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Season 69 (2016/17) Cast Members

Below are photographs and penpics of all the players who appeared in our Season 69 productions, together with a list of the roles they played.

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Ian Atkinson

Ass in The Flint Street Nativity

Ian has previously appeared in Jane Eyre, A View from The Bridge and Night of the Iguana at BLT. His last role was in 2015 as Mr Cook in Inspector Drake's Last Case. Since then Ian says he has been “resting“. We hope he won't need as long to recover from this performance in Flint Street Nativity and will soon be seen in future plays.

Caroline Auty

Dorcas Matthews in Sisterly Feelings

Caroline was last seen on the BLT stage playing Isobel in Ring Round the Moon in December 2015.  Before that she will be remembered in The Thrill of Love and Nunsense 2.  Caroline has acted and danced in many musicals in the area and recently took part in Hayfever at Keighley Playhouse.  She is excited to be playing her first part in an Ayckbourn play, having been hooked on his work since studying it at school.

Glenn Boldy

Torvald Helmer in A Doll's House

Glenn and Julie have spent 3 months travelling visiting relatives in Australia (They spent a very memorable New Year’s Eve at Sydney Opera House), New Zealand, Tasmania, Singapore, and finally Dubai.  Glenn has not trod the boards since being in Brassed Off last July.  Before that he did some Macbeth scenes with Sandra Chewins for the Studio performances of The Bard in Bingley.

Josh Breeze

Simon Grimshaw in Sisterly Feelings

Josh is a former member of Kaleidoscope and appeared with them here in The Beggar’s Opera and The Would-be Gentleman.  He last appeared on the main stage in Macbeth in 2012.  He has also taken parts in various plays at the Saltaire Festival, and with Keighley Amateurs.  Last year he played Lawrie in Little Women at Keighley Playhouse, which also featured Charlotte.  Josh, a learning support worker at Salts School, is relishing playing the part of the playboy Simon in this challenging play.

Emily Broadwith

Ann in Outward Bound

We are pleased to see Emily back on the stage here at Bingley. She last appeared as Mabel Chiltern in An Ideal Husband in May last year. She is also interested in musicals and took the part of Mary-Jo in Footloose with Guiseley Amateurs. Emily, like several other members of this play, was involved in the Studio production of The Art of Coarse Acting - Coarse Acting Strikes Back.

Rosie Brooks

Anna (Nanny) in A Doll's House

Rosie works tirelessly in many aspects of the theatre.  She is a member of the Publicity Committee, has done props, been a prompt, can also be found in the Box Office in The Arts Centre as well as acting.  She is pleased to be back on stage, although she feels this part will feel rather tame after playing the inadvertent drunk, Mrs Bourne in The Ghost Train.

Mark Brown

Director for Outward Bound

This production falls on the tenth anniversary of Mark’s involvement with BLT. He says that his reward was to be elected as Chairman of the Reading and Casting Committee although he would have preferred a pint! As well as this extremely arduous task, he has also directed The Happiest Days of Your Life and Cash on Delivery. He has appeared on stage in several productions since 2007, most recently in last season’s Scales of Justice. He also appeared in the Studio production of The Art of Coarse Acting, directed by Brian Stoner. A reversal of roles this time!

Leo Burniston

Jon in A Doll's House

Leo is not yet a member of Kaleidoscope so this is his first chance to perform.  He is following in the footsteps of his big brothers.

Sarah Carr

Wise Man Gold in The Flint Street Nativity

This is only the second time Sarah has appeared on the stage for BLT. Her previous appearance was in Ring Round the Moon last year. However, she has regularly taken part in shows for Bingley, Keighley and Skipton Amateurs. Sarah is a Fitness Instructor in Keighley where she teaches Barre Fitness. She is also involved in Yoga and Acro Yoga.

Paul Chewins

Director for A Doll's House

Paul, an extremely busy man, has directed several plays as well as appearing in many at Bingley Little Theatre and around the district.  Who can forget the many characters he played in The 39 Steps in October 2013? He was One Round in The Ladykillers in July 2015, directed The Little Shop of Horrors for Yeadon Amateur Operatic Society and lit Scales of Justice here last year. He has recently performed in Betty Blue Eyes at Ilkley Playhouse and Spamalot at Yeadon. As well as directing A Dolls’s House he is currently rehearsing for Brassneck’s Rock of Ages.

