The LADS is run by committee. Here you can meet the members.
Julia Thomas - Chair
Julia has been a member of LADS for approximately six years. Prior to that she belonged to another village Drama group and back in the 1980’s (pre children!) she was a member of ‘The Company’ in Bedford performing in many popular musical theatre productions.
A former PE teacher and Head Teacher, Julia is now retired but spends time acting professionally as a Supporting Artist. She has been in TV dramas ‘From There to Here’ and ‘Remember me’, and is currently featuring in Disney’s ‘The Evermoor Chronicles’ as an Everine.
Pam Johnson - Vice Chair
Pam is a local business woman and theatrical enthusiast. As well as directing and starring in our productions she also runs a successful catering company and recently completed a BA(Hons) in English and History with the Open University. Pam was the driving force behind our successful bid to become one of the few amateur groups accepted onto the RSC Open Stages project. She directed and produced The Taming of the Shrew, an extract of which was performed at The Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Marg Kynaston - Secretary and founder member
Marg is a long-standing member of The LADS and takes on leading parts in many plays. She not only directs but also has written many of the plays which The LADS have performed over the years, often taking her one act plays to local competitions and festivals. Marg has been involved in countless productions, including the first ever LADS production of 'A Murder is Announced' in 1992 - however we were denied Marg's Miss Marple as she was too busy to take on the leading role...
Maybe this is something The LADS need to address in the near future?
Rebecca Owen - Treasurer
Rebecca has been involved with The LADS since she was a little girl, with her first role as a villager in Oliver Twist when she was 5. Since then she has performed in and stage managed a number of productions. She was elected treasurer in 2013 and her profession as an accountant is invaluable to The LADS team.
Dickon Faux-Nightingale - Committee member
Dickon has been a member of The LADS since 2008. He is a master of many trades; a teacher, folk musician, singer, actor and handyman. He is well known for being a member of local folk band "Pendragon" and directed the LADS 2016 production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible.
Alison Utting - Committee member
Alison has been a children's nanny, bar-person, jeweller, parish clerk and English teacher - but for the moment is enjoying parenthood, Shakespeare, and local theatre. She has been acting with the LADS since 2004 and directed the LADS RSC Open Stages production of Twelfth Night. She is studying for an M.A. in Shakespeare & Theatre at the Stratford Institute.
Suzannah Smith - Committee and founder member
Suzannah is one of the original founder members of the LADS and over the past 20-odd years has been heavily involved in all manner of productions, turning her hand to acting, directing, costume and props making and singing – all with acclaimed success. High points of her theatrical ‘career’ have included playing Nancy in Oliver Twist and winning the “Best Individual Performance” award at the 2004 Montgomeryshire One Act Play Festival. Her most recent production of 'Ladies Down Under' was an overwhelming success.
Barbara Harris - Committee member
Barbara is a long standing member of The LADS. Apart from treading the boards and being an active committee member she also designs and creates some of our stunning costumes, receiving praise from RSC's Ian Wainwright for her "wonderful costumes" in The Taming of the Shrew and he stated she is a "real asset" to the group - high praise from a producer from the RSC!
Neil was a founder member of the LADS. Many of us had the privilege of acting with him or being directed by him. The plays that he wrote for the company over the years peppered our repertoire with originality, wit, and moments that brought a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye. Neil was always driven to create new and exciting productions, particularly ones which evoke our rich local history. As well as being a successful playwright, he also had many local history books published.
We will always miss his creativity, energy, enthusiasm, stubbornness, wry humour, bizarre imagination, and ability to carry off a giant babygro with pompoms.
I have been interested in theatre for most of my adult life. I lived in Christchurch, New Zealand for a large part of of it and was a member of several groups,doing mainly musicals. I also took part in a play which got to the finals of the One Act Play Festival of New Zealand, playing a half-dressed Greek God!!! I enjoy all the aspects of theatre, stage managing, lighting, set building. Great to have the opportunity to be in the two Shakespeare plays LADS have done recently.