Current Season
Season 64 (2011/12) Cast Members

Below are photographs and penpics of all the players who appeared in our Season 64 productions, together with a list of the roles they played.

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David Ayres

Dids in End of the Food Chain

Although making his debut with BLT David has some experience as a professional actor.
This includes playing Emmett Eaffrey in the BBC Screen 2 film, Criminal. Other appearances have been in Touch of Frost, Emmerdale and Coronation Street.
His most recent amateur part was Mr Grange in the Tripwire Theatre Company production of Reservoir Dogs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Currently he is singing in a metal band called Old School Enemy.

Vicky Bandy

Sarah in The Accrington Pals

Vicky has appeared in a number of Kaleidoscope productions and since leaving them has continued her involvement doing makeup for their last production The Would-be Gentleman and ASM for The Boyfriend. Her first venture backstage was as one of the very large Props Team in Victor/Victoria. Her main stage performances have been in Katherine Howard, Charlotte in The Weekend, and Leah in Jane Eyre. She also played Leah in Sally Edward’s Plain Eyre.

Andrew Bailey

Macbeth's Servant in Macbeth

Liam Barry

Morgan Richards in Fatal Attraction

This is Liam’s second appearance at BLT having made his acting debut in The Good Companions. His main acting experience, he says, is to direct his team of telesales people for a local IT company. His mum says he is a ‘born actor’ so he’s just checking.

Christian Beaumont

Macduff's Son in Macbeth

Gabriel Bowden

Macduff's Son in Macbeth

Josh Breeze

Archie Fellowes in
The Shop at Sly Corner

Donalbain in Macbeth

It’s good to have “home-grown” acting talent on stage in a Main House production. Josh is a former member of Kaleidoscope, who appeared as Macheath in The Beggar’s Opera, and as Jourdain in The Would-be Gentleman. He has also appeared in various plays at the Saltaire Festival. His acting career is looking promising, as he has been accepted as a member of the prestigious National Youth Theatre and will be attending castings in March, with the hope of being allocated a role in one of their productions. We wish him all the very best for that!

Mark Brown

Arthur in The Accrington Pals

Mark is probably best known for the many comedy parts he has played over the years including Fred in Present Laughter, Brian in Dead Funny and the Verger in Dad’s Army. However he surprised many with his excellent portrayal of George Deever in All My Sons, a role which he says ‘was a challenge but was very enjoyable’. Mark is a keen supporter of Kaleidoscope and is actively involved with the Studio, he will be making his directorial debut in December with the Studio production of Cruise Missile.

Louise Button

Lady macbeth in Macbeth

This is a return visit to BLT for Louise, her first appearance being in The Handyman in May 2004.
She has played many roles at the Ilkley Playhouse, including Popcorn, Jungle Book, Fallen Angels and Kindertransport. To show her versatility she annually plays Fairy Loulabelle at the Addingham Village Gala.

Mervyn Button

Director for End of the Food Chain

Also Macduff in Macbeth

Well known to local audiences as both actor and director, he previously directed the 2010 production of Good Things and will be directing Ilkley Playhouse’s production of Under the Milk Wood in November.
His most recent role for BLT was Dr Jim Bayliss in last season’s much acclaimed staging of All my Sons. He takes to the stage again later this year playing Macduff in Bingley’s production of Macbeth. A point of interest: Mervyn once lived next door to Paul McCrink one of the original cast of The End of the Food Chain. Mervyn’s opinion of this play was ‘funny and a bit dark’.

Anthony Calvert

John Elliot in The Shop at Sly Corner

Anthony has been a member of BLT for many years and is a past Chairman, as well as having served on the Reading and Casting Committee. He has taken part in many productions including Tomb With a View, Wait until Dark, A Flea in her Ear and most recently in My Boy Jack. He is also a member of Keighley Playhouse and appeared in The Flint Street Nativity last December.

Jackie Campbell

Angela Snow in
The Darling Buds of May

Jackie has great experience locally, much of it in musicals, and sings with The Inspiration Choir. At Bingley she was in the play Month of Sundays and also appeared as Sandra in Lovers at Versailles.
She regularly appears at Guiseley and Ilkley, where her latest appearance was in the Alan Bennett play Habeas Corpus where she played Connie, a spinster who has breast implants!

