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.
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 Don’t Dress for Dinner and Mortimer Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace, both at Keighley Playhouse.
Toby in Party Piece
Glenn says it is great to be back at BLT and he is really looking forward to acting in this play, which he thinks promises to be a lot of fun for both actors and audiences. He was last seen here as Henry Hobson in Hobson’s Choice in December 2017. He will be remembered for his impressive performance as Torvald Helmer in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House in April 2017 and for his part in Brassed Off.
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 Doll’s House.
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 Master’s Degree in journalism.
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.
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!
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.
Mrs Hinson in Party Piece
June’s 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 Drake’s Last Case as Gardner, the cook. Before that she played in Summer End and Ladies in Lavender at Keighley Playhouse.
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 Hobson’s 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.
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.
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 Ilkley’s 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.
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.
Mr Gurney in The White Carnation
As well as Studio performances in The Speckled Band and Sherlock’s 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 Stuart’s birth.
Lydia Truscott in The White Carnation
An ‘A’ level student studying drama in this will be Tegan’s debut for BLT. She belongs to Articulate Drama School and is a member of Kaleidoscope where she assisted back stage in their production of Brewster’s Millions. We wish her every success.
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!
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.
Dr McGregor in The White Carnation
John’s last and only appearance to date on the BLT stage was in the 1983 production of Season’s Greetings but of course he has directed regularly, most recently Moonlight and Magnolias. We have also used John’s skills as a stage fight director many times including in Death Trap and Stone Cold Murder.
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 Paul’s, Leeds Grand and Bradford Alhambra. His next role with Leeds AOS will be that of Lt Shrank in West Side Story.
Director for Snake In The Grass
We are very pleased to welcome Deborah back to BLT in the Director’s 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.
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 Season’s opening play Party Piece.
Sandy in Party Piece
Julia made her debut here in A Doll’s 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.
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 Actor’s 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.
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 – not at all straightforward and pivotal to the play’s success.
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 Journey’s End. Multi-talented in the theatre, Andy also helps with sound and lighting, and has worked for Ilkley Literature Festival as a technician. Andy’s highlights to date have been playing Frank in Educating Rita, and performing at the Edinburgh Fringe.
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 Bingley’s 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 Archer’s The Accused at Keighley, Charmaine in Sugar Daddies at Bingley and Barbara Jackson in Pack of Lies at Keighley Playhouse.
St. Clair in Glorious!
Brian’s ?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.
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.
John Greenwood in The White Carnation
David seems to have played many roles in which he has been “otherworldly”: Proof, Humble Boy, Play it Again Sam, The Haunting – 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.
Lady Mary in The White Carnation
Yvonne’s 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 – David’s wife! Off stage she is very involved with front of house, Box Office and the Social Committee.
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. Kay’s previous appearances at Ilkley include the Countess in Ilkley Operatic Society’s production of Me and My Girl, and two of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads - A Lady of Letters and Soldiering On.
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.
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 hasn’t 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.
Annabel Chester in Snake In The Grass
It’s 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 Doll’s 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.