Sandra Chewins

Miss Poppenghul in Moonlight & Magnolias & Mrs Cliveden-Banks in Outward Bound

This will be Sandra’s second appearance this season - she last appeared as Miss Poppenghull in Moonlight and Magnolias. For BLT, she has also recently appeared in Scales of Justice and as Lady Macbeth in a recent Studio production. She was the Scary Cat Lady in the Bingley Amateurs’ production of Legally Blonde and Hannah the maid in Little Women at Keighley Playhouse in December. Sandra’s acting experience is wide and varied, from comedy to Shakespeare and has included Bradford Playhouse, experimental theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe.

Angelo Clarke

Deuxfois in The Hypochondriac

We welcome Angelo back to BLT, having last seen him here in Something’s Afoot way back in 2008. He hasn’t been resting on his laurels, however, and last played at Bingley Arts Centre with the Bradford Accordion Band in December 2016. He appeared in The Producers with Keighley Amateurs in 2015 and before that directed Reservoir Dogs in 2012. We hope he enjoys his return in this end-of-season comedy.

Jan Darnbrough

Mrs Midgett in Outward Bound

Jan is an accomplished actor and director here at Bingley. She directed Scales of Justice last April and was last seen on stage as Miss Marple in A Murder is Announced in December 2014, and in our Studio production of The Art of Coarse Acting in June 2015. Jan puts in lots of hard work as Studio Chairman, and is our Office Manager, a position she has held since 2012. In her wide ranging theatrical career, Jan has appeared in plays and musicals in Bingley, Keighley, Ilkley, Bradford and Leeds.

David Elliott

Patrick Smythe in Sisterly Feelings

We saw rather more than we expected of David in the shower scene in Brassed Off, performed here last July!  

Mike Ellison

Star in The Flint Street Nativity

This will be Mike’s first appearance at BLT, although he has had many roles for Keighley Playhouse. His last part there was as Peter Kroger in Pack of Lies, and he will be performing there again in March in One Man Two Governors. He has also acted for Ilkley Playhouse and is a member of the reading and casting committee at Keighley. Mike says he is “an ardent and devoted Leeds Utd. supporter”. We send him our congratulations and best wishes for his wedding in June. We hope that this will be the first of many performances at BLT.

Frank Etchells

Victor Fleming in Moonlight & Magnolias

Although most recently seen on our main house stage in Fawlty Towers and The Ghost Train, Frank also performed in the Studio production of The Taming of the Shrew as Petrucchio. He has since been involved with the BBC on Radio 5 and BBC 1 debating the EU referendum, and he has also continued his stand-up comedy routine at a charity event. The eagle eyed among you may have spotted him on Emmerdale.

Andrew Fidler

Major Lidgett in Sisterly Feelings

Andrew has recently returned to live in the UK after spending ten years living in Greece.  Before that he gained over forty years of acting and directing experience in different groups in Lancashire.  He thinks that for this reason, and the fact that he is married to the director, he is making his Yorkshire stage debut with a non-speaking part!  We hope he enjoys his debut with BLT.

Mal Fidler

Director for Sisterly Feelings

This is Mal's first directing role at Bingley Little Theatre having recently returned to the UK after living in Greece for eleven years. Before going to Greece, Mal was very active in the theatre both as a performer and as a director around the Greater Manchester area. Previous directing credits include A Chorus of Disapproval, Shakers (Bouncers and Shakers), The Weekend, Map of the Heart, Same Old Moon, Slice of Saturday Night, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Company. She was also one of the founder members of the 3D Theatre Company. She says that directing Sisterly Feelings has been a real but enjoyable (most of the time!!) challenge and feels to have hit the floor running on her return to the world of theatre.

