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Season 71 (2018/19) Cast Members

Below are photographs and penpics of all the players who appeared in our Season 71 productions, together with a list of the roles they played.

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Caroline Auty

Bessie Stringer in Stringer's Last Stand

Caroline appeared in two of last seasonís productions playing Dorcas in Sisterly Feelings and Pamela in Nude With Violin. She has also appeared in The Wiz with Bradford Catholic Players. She feels this role will enable her to embrace her Yorkshire roots. Definitely getting away from hats and gloves and correct English pronunciation.

Chris Avery

Michael Smethurst in Party Piece

We welcome Chris who says he is really looking forward to making his debut at BLT in this play. He is teaming up with Hannah again after recently playing Heathcliffe when she played Cathy in Wuthering Heights at Keighley, but this is a very different couple of characters! He also took the parts of Robert in Donít Dress for Dinner and Mortimer Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace, both at Keighley Playhouse.

Glenn Boldy

Toby in Party Piece & Co Director for Stringer's Last Stand

We are delighted to have Glenn back with us, but this time on the other side of the footlights. He has a long history of working in the world of local amateur theatre appearing in many diverse role. This will be his debut as a Director with Bingley Little Theatre, a role he is looking forward to after many years treading the boards. He is a great admirer of Stan Barstow. Stringerís Last Stand isnít performed very often and he is looking forward to seeing it performed on the Bingley stage. Glen played Toby in Party Piece the first play of this season and has also appeared in Hobsonís Choice, A Dollís House and Brassed Off.

Julie Boldy

Co Director for Stringer's Last Stand

Julie will be working alongside husband Glenn and modestly describes her role as that of Assistant Director, observing and advising as required. She is an experienced actor and choreographer and over the years has appeared in many plays and musicals in the district. She has recently appeared on BLT stage in Brassed Off with husband Glenn and last year played Florence Boothroyd in Billy Liar. When she is not doing things theatrical she finds time to deliver creative arts workshops with ĎMoving WordsĒ and sings with the Inspiration Choir. Julie is looking forward to seeing their talented cast bring Stan Barstowís and Alfred Bradleyís play to life.

Nicola Brook

Gladys Stringer in Stringer's Last Stand

We are delighted to welcome back Nicola. She last appeared on stage at BLT in 2011 in Pack of Lies. She has played many major roles in musicals with Leeds Amateur Operatic Society. Nicola also appeared as Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion at Bingley. She is currently keeping her vocal chords exercised singing with the choral group Encore.

Rosie Brooks

Mrs Carter in The White Carnation

A very active BLT member, Rosie is involved with publicity, Box Office and Front Of House as well as fulfilling many back stage positions. She is delighted to be back on stage following her role as Anna in A Dollís House.

Sarah Carr

Marjorie Mather (nee Stringer) in Stringer's Last Stand

We welcome Chris who says he is really looking forward to making his debut at BLT in this play. He is teaming up with Hannah again after recently playing Heathcliffe when she played Cathy in Wuthering Heights at Keighley, but this is a very different couple of characters! He also took the parts of Robert in Donít Dress for Dinner and Mortimer Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace, both at Keighley Playhouse.

Tom Clayton

Police Constable Thompson in The White Carnation

Since his appearance in Nude with Violin Tom has been very busy working backstage and joined the cast of A Kick In The Baubles in Yeadon. He also works as a freelance journalist for Radio Leeds and the Yorkshire Post whilst studying for a Masterís Degree in journalism.

Rachel Conyers

Miriam Chester in Snake In The Grass

Rachel is excited to be working at Bingley for the first time. However, she does have a family link here, as her father, Robin Green, frequently designs our sets. Another accomplished actress, Rachel has been involved in amateur theatre from an early age, originally working backstage, then moving into acting and directing. She lives in Harrogate and is a member of Harrogate Dramatic Society and Ilkley Playhouse. She has taken many leading roles. Like Geraldine, she has taken the part of Nora in A Dolls House. Other roles include Chris in Calendar Girls and Elvira in Blithe Spirit. Amongst the plays which she has directed are: Death of a Salesman, The Ladykillers, Lettice and Lovage and Death and the Maiden.

Gabrielle Cross

Maria in Glorious!

Gabrielle was last seen on the Bingley stage in 2014 as Mitzi in A Murder in Announced. Earlier in the same year she played Helga in Deathtrap. Gabrielle is a well known singer. She has played many roles in musicals, including Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, Lady Tiang in The King and I and Josepha in White Horse Inn. Coming from Switzerland in 1984 she ?rst joined Bingley Amateurs as a member of the chorus. After being directed many times by Tony Cross, they married in 2005!