Laura Campbell

Maggie Stratton in
Fatal Attraction

Laura has played many times with BLT and Keighley Playhouse including ‘Allo ‘Allo, Tomb with a View and was last seen here in It Runs in the Family in December. Since then she has appeared in Habeas Corpus with Laura Judge at Keighley Playhouse.

Haydn Cavanagh

Ewan in End of the Food Chain

Haydn is a talented actor and director whose association with BLT stretches over a long period of time. Roles include his memorable ‘Puck’ in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1988 to Gordon, the only male member of The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society 2009.
Haydn, who lives in Harden, directed the Harden Players 2010 production of The 39 Steps.
His most recent stage appearance was with the Keighley Amateur Operatic Society’s 2011 production of Music Man.

Rhiannon Cawthorne

Miss Short in Inspector Drake

Rhiannon was last seen on stage here as Thelma in Pack of Lies, with a very authentic Liverpool accent! Her acting credits include parts in A Month of Sundays, Tom Dick and Harry and The Taming of the Shrew. She has also appeared in BLT’s Studio, at Keighley Playhouse, and with the Just Happy To Be Here theatre group. Audiences will also often have seen her in her role as Front of House Manager for the Arts Centre. Rhiannon also now teaches the senior Kaleidoscope group and works in wardrobes, overseeing costume hire.

Sonia Cheater

Sarah in Entertaining Angels

We welcome back Sonia to the BLT stage. She made her debut here last year, playing Lydia Lubey in All My Sons. Before that she had played Gossamer Beynon in Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood with the Burley Millennium Theatre Group. She is a member of the Act Up North Company, which specialises in teaching students acting techniques for both television and film. She has also taken part in two short films for the forty-eight hour film challenge in Bradford (2010). Sonia says that this is the largest role she has taken and she was both excited and nervous to be given the part. She thinks playing Sarah, a vicar, will definitely be a challenge but expects it to be very rewarding. She has found the humour between the characters, covering their underlying insecurities, to be so realistic and typically British.

Paul Chewins

Macbeth in Macbeth

An actor and director of great experience and versatility, Paul enjoys appearing in both musicals and straight plays. He has recently been seen in Cabaret for Yeadon Amateur Operatic Society and is to direct Nunsense locally in June 2012.
His theatrical credits include Present Laughter, The Good Companions, Pygmalion, Katherine Howard and Much Ado About Nothing.

Sandra Chewins

Ma Larkin in
The Darling Buds of May

Sandra was last seen on the main house stage here a year ago when she took the role of Kate Keller in All My Sons. Since then, in complete contrast, she appeared opposite Jan Darnbrough in the studio production of the comedy Cruise Missile. Sandra has great experience as an actor, and has been involved with a variety of companies, and also has an interest in experimental theatre. Her husband, Paul has just appeared at BLT as Macbeth, and daughter Jessica is a member of Kaleidoscope.

Helen Clarke

Ma Larkin in
The Darling Buds of May

We welcome Helen back to BLT to play another larger than life character, Ma Larkin. Her last role here was as Cpl. Jones’s “love interest”, Mrs Fox, in Dad’s Army two years ago. Previously, she appeared in Jane Eyre as Grace Poole and directed and acted in Nunsense. Helen is well known for her performances in plays and musicals throughout the district, and she also choreographs and directs. Since she last appeared at BLT, she has appeared in Gypsy and Beauty and the Beast at Yeadon, and as Mrs Blitstein in Blitz for the Debut Theatre School.

Patricia Clough

Ruth in Entertaining Angels

There are few roles in this theatre that Patricia has not undertaken, being a past President, Chairman (twice), Treasurer, Trustee, besides helping with wardrobes, props and prompting. But it will be as an actress that she is best known and appreciated by Bingley audiences, having played very many parts since starting in Dandy Dick in 1963. She last appeared in Season’s Greetings in 2008. Between those, some of her favourite parts were in When We Are Married, Stepping Out, Say Who You Are, Noises Off, Habeas Corpus, Rape of the Belt and Confusions. Patricia is also well known in this area for her humorous speeches and includes theatre as one of her two favourite subjects. The other is men!

