama teacher with Holy Family School, Keighley, working on all aspects of school productions and small acting parts with Churches Together, Haworth. One of her favourite pastimes is ballroom and modern dancing, another is travelling. She spent her honeymoon Ďback packingí down the east coast of Africa. Whilst travelling in Pakistan, Selina visited Punjab Ė her fatherís birthplace.

Phil Jordan

Tony Porter in Underground, Mr Collins in Pride and Prejudice and Lance Corporal Jones in Dad's Army

Phil has been involved in several productions at BLT, beginning with Dry Rot September 2003. He was Peter the Painter in Sweet William and Herr Flick in ĎAllo ĎAllo, a part he made his own and which he played to maximum effect.

Laura Judge

Mrs Pike in Dad's Army

After a busy year playing with other local societies, namely Keighley, Ilkley and Yeadon, Laura returns to BLT to play Mrs Pike. She was last seen here in Present Laughter.

Gerard Kennedy

Charles in Lust in The Dust

A newcomer to the BLT stage this season who brings with him a wealth of experience earned with Keighley Playhouse. Gerard has written a musical based on the Cottingley Fairies which has been performed at the Bingley Arts Centre.

David Kirk

Jeremy Warrender in Spider's Web

A big fan of Agatha Christie novels, David is pleased to be a member of this cast. He has traditionally been associated with musicals rather than plays, although he says that as he gets older plays are becoming infinitely more attractive as they have no song and dance routines! He was last seen here in Present Laughter and in Somethingís Afoot in 2008.

Neil Lloyd

Private Pike in Dad's Army

Neil started his acting career in the Green Room (as Kaleidoscope was then called) in 1973 and Safter many performances at Bradford Playhouse has returned to the Bingley Stage. He is now 49 and will be playing a 20 year old, but points out that Ian Lavender was 42 when he played Pike!

Tim Lobley

Inspector Lord in Spider's Web

Tim has appeared in a variety of roles for BLT over several years. He, too, appeared in Victor/Victoria with Sam Ball, Peter Hall and Phil Holbrough. Since then he has featured in Double Double, Death of a Salesman, Sweet William and most recently as Henry Lyppiat in Present Laughter. He has also appeared for Saddleworth Players and Keighley Playhouse.

Lois Nuttall

Jane Bennett in Pride and Prejudice

We welcome Lois who is making her BLT debut in this production. She began her acting career by studying drama at Parkside Secondary School at both GCSE and A Level.

Alison Main

Mercedes in F.A.H.E.T.W.G.D.S. production of A Christmas Carol

Alison's role in "A Christmas Carol" was a welcome return to comedy after her last BLT role as the cold murderess in Ladies in Retirement. Alison feels that acting is a continuation of her day job teaching English as a foreign language which provides valuable inspiration for roles requiring an accent.

Rebecca Main

Ivy Samways in Dad's Army

Since joining BLT last year Rebecca has done much work backstage including sound, props and was ASM for Mindgame. This will be the first time she has trod the boards since her school days.

Kat Martin

Felicity in F.A.H.E.T.W.G.D.S. production of A Christmas Carol

A recently joined member of Kaleidoscope who took part in this year's Mini Youth Drama Festival in York and is making her adult debut this season in A Christmas Carol. Kat is a member of the Bradford Youth Players and an assistant Ballroom/Latin dance teacher and will be taking her Grade 8 LAMDA exams this year.

Robin Martin

Hugo Birch in Spider's Web and Director Month of Sundays

Robin is heavily involved with BLT both on and off stage, and has been for many years. He most recently directed A Month of Sundays. Previously he has directed We Happy Few, Five Blue Haired Ladies Sitting on a Green Park Bench and Good Things. He had cameo roles in the latter two plays, but we will be seeing much more of him on stage in this production.

Stephen Mason

Elgin in Spider's Web and Mr Gordon in Dad's Army

Stephen is frequently involved in BLT productions, either on, or back stage. He is a valuable member of the set-building team and designed the set for Five Blue Haired Ladies Sitting on a Green Park Bench. He works on Props and will sometimes greet you as you arrive at the theatre as he takes his turn as Front of House Manager. On stage he has appeared in a variety of character roles, most recently as Reverend Wood in Jane Eyre.