Phil Gamble

Murphy in Sisterly Feelings

We welcome Phil who is making his BLT debut in this play.  He has extensive experience with Glusburn Youth Theatre, acting and directing in numerous pantomimes and musicals.  Recently he played Simon in Hayfever at Keighley Playhouse, where he has also appeared in Tom, Dick and Harry and Go Back for Murder.  He has been training hard for this role as a championship runner!

Maya George

Helene in A Doll's House

Maya's family is very involved with Kaleidoscope. She was 12 when she joined. Her Mum runs the younger group of Kaleidoscope and both her sisters are also members. Although this is her first main house appearance she has plenty of experience in Kaleidoscope productions, including Arabian Nights, A Winter's Tale, Around the World in Eighty Days, A Tale of Two Cities and Nil Desperandum.

Peter Hall

Dr Rank in A Doll's House

Peter says he has been resting since playing the demanding role of Hans Muhler in The Scales of Justice last year.  He previously performed at Bingley in The Birthday Party  and  A Man For All Seasons.  In between he has taken parts at Keighley Playhouse.

David Helliwell

Len Coker in Sisterly Feelings

David is a familiar face in productions of Alan Ayckbourn’s plays, having taken parts in twelve of them over the years.  The last of these at Bingley was If I Were You, two years ago.  He will also be remembered as Inspector Drake in two plays at BLT featuring the bumbling detective.  He returns here as another detective inspector, but a rather more serious one!  He has also appeared in many musicals and cabarets.  He currently manages the Publicity Committee and is the BLT President.

Stuart Hicks

Dr Ralph Matthews in Sisterly Feelings

Following on from his BLT Studio appearance in Course Acting Strikes Back and his main house stage debut as Messerschman in Ring Round the Moon, in which Caroline also appeared, Stuart returns, taking on the role of Ralph.  Stuart met Alan Ayckbourn some years ago and this is the second of his plays in which he has acted, the other being Absurd Person Singular with the Guisborough Theatre Club nearly forty years ago.

Sam Hind

Mr Prior in Outward Bound & Stafford Wilkins in Sisterly Feelings

Sam recently impressed BLT audiences playing Mr Prior in Outward Bound in early March.  We are very pleased that he is returning to play the poet Stafford in this play.  He is a former member of Kaleidoscope and appeared in the production of Arabian Nights in 2012.  Since then he graduated in drama at East Anglia University.  Whilst there he directed new plays and devised plays for the Minotaur Theatre Company.  He also choreographed productions for other theatre companies.

Julie Hinton

Abigail Smythe in Sisterly Feelings

Julie’s last performance at BLT was also in an Ayckbourn play, Sugar Daddies last season.  Before that she enjoyed a role in The Decorator, especially as she had to break a vase with a hammer every night – a great stress reliever!  Now she plays the very different character of Abigail, one of Ralph’s daughters.  She says she thinks many of Ayckbourn’s plays are brilliant, providing audiences and actors with complex characters and entertaining social commentary.  Julie is a current member of the Reading and Casting Committee.

Imogen Hoddy

Mary in The Haunting

Imogen, daughter of Rick, first started her dramatic career in Kaleidoscope. She has also performed in Bingley Amateur Operatic Society’s pantomimes – Babes in the Wood and Aladdin and in the musical Calamity Jane. She studied at Bath Spa University, gaining a BA Honours in Drama. Whilst she was there she had parts in The Baker’s Wife, Chicago, Grease, Wicked, and The Book of Mormon. The Haunting is her first appearance in a Main House production. Look out for Dad in the next play.

Rick Hoddy

Narrator in The Flint Street Nativity & Beralde/La Thorilliere in The Hypochondriac

Rick will be well-remembered for playing the dramatic roles of Phil in Brassed Off last July, and for the lessserious narrator in Flint Street Nativity in December. Before that he provided the light relief as Mason the cook in Journey’s End in April 2015. Rick also enjoys musicals and has performed in The Pajama Game and Acorn Antiques and as pantomime dame in several recent shows for Bingley Amateurs.

Graeme Holbrough

Rev Frank Thompson in Outward Bound

It is good to see Graeme back on stage, and if he seems a little less careworn, it is because this is the first time he has appeared on stage when he hasn’t also been balancing the books in his role as BLT’s treasurer. He retired from that position last summer. However he and his wife Joann are still very much involved, as Joann is very active in the wardrobes department and his son Phil regularly appears in our productions. Graeme last appeared in Scales of Justice last March.