Jan Darnbrough

Director for
The Darling Buds of May

Jan can really be said to be a stalwart of BLT as she works tirelessly for the theatre. She was Chairman from 2010 to 2011 and has just retired from four years as a member of the Reading and Casting Committee. However, she has soon filled up her time as Chairman of Studio, and, since BLT took over the running of the Arts Centre, she has been (and still is!) the office manager. Jan has also acted and directed in the district for many years in plays and musicals in Bingley, Keighley, Bradford and Leeds. She directed Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre at Bingley and her latest appearance on stage was as Elizabeth Trant in The Good Companions a year ago.

John Darnbrough

Ralph in The Accrington Pals

John is a past member of Kaleidoscope appearing in Our Day Out, Nell’s Bells and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He is now working as an Assistant with the group. He made his first venture on stage in Oliver with Keighley Amateurs at the age of eleven and has appeared with Bingley Amateurs in The White Horse Inn. His family has been involved with BLT for many years and it’s good to see John carrying on the family tradition with enthusiasm.

June Driver

Grace in Entertaining Angels

June is a well-known face at BLT, both as an accomplished actress, a past Chairman and sometimes Thursday barmaid. Her most recent performance here was as Felicity Allender in Underground in 2009, but before that she appeared as Martha in The Cracked Pot, Flora Pelmet in We Happy Few and Leonora Fiske in Ladies in Retirement. She is also a regular actress at Keighley Playhouse, recently playing Mrs Wicksteed in Habeas Corpus. June also does social and backstage work, and members have been seen to hide when she approaches with a sheet headed ‘Prompts’, as she seeks volunteers to take on this vital but unglamorous role.

David Edler

Banguo in Macbeth

We welcome Dave to his first role at BLT. He comes to us with a wealth of experience; after training at the E15 Drama School his theatrical credits include Julius Caesar, Strippers, national tours of Sinbad the Sailor, with Snap Theatre Company and the International Theatre for Children.
He also directed Up ‘n’ Under in a national tour of India and has appeared on TV in, among others, Casualty and Persuasion.

Marth Edwards

Victoria Larkin 1 in
The Darling Buds of May

Martha, along with her Mum, Dad and sister is becoming a regular performer in Bingley. She is a member of Kaleidoscope and was memorable as Lady Chalfont in the play Hotel Casablanca, and as a strange polar bear in Sherlock Penguin both written by her Mum, Sally. She has performed at school in Bugsy Malone, and also enjoys being in the school choir.

Henry Eglin

Steve Hubbard in
The Shop at Sly Corner and Montgomery 1 in
The Darling Buds of May

Henry has appeared in many Kaleidoscope productions, notably as the Philosopher in The Would Be Gentleman for which he received a performance award in the Wharfedale Festival of Theatre. He also recently gained his Grade 7 acting award with LAMDA. This is his second performance on the Main House stage this year, as he took the part of Steve Hubbard in The Shop at Sly Corner.
He is currently preparing for his A level exams, hoping to study Law at Huddersfield University, so we wish him every success.

Stuart Farrell

Sir George Bluff-Gore in
The Darling Buds of May

If you happen to take a taxi in Skipton, and the driver asks you to go through his lines with him, the chances are you’ve got into Stuart Farrell’s cab! Never one to waste the opportunity of an audience, Stuart has appeared in many productions at BLT, the most recent being Something’s Afoot and It Runs in the Family.

Julian Freeman

Pop Larkin in
The Darling Buds of May

Julian is amongst our most versatile lead actors. He has taken the demanding main roles in the two Arthur Miller plays which have been staged recently by BLT, and by contrast he appeared as Captain Mainwaring in Dad’s Army. He was also assistant director for BLT’s last play, Macbeth. Over the past few years he has acted in several local amateur theatres, and professionally. Last year he appeared with the Mind the Gap Theatre Company in a production of Quentin Tarrantino’s Reservoir Dogs which went on tour and raised over £1000 for the two charities Myeloma UK and BEAT.

Frank Etchells

Murderer 3 in Macbeth

Tanya Gillow

Joan Deal in The Shop at Sly Corner

Tanya is another former member of Kaleidoscope who has become a valuable participant in Main House productions, both as an actor and on the technical team, being lighting designer for It Runs in the Family and Fatal Attraction and lighting operator in See How They Run. On stage, Tanya appeared as Lydia Bennett in Pride and Prejudice and was also in Dad’s Army. Tanya’s Mum, Rowena is now involved backstage in main house productions, after having worked for some time on props for Kaleidoscope, and, just to keep it in the family, Dad Ian also worked on props for Accrington Pals.

