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Season 68 (2015/16) Cast Members

Below are photographs and penpics of all the players who appeared in our Season 68 productions, together with a list of the roles they played.

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Caroline Auty

Isabelle in
Ring Round the Moon

We are delighted to welcome Caroline back from her last appearance in the challenging Thrill of Love. An extremely versatile actress – who can forget her performance in Nunsense 2. Caroline recently appeared with Calverley Players in Lilies on the Land and later this season she will join Keighley Playhouse for their production of Hayfever, again under Robin’s direction.

Liam Barry

Richard Winthrop in The Ghost Train

Liam joined BLT in March 2011, having previously played several small parts on other stages. His first appearance in Bingley was in Fatal Attraction (2011). He says he was a novice wanting to test himself on a new stage. He got the opportunity to test his abilities in Fawlty Towers (2014) when he played an offended German, a guest in a hurry and a delivery man who delivered a vase to the hotel.

Glenn Boldy

Harry in Brassed Off

Married to Julie off stage but not on, Glenn is pleased to be making a return to the Main House Stage at BLT after a number of years working away. He let himself back in gently by appearing in The Bard in Bingley in the Studio recently. His last appearances at BLT were in A View from the Bridge followed by Humble Boy in 2007. He was in Footloose for Leeds Amateurs where he was a ”Dancing Dad”

Julie Boldy

Vera in Brassed Off

This is the second time this year that Julie has appeared alongside her husband, Glenn (Harry), as they were both in Duets for Calverley Players. She was last seen at BLT as Mrs Wilberforce in The Ladykillers. She continues to dance with the group Yorkshire Movement and Dance even though she claims that none of her body parts move as well as they used to! She is a partner in the company Moving Worlds which delivers Creative Arts workshops to primary schools, and was choreographer for our recent production of Ring Round the Moon.

Barbara Boothroyd

Mrs Marchmont in An Ideal Husband

Barbara is a well known face at both Keighley Playhouse and Keighley Amateurs where she has taken many lead roles and regularly played the principal boy in their pantos. At Keighley Playhouse she is not only a valued actress but also their theatre photographer. Barbara performs with the Westgate Theatre Group in Baildon and has appeared with Heaton Amateurs both here and at Bradford Playhouse. We are delighted that Barbara has ventured down the Aire Valley and extend a warm welcome for this, her debut with BLT.

Emily Broadwith

Miss Mabel Chiltern in An Ideal Husband

Although this is Emily's first role in BLT main house, she was involved in the Studio's Course Acting night. However, since graduating from Huddersfield University with a degree in drama, she has been very busy with Yeadon, Guiseley and Bingley Amateurs taking parts in La Cage Aux Folles, Hello Dolly and Me and My Girl. Most recently she played Wendy-Jo in Guiseley Amateurs' production of Footloose. We wish Emily well this week playing Miss Mabel Chiltern and hope it will be the first of many appearances with BLT.

Rosie Brookes

Miss Bourne in The Ghost Train

Rosie says she is looking forward to being back on stage as it is 2 years since she last appeared in Cat’s Cradle (2013). She has however, been very busy backstage. She helped with the many props required for The Thirty Nine Steps ((2013) which she says was very hectic. She was a part of the props team for Inspector Drake’s Last Case (2015) and then Journey’s End (2015). She is also a member of the Publicity Committee.

Mark Brown

Mr Mackie / Jury Forman in
Scales of Justice

Mark has a difficult job as chair of the Reading and Casting Committee. He has directed several plays at Bingley – The Happiest Days of Your Life (2012) and Cash on Delivery (2014) in which, at the last minute, Ipad in hand, he had to play a part as a member of the cast had dropped out.

Stephen Brown

Richard Neville in Scales of Justice

Stephen was last seen here on stage in The Right Thing (2014) Since then some of you may have seen him on the Ilkley Playhouse stage in Noel Coward’s Red Peppers and Still Life and last November was Aubespine/Melville in a production of Mary Stewart.

Daniel Burniston

Charles Muhler / Newspaper Boy in Scales of Justice

Daniel is another Kaleidoscope member, making his first appearance in a Main House production.

He was also in the recent Nil Desperandum, The Wizard of Oz and Angel Cakes.