Jan Darnbrough

Director for Glorious!

Jan, a long-standing, talented and hard-working member of Bingley Little Theatre is happy to be directing Glorious!. She is a past chairman of Bingley Little Theatre, and currently chairman of the Bingley Little Theatre Studio. Since her debut on the Bingley stage in 1980 she has appeared in numerous plays and musicals throughout the area. In May 2019 Jan will be directing Branwell in the Studio as part of the Bronte event. We last saw her on the Bingley stage playing Mrs Midget in Outward Bound in February 2017 and directing Scales of Justice in April 2016.

June Driver

Mrs Hinson in Party Piece

Juneís is a well-known, and much-loved face at BLT. She is rarely seen without a smile on her face but that may not be apparent when she portrays the devious and cunning Mrs Hinson, which she says is a gem of a role that she is delighted to play. She last appeared here in Inspector Drakeís Last Case as Gardner, the cook. Before that she played in Summer End and Ladies in Lavender at Keighley Playhouse.

Frank Etchells

Jack Carter in Stringer's Last Stand

Itís two and a half years since Frankís last play, Moonlight and Magnolias. Since then he has appeared in ten episodes of Coronation Street and had his first speaking part in Emmerdale. He continues to pop up on TV and Radio talking all matters politics. You would have thought he would be ready for a well earned rest.

Rosemary Grainger

Director for The White Carnation

Despite having officially retired from her 12-year responsibility for Kaleidoscope, Rosemary is still a willing helper with their productions. However, she now has more time to direct our main house plays, her most recent being The Turn of The Screw and Hobsonís Choice. She also directed the Studio Production of My Mother Said I Never Should and has been involved in other Studio events. Backstage she has worked as Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager together with prompting and propping several plays. We saw her take the cameo role of Miss Tibbs in Fawlty Towers and she is currently the BLT Membership CoOrdinator. A busy and most valued member of our Society.

Rick Greenwood

David Hinson in Party Piece

Rick made his debut at BLT as recently as April this year, playing Judd in Bouncers. We welcome him back again to play David Hinson in this comedy. He has plenty of experience with local societies, having acted in recent years in plays at Keighley Playhouse. He has also performed in musical theatre and played Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls for Guiseley Amateurs and Dave in The Full Monty with Leeds Amateurs.

Liz Hall

Alice Moody in Snake In The Grass

Liz was expecting to be one of the prompts for this play, but she has stepped into this role at short notice, finding herself on stage instead of backstage and minus the script! At least she is speaking her native language in this play, after her French speaking role in her last appearance as MarieCeleste, the French maid in Nude With Violin. Since then she has taken the role of Special Advisor to the Prime Minister in Ilkleyís production of Yes Prime Minister. She is delighted to be reunited with Geraldine with whom she appeared in Murder Margaret and Me at Ilkley Playhouse, (a sentiment which Geraldine reciprocates!) and with Rachel. They also appeared together in Ilkley in 2016 in a production of Perfect Pitch.

David Helliwell

Sir Horace Duncan in The White Carnation

A well known face at BLT, our President, David last appeared as Jacob Friedland in Nude With Vioin. As well as serving on the Publicity Committee David also designed and helped to build the set for our last play Snake In The Grass.

Stuart Hicks

Mr Gurney in The White Carnation

As well as Studio performances in The Speckled Band and Sherlockís Last Case Stuart also appeared in the main house production of Ring Around the Moon and Sisterly Feelings. Coincidentally Act 1 of The White Carnation is set in the year of Stuartís birth.

Tegan Horsfall

Lydia Truscott in The White Carnation

An ĎAí level student studying drama in this will be Teganís debut for BLT. She belongs to Articulate Drama School and is a member of Kaleidoscope where she assisted back stage in their production of Brewsterís Millions. We wish her every success.

Graeme Holbrough

Rev Pendlebury in The White Carnation

Graeme joins his wife Joann in this production of The White Carnation. His last appearance was in Outward Bound when he played the Rev. Thompson. He might be forgiven for feeling he is becoming typecast. It must be your reverential manner Graeme!

Joann Holbrough

Lady Wallace in The White Carnation

We are so used to seeing Joann in our Wardrobe Department that we forget that she has regularly appeared on stage. In fact this is her 19th production since her portrayal of Mrs. Tromleyton in The Lady Killers.