Rosemary Grainger

Director for The Accrington Pals

Rosemary started Kaleidoscope in January 2002 and has directed NINE Kaleidoscope productions in the Arts Centre. In addition she has been responsible for the summer productions by the younger classes and the older classes’ “Showcase” productions. She co-directed Much Ado About Nothing with Robin Martin in 2004 and directed Katherine Howard in 2006, Ladies in Retirement in 2008 and the Farndale play in 2009, and has been involved with a number of other BLT productions as ASM, helping with props and prompting.

Joanne Gray

Bertha in The Accrington Pals

Joanne became interested in drama at the age of 13 when she joined Kaleidoscope and played Mrs Kay in their very first production Our Day Out, appearing with John Darnbrough who plays Ralph. Joanne is currently training for the 10k “Great Yorkshire Run” to raise money for Parkinsons UK in honour of her late Grandad whose dad was a Bradford Pal. Her performance in The Accrington Pals is for him and she knows he would have loved the play

Robin Green

Director for The Shop at Sly Corner

This is Robin’s debut at BLT, although not, he hastens to reassure audiences, his debut as a director. During the last decade he has directed and designed sets at Ilkley Playhouse. Prior to this he acted and directed plays with four Little Theatres in Warwickshire. He is a whole-hearted supporter of the move of BLT to take over the running of the Arts Centre activities and hopes he can make a worthwhile contribution to the success of this exciting venture.

Liz Hall

Debbie in End of the Food Chain

Liz will be remembered for the wide variety of strong roles which she has taken at Bingley.
She was the sole performer in the Studio Production The Colours of Contradiction and has since appeared, most memorably, as Steph in Perfect Pitch and latterly as Isobel in Lovers at Versailles.
Well known to local audiences, Liz played French actress Lucille Cadeau in the Ilkley Playhouse 2011 production of House and Garden speaking only in French for the whole play.
Also for Ilkley Playhouse in her backstage capacity, she

Peter Hall

Dr Short in
Inspector Drake

Also Duncan in Macbeth

Peter has been an acting member of BLT since 1974 – his acting career is as old as the Arts Centre! He has played many roles in Bradford, Leeds and Bingley. His favourite parts were in Cabaret, Amadeus, Oliver, My Fair Lady and South Pacific. Apart from taking on several roles in The Good Companions, last season, he has recently appeared with Bingley Amateurs in Guys and Dolls, and in South Pacific, where he played the role of Emile. He also played the part of Daddy Warbucks in Annie for Yeadon Amateurs. The last Murder Mystery he took part in for BLT was Dial M for Murder in 2003.

Laura Hawkyard

Margaret Heiss in
The Shop at Sly Corner

Although this is Laura’s debut on the stage at BLT, she is a very experienced actor and dancer. She attended Stage 84 for 6 years, and played Ariel in Footloose at the Alhambra in 2010. In the same year, she was involved in Bradford’s Capital of Culture bid, performing in Ilkley and Germany with dance groups from Germany and Holland. Laura works professionally in the Arts, teaching Speech, Drama and Dance with a company called Enter CIC, based in Durham, where she works three times a week, although she lives in Cottingley!

David Helliwell

Inspector Drake in
Inspector Drake

David who is taking the title role in this play, is well known to local audiences for his memorable performances in a wide variety of parts. He played Private Frazer in Dad’s Army, Mr Stewart in Pack of Lies, and most recently, Jess Oakroyd in The Good Companions. He enjoys taking part in musical productions and Bingley Amateur Operatics. He and his Chairman of the Publicity Committee.

Louise Hodgson

Sgt. Doris Aylesworth in
Fatal Attraction

Louise’s funniest role was in We Happy Few in 2005. She has had much experience with the Calverley Players and Baildon’s Westgate Drama Group and last appeared here in All My Sons in May this year.