Sarah Carr

Diana Messerschmann in
Ring Round the Moon

Sarah has been a dancer in many shows over the last 16 years with Bingley Amateurs, Keighley Amateurs, Sutton and Skipton, but this is her acting debut on the BLT stage. Sarah is a fitness and yoga wellbeing instructor in Keighley teaching Barre fitness, Bootcamps and acro yoga. By December 12th could this be the fittest cast ever to tread the BLT stage? Welcome Sarah.

Laura Campbell

Marcia in The Decorator

Laura will be a familiar face to BLT audiences. She last appeared at BLT in Fawlty Towers, and previous to that as Alice in The Right Thing in March 2014. She also appears frequently at Keighley Playhouse, where she appeared last year in Go Back for Murder as both a 21 year old daughter and a 36 year old mother! She found this quite a challenge. The following play at Keighley was A Foot in the Door where she played a decorator. No prizes for spotting the tenuous link with this play!

Rhiannon Cawthorne

Gloria in Brassed Off

This is not the first time that Rhiannon has taken this role; she appeared as Gloria in Keighley Playhouse’s production of Brassed Off four years ago. Since then she has been in Ilkley Playhouse’s productions of Flare Path, Calendar Girls and Dead Guilty. She has also acted further afield and appeared in Threads at the Lowry in Manchester. Her last role at BLT was as the femme fatale Miss Duck in Inspector Drake’s Last Case. She, too is involved in teaching our younger members in Kaleidoscope

Sam Chewins

Shane in Brassed Off

This is Sam’s first speaking role, although he is no stranger to BLT. He has been a member of Kaleidoscope for 2 years. He has been on the Main Stage twice already in non-speaking roles; once in Ring Round the Moon and as part of the ensemble for Kaleidoscope’s production of Nil Desperandum. BLT is a family affair for Ben, as his sister is also a member of Kaleidoscope, and his parents, Paul and Sandra are heavily involved with BLT and other theatrical companies.

Sandra Chewins

Mary Muhler in Scales of Justice

Who can forget Sandra’s portrayal of Sybil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers at Bingley in 2014? Since then she has appeared in BAOS 2 musicals last year where she was Jean Burmeister in The Full Monty and in November Christine Cuff in Acorn Antiques. Very recently she appeared at Keighley Playhouse as Grace in Bus Stop.

Jude Connolly

Vicomte de Nanjac in An Ideal Husband

Like the other young men in the cast, Jude is another product of our Kaleidoscope group. His main house debut was in The Happiest Days of Your Life but he has appeared in six Kaleidoscope productions including Around the World in Eighty Days, A Tale of Two Cities and most recently in Nil Desperandum when he played Grandad. He was also successful in his Grade 8 LAMDA examination last year.

Theo Connolly

Shane in Brassed Off

Theo has a wide experience of acting; he appeared in The Full Monty with Bingley Amateur Operatics and in Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat with the Upstagers. He has also performed in school plays and musicals. As a member of Kaleidoscope he has appeared in two of their shows. He showed his versatility recently when he performed as a woman!

Freya Cookson

Melody in Brassed Off

This is Freya’s main stage debut at BLT although she is no stranger to acting, as she has performed at school and appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Alhambra, assisting the Royal Shakespeare Company. She is a Kaleidoscope member and also plays the viola and sings in her school choir. Her other talents are playing the piano and gymnastics, although not at the same time! Freya is delighted that the character in her first BLT play shares a name with one of the characters in Dr Who (Melody Pond), as she is a huge fan of the programme.

Ben Curtis

Craig in Brassed Off

Ben is the only actor in his family and has already appeared in two Kaleidoscope productions, and had a cameo role in an interactive installation at the Saltaire Art trail in 2013. A year 6 pupil at Sandal Primary School, Baildon, he has appeared in many of their productions. Ben has many hobbies; he plays the saxophone, and takes part in street dance, scouts, travel, camping and adventure. He was also Yorkshire Schools Gymnastics champion when he was 9 years old!

Rosie Crabb-Wyke

Elsie Winthrope in The Ghost Train

Rosie is very involved with many aspects of BLT. As well as acting in Fawlty Towers (2014) and A Murder is Announced (2015), she has appeared in Studio productions, including The Yorkshire Evening and Coarse Acting Strikes Back and she prompted Death Trap.

She has been on Wardrobes team for Fawlty Towers (2014), Cash on Delivery (2014) , If I were You and The Ladykillers (both 2015). She is also a member of the Reading and Casting Committee.

