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Sheila Bligh

Sheila moved to Stratford after retirement from a career in music and in 1998 became the regular organist at the United Reformed Church.  In January 2011, as a member of the Stratford upon Avon Choral Society, she was involved in a performance of Messiah which took place on the stage of the RSC Theatre and then in December […]

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Dan Jones

  Daniel has been on the amateur drama scene since 2009 and has worked with the Phoenix Players, Second Thoughts, The  Avonside Players, Rogues & Vagabonds and The Beat Pit.   His proudest achievement is having performed on all three of the RSC’s current stages.  

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Martin Cosgrif (In Memoriam)

Martin Cosgrif (In Memoriam) Trained : Rose Bruford College BA Theatre Arts   Lancaster University MA Contemporary Theatre Practice   Theatre Chesterfield Rep Hedda Gabler Love for Lydia Outside Edge Absurd Person Singular Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dream coat Charley’s Aunt Tale of the Red Dragon Murder at the Vicarage   Bolton Octagon Theatre […]

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Belinda Derrington

After a long career in teaching, having trained in music and Drama, Bel finds herself fully occupied in set design and construction for the Bear Pit. Being a rather “hands on” grandparent, and not able to commit to rehearsal and performing schedules, she enjoys being involved backstage in as many shows as possible and in […]

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Paul Tomlinson

Having spent many years in musical theatre and operetta, Paul has appeared in many Bear Pit productions, starting in Dad’s Army and including The Vicar of Dibley, A Christmas Carol, Season’s Greetings, The Ladykillers and right up to Absurd Person Singular.

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Stephanie Surrey

Stephanie has been in two productions for The Bear Pit, Vera in Stepping Out, where she learnt how to tap dance and Katrina in Bazaar and Rummage, her favourite role to date.   Other roles include Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, Fay in Loot, Gypsy in Beaux Strategem (Second Thoughts), Maggie in Suddenly at […]

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Lily Skinner

Lily previously worked professionally with MOPA Theatre Company performing in a nationwide tour of five Shakespearean plays. She joined The Bear Pit Theatre Company in Alan Ayckbourn’s Confusions in 2012 and is incredibly proud to be a Bear Pit Associate Artist. Lily’s other Bear Pit credits include Mimi in ‘Allo ‘Allo, Seasons Greetings, Stepping Out, […]

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Abi Sloan

Abi Sloan-Saunders   Worked as an assistant in the Costume Department of the Loft Theatre during the productions of ‘Noises Off’ and ‘The 39 Steps.’   Later she became involved with the Bear Pit, and made her first attempt at acting during the production of Confusions, where she played both the roles of Beryl and […]

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Anne Bowen

2012 Bazaar & Rummage – Sue Townsend 2013 Seasons Greetings – Alan Ayckborn 2014 When We Are Married – JB Priestley Fawlty Towers – The Dining Experience

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Dominic Skinner

Dominic began acting as a child, working with many local amateur groups throughout Warwickshire. Having made his professional debut as Percival in the RSC’s 1995 production of Lord of the Flies, Dominic went on to appear in a number TV and stage productions, including the successful BBC police drama ‘Backup’. During this time he studied […]

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Gill Butler

  Gill’s involvement with theatre includes The Festival Festival players in Lagos, Nigeria, The Loft and Talisman Theatres, a degree in Theatre Studies & Dramatic Arts and The Peking Players in China – especially a memorable production of Hamlet on the Great Wall.   More recently she has acted in Murder Mystery events around the […]

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Lindsey Allwork

  Having inherited the passion for performance, Lindsey was fortunate enough to join the National Youth Theatre at 14. After 4 years she then started teaching drama, and juggled that with counselling & non-professional Theatre both as Director and Performer (in shows ranging from ‘Hobson’s Choice’ to ‘High Society’ to ‘Translations’ to ‘Chicago’) for over […]

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Viv Tomlinson

Viv trained as a classical singer initially but fell in love with straight drama a few years back when she joined the Bear Pit and played Rachel in Ayckbourn’s ‘Season’s Greetings’.<br><br>Since then, she has enjoyed playing in Noel Coward’s ‘Present Laughter’ and ‘Hay Fever’, ‘When We Are Married’ by J B Priestly and ‘The Cripple […]

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Shirley Allwork

Shirley admits to being involved, for over 60 years, in local am-dram in London. Small walk-on parts were all she undertook until The Bear Pit gave her the opportunity to stay on the boards a little longer!  