Philip Holbrough

Tony Lombardi in Fatal Attraction

Also Lennox in Macbeth

Phil has long been associated with BLT as a past Chairman and Artistic Coordinator. Sadly his work commitments (and golf) preclude him from taking too many roles these days. He did however appear in It Runs in the Family last December and in Spider’s Web, making a ‘cameo’ appearance and ending up as the corpse!
In 2007 was a member of the cast in Jonathan Scott’s production of The Taming of the Shrew.

Graeme Holbrough

Siward in Macbeth

Joann Holborough

Gentlewoman attending on Lady Macbeth in Macbeth

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Saffron Ingham

Victoria Larkin 2 in
The Darling Buds of May

In this production, Saffron and Molly (Primrose) are sisters on and off stage! She, too, enjoys singing, dancing and acting and has been a member of Kaleidoscope for a year and will take part in their summer show, Three Characters in Search of a Verdict. She is also a member of Sara Packham’s Dance School and has performed with them at the Alhambra, appearing twice in the Pantomime.

Gareth James

CSM Rivers in The Accrington Pals

Gareth’s most recent performances with BLT were as Constable Jones in Dad’s Army, and in Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web. His other credits include Dr Armstrong in And Then There Were None 2002, Neville in Silhouette 2003, Frank in The Memory of Water 2004, Etienne in A Flea in her Ear 2005 and Christopher Sly in The Taming of the Shrew. He has appeared in Coronation Street, Emmerdale and The King’s Speech.

Selina Johal

Witch in Macbeth

Selina’s last role was in Intent to Murder in January 2011. Since then she has had busy time travelling around Australia, New Zealand and China, starting teaching at Belle Vue Girls’ School and opening an acting school for 8 -18 year olds in Haworth.
Her most recent theatrical production was in Role Play at Keighley Playhouse.

Philip Jordan

Angus in Macbeth

Laura Judge

Blair Griffin in Fatal Attraction

Laura is one of the busiest amateur actresses in the district. In June 2010 she appeared in our production of Dad’s Army and since then played in Our House for Brassneck Theatre, Habeas Corpus at Keighley Playhouse and in a very successful production of Two in our own studio theatre.

Gerard Kennedy

Menteith in Macbeth

Laura Knowles

Zinnia Larkin in
The Darling Buds of May

Laura also got the acting bug at her primary school. She took the lead role in Hagbanes Doom at East Morton Primary School and following that became a member of Kaleidoscope. She used to be a pupil at Debut Performing Arts School where she enjoyed singing, dancing and acting, and is now continuing to follow her dream to be famous!

Becky Kordowicz

Jo in Entertaining Angels

This is Becky’s first performance at Bingley Little Theatre, although she is no newcomer to the stage. She started acting at the age of twelve and her love of the theatre led her to study English and Drama at university, where she performed in numerous plays and musicals. Becky also chaired the University Drama Society and, after graduating in 2004, joined Ilkley Playhouse. Her roles there included Roz in Moon over Buffalo, Raina in Arms and the Man, Mary in The Flint Street Nativity and Shelley in Ladies’ Day. Becky is delighted to be playing the part of Jo in this production and welcomes the opportunity to be involved at BLT

Debbie Linton

Mrs Catt in The Shop at Sly Corner

A hard working member of BLT, Debbie is frequently involved with productions, but usually back stage in the wardrobe department, most recently for Inspector Drake and the Perfekt Crime. She has also started assisting with the teaching of our young people in Kaleidoscope. She appeared on stage last summer in The Good Companions, where she had no fewer than five parts. This role should be very straightforward after that experience!

Neil Lloyd

Robert Graham in The Shop at Sly Corner

Neil began his acting career in BLT’s Green Room aged 12, and after a break of many years, when he performed elsewhere, he has been seen on stage regularly in Bingley, as well as working on props in Lovers at Versailles. He had roles in two of the Arthur Miller plays performed here, Death of a Salesman and All My Sons, and will be remembered for his portrayal of the hapless Pike in Dad’s Amy. His role in this play sees him following in the footsteps of his father, a retired doctor, serving in the Army and as a local GP.

Seb Lloyd

Montgomery 2 in
The Darling Buds of May

This play marks Seb’s second appearance on the Main House stage at BLT. He previously was seen in Dad’s Army, when he played a German soldier, along with his Dad Neil, who appeared as Private Pike. Seb, a sixth form pupil at Beckfoot school, has been in Kaleidoscope for three years and during that time has been involved in all the plays they have produced..