Jan Darnbrough

Director for Scales of Justice

Jan is another busy lady. She has been the Arts Centre Office Manager since we took over the running of it in 2012 and has also been Chair of the Studio since 2012 for which she directs some productions.

Jan is a very experienced actor and director. Her last Main House acting role was as Miss Marple in A Murder is Announced (2014) and her last Studio performance was Coarse Acting Strikes Back (2015). Jan directed The Darling Buds of May in 2012 and also assisted Rosemary Grainger in directing Kaleidoscope’s The Prince of Denmark which was part of their Showcases (2014)

Beth Edwards

Flora in The Turn of the Screw

For the past three years Beth has performed in the end of year shows with Kaleidoscope but this is the first time she has appeared on the main stage. Her family are all involved in local amateur theatres. Father Rob plays two parts in this production and mother Sally runs Kaleidoscope whilst sister Martha attends Kaleidoscope and has also acted with her father in High Society in Ilkley.

Rob Edwards

Mr Grimond & Peter Quint in
The Turn of the Screw

Rob’s last performance for BLT was in Good Companions. Since then he has taken roles mostly in musicals for other local amateur theatres.

He has taken a break from drama to study for his MBA and also to set up his own publishing business.Rob is looking forward to acting with his youngest daughter Beth, having shared the stage with elder daughter, Martha, in High Society in Ilkley

David Elliot

Jim in Brassed Off

This is David’s tenth year with BLT and it is nearly 28 years since he first performed at the Arts Centre as a senior member of BAOS. He was last seen quite recently in their production of Acorn Antiques by Victoria Wood, playing opposite one of his fellow cast members, Rick Hoddy. He is proud of the fact that he has actually performed at the Royal Albert Hall, where this play finishes. He says that he really enjoys gritty Northern productions and hopes to return next season.

Frank Etchells

Saul Hodgkin in The Ghost Train

Frank has played a wide range of characters at Bingley. He was Mr Wareing in Fawlty Towers (2014) and Mr Forbright in Cash on Delivery (2014). Since then he has been pursuing his comedy career.

He was on BBC 4 TV on Christmas Eve last year in Some Santas Tell Jokes. This year he made over 10 appearances connected with the General Election on BBC1, BBC2, and on Radio 5 Live, culminating in a 3 hour broadcast from the European Parliament in Brussels with Nicky Campbell. How has he time to fit in rehearsals for a play at Bingley?

Izzy Farquhar

Melody in Brassed Off

Izzy is a pupil at Myrtle Park Primary School here in Bingley and loves writing stories. She also plays the Saxophone. She has taken her LAMDA Grade one exam and acted in Kaleidoscope productions; she claims to have been a “bratty kid” in The Princess and the Petit Pois, but that must only have been her acting role! This year, as well as appearing in Brassed Off, she is taking the part of a servant in A Right Royal Mess. A busy summer for her!.

Josh Freeman

Charlie Murdoch in The Ghost Train

Josh, son of Julian, is following in his Father’s footsteps. He has worked backstage, in lighting and sound in theatres across the West Riding but is now treading the boards. He was in Cat’s Cradle (2013) and fortunately for us he is able to fit rehearsals for this play into a busy work schedule.

Julian Freeman

Walter in The Decorator

Julian feels he needs to apologise for appearing on stage again, as he has acted in 3 out of the last 4 plays! He took the role of Trotter in Journey’s End last April, then appeared as Harry in The Ladykillers. He will also be remembered for his excellent performances in The Darling Buds of May and The Birthday Party. He promises not to appear again this season, but if you have withdrawal symptoms, he will be appearing at Yeadon next March in Little Shop of Horrors! I am sure no apology is needed.

Genevieve Gaul

Daisy in Scales of Justice

This again is Genevieve’s first Main Stage production, but she has been a member of Kaleidoscope for several years and played Dorothy in their production of The Wizard of Oz. Her brother was also in The Turn of the Screw.

Matthew Gaul

Miles in The Turn of the Screw

Matthew has been a member of Kaleidoscope since 2013. He has taken part in three summer showcase productions in the Studio. In February he passed grade 1 Speaking and Verse LAMDA exam with distinction.

Matthew attends St Joseph’s Primary School in Bingley and as well as drama he enjoys reading, stunt scootering, playing flute and minecraft.

This production is a family affair, with father Roy taking the photographs, mother Katy writing the music and Grandma directing.