John Howard

Director for Moonlight & Magnolias

John Howard has been involved with theatre for over fifty years as an actor, director and fight director.  In its heyday, he directed many productions at Bradford Playhouse, and in recent years has regularly directed at Ilkley Playhouse, notably Mary Stuart, Larkin with Women, and Ayckbourn's House & Garden, jointly with his wife Jacquie. This is his first production at BLT though he  has helped to stage numerous acts of sundry violence in BLT productions, (and once trod the stage in Season's Greetings.)  He considers Moonlight and Magnolias is a perfect comedy for BLT audiences and is delighted that he has been given the opportunity to direct it.

Tom Jagger

David Filde in The Haunting & Henry in Outward Bound

Tom was a member of BLT’s youth department, Kaleidoscope. He then took a break for a decade or so before coming back into the fold to take on the role of Ronald Stevens in Scales of Justice then as David Filde in The Haunting earlier this season - two very demanding roles! Tom’s family are also involved here at Bingley Little Theatre; Dad Charlie is on the Reading and Casting Committee and Mum Heather is a member of the Props team (but not for this play!).

Selina Johal

The Angel in The Flint Street Nativity

Selina previously acted for BLT in Mind Game, taking the part of Nurse Plimpton. Her interest in acting stemmed from a short writing course with West Yorkshire Playhouse and led to her completing a Media Studies degree at Goldsmiths London, then a PGCE in English at Trinity and All Saints in Leeds. Selina lists her interests as ballroom and modern dancing as well as travelling.

Laura Judge

Beline in The Hypochondriac

Laura is a very busy actress in this area, having recently appeared at Keighley Playhouse in Kick in the Baubles and Ladies Day, and its sequel Ladies Down Under at Yeadon. She has also played Rose in Gypsy at Ilkley and Vicky in The Full Monty at The City Varieties in Leeds. She last played here in Fatal Attraction in September 2011 and we welcome her back to the BLT stage.

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Jacob Leeming

Cleante in The Hypochondriac

Jacob has been a member of our Kaleidoscope group for several years and has taken leading roles in Arabian Nights, The Winter’s Tale, Nil Desperandum and, most recently, Salem, in April of this year. Last year he made his debut in a senior play when he appeared in An Ideal Husband in May.

Neil Lloyd

Wise Man Frankincense in The Flint Street Nativity

Neil’s last appearance for BLT was in Ghost Train where he took the part of Teddie Deakin. Recently he has had roles in Dangerous Corner and The Shop at Sly Corner. Neil has also worked with the props team but says he much prefers to be “in the spotlight”. He is hoping that the weather does not affect his journey from Ripponden for rehearsals and play week.

Tim Lobley

Herod/Joseph in The Flint Street Nativity

A very warm welcome back to Tim who has been absent from our stage for far too long. Now that he has returned to Yorkshire, we hope he will accept more roles for BLT. Tim has appeared in a variety of roles for BLT over several years and has taken parts for Saddleworth Players in An Ideal Husband and Keighley Playhouse, On Golden Pond.

Louie Marlow

Jon in A Doll's House

Louie has enjoyed being a member of Kaleidoscope for the past few months, and has a passion for acting so this is a big chance for him!

Nikki Mason

Nora Helmer in A Doll's House

This is Nikki’s first appearance at Bingley which we hope she enjoys.  She has taken many roles at Ilkley Playhouse, including in such plays as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Wuthering Heights (which went on tour to the Minack Theatre in Cornwall) and most recently in The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe. In February she appeared in a new show for LGBT history in Bradford. Nikki teaches children in the Green room at Ilkley Playhouse.

Sam Milnes

Innkeeper in The Flint Street Nativity

This is Sam's first part for BLT, although he has appeared in performances for the Halifax Thespians. He directed Ghost the Musical for Halifax Amateur Operatic Society in April 2015. Sam has a BA (Hons) degree in Drama from the University of Manchester and works in a secondary school as Head of Drama. He says he is delighted to be making his debut for BLT.