James Margerrison

Corder Morris in
The Shop at Sly Corner

Also A Captain and Murderer 2 in Macbeth

Since last appearing at BLT in the 2007 production of Sweet William, James has been involved with ‘More 2 Come Productions’, appearing as Goff in Games Night at Guiseley Theatre. He took the part of Steve in both Laundry and The Hermit also for ‘More 2 Come’ at Leeds Carriageworks, and was Simon in Qasibo at Bradford Playhouse. He took part in Remembering, the winning play in the Snowgoose Writing Festival at Bradford Playhouse in Summer 2011.

Jill Martin

Lady Bluff-Gore in
The Darling Buds of May

Jill has been involved in productions at Bingley for many years, doing any one of a variety of essential backstage jobs, such as organising props, wardrobes or Assistant Stage Manager. She has also had several small acting parts, in such plays as A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Little Shop of Horrors. Her most recent role was in The Good Companions when she played the part of Mrs Tarvin.

Robin Martin

Director for Entertaining Angels

35 years with BLT and still going strong, Robin is one of BLT’s regulars in the directing field in addition to making frequent appearances on-stage and being the editor of BLT’s newsletter. He still finds time to act and direct for other local societies and volunteer for the National Trust. His wife Jill is ASM for this production. Recent directorial credits include The Good Companions (2011), A Month of Sundays (2010), Five Blue Haired Ladies (2008) and We Happy Few (2005). On-stage you might have seen him in A Pack of Lies (2011), Good Things (2009), and Much Ado About Nothing (2004).

Stephen Mason

Scottish Doctor and Porter
in Macbeth

Julie-Marie Mitchell

May in The Accrington Pals

Julie made her debut with BLT in February 2008 as Belinda in Bad Blood followed in September 2008 as Katrina in Tom, Dick and Harry where she ‘spoke’ Albanian for the whole play. Her last role with BLT was as Charlotte Lucas in Pride and Prejudice February 2010 but she continues her involvement with productions at Leeds University and Leeds City Varieties, and is now busy preparing for her wedding in March 2012.

Shaunie Mitchell

Pauline Jackson in
The Darling Buds of May

Not only is this Shaunie’s first appearance with BLT, it is the first time she has ever acted! As an audience member, she has watched many plays here, which made her keen to take part. She is looking forward to the challenge of doing something new and we wish her all the best for this new experience..

Nikola Morrison

Sabrina in Inspector Drake and
Mariette in Darling Buds of May

Nikola is becoming a regular performer at BLT, and appeared earlier this season in the December play, Inspector Drake and the Perfekt Crime, when she took the role of Sabrina. The Darling Buds of May could almost be seen to represent an actors’ reunion, as previously she played Ann Deever in All My Sons, alongside Sandra Chewins and Julian Freeman. This represented her Main House debut. Before that,she had shown her comedic talents playing both Blanche Almond and Bertha Rottweiler in Plain Eyre, the Studio production written by Sally Edwards.

Anthony Morton

Charley in Darling Buds of May

We welcome Anthony back to the stage after a break of three years. His previous roles were in two period pieces, A Servant to Two Masters, and the Feydeau farce, A Flea in her Ear. He then appeared in Sweet William as Mark, one of the hapless bellows menders. He was last on the BLT stage in May 2009 as Greg Sanderson in I’ll Be Back Before Midnight. Since then he has been keeping very busy (and fit) by taking up triathlon, and is a member of Craven Energy Triathlon Club. We look forward to an energetic performance!

Deborah Mouat

Mathilde Heiss in The Shop at Sly Corner

Deborah appears regularly on stage in both Bingley and at Keighley Playhouse. She last appeared on the Main House stage at BLT as Janet Preston in Intent to Murder, a year ago. Prior to that she took the role of Monica in Present Laughter. She also appeared in our Studio performance in Dream Holiday in December, a play written by one of our members, Elizabeth Poynter. In it, she gave a moving performance as the tragic character Ellie. Her most recent roles at Keighley have been in Jekyll and Hyde and Holiday Snap.