Tanya Gillow

Peggy Murdoch in The Ghost Train

The Gillow family are all involved with BLT. Mum, Rowena, does props, Dad, Ian, helps to build sets and Tanya, as well as acting, has worked with lights, both designing and operating. Tanya first came to the theatre as a member of Kaleidoscope. She spent last winter skiing in the Alps.

Rosemary Grainger

Director for The Turn of the Screw

Having retired from teaching, Rosemary was persuaded to re-start the Greenroom for young people. This quickly developed from one small class into several and so Kaleidoscope was born. She was responsible for Kaleidoscope for nearly twelve years during which time she directed eleven of their Main House Productions. She has also directed a number of adult pays for BLT including Katharine Howard (2008), Accrington Pals (2011) and the Studio production of My Mother Said I Never Should (2012). In 2014 she took the cameo role of Miss Tibbs in Fawlty Towers, and she has worked back-stage on many productions, helping with Props and as Prompt, ASM and SM. She is currently Vice-Chairman of BLT.

Liz Hall

Chloe in Suggar Daddies

Liz, who was last seen on stage here playing Doris in The Thrill of Love (2015), has played many parts for BLT in the past. Many will remember her excellent performance in Lovers at Versailles (2011) and as Debbie in The End of the Food Chain (2012). Liz has been very busy theatrically elsewhere. In recent years she has acted in several plays and prompted others for Ilkley Playhouse, and was instrumental in bringing Baildon’s Westgate Players’ 75th anniversary celebration to the stage, being stage manager, prompt, technical support and actress, reprising excerpts of her award-winning role as Rita in Educating Rita.

Peter Hall

Peter Muhler in Scales of Justice

Peter is a very experienced actor who has appeared at BLT many times. He played Petey in The Birthday Party (2014) and gave a memorable performance as Thomas More in A Man For All Seasons (2013). He has also played in some musicals with BAOS and recently played Inspector Rough in Gaslight at Keighley Playhouse.

Stuart Hicks

Messerschmann in
Ring Round the Moon

Like many young men, Stuart had to ‘retire’ from a very active and varied involvement with various theatres owing to work and family commitments. However, after supporting BLT for many years as a season ticket holder, he was tempted back into the theatrical fold after spotting Studio’s advertisement for new members. Subsequently he was cast in all three playlets of Coarse Acting Strikes Back and he now makes his debut on the main house stage, reprising a role he played 42 years ago at the Leeds Civic Theatre. We welcome him to BLT and hope he enjoys his first production with us.

Julie Hinton

Jane in The Decorator &

Sasha in Sugar Daddies

The last time Julie appeared on stage at BLT was exactly a year ago as Sally Chessington in the play Cash on Delivery. Previously she has appeared in productions of Tom, Dick and Harry, Pride and Prejudice and Accrington Pals. She is looking forward to working with the Templetons again; (David’s wife, Yvonne is working in props for this production.) As well as being directed by David in Tom, Dick and Harry, she worked with them both in her first play for BLT, Bad Blood.

Rick Hoddy

Phil in Brassed Off

Rick is involved with both Bingley Little Theatre and the Amateur Operatic Society where he is their past Chairman. He often plays the pantomime dame in their productions and appeared as one of Cinderella’s ugly sisters, and as Derek in their memorable musical, Acorn Antiques. At BLT he first appeared in Flare Path, then A Man for All Seasons. His most recent appearance was in Journey’s End as the hard working Mason, providing food and drink in the WW1 trenches.

Graeme Holbrough

Jackson in The Ghost Train &

Clerk to the Court in Scales of Justice

Graham has been as active member of BLT for many years. His main job is as treasurer of the Arts Centre and BLT. He is also a member of the set building team and has played various roles on stage

Phil Holbrough

John Raven KC in Scales of Justice

Phil says despite moving to Huddersfield and getting a new job in Wetherby he is delighted to be back in Bingley playing a serious role. He has played many varied ones at Bingley and will be well remembered for his playing of Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers (2014). Also in September 2014 he was Eric in Cash on Delivery.

Tom Jagger

Ronald Stevens in Scales of Justice

Tom was a long standing member of Kaleidoscope in his younger days. He now returns to take on the role of Ronald Stevens.