Andrew Mitchell

John Brooks in Underground

Andrew made his BLT debut in this season's production of Underground but has formerly appeared in Keighley with David Knight's Comedy Players in a variety of comedy sketches. He also has connections with Keighley junior group HYT.

Julie-Marie Mitchell

Charlotte Lucas in Pride and Prejudice

Rebecca Mitchell

Sue Thomas in Underground and Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice

Rebecca has a wealth of experience and enthusiasm for amateur theatre, having begun dancing lessons aged 4, before progressing to drama schools at the age of 11. This summer was spent teaching in Drama Workshops with the Double Take Drama School. A pupil at Oakbank School, Rebecca is studying for an A Level in performing arts and has been involved both backstage and on stage at Keighley Playhouse playing roles in Gingerbread Lady and Blood Brothers.

Deborah Mouat

Penny in Lust in The Dust

Deborah is involved in many areas at BLT from set painting to props and wardrobes. Last season she played two very contrasting roles in our productions of Perfect Pitch and Present Laughter.

Debbie Neal

Mrs Gardiner in Pride and Prejudice

Grace Partington

Pippa Hailsham Brown in Spider's Web

This is Graceís debut on BLTís main house stage, although she appeared in the Kaleidoscope production of Chaucerís Canterbury Tales last year, taking the part of Lady Rowena Vixen. She has been with Kaleidoscope for about 6 years and has recently passed her Grade 6 LAMDA exam. She appeared as a Victorian school-girl at the Saltaire Festival in the play Schooling Miss Martha, which was written and produced by Harriet Townsend. We wish Grace all the best for her future acting endeavours!

Jeff Peacock

Colonel in Dad's Army

A man of many parts, Jeffís last plays were ĎAllo ĎAllo and The Taming of the Shrew. Jeff has for many years been the theatreís House Manager.

David Poole

Sargeant Wilson in Dad's Army

David has played at BLT (and other societies in the district) for many years. He last appeared at Bingley in Good Things and was Uncle Ben in Death of a Salesman.

Paula Randall

Elizabeth Snowden (Understudy - some performances) in Underground and Edith Parish in Dad's Army

Paula was doing props for Underground in October when a member of cast was taken ill; she had a script thrust in her hand and found herself on stage. By the end of the run she was word perfect. Since then she has worked on sound for The Christmas Carol and The Beggarís Opera.

Jenny Reavill

Lady Lucas in Pride and Prejudice

Charlie Reynard

Maggie in Pride and Prejudice

Abbe Robinson

Director Underground

Abbe acted here at BLT when she was in her teens and returns this season as Director. In the interim she has worked for many years as an Assistant Director in film and TV, recently progressing to being commissioned as a writer/director in films.

Gilly Rogers

Director in Lust in The Dust
Mrs. Reece in F.A.H.E.T.W.G.D.S. production of A Christmas Carol

Hardly needing any introduction to BLT regulars, Gilly has a host of fine theatrical performances on both sides of the footlights behind her. Last season she played Marjorie in Good Things and directed I'll be Back Before Midnight here at BLT. In Dadís Army she once more demonstrates that her versatility knows no bounds with her musical accompaniment to the antics of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard.

Lee Russell

Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice

Although this is Leeís first production with BLT he has been involved in local amateur theatre, mainly with Ilkley Playhouse, since February 2007. His most recent performance for Ilkley was as Jake in the Neil Simon play Jakeís Woman, September 2009. Two further performances to his credit are Danny in The Puppet Man by Russell Raintree, November 2008, and Guy Haines in Strangers on a Train by Craig Warner at The Carriageworks, Leeds.

Tom Streatfield

Young Man 1 in Pride and Prejudice

Gordon Sugden

Aylott in Month of Sundays

Gordon says:- ďHaving appeared at BLT for over 40 years (I canít believe it), I have now reached an appropriate age to appear in A Month of Sundays. I was last seen in 5 Blue Haired Ladies, previously in Visiting Mr. GreenĒ.

David Templeton

Alexander Howard in Underground, Mark Styler in Mindgame and Director Spider's Web

David is one of the more accomplished and indispensable members of BLT! As well as being joint ticket secretary and a trustee of the theatre, he regularly acts, directs, and stage manages productions. He is also involved in Keighley and Ilkley Playhouses. He has had a particularly busy time since last summer; he directed Present Laughter, the final play of last season, and has appeared this season, as the villainous Alexander Howard in Underground, and as Mark Styler in Mindgame.