Mary Newton

Witch in Macbeth

At BLT Mary is a legend in her own lifetime! Having given great service to us for forty years as Membership Secretary, she was a founder member, is a Life Member and Honorary Life Vice President. Her first appearance on the stage was at the opening concert in the Princess Hall in 1927 aged 8! This was followed by many years appearing in musicals with Bingley Amateur Operatic Society and straight plays here at BLT. Her first role was in Robert’s Wife in 1944 and in 1949 she was in the first production of Macbeth as a witch. Her fondest memories are playing in all Ken Paine’s revues, Music Halls, Free As Air and Sweeney Todd. In 1984 she thought she had made her final appearance, but fate decreed otherwise and she is revisiting the Blasted Heath as - what else - a witch!

David poole

The Brigadier in
The Darling Buds of May

David will be remembered for his performance as Sergeant Wilson opposite Julian Freeman’s Captain Mainwaring in BLT’s 2010 production of Dad’s Army. He was also in Good Things and had a brief ghostly appearance as Uncle Ben in Death of a Salesman. He appears for other local groups and recent appearances have been in Blithe Spirit at Keighley Playhouse and Beyond Reasonable Doubt at Baildon.

Tony Reavill

Caithness in Macbeth

Charlie Reynard

Eva in The Accrington Pals

Charlie has appeared in five Kaleidoscope productions in the Arts Centre and has also appeared in the Kaleidoscope advance class “Showcase” productions performed each summer at BLT . She had a small role in Pride and Prejudice but classes this as her first major main house performance. Charlie comes from Baildon and has done some work with The Baildon Players.

Oliver Ribchester

Fleance Son of Banquo in Macbeth

Gilly Rogers

Director for Inspector Drake

Also Lady Macbeth in Macbeth

Gilly is a busy and versatile member of BLT. She is a member of the Reading and Casting Committee and a former Chairman and Artistic Director. She directed the play It Runs in the Family just before Christmas last year and has also frequently appeared on stage, most recently in Lovers at Versailles, taking the role of Anna. She also appears at Keighley Playhouse recently in Holiday Snap there last June and will be in their production of Calendar Girls. Her husband, Ian Wilkinson, is our Chairman this year, and they were both involved in our entry into the Sky Arts Stagestruck competition a few weeks ago. This, believe it or not, is her first Shakespearean role.

Lee Russell

Lt. Gus Braden in Fatal Attraction

Lee gained a Theatre Training Diploma at the Coventry Centre in 1987. Since then he has been associated with many productions in Leeds and Ilkley before coming to Bingley to play Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. Last season he was seen in Lovers at Versailles and his next role is with the Limelight Company at the Carriageworks in Leeds.

Jacqueline Scott

Witch in Macbeth

Jacquie has played many roles at BLT, the most recent being in My Boy Jack in October 2010.
Her credits include Season’s Greetings, Dead Funny, A Tomb with a View and Wait Until Dark. She is married to Jonathan who is the Director of Macbeth.

Jonathan Scott

Sargeant Plod in Inspector Drake and Director for Macbeth

Jonathan is a very active and versatile member of BLT. As well as acting, directing and set designing, he is our Artistic Co-ordinator. He has appeared in many productions on stage, most recently in I’ll be back before Midnight and My Boy Jack. His directing credits include The Cracked Pot, Sweet William, A Flea in Her Ear, The Taming of the Shrew and Season’s Greetings. He designed the set for All My Sons and was recently involved with Bingley’s entry in the Sky Arts Competition.

Ned Sproston

Malcolm in Macbeth

Ned makes his theatrical debut with us in this production. He is a founder member of The Tripwire Theatre Company and has also appeared regularly with Leeds Amateur Operatic Society.
Ned works as a private tutor and dance teacher.

Jack Smiddy

Reggie in The Accrington Pals

Jack has been a member of Kaleidoscope for two years and has in that time appeared in three “Showcase” productions together with playing Filch in The Beggar’s Opera and the Tailor in The Would-be Gentleman. He has played in many school productions at Bingley Grammar School and appeared as Moth in Two at St George’s Hall as part of the School’s Awards evening.

