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Andy Cruickshank

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Andy has a passion for all theatre, especially comedy. Playing a wide variety of parts over the years, including Billy in 'Billy Liar', Geoffrey in 'Lion in Winter' and the evil Goldberg in Pinter's 'The Birthday Party'. Andy also has some experience of Shaw, playing Sergius in 'Arms and the Man'. He directed 'The Killing of Sister George', a winning entry in The Woking Drama Festival, and recently directed 'Billy Liar' for us. He enjoyed a variety of parts in 'Oh! What a Lovely War.

Gill Richardson

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Gill lives in Farnborough and has been a member of Theatre64 for a while! (She thought it was ten years but it turns out it's much more than that!)She enjoys both acting and directing; although it's been a while since she was last treading the boards. As a director she has thoroughly enjoyed the whole Open Stages experience as it has been a really exciting way of approaching performance in a holistic way. The learning process has been amazing - so thank you to all involved.

Mike Hills

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Mike has been a member of Theatre64 for too long to count. His theatrical odyssey began in Bugsy Malone at the age of 14 in school, then exhibited itself in Woking, Bath and Kuwait before he joined Theatre64. He has undertaken acting, directing and writing roles with the group and is close to notching up his 60th role! He is aided and abetted in this by a long suffering wife and two very active boys (see smaller members of the cast). He would usually mention Fulham as well but its just too depressing at the moment. The Aardvark is in rehab.

Russ Pitcher

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Russ has done almost everything you can in and around a stage, even singing nearly in tune! 'Much Ado..' has been an amazing experience, not just working with a great cast and crew, but learning so much from being part of the OpenStages programme. Previous roles he has enjoyed include Macbeth, Donald in 'Blue Remembered Hills' and a down-and-out muppet. Russ has a geeky IT job and lives in Fleet in an organised pile of bricks that is helping the local tradesmen weather the cutbacks.

Carole Fowler

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Carole has been with T64 more years than she is able or willing to remember. In thwart time she has acted, directed, stage managed, done prompt, lighting, sound, props, box office, made costume, even sung in her own fashion, painted and built scenery. All this and had fun too and intends to keep on till even further into her dotage

Pam Howard

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Happy both behind the scenes and performing on stage, the prospect of taking on the role of Dogberry was too good to miss. Working with Gill and the ensemble cast in a very different way has been most enjoyable and at times stretching. When not acting, Pam can often be found rootling around in the storage container or trawling the local charity shops to track down items for costumes.

Alan Barber

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Alan has been with Theatre64 for over 15 years now - and they still can't get rid of him! He has done just about everything possible both on and off stage - acting, directing, singing, lighting, sound, amongst many others. He was last seen on stage as Nigel the Viking in "A Fete Worse than Death' and is thoroughly enjoying his villainous turn as Don John!He has two daughters, Jessica and Rebecca and works as an administrator in Thames Ditton.

Caroline Pitcher

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Caroline has been a member of Theatre64 on and off for the last 14 years. Previous roles she has enjoyed include Ros in ‘412 Letters’, Penny in ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ and Lady Bracknell in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. Also a member of Fleet Rock Choir, she has sung at The Anvil, Wembley Arena, The Hexagon and LowdeFest music festival. Caroline has a part-time marketing job and a full-time family job looking after 2 girls and managing the renovation project that is their family home!

Stephanie Hearnshaw

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Stephanie has been with the group for almost a year now and has also been in the production of Macbeth where she played Fleance and various other parts. She has made many friends here at Theatre64 and enjoys being here. Stephanie has had roles in other plays such as The Crucible and Frogmores pantomime Peter Pan, where she played Smee. She attends Yateley Sixth Form College and is currently studying Drama at AS-Level.

Debbie Hounsell

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Debbie has been with Theatre64 for almost 5 years and has a number of cracking roles under her belt including a drunken lush, a witch (these are her favourites - typecasting at its best!), Red Riding Hood's granny, Billy Liar's mum and, most recently, Elvira in 'Blithe Spirit'. Debbie is also a choral singer, works in I.T. for the NHS and lives with her cat, Misty, in Farnham.