Yvonne Templeton

Mrs Baker in Month of Sundays

Another valuable member of the BLT team, Yvonne shares the season ticket duties with her husband David, makes her presence felt in both the props, (Mindgame / Spiderís Web) and wardrobes (Allo Allo) departments as well as stage management. On top of all these duties she finds time to act in many plays, including the likes of, Bad Blood, and The Weekend.

Dennis J. Tetley

Private Sponge/Porter in Dad's Army

Dennis has been very involved with Bingley Operatic Society and the Gilbert and Sullivan Society where he has played many roles. He has also played various small parts for BLT from time to time.

Muriel Thomas

Mildred Peake in Spider's Web

Muriel brings a wealth of skill and experience to this role, having been involved in amateur theatre for over 50 years, both acting and directing. She has done the majority of her work for Bradford Playhouse (now The Priestley), and Calverley Players. She has taken on musical roles for several Bradford societies, and directed Me and my Girl for Pudsey Trinity. For BLT she appeared in Not Now Darling, Stringerís Last Stand, Alan Bennetís Green Forms and A Visit from Miss Prothero. More recently she was seen in We Happy Few and Ladies in Retirement.

Richard Thompson

Director in Mindgames

Having started out as a Ďjuvenile leadí, Richard has been a member of BLT for the past 30 years and involved in most areas of the theatre both on stage and backstage. According to Richard, although he has lit more plays than he cares to think about, his most challenging - stretching his creativity - was this seasonís Underground. Always the perfectionist, ďwhich is a good thingĒ he says. He has lit shows for other companies both in Yorkshire and elsewhere and has been a member of the Association of Lighting Designers for the past sixteen years.

Kathryn Tonks

Elizabeth Snowden in Underground

Kathryn is a newcomer to BLT but has previously appeared in many musicals and plays with other local society's, particularly her "home" society of Buttershaw St. Paul's. Kathryn's first appearance on the amateur stage came at the age of 2!

Richard Walsh

Director Dad's Army

This is Richardís first production here at BLT. As a member of Keighley Playhouse for many years Richard has directed Beyond Reasonable Doubt and most recently Moon over Buffalo. Richard was delighted to be asked to direct Dadís Army as he is a great fan of the TV series and in fact has included many of the well known characters in a theme he wrote, which was performed by his own professional Murder Mystery Company, Dial M for Murder. Several BLT members are active actors in his company.

Jill Whitehouse

Mrs Gray in Dad's Army

Jill is making her very welcome debut with BLT but has appeared at Keighley Playhouse and Yeadon AODS. Both her daughters, Beth and Emily, are members of Kaleidoscope.

Ian Wilkinson

Jim Maclain in Underground

A regular on stage at BLT as well as being a member of the reading and casting committee along with his wife Gilly Rogers. Most recently for BLT played the boorish caravanner Grant in last season's production of Perfect Pitch.

Guy Wilman

Mr Bennet in Pride and Prejudice

Guy is well known to both BLT and Keighley Playhouse audiences; a seasoned actor who has made numerous appearances with both theatres. Recently he gave a memorable performance as Norman alongside June Driverís portrayal of Ethel in On Golden Pond at Keighley Playhouse. Appearances in other plays include An Inspector Calls, Quartet and A Servant to Two Masters. In Pride and Prejudice he is reunited on stage with Sue Wood who plays Mrs Bennet. They also acted together in Memory of Water.

Katrina Wood

Fliss in Lust in The Dust

Katrina made a big impression on her BLT debut last season as Jan in I'll be Back Before Midnight. Although a relatively recent recruit to BLT, Katrina has had much experience in plays and musicals with other groups around the region.

Sue Wood

Mrs Bennet in Pride and Prejudice

Sue joined BLT in 1977, since when she has been involved is some exciting and challenging roles. Her latest part was Mary in Memory of Water. Guy Wilman played her partner. Her favourite role was Helen in A Nightingale Sang where Phil Jordan (Mr Collins) played opposite her as her love interest. She has also directed two BLT Studio plays, written by local playwright Amanda Collins, The Colour of Contradiction and News.



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