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Dan Lane

Phipps in An Ideal Husband

Dan was a valued member of Kaleidoscope for many years taking main roles in A Winter's Tale and Around the World in Eighty Days. His first main house production for BLT was as Percy in Flare Path and he has also appeared with Bingley Amateurs in Hello Dolly. We are pleased to welcome him back in this production of An Ideal Husband

Anna Leach

Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw

Anna is another young actor progressing from Kaleidoscope to the main stage. She attended Kaleidoscope as a young child and continued as a young adult.

Her interest in theatre led her to study Theatre Studies to AS level . However Anna took a break from the theatre whilst reading Biochemistry at university. After university Anna returned to BLT, last year helping with Kaleidoscope Showcase and she will be ASM for Kaleidoscope’s production of Nil Desperandum in March.

Anthony Leach

Director for The Ghost Train

Neil played Robert Grantham in A Shop at Sly Corner (2012) and followed that with another Robert, this time Caplin in Dangerous Corner (2013). He was invited to act in drag last year at Ilkley Playhouse’s production of Shakespeare in Hollywood. He says that although he enjoyed the experience he is delighted to back at Bingley.

Jacob Leeming

Mason in An Ideal Husband

Jacob has been a member of Kaleidoscope for several years and has taken major roles in The Arabian Nights, A Winter's Tale, Around the World in Eighty Days and most recently Nil Desperandum.

We hope Jacob enjoys this, his first appearance in a main house production for BLT.

Debbie Linton

Sandra in Brassed Off

Debbie is head of the Wardrobes department at BLT and has costumed a great many of our productions and no doubt having involvement in this one. When not in the theatre she can often be seen (although maybe not recognised!) in her own interesting costume of wetsuit and goggles, as she is attempting to conquer open water swimming, as part of the triathlons in which she takes part. She is also a tutor for Kaleidoscope, the junior department of BLT, and was last on stage in 2014 as Ms Cowper in Cash on Delivery.

Neil Lloyd

Teddy Deakin in The Ghost Train

Neil played Robert Grantham in A Shop at Sly Corner (2012) and followed that with another Robert, this time Caplin in Dangerous Corner (2013). He was invited to act in drag last year at Ilkley Playhouse’s production of Shakespeare in Hollywood. He says that although he enjoyed the experience he is delighted to back at Bingley.

Beth Low

Daisy in Scales of Justice

Beth has been a member of Kaleidoscope for 6 years and her most memorable part was that of the abused girl in The The Tale of Two Cities which she says really scared her parents. She has also been in the Bingley Operatic Society’s pantomime. She played the goose in Mother Goose last year. Her sister was in the last play The Turn of the Shrew.

Chris Low

Romainville in
Ring Round the Moon &

Usher in Scales of Justice

Another newcomer to our main house stage, Chris appeared with Stuart and David in Coarse Acting Strikes Back and has helped backstage in two productions this year as ASM for The Thrill of Love and props for The Decorator. Both his daughters are members of Kaleidoscope and will follow their father’s footsteps on to the main house stage later in the season. Again we offer a warm welcome to a new face.

Marianna Low

Flora in The Turn of the Screw

Marianna has performed in many plays for Kaleidoscope, including The Pied Piper of Spamton, Angel Cakes and The Wizard of Oz. She has also appeared on the main stage in Canvas.
Marianna has studied hard for two LAMDA examinations, receiving a Merit award in both of them.
Her sister is also in Kaleidoscope and will be performing on the main stage in Scales of Justice in April.

Robin Martin

Director for Ring Round the Moon
and Danny in Brassed Off

Robin’s last appearance on stage was in Keighley’s production of Death in High Heels playing a very convincing ‘camp’ dress designer. Quite a change from his usual roles! Now he is back directing after Dangerous Corner and When we are Married. In his almost 40 years at BLT Robin has covered most jobs, backstage, acting, directing, former chairman and artistic co-ordinator and now of course, editor of our excellent newsletter. Always full of original ideas we look forward to his interpretation of Ring Round the Moon.

Stephen Mason

John Reynolds in Scales of Justice

As well as acting Stephen also does props and is often part of the building team. If you come to the play on a Monday night you will met and greeted by Stephen. He has played many roles at Bingley but most recently he says he has been on tour to Keighley Playhouse where he appeared in When We Are Married, Tom, Dick and Harry and The Cripple of Inishmaan

Elliot Mawson

Charles Muhler / Newspaper Boy in Scales of Justice

Eliot is one of two boys sharing these roles during the week. He is a Kaleidoscope member, has taken part in The Wizard of Oz and the very recent Nil Desperandum. He is very much looking forward to taking part in his first Main House production.