Wendy Stevens

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Wendy joined Theatre64 in March last year and is thrilled to be involved in this production. Her only previous acting credit was a small part in Priory Players pantomime Babes in the Wood in 1998. Wendy is a devoted Elvis fan, lives in Farnborough and has three cats. She enjoys horse riding and also helps out with Riding for the Disabled in Sandhurst.

Haydn Thomas

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Haydn works for a local manufacturer of filtration equipment and has been a member of Theatre64 since 1998. During this time his involvement with the group has been both on stage and behind the scenes where he has been perfecting his tea-making skills. He also likes to get involved with the pantomime at High Cross Church, Camberley.

Jason Kewley

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Jason has had an involvement with amateur drama since school. Though not being a prolific member of the group, he has played roles in productions such as Dracula, Wind in the willows, Antigone, The Real inspector Hound, A Fete worse than death. He generally gets cast in the offbeat roles. Tonight he is playing the 'high school bitch' His claws are sharpened and ready... Meow!

Sarah Cruickshank

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Sarah's first play with Theatre64 was 'Dracula' in 1998, where she had three small parts. This was followed by parts in 'The Importance of Being Earnest' and 'Pygmalion'. 'Antigone' gave her the opportunity to play the role of Ismene. Sarah has also enjoyed her first Shakespeare speaking role in 'Macbeth'. She also had the pleasure of acting under the direction of her father in 'Billy Liar', where she played Liz one of Billy's girlfriends. Sarah's other hobbies include, literature, musicals, silk painting and retail therapy.

 

 

Peter Jeffares

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Pete joined Theatre64 ten years ago in their 40th anniversary year. He has appeared in several shows and also directed 'The Wind in the Willows' and 'Private Lives'. After a break of three years, Pete is delighted to have returned to Theatre64 for 'Much Ado About Nothing'. Claudio is a fantastic role to have with a huge range of emotions on show as the story unfolds. Working with Gill as director and a brilliant ensemble cast, this has been the most exciting show Pete has worked on. Pete found the recent workshop with Michael Corbidge an incredible experience which has changed the whole approach of rehearsals and really elevated the standard of the group.

Nigel Slocombe

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As Chairman of Theatre64, it is a real pleasure and delight to see the effort and dedication that the members put in to all of the rehearsals for this production, and the actual show itself. It is a wonderful production which I am sure each and everyone of you will thoroughly enjoy. As a bit of a hands-on person I was happy to help out with the set construction and stage management for the company. Sit back and enjoy the show.

Jeremy Barber

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Jeremy has appeared on stage sporadically and the last time was also as a soldier in Still Lives & Smoking Jackets. The opportunity to revisit No Mans Land however was to good to turn down, having enjoyed playing Hans in the previous version. Jack however has been a very different character to learn (not helped by the 3 pages added by Mr Hills part way through the run - Thanks Mike!). Knowing it was a short rehearsal run meant it didn't impinge on his time too much as Jeremy is in the midst of raising 4k for Wessex Heartbeat to allow him to trek to Everest Base Camp in November. He has thoroughly enjoyed treading the boards again and is looking forward to seeing all the audience at the quiz on the 8th March!

Claire Sergeant

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Claire is a teacher in Frogmore, She has recently bought a house in Yateley so unfortunately the group is stuck with her for a while! Claire was last on stage in Theatre 64's award-winning 412 Letters, winning the Best Actress award at Spelthorne Festival. Before that she was seen as Lady Macbeth in 'Macbeth'. Claire has recently married theatre64's Jeremy Barber.

Cast & Crew

Toad -   Andy Cruickshank
Mole -   Gill Richardson
Ratty -   Mike Hills
Badger -   Russ Pitcher
Chief Weasel -   Carole Fowler
Weasel Norman -   Pam Howard
Albert -   Alan Barber
Magistrate -   Caroline Pitcher
Gaoler's Daughter -   Stephanie Hearnshaw
WasherWoman -   Debbie Hounsell
Court Clerk -   Wendy Stevens
Car Salesman -   Haydn Thomas
Fox -   Jason Kewley
PoliceWoman -   Sarah Cruickshank
 
Director -   Peter Jeffares
Stage Manager -   Nigel Slocombe
Lighting -   Jeremy Barber
Sound -   Claire Sergeant
Poster -   Peter Jeffares
-   Russ Pitcher