Deborah Mouat

Gabriel in The Flint Street Nativity

Deborah is well known to audiences at BLT and Keighley Playhouse, both as a talented actress and an experienced director. She directed Pack of Lies at Keighley in 2016 and will be taking on Ladies in Lavender for them next year. Deborah has served on the Reading & Casting committee at BLT and also is a member of the prompt teams here and at Keighley. She also has taken roles in Studio productions and in main house plays.

John Muggleston

Doctor Diafoirerhoea in The Hypochondriac

Following retirement, John joined the workshop team here at BLT and worked on several sets before becoming set designer for Outward Bound in March this year. He is making his debut on the BLT stage some twenty years after last performing with the New Eldwick Dramatic Society. We hope he enjoys his return.

Damien O'Keeffe

Nils Krogstad in A Doll's House

We are very pleased to welcome Damien to this production at the last minute.  He joins his wife, Julia, who is also in the cast.  He is a very experienced actor, devoting most of his life to the theatre.  He is a founder member of Paper Zoo Theatre Group, where he is an actor and director.  He has also worked in the professional theatre.  He is currently Head of the School for Creative Industries at Bradford College. Damien first appeared at Bingley in The Ghost Train.

Julia O'Keeffe

Kristine Linde in A Doll's House

Julia says she is very excited to be performing for the first time on the Bingley stage.  She is the co-founder of the Paper Zoo Theatre Company where she has taken part in Blue Remembered Hills, The Tempest, Twelfth Night  and 1984 and conceived and taken part in 2 performances at the Edinburgh Fringe.  She has also appeared in The Glass Menagerie at Ilkley Playhouse. Part of  her job is based at Bradford Alhambra, co-ordinating the Learning and Performance Network, which is a Royal Shakespeare project based in local schools.

Andrew Palin

Doctor Purgon in The Hypochondriac

Andrew studied Performing Arts at Harrogate College between 1998 and 2001 before joining BLT in April 2016. Since then he has been very busy backstage, having worked as sound and lighting operator for Kaleidoscope and for Moonlight and Magnolias in September last year. He also designed the sound effects for Outward Bound in March, worked backstage and took small roles in Brassed Off at the end of last season. We wish him well in his first named role.

Ben Pearson

Melvyn Matthews in Sisterly Feelings & Thomas in The Hypochondriac

Ben has been very busy recently at BLT, having appeared in the Kaleidoscope production of Salem in March and in the latest play Sisterly Feelings only last month. He has designed and operated effects for several plays too and now, besides acting as stage manager for this play, has agreed to fill in a small role in the play. We appreciate his efforts!

Charlotte Revill

Brenda Grimshaw in Sisterly Feelings

Charlotte made her debut at BLT last season (then Charlotte Stern before being married in the meantime) playing Lady Chiltern in An Ideal Husband   She has acted in a number of plays at Keighley Playhouse, including Little Women, and The Cripple of Innishmaan.  She is also a hard-working member and performer with Keighley Amateurs and Harden Players.  We welcome her back here and hope she enjoys this challenging Ayckbourn.

Gilly Rogers

Doctor Purgon in The Hypochondriac & Director for The Flint Street Nativity

Gilly is in great demand theatrically in this area and needs no introduction to regulars at BLT, having been involved in many capacities here in recent years, as Artistic Coordinator, director, actress and a member of the Reading and Casting committee. She directed Flint Street Nativity here in December and played Charmaine in Sugar Daddies in March 2016. Gilly most recently took the part of Grace in Entertaining Angels at Ilkley and, in October last year, played Barbara Jackson in Pack of Lies at Keighley Playhouse.

Garth Rookes

Scrubby in Outward Bound

Garth came to acting comparatively late, but he has certainly embraced the stage with great enthusiasm, and made up for lost time! Besides appearing for BLT, he has appeared in musicals, notably for Bingley Amateurs, but also for Yeadon and Great Horton societies, Bradford Catholic Players and other smaller theatre companies. His first appearance for BLT was in The Cemetery Club in 2013 and will be remembered for his portrayal of Val in Sugar Daddies last season.