Deborah Mouat

Mrs Grose in The Turn of the Screw

We welcome Deborah back to the main stage at BLT. Although it is a long time since she has taken a role in a main house production, she has appeared on stage in the Studio. She has however been very busy directing plays for local amateur groups and BLT, where she directed A Murder is Announced. As well as directing for Keighley Playhouse, Deborah has taken the role of Mrs Fairfax in Jane Eyre and May in A Foot in the Door. She is also a member of the Prompts team and since May 2015 has been a member of the Reading and Casting committee here at BLT.

Damien O'Keeffe

John Stirling in The Ghost Train

Damien is a founder member of the Paper Zoo Theatre Company and has taken a number of roles with them including Vladimir in Waiting for Godot, Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Winston Smith in 1984. He has worked as an actor and director at The Crucible in Sheffield and The Haymarket in Leicester. Damien is currently Head of School for the Creative Industries at Bradford College. The Ghost Train is his first appearance at Bingley. Damien, his wife and two daughters recently appeared in the premiere production of Humbug Billy as part of the British Science Festival.

Jeff Peacock

A General in
Ring Round the Moon

Since his appearance in Journey’s End last season Jeff has been promoted from Colonel to General! His favourite role to date was Danny in Brassed Off for Arts Academy, but he is also a regular performer with Bingley Amateur Operatic Society in both their shows and Pantomimes. He is current president of B.O.A.S. and the Arts Centre house manager.

William Reynolds

Craig in Brassed Off

William is obviously a young man who likes to perform; a pupil of Crossflatts Primary school, he once played the piano in front of the whole school in assembly. A member of Kaleidoscope for about a year, he had a speaking role in Downtown Scabby. In his own time he enjoys reciting poems by Michael Rosen and likes to pretend he is taking part in the TV programme Horrible Histories!

Gilly Rogers

Charmaine in Suggar Daddies

Gilly needs no introduction to regular theatregoers in this area, having been in great demand as an actress and director in recent years. Last year was particularly busy for Gilly. She directed Inspector Drake’s Last Case in January, acted in The History Boys at Ilkley Playhouse and then in May played the leading role of Jill Rodale in the BLT production of Ayckbourn’s If I Were You to much acclaim. Following that she excelled as Mrs Overall in the BAOS production of Acorn Antiques the Musical in November. Prior to all that she was seen in The Birthday Party here at BLT in May 2014 and as Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest at Keighley Playhouse.

Garth Rookes

Val in Suggar Daddies

Garth’s debut for BLT was playing the part of Sam in The Cemetery Club (2013). He then played Uncle George in the next season’s opener, Cash on Delivery (2014), followed by the Company Sergeant Major in Journey’s End (2015). Garth also has a wealth of experience in musicals, recently appearing with Bingley Amateurs in Hello Dolly, The Pajama Game and The Full Monty. He has also played parts in Me and My Girl and La Cage Aux Folles for Yeadon Amateurs. Both his sons enjoy acting and Garth has acted with them individually but hopes one day to perform in a show with them both.

Jake Rose

Smith in The Ghost Train

Jake is another newcomer to the Bingley Stage and we hope he enjoys the experience. He took a level 3 acting course at Leeds City College and followed that with a 3 month course at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts this year.

Mark Rundell

Sir Robert Chiltern in An Ideal Husband

Mark's last appearance at BLT was in Journey's End but he could have been seen recently at Keighley Playhouse in Gaslight. He is the third generation of the Rundle theatrical “dynasty” being the son of the late Geoffrey Rundle who many will remember as the co-writer (and oft-played Dame) of Keighley Amateurs' Pantomimes. He enjoys both plays and musicals with parts in Sleuth and Ghost Train, at Keighley Playhouse and many musicals for Keighley Amateurs including Anything Goes. We are delighted that he has found time to join us once again at BLT.

Lee Russell

Viscount Goring in An Ideal Husband

It is almost a year since we saw Lee on our stage playing Professor Marcus in The Ladykillers which he described as a “great part”. Between times he has played Bernard in the Ilkley Playhouse production of Ding Dong and Tony in Acorn Antiques. BLT audiences will also remember his performances in The Spirit of Annie Ross and Lovers in Versailles. Following this week's production of An Ideal Husband, the next chance to see him will be at Ilkley Playhouse when he joins the cast of And Then There Were None, the Agatha Christie classic thriller.