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Margaret Lowe

Margaret’s love of theatre started at school with her first role as Oliver in the Lionel Bart musical. She joined Second Thoughts Drama Group in 1982, as part of the female chorus in Lysistrata. Since then she has performed in several productions with them and has supported the group in other ways as Treasurer, Prompt, Publicity […]

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David Derrington

  David began performing in 1963 and then started to directing in the mid 70’s, directing many musicals, operettas and operas in Birmingham, Solihull and Stratford.   David joined the board of The Bear Pit in 2010 and has since become its treasurer and a trustee. He is an Associate Artist of The Bear Pit […]

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José Alberto Pérez Díez

José was born in Madrid and moved to Stratford to pursue an MA and then a PhD at the Shakespeare Institute. He has been actively involved with the Shakespeare Institute Players, which he presided over for three years (2010-13); he is also a founding member of Ketterer’s Men and a member of Blood and Thunder […]

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Pamela Hickson

  Pamela trained and worked as a professional actress for a number of years. Since moving to Warwickshire in the 1990’s she has performed with several of Stratford’s local dramatic societies. One of the three founding members of The Bear Pit, she is now Vice Chair on The Bear Pit’s board of directors and is […]

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David Southeard

  David’s interest in amateur dramatics began while he was still at school in Coventry. He appeared in productions of “Toad of Toad Hall”, “The Prodigious Snob” and played the part of Josephine in “HMS Pinafore”!  At that time he also sang in school and church choirs.   Whilst at Bath University, he played Tony Lumpkin in “She Stoops to Conquer”, […]

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Philip Hickson

  Philip started acting when he left school and joined the Old Boys dramatic group of his grammar school at the tender age of 18. He has always had an equal love of drama and music and in the past has enjoyed as many singing roles as acting ones. For several years he played an […]

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Natalie Danks-Smith

Natalie is very proud to be an Associate Member of The Bear Pit. In the Bear Pit’s first year she performed as Edith Parish in ‘Dads Army’ and Jo in ‘Entertaining Angels.’ She has also popped up in both productions of The Vicar of Dibley…..singing the theme tune and gate crashing the wedding! After a […]

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Ruth Linnett

Ruth first joined Bear Pit Theatre for ‘Dad’s Army’ and loved the environment and talent so much that she came back to do two more shows!  Ruth’s most challenging yet enjoyable role was playing ‘Helga’ in Allo, Allo, where performing in front of the talented Kim Hartman, who created the role for TV, bought both […]

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Adrian McCarthy

Adrian has worked and appeared with a many of the Stratford theatre groups   Phoenix Players, Avonside Players, Traditional Theatre Company, Stratford Musical Theatre group, Fruitcake and Bear Pit Theatre in a number of varying and interesting roles.   Most recently seen in Bear Pit Theatres “Christmas Carol” and “When We Are Married”. Adrian is a […]

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Niki Baldwin

  Niki Baldwin A former professional actress, Niki began her amateur career in Stratford in 2008, performing with the Phoenix Players in Alan Bennet’s “Green Forms” directed by David Mears. Since then she has enjoyed taking on an array of diverse parts in several plays with Phoenix; “Gaslight”, “Suddenly at Home” and “Second to Last […]

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Richard Ball

Richard is not a newcomer when it comes to performing! He has been treading, building and lighting the boards, from a very young age. His passion began with acting during his school years but his creative flair also led him to sound and lighting design, for which he is heavily involved in for many a […]

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Steve Farr

Steve Farr is very proud to be a Bear Pit Associate, he is also the last remaining founder member of the Second Thoughts Drama Group who is still a member. He has performed countless times on stage in and around Stratford, but also in Cork, Dublin and at The Edinburgh Festival. He is an award […]

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David Stevens

  Theatre includes in the Fylde:   Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, Hal in Henry IV and The Government Inspector.   In Hong Kong: Blithe Spirit, Animal Farm and Boeing-Boeing   In Stratford upon Avon: Bear Pit Theatre: Dad’s Army (Private Frazer), Confusions (Vicar) Allo Allo (Leclerc) Bird of Prey Company: The Forgotten […]

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Roger Ganner

Bear Pit Experience: Trustee and Director: The Bear Pit Theatre Chief Executive: In-house Theatre Company Previous Bear Pit Plays: Gordon, ‘Neville’s Island’. Norman, ‘Norman Conquests’. General Melchett, ‘Blackadder’. Clown 2, ‘The 39 Steps’. Stanley Stubbers, ‘One Man Two Guvnors’. Michael, ‘God of Carnage’. Quince, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A play for the Nation with the […]

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