Spring 2020

Rep Theatre, Dundee

Dave Hamilton

Dave Hamilton

Age: 68

Hometown:  Dundee

Occupation:  Retired Dentist

Hobbies and interests: Golf , reading, gardening, music (particularly folk music, playing guitar and singing), running (much slower these days!) and helping with senior training at Dundee Hawkhill Harriers.

Brian Boardman

Brian Boardman

Age: 66

Hometown: Arbroath, Angus

Occupation: Actor, singer, voice-over artist.

Hobbies and interests: Music, theatre, football and photography.

Ken Peters

Ken Peters

Age: 68

Hometown: Dundee

Occupation: Retired journalist in children’s comics.

Hobbies and interests: Playing the Ukulele and running.

Shaun Harbour

Shaun Harbour

Age: 44

Hometown: Perth

Occupation: Children’s author

Hobbies and interests: I am a tenor with the Scottish Police and Community choir, and I enjoy creating caricature art, cartoons and comic book art. I am passionate about music and I love movies.

Derby Theatre, Derby

Phil Green

Phil Green

Age: 56

Hometown: Wakefield

Occupation: University Lecturer

Hobbies and interests: Theatre, football (watching – playing days are gone!) and current affairs.

 
Rob Morton

Rob Morton

Age: 60

Hometown: Born Leicester, lives Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Occupation: Semi-retired from Social Work, NHS Management, HR Director (Medical Devices)

Hobbies and interests: Singing (choirs), piano and keyboards (8 piece party band, teaching), cycling, taxi-service for teenage sons following their interests in rugby, motocross, boxing and music.

Norman Smith

Norman Smith

Age: 68

Hometown: Derby

Occupation: Retired Youth Services Manager

Hobbies and interests: Singing in a community choir, playing guitar, growing fruit and vegetables, and tai chi

Paul Johnstone

Paul Johnstone

Age: 58

Hometown: Dumfries

Occupation: Care worker and physiotherapist instructor for adults with learning difficulties

Hobbies and interests: Making abstract/impressionist paintings, playing and writing music with band ‘The Raindogs’.

DANCEXCHANGE, BIRMINGHAM

Paul D Metcalfe

Paul D Metcalfe

Age: 48

Hometown: Cannock Chase and Sutton Coldfield

Occupation: Bulk of career was in hospitality, room in pub, restaurant and nightclub management, now into supply of Cold Water Immersion therapy.

Hobbies and interests: Illustration, novelist, singing and acting, walking and the gym.

Guy Martyr

Guy Martyr

Age:  60

Hometown: Worcester

Occupation:Emergency services control room

Hobbies and interests: Art, music, writing, dancing, gardening, woodwork.

Lee Hamblett

Lee Hamblett

Age: 54

Hometown: Oldbury

Occupation: Lighting Engineer

Hobbies and interests: Singing with Dynamix, a 6 piece vocal harmony group, and with Brandhall Community Choir, walking, and Zumba.

Tony Scripps

Tony Scripps

Age: 53

Hometown: Born in London but home is now Worcester

Occupation: Manager in the Royal Naval Careers Service previously Royal Navy Medical Technician

Hobbies and interests: Sing with Anvil Chorus; a West Midlands based Barbershop group. Enjoy cycling and spinning. Cooking and fine dining.

LYCEUM THEATRE, CREWE

Steve Barber

Steve Barber

Age: 60

Hometown: Crewe

Occupation: Retired Engineering Training Advisor, Coppersmith

Hobbies and interests:  Badminton, table tennis, skiing, golf and wind surfing. A member of three local amateur dramatic societies.

Richard Lees

Richard Lees

Age: 52

Hometown: Alsager

Occupation: Company Director

Hobbies and interests:  Singing in the bass section of the Alsager Community Choir, playing rock, jazz and classical guitar, gigging , astronomy and alpine skiing.

Dave Tranter

Dave Tranter

Age: 59

Hometown: Birmingham

Occupation: Digital CAD Modeller

Hobbies and interests: All types of music and dance, sings bass with Crewe Lyceum’s Choir, enjoys most sports especially football (Boing Boing Baggies) and is learning to play the piano.