Tim Steere

Tom in The Accrington Pals and
Graig in End of the Food Chain

Tim has a wealth of experience in amateur theatre beginning at the age of seven playing Lol in Cider with Rosie at Keighley Playhouse. His most recent part at Keighley was as Carrie’s son in “Carrie’s War”, 2011.
He has appeared in numerous musicals both at school and with Keighley Amateurs, ranging from Cyril in Summer Holiday to Sammy (lead comic) in the pantomime Robinson Crusoe.
Tim recently attended the NODA Summer School entitled Musical Theatre in Rehearsal, Sondheim.

Bruce Sturrock

Bruce in End of the Food Chain

Bruce was last seen in Bingley as Howard in Death of a Salesman 2008. Other credits include the title role in Humble Boy and a Servant to Two Masters.
His most recent roles have been with Ilkley Playhouse: quite a variety which include Accidental Death of an Anarchist, 2011 and The Pillowman, 2012.
There have been various short theatre pieces as part of the Midget Gems nights at The Carriageworks with More to Come Productions working alongside his brother, and with other BLT stalwarts such as Jan Thomas and James Margerrison.

Gordon Sugden

Bardolph in Entertaining Angels

Gordon is another familiar face on the BLT stage, having appeared in many plays in the past forty years. He started in 1969 in The Workhouse Donkey, playing five parts but saying only two words; “Bloody Hell”! He says that it is a sobering thought that at that time half the female cast in the present play weren’t even thought of! He is rightly remembered for performances such as Leonardo in Much Ado about Nothing and in the title role in Visiting Mr Green. He last appeared as Mr Henderson in Intent to Murder, and before that, as Aylott in A Month of Sundays, having played the other leading character, Cooper, in the previous production of the play.

David Templeton

Director for Fatal Attraction and
Tax Inspector in The Darling Buds of May

David is a true ‘all-rounder’ at BLT, an attribute in certain people that has made our theatre the success it is today.
David has acted, directed and stage managed many plays over the years. His last on-stage appearances were in Pack of Lies at BLT and Blithe Spirit at Keighley Playhouse. David and his wife Yvonne are also very busy behind the scenes as Season Ticket Secretaries and David has been appointed as Box Office Manager in the new Arts Centre Organisation

Yvonne Templeton

Annie in The Accrington Pals

Yvonne’s last appearance at BLT was in The Good Companions June 2011 when she not only played four parts but was also a part of the props team for the play. During the summer months she has continued to be busy in the Props Department hiring to other companies and doing props for Fatal Attraction with Wendy Broadbent. She also worked with husband David in her role of Assistant Ticket Secretary organising and issuing BLT’s Season Tickets whilst preparing for her role in this play.

David Thomas

Ross in Macbeth

David’s previous appearance for us was in The Good Companions last June. He is a very experienced and versatile actor and over the years has played roles at the Bradford Playhouse, Spring Grove Players and the Calverley Players, where he is their current Chairman.

Peter Whitley

Robbo in End of the Food Chain

Peter, a talented local actor, began his amateur career in pantomime with Harden Players twenty eight years ago. Since then he has acted in numerous roles, mainly with BLT, Keighley Playhouse, Keighley Amateurs and also Harden Players. Neville’s Island, for BLT, in which he played Gordon, remains one of his favourite parts.
Peter made his directing debut earlier this year with the pantomime, Robinson Crusoe, for Keighley Amateurs. On this occasion Peter is reunited on stage with Tim Steere who was lead comic in Robinson Crusoe.

Ian Wilkinson

Descius Heiss in
The Shop at Sly Corner

Also Murderer 1 in Macbeth

Always a hardworking member of BLT, Ian has excelled himself this year! Not only is he this year’s Chairman of BLT, and a member of the Reading and Casting Committee, he is also running the publicity for, and promotion of, the Arts Centre which BLT has recently acquired. In addition, he is involved in the Sky Arts Professional Theatre Competition. His on stage work also keeps him busy; he appeared as Rudyard Kipling in BLT’s production of My Boy Jack, and recently as Alfieri in Keighley Playhouse’s production of A View From the Bridge.

ILucy Wilkinson

Petunia Larkin in
The Darling Buds of May

Lucy has already done some acting at St Joseph’s Primary School in Bingley where she is a pupil. She is also a member of Kaleidoscope and during her time with them has taken three LAMDA exams. She obviously has plans to be an all round performer, as she has achieved Grade 1 in her piano studies and has singing lessons where she has achieved Grade 5.



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