John Howard

Dr McGregor in The White Carnation

Johnís last and only appearance to date on the BLT stage was in the 1983 production of Seasonís Greetings but of course he has directed regularly, most recently Moonlight and Magnolias. We have also used Johnís skills as a stage fight director many times including in Death Trap and Stone Cold Murder.

Tom Jagger

Bob Carter in Stringer's Last Stand

Returning after over a year out, Tom says that itís great to be involved in a northern drama. Tomís last appearance was just two yearís ago in Outward Bound. His other acting credits have been as David Filde in The Haunting and then as Ronald Stevens in Scales of Justice - two very demanding roles. A former member of our youth group Kaleidoscope, itís great to have him back in the fold.

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Elliott Matthews

Police Sergeant Philips in The White Carnation

Elliott made his BLT debut in Blackadder Goes Forth last season. This followed appearances with Leeds AOS, Buttershaw at St Paulís, Leeds Grand and Bradford Alhambra. His next role with Leeds AOS will be that of Lt Shrank in West Side Story.

Deborah Mouat

Director for Snake In The Grass

We are very pleased to welcome Deborah back to BLT in the Directorís role. The last time she directed here was in 2014, the play being A Murder is Announced. However, since then she has directed productions at Keighley Playhouse and appeared in many others, both in Keighley and Bingley. At Keighley she directed Goodnight Mister Tom in 2017. Her latest appearance in Keighley was in Wuthering Heights earlier this year. She was last seen here as Gabriel in The Flint Street Nativity and will be seen on stage in Bingley later this season in A Bunch of Amateurs. Deborah has worked in many departments at Bingley Little Theatre over several years and already has further commitments in Bingley and Keighley this season.

John Muggleston

Sir George Wallace in The White Carnation

Following a relatively small part in The Hypochondriac, John was thrust into the spotlight playing Trevor in our 2017 production of Theft. Most recently he was the light and sound operator in this Seasonís opening play Party Piece.

Ellen O'Keeffe

Carol Stringer in Stringer's Last Stand

This is Ellenís first appearance with BLT. She has been in and around plays from a very young age, playing Tiny Tim at the age of four. She has appeared in plays at Ilkley Playhouse, The Paper Zoo Theatre Company and at Bradford College where she is a student. We hope Ellen enjoys her first production with us.

Julia O'Keeffe

Sandy in Party Piece

Julia made her debut here in A Dollís House in April of last year. Since then she has worked as a television extra, appearing in episodes of Victoria and National Treasure. She works for The Alhambra Theatre in Bradford, co-ordinating the Associate Schools Programme with young people in the area. In July she acted as director-mentor in a production of Macbeth with young people, who performed at the RSC in Stratford-on-Avon.

Rachel Padden

Cynthia in The White Carnation

We offer a warm welcome to Rachel in her first role with BLT. As well as several performances with the Actorís Community Theatre in Bradford she has also been an extra in Hollyoaks and Emmerdale. She is a member of Bradford Rowing Club and is currently learning British Sign Language.

Andy Palin

Tony Dale in The White Carnation

In Blackadder Goes Forth Andy played Sergeant Jones, the leader of the Firing Squad. To begin this season he had the task of designing the sound effects for Party Piece Ė not at all straightforward and pivotal to the playís success.

Andy Price

Cosme McMoon in Glorious!

Andy is making his debut on the Bingley stage, travelling over the moor from his home in Ilkley. A member of Ilkley Playhouse for ten years, he has recently appeared there as Jim Hacker in Yes, Prime Minister and Stanhope in Journeyís End. Multi-talented in the theatre, Andy also helps with sound and lighting, and has worked for Ilkley Literature Festival as a technician. Andyís highlights to date have been playing Frank in Educating Rita, and performing at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Gilly Rogers

Director for Party Piece & Dorothy in Glorious!

Gilly is a very familiar face to local theatregoers, and has recently appeared on stage at Bingley and at Keighley and Ilkley Playhouses. An accomplished actress and director, Gilly was most recently seen on Bingleyís stage in May 2018 in Nude with Violin in which she played Isobel Sorodin. Shortly after this in September 2018 she directed Party Piece at Bingley Little Theatre. In recent years Gilly has shown her versatility on the stage playing the barrister in Je?rey Archerís The Accused at Keighley, Charmaine in Sugar Daddies at Bingley and Barbara Jackson in Pack of Lies at Keighley Playhouse.