Nick Horsely

Nick Horsely

Age: 58

Hometown: Born in Fleetwood, Lancashire, the family moved to just outside Crewe some 18 years ago.

Occupation: Originally I trained as a Geologist and have worked in the quarrying and mining all my life in both the public and private sector. I am now Director of Planning at the Minerals Products Association.

Hobbies and interests: I have always enjoyed sports and many years my passion was in Martial Arts where I achieved the grades of 4th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo and 2nd Dan in Jujitsu, instructing in both for a number of years. A serious knee, whilst limiting my Martial Arts abilities allowed me to explore performing arts. I played bass guitar and sung in a covers band in the 80’s and 90’s, five years ago I was given the opportunity to perform in Musical Theatre with a small role in the CAMS production of the Sound of Music, along side my two daughters, an experience I shall never forget. Since then, I have had principle roles in Whistle Down the Wind, My Fair Lady and last year the most challenging role yet, Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar. I now sing with Crewe Musical and Acton Operatic Societies. Wasteland gave me the opportunity to live the dream.

MACROBERT ARTS CENTRE, STIRLING

Paul Thomson

Paul Thomson

Age: 64

Hometown: Avonbridge, Stirlingshire

Occupation: Retired Police Officer

Hobbies and interests: I sing with a couple of bands and a choir, a present a 2 hour weekly music show on an internet radio channel. I do some background acting and have started doing voice-over work.

George Reid

George Reid

Age: 64

Hometown: Clackmannan

Occupation: Retired. Former Co-op worker, civil servant and trade union activist.

Hobbies and Interests: Member of ceilidh/folk band committed to supporting progressive and charitable causes [The “HLI CEILIDH BAND”] such as, disability issues (particularly related to polio).

Jim Thornton

Jim Thornton

Age: 54

Hometown: Tillicoultry

Occupation: Teacher.

Hobbies and Interests: Singer-song-writer and maker of Sporrans (Skivesporrans).

YORK THEATRE ROYAL, YORK

John Shaw

John Shaw

Age: 70

Hometown: Huddersfield

Occupation: Retired Electronic Engineer.

Hobbies and Interests: Music of most sorts, listening, singing, playing (anything with a keyboard), recording, composing/arranging occasionally.    Theatre – I love live shows of all sorts and have been involved in a local annual panto production for over 40 years.    Walking – mostly now on the flat-ish.     Caravanning – touring UK mostly.   DIY – usually now for our children as they re-arrange or decorate!

Louis Gibb

Louis Gibb

Age: 65

Hometown: York

Occupation: Bibliographic database editor (retired).

Hobbies and Interests: Music – appreciation, singing, trying to play concertina . Natural history, walking, reading.

THE MAC, BELFAST

Jim Young

Jim Young

Age: 56

Hometown: Greenisland, Co Antrim

Occupation:Vehicle Auditor (formerly an Area Manager of a Bank).

Hobbies and Interests: Passionate about musical theatre and drama for which I’m currently pursuing my acting and singing LCM grades. I also love running and astronomy.

Dave James

Dave James

Age: 40

Hometown: Belfast

Occupation: Assistant Plant Engineer.

Hobbies and Interests: Music, break-dancing, singing, choir, skiing, motorcycles, gymnastics, walking, nature, family, socialising & gaming.

Paul Gorman

Paul Gorman

Age: 56

Hometown: Donegal, Ireland

Occupation: Electrician,  Musician.

Hobbies and Interests: Sailing, yoga, meditation and singing.

AUTUMN 2019 TOUR

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

John Shaw

John Shaw

Age: 70

Hometown: Huddersfield

Occupation: Retired electrical engineer

Hobbies and interests: Music (both playing and listening), DIY, spending time with family (particularly the grandkids!) and cooking.

Neil Frankland

Neil Frankland

Age: 42

Hometown: Huddersfield

Occupation: Tutor with offender rehabilitation.

Hobbies and interests: Rugby (playing and refereeing) and singing.

Matthew Blair

Matthew Blair

Age: 46

Hometown: Huddersfield

Occupation: Business Change Consultant

Hobbies and interests: Singing in Far Cry Acapella, bee keeping, holidaying in Germany.