Lee Russell

David O. Selznick in Moonlight & Magnolias & Walter Franz in The Price

We are indebted to Lee for taking on the part of Walter Franz so soon after the demanding role of David O. Selsnick in Moonlight and Magnolias. The part was to have been played by David Thomas who sadly died in October. Lee says”David was a dear friend and a superb actor, his will be big shoes to fill. I dedicate my performance to him and his wife Muriel, and hope that I can do the part justice.” We have every confidence Lee.

Adam Sains

Ivar in A Doll's House

Adam has been a member of Kaleidoscope for 2 years.  He played an elf and a lawyer in A Grimm Night for Hans Christian Anderson and also had a part in An Almost Christmas Carol.

George Scaife

Fleurant in The Hypochondriac

This will be George’s first appearance for BLT but he has a wealth of stage experience. He has been a member of the Ilkley Upstagers group for 18 years and took parts in Les Miserables, Annie and many other shows. For Bingley Amateurs he recently played Abanazar in Aladdin and also acted in Legally Blonde and Flashdance. George, a lover of yoga, hopes soon to go to university to study drama. We wish him well.

Jacqueline Scott

Esther Franz in The Price

Acting with and being directed by your husband must have both advantages and drawbacks, but happily Jacqueline seems to find more of the former. They have worked together frequently, including Inspector Drake's Last case when Jacqueline played Mary Ship and Mrs Gagarin, and most recently when she played Rita in Jonathan's production of Brassed off. Jacqueline is delighted to be re-united with Sandra after many years. They last appeared together as mother and daughter in Lost in Yonkers. We remember Jacqueline's wonderful, emotional portrayal of Kipling's wife in My Boy Jack, emotions she will need to draw out again when playing Esther.

Jonathan Scott

Victor Franz in The Price & Director for The Hypochondriac

Jonathan has directed many plays here at BLT, most recently Brassed Off last July which proved to be a resounding success, both artistically and financially, being the highest grossing play in the theatre’s history. Before that he was at the helm for If I Were You in May 2015. In recent years he has directed Fawlty Towers, Macbeth and Season’s Greetings. Jonathan also acts and was last seen here in January playing the part of Victor Franz in Arthur Miller’s The Price. As well he will be remembered as the hapless Sergeant Plod in two Inspector Drake plays, a very different role to his most recent!

Carol Southby

Shepherd in The Flint Street Nativity

We are pleased to welcome Carol back to BLT. Her last performance here was as Mrs Cheveley in An Ideal Husband. She also played the role of Lady India in Ring Round the Moon. She is also well known at Ilkley Playhouse where she has had parts in Calendar Girls, Brief Encounters and Red Peppers. Carol lists her interests as walking, sports and eating!

Alice Smithson

Angelique/Armande in The Hypochondriac

We are fortunate to have Alice back on our stage for the third time in recent years as she spends her winter months working as a ski instructor in Whistler, Canada. She says she has now applied for residency in Canada. We hope that won’t prevent her coming back to Bingley when she is needed for a production! Prior to working in Canada, Alice gained a degree in acting. She last appeared here in The Ghost Train in October 2015, and before that in The Spirit of Annie Ross in October 2014.

Elliot Stone

Ivar in A Doll's House

Elliot has been a member of Kaleidoscope since last summer.  He played a prince in the production of A Right  Royal Mess Up.

Brian Stoner

Mr Lingley in Outward Bound

Brian is a very active member of Bingley Little Theatre even though he does not appear frequently on stage. He works in the administration side of the theatre, and was Chairman of the Society during the 2015-2016 season. He last appeared as Cardinal Wolsey in A Man for All Seasons in May 2013. He directed the BLT Studio production of The Art of Coarse Acting and has previously taken many roles at the Altrincham Garrick. He is also treasurer for the Little Theatre Guild.