Jacqueline Scott

Rita in Brassed Off

Half of one of the two husband and wife teams involved in this play, Jacqueline is the wife of the Director, Jonathan Scott. Jonathan has also directed her in previous plays, most recently, in Fawlty Towers, when she took the role of Polly. Previously she was seen on stage as Justine in Canvas. Her most recent appearance was in Inspector Drake’s Last Case where she took two roles: Mrs Gagarin and Mary Ship.

Jonathan Scott

Director for Brassed Off

Jonathan last appeared on stage in Inspector Drake’s Last Case when he took the role of Plod - for those who didn’t see the play Plod was a rather inept policeman.

He then directed If I Were You, which was performed for the Little Theatre Guild conference, held here in Bingley last year. Jonathan has also worked on many committees and was Artistic Co-ordinator last year.

He is married to Jacqueline who is appearing in the play.

Will Sherlock

Miles in The Turn of the Screw

Will has attended Kaleidoscope for two and half years. As well as the drama lessons, Will has taken part in the annual Christmas workshops.

He has studied for and passed two LAMDA exams.

Whilst at Harden primary school, Will has performed in Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and also The Wizard of Oz.

Alice Smithson

Julia Price in The Ghost Train

Alice last performed at Bingley in The Spirit of Annie Ross (2014). Whilst at University she and several friends formed a theatre group and wrote a play with which last year they toured round the UK, including BLT, finishing up at the Edinburgh Fringe. Alice spends her winters as a ski instructor in Canada.

Carol Southby

Lady India in
Ring Round the Moon and
Mrs Cheveley in An Ideal Husband

Most recently Carol has appeared with Ilkley Playhouse in Brief Encounter and Red Peppers but she was last with BLT in Cash on Delivery. Particularly fond of Shakespeare, Carol’s favourite roles remain Viola in Twelth Night and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, both BLT productions. As well as acting Carol enjoys walking, sports and eating – sorry Carol, no time for any of those until December 13th!

Charlotte Stern

Lady Chiltern in An Ideal Husband

A hard working member of Harden Players, Keighley Playhouse and Keighley Amateurs this will be Charlotte's debut on the BLT stage. She recently appeared in the pantomime Jason and the Golden Fleece and Calendar Girls for Harden Players and was an ensemble member in The Producers for Keighley Amateurs before joining Keighley Playhouse for The Cripple of Innishmaan in December. A warm welcome to Charlotte.

Bruce Sturrock

Hugo & Frederic in Ring Round the Moon

Bruce has been very busy since his last appearance with BLT in Canvas. He joined Brassneck Theatre Company for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee performed in Yeadon Town Hall, and Ilkley Playhouse for their performance of The Ladykillers which they also took to the Minack Theatre in Cornwall. Earlier he played the part of Alan in Time and the Conways also for Ilkley Playhouse.

Gordon Sugden

in Scales of Justice

A very fitting part for one of the stalwarts of BLT! He has played many varied parts since he first joined the theatre in 1969. He says he is now at the stage where he is keeping his fingers crossed that he doesn’t forget his lines! His last appearance was in January 2015 when he was Mr Guest in Inspector Drake’s Last Case

Lorraine Taylor-Parker

Madame Desmortes in
Ring Round the Moon

Lorraine comes directly from appearing in Keighley Amateurs’ The Producers alongside Peter and immediately following this production she will join Keighley Playhouse in Hayfever – she seems momentarily to be stuck in this period! Recently she directed a school’s production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It seems too long however, since we saw her on the BLT stage in The Spirit of Annie Ross. Always a cheerful lively member of cast we are delighted that Lorraine is with us once more.

David Templeton

Director for The Decorator &
Joshua in Ring Round the Moon &
Dr Nichols in Scales of Justice

We last enjoyed David’s appearance at BLT in Deathtrap but he also joined Chris Low and Stuart Hicks in the Studio for Coarse Acting Strikes Back. His last stage appearance however, was in Ilkley’s production of Death of a Salesman when he fulfilled his ambition to play the role of Willy Loman. Most recently David directed this season’s opening play, the very successful The Decorator. Not only does David act and direct, he is also the theatre’s season ticket secretary. A busy man indeed.