Jacqueline Scott

Ann Fairchild in Stringer's Last Stand

A familiar face on the BLT stage, Jacqueline last appeared as Esther Franz in The Price in 2017 when she played alongside her director husband Jonathan. She played Rita in Jonathanís production of Brassed Off. She will be reunited with Ian Wilkinson who also appeared in The Price.

Brian Stoner

St. Clair in Glorious!

Brianís ?rst appearance for Bingley Little Theatre was playing Cardinal Wolsey in A Man for all Seasons in 2013. Also active o?-stage, Brian was chairman of Bingley Little Theatre for the 2015-16 year and has been Treasurer of the Little Theatre Guild. He is currently artistic coordinator for Bingley Little Theatre which is a role he has held since 2017. Travelling from Skipton, Brian was last seen on the Bingley stage in February 2017 as Mr Lingley in Outward Bound.

Gill Szulc

Jennifer in Party Piece

Gill has been a member here at Bingley for two years and has trained as a screen actress, but is making her stage debut in this play. She has attended classes for two years and gained Certificates in Acting. Gill has also trained at Northern Talent in Saltaire with former TV actress Rachael Delaney in 1992. She says she has always wanted to be in the arts and entertainment industry and is now following her dream! We hope she has a great experience at BLT.

David Templeton

John Greenwood in The White Carnation

David seems to have played many roles in which he has been ďotherworldlyĒ: Proof, Humble Boy, Play it Again Sam, The Haunting Ė and here we go again! However, when directing Theft last season there was no doubt that he was in the here and now and certainly in control of the situation.

Yvonne Templeton

Lady Mary in The White Carnation

Yvonneís last appearance was in Theft which was directed by husband David. This week she is playing the role she has been playing for the last 29 years Ė Davidís wife! Off stage she is very involved with front of house, Box Office and the Social Committee.

Kay Vann

Mrs Verrinder-Gedge in Glorious!

We welcome Kay back to the Bingley stage. She is a member of Ilkley Playhouse where recently she played Gloria in Silver Lining. Her last appearance on our Bingley stage was in September 2013 when she played Doris in Cemetery Club. Previously she played Clara in Lovers at Versailles in 2011. Kayís previous appearances at Ilkley include the Countess in Ilkley Operatic Societyís production of Me and My Girl, and two of Alan Bennettís Talking Heads - A Lady of Letters and Soldiering On.

Ian Wilkinson

Luther Stringer in Stringer's Last Stand

Ianís last BLT appearance was in Stone Cold Murder when he stepped into the role at very short notice. He has also appeared as Magwitch in Keighley Playhouseís Great Expectations. Ian is currently Chair of Reading and Casting. He juggles theatre life with a busy publishing business and is hoping to interview motorcycle racer and TV presenter Guy Martin for his farming magazine.

Hannah Williams

Roma Smethurst in Party Piece

Hannah is a very busy actress in these parts, having played Cathy in Wuthering Heights at Keighley in April of this year. She directed You Say Tomatoes at Keighley Playhouse in June and recently took parts in One Man Two Guvnors and in Little Women, both at Keighley. Hannah made her debut at BLT in Turn of the Screw in January 2016.

Katrina Wood

Florence Foster Jenkins in Glorious!

Katrina was last seen at BLT in The Flint Street Nativity in December 2016, but she is a regular performer with many local societies, recently playing Nicki in Sweet Charity at Ilkley Playhouse, Dorothy in A Bunch of Amateurs at Keighley Playhouse, and is currently rehearsing Cassie in A Chorus Line for Guiseley AOS. She started dancing and performing before beginning school and hasnít stopped since! She has many TV credits to her name. Katrina says she is happy to be helping out with this play but we are extremely grateful to her for stepping into this part with only two weeks of rehearsals. Thank you Katrina.

Geraldine Woodhouse

Annabel Chester in Snake In The Grass

Itís almost 30 years since Geraldine appeared at Bingley, mainly owing to the fact that work and bringing up three daughters got in the way of travelling over the moor from Ilkley! She remembers with great warmth playing alongside Richard Thompson, Robin Martin, Peter Hall, Renee Bailey and Rex Squires. Some of her happiest parts were played here: Norah in A Dollís House (a previous production), and Elvira in our 40th Anniversary production of Blithe Spirit. She has been involved at Bradford Playhouse and more recently at Ilkley, mainly acting, and appeared as Queen Elizabeth in Mary Stuart and Agatha Christie in Murder, Margaret and Me. We are very pleased to welcome back such an experienced actress.



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