Bruce Sturrock

Ben Hecht in Moonlight & Magnolias & Rev William Duke in Outward Bound

Recently Bruce has taken on some extremely demanding roles; He appeared as the twins Frederick and Hugo in Ring Round the Moon and as Ben Hecht in Moonlight and Magnolias, our first play this season. He celebrated his 100th show last May in the frenetic 39 Steps for the Brassneck Theatre Company at Yeadon. Last December he played Mr Beaver in Ilkley Playhouse’s The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. He is next involved with the BLT Studio production of Endings, written by his brother, Tim Sturrock. He will be co-directing with Mark Brown.

David Templeton

Lord Gray in The Haunting & Director for Outward Bound

David will be a familiar face to all regular BLT audience members, even though this time he will not be seen, and his hard work will have taken place in the previous few weeks. The last time he directed here was for The Decorator in September 2015. Since then, he has appeared in Ring Around the Moon, Scales of Justice, and most recently as Lord Gray in The Haunting. He also works front of house and is Box Office Manager, and along with his wife Yvonne, has been responsible for the allocation of Season Tickets for several years.

Richard Thompson

Director for The Haunting

Richard has been a well-known figure around the theatre for many years. He has been involved with most aspects of the theatre, on stage – he started as a juvenile lead – backstage and bar. His main specialism is in lighting. He says the last few years seem to have passed in a whirlwind, directing the odd play, plus lighting what at times felt like a never ending sequence of WW1 pieces. All challenging, particularly Journey’s End with its almost ceilinged set and the need to focus attention onto a very intimate series of performances. Richard directed An Ideal Husband in May. He has just become one of the founding members of Ghostlighters – part of the Behind the Scenes charity which has taken over from Light Relief.

Jill Whitehouse

Rita Coker in Sisterly Feelings

Jill is a very busy actress in the area, having played with many local societies.  Already this year she says she loved playing Amanda in Private Lives at Keighley Playhouse and, by way of contrast, The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz at Guiseley!  Her last appearance here will be remembered, in the drama The Thrill of Love, in March 2015.  Before that she played Helen Kroger in Pack of Lies.  We hope she enjoys taking the less serious part of Rita in this play.

Peter Whitley

Argan/Moliere in The Hypochondriac

Peter’s is a familiar face on local stages, particularly here and in Keighley. He last appeared here in Ring Round the Moon in December 2015, and before that in The Game in April 2013. At Keighley he recently played in One Man, Two Guvnors, Men of the World and Wedding of the Year. He played Wilbur in Hairspray at Leeds Grand Theatre and continues to direct and produce pantomimes for Keighley Amateurs.

Ian Wilkinson

Gregory Solomon in The Price

The role of Gregory Solomon is in complete contrast to Ian's last BLT appearance as Ashley in Sugar Daddies. He must turn himself into an ageing, New York Jewish antique dealer. Surely not difficult for a man with Ian's versatility! He recently appeared in the Keighley Playhouse production of When We Were Married and the eagle eyed amongst you would have spotted his cameo role in Bingley Amateurs' production of Acorn Antiques. However, Ian's favourite play is still Journey's End which he first saw here at BLT in 1973. he was delighted therefore to have the opportunity of playing Osbourne in Sandra's 2015 production.

Sandra Williams

Director for The Price

Despite her having lived in Cumbria for several years, we are delighted that Sandra still finds time to direct a play for BLT each season. Her last production was Journey’s End, but The Price will be her fourth Arthur Miller offering for the theatre following View From the Bridge, All my Sons and Death of a Salesman. She has happy memories with David Thomas in her last two plays. Sandra is also busy in Cumbria, recently presenting Accrington Pals in the round and with additional music, in Ulverston, and her future plans include forming a theatre company based at Cartmel Priory. Always  a thorough and thoughtful director, we do hope that Sandra will still find the time to return to Bingley Little Theatre on a regular basis.

Katrina Wood

Mary in The Flint Street Nativity

We welcome back Katrina back to BLT where her last performance was in Cat’s Cradle. However she has played Miss Babs in Acorn Antiques for Bingley Amateurs and took the role of Barbara Castle in Made in Dagenham for Halifax AOS at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax. Katrina is a very talented dancer, actress and singer and has appeared in many TV shows such as Heartbeat, Touch of Frost, Coronation Street, Where the Heart Is and many more.



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