Yvonne Templeton

Isabelle's mother in
Ring Round the Moon &

Mrs Beryl Hammond in
Scales of Justice

Another member of the Studio’s cast of Coarse Acting Strikes Back, Yvonne’s last appearance on the main house stage was in Canvas. She also organises the props department and, along with many other vital backstage crew, she can often be found behind the scenes. She arranged props for both The Ladykillers and The Decorator and is often seen front of house and on the box office. She is assistant season ticket secretary.

David Thomas

Herbert Price in The Ghost Train
and Earl of Caversham in
An Ideal Husband

David, an experienced actor, has played a variety of roles at Bingley recently. He says he was the mysterious caretaker in The Spirit of Annie Ross (2014), the idle Captain Hardy in Journey’s End (2015) and now he is a baddy in this production of The Ghost Train.

Muriel Thomas

Countess of Basildon in
An Ideal Husband

Muriel has been involved with amateur theatre since 1958 as both an actor and director during which time she has played most of the classic roles in both plays and musicals with the former Bradford Playhouse, various Bradford musical Societies, Calverley Players and of course, BLT. Her claim to fame is that over the last five decades, she has played every female part in When We Are Married and can recite the entire play without a script. Last seen in Flarepath, Muriel is making a welcome return to the BLT stage.

Richard Thompson

Director for An Ideal Husband

Richard has been a member of BLT for almost 40 years working both on and backstage. Although he has directed many main house productions it is as a lighting expert that we think of him. Of the many plays he has lit some were particularly challenging and satisfying, including Underground, My Boy Jack, Journey's End and this season's Ring Round the Moon. He has also lit shows for other societies both in Yorkshire and elsewhere and has been a member of the Association of Lighting Designers for many years. He has most recently and proudly become one of the founding members of Ghostlighters – part of the Behind The Scenes charity and of course, we still pass his photograph on the stairs every time we visit the bar!

Peter Whitley

Patrice Bombelles in
Ring Round the Moon

Peter arrives hot-foot from playing Max Biallistock in Keighley Amateurs’ excellent production of The Producers. Also involved with Harden Players and Keighley Playhouse, Peter’s feet never touch the ground. Earlier this season he appeared with Keighley Playhouse in Tom, Dick and Harry and at the end of their season he will be seen in Men of the World. Between times he will direct, and no doubt appear in, Keighley Amateurs’ pantomime Dick Whittington. Peter certainly is a busy man.

Hannah Williams

Miss Grey in The Turn of the Screw

Hannah’s first acting role was here at BLT. Since then she has acted regularly at Keighley and also at Ilkley, City Varieties and Bradford Playhouse.

Hannah graduated from university in Creative Industries (Performances) in 2014.

She is interested in following a career in directing but is also considering returning to university to study Criminology and Psychology Her most recent performance was in Gaslight at Keighley where she was directed by Deborah Mouat (playing Mrs Grose tonight)

Ian Wilkinson

Ashley in Suggar Daddies

Ian is a very well-known actor in this region, having played parts with most of the local theatre groups. Here at BLT last season he impressed with his portrayal of Lieutenant Osborne in Journey’s End (2015) which, being his favourite play, he enjoyed enormously. Prior to that he stepped in to the part of Larry in The Spirit of Annie Ross (2014), and will be remembered as Inspector Frost in Cat’s Cradle (2013) and in cameo roles in Fawlty Towers (2014). Local audiences will also know him from numerous appearances at Keighley Playhouse and may have seen him recently in Acorn Antiques the Musical for Bingley Amateurs (2015) with his wife Gilly.

James Willstrop

Andy in Brassed Off

We give a very warm welcome to James as he makes his debut on the Bingley stage. Now living in Harrogate, James acted at school in Pontefract, where he has spent most of his life. Now a professional squash player, he has written a book and columns for The Yorkshire Evening Post and The Guardian. Since moving to West Yorkshire, he has appeared in The Game and Journey’s End at Adel in 2015.

Susan Wood

Capulet in Ring Round the Moon and
Director forSugar Daddies and
Lady Markby in An Ideal Husband

Since playing Mrs Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, Susan has been extremely busy running her tutoring business, teaching speech and drama, presentation skills and English. She is pleased to be back on stage in this delightful play and she is also looking forward to directing Sugar Daddies in February next year. We too, are very pleased to have Susan back with us after such a long time.



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