Merion Lewis

Merion Lewis

Age: 70

Hometown: Honley, West Yorkshire

Occupation: Semi-retired Engineer / Executive, presently a part-time Engineering Consultant

Hobbies and interests: Singing, watching rugby, technical committee member of the SHAPA Business Association.

Richard Wade

Richard Wade

Age: 69

Hometown: Huddersfield

Occupation: Former business insurance consultant, fire and accident inspector and mortgage advisor

Hobbies and interests: Pantomime, singer in the bass section of Honley Male Voice Choir.

Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts

Age: 64

Hometown: Huddersfield

Occupation: Retired mechanical engineering manager

Hobbies and interests: Family, travel, choir.

The Grand, Blackpool

Khristopher MacLeod

Khristopher MacLeod

Age: 42

Hometown: Blackpool

Occupation: Actor/singer

Hobbies and interests: Shaolin Kung Fu (the Martial Art system of the Shaolin Temple Monks)

Seamus Graeme

Seamus Graeme

Age: 69

Hometown: Bolton

Occupation: N/p

Hobbies and interests: Writing.

Neil Abdy BEM

Neil Abdy BEM

Age: 61

Hometown: Sheffield

Occupation: Retired police officer

Hobbies and interests: Singing with Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir, golf, walking.

Richard Wade

Richard Wade

Age: 69

Hometown: Huddersfield

Occupation: Former business insurance consultant, fire and accident inspector and mortgage advisor

Hobbies and interests: Pantomime, singer in the bass section of Honley Male Voice Choir.

Nottingham Playhouse

Roger Williams

Roger Williams

Age: 70

Hometown: Nottingham

Occupation: Former Probation Officer and NHS Manager

Hobbies and interests: Presenting a weekly show on www.bluesandrootsradio.com, running (especially Saturday morning Parkrun – 160 and counting!), playing in his band The Strawberry Jammers, and barbershop singing.

 

Danny Horan

Danny Horan

Age: 54

Hometown: Nottingham

Occupation: HGV Driver

Hobbies and interests: Musical theatre, singing in Carlton Male Voice Choir, spending time with family.

Andy Batty

Andy Batty

Age: 44

Hometown: Nottingham

Occupation: Chartered Accountant

Hobbies and interests: Theatre, cooking (and eating out), travel.

Gareth Busson

Gareth Busson

Age: 45

Hometown: Leicester (near Coalville, ironically)

Occupation: Commercial Director

Hobbies and interests: Avid performer, stand up comedy, writer and published author, huge rugby fan.

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Sid Moon

Sid Moon

Age: 65

Hometown: Canterbury.

Occupation: Retired aerial rigger.

Hobbies and interests: Amateur dramatics, singing, theatre, gardening and DIY.

Tim Chapman

Tim Chapman

Age: 54

Hometown: Norwich

Occupation: Local authority town planner

Hobbies and interests: Choir, chess, cooking and politics.

Norton Harries

Norton Harries

Age: 73

Hometown: Swansea Valley

Occupation: Retired Shell Biologist

Hobbies and interests: Art, singing, Welsh Rugby, Wolves (football) and gardening.

Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Age: 62

Hometown: Deal

Occupation: Litho Printer

Hobbies and interests: Singing with rock choir, football, cinema and music.

The Place, London

Tristan Parkes

Tristan Parkes

Age: 49

Occupation: Retired Fisherman

Hobbies and interests: Singing, playing the banjo, telling stories.

Martin Parsons

Martin Parsons

Age: 64

Hometown: London

Occupation: Former Local Government Officer

Hobbies and interests: Singing with Carers in Harmony and The Kentones Barber Shop Choir, trying to play guitar, and being a Grandad.

Tom Risdale

Tom Risdale

Age:  51

Hometown: London

Occupation: Team Leader Supportive Care, St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney, London.

Hobbies and interests: Travel, cycling, whippets and my 3 children!

Jonathan Pettitt

Jonathan Pettitt

Age: 53

Hometown: Amersham Buckinghamshire

Occupation: Change Manager, John Lewis Partnership

Hobbies and interests: Local amateur dramatic societies, painting and Italian culture (food and wine). After having lived in Italy in youth, visits as often as possible.

Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts

Age: 64

Hometown: Huddersfield

Occupation: Retired mechanical engineering manager

Hobbies and interests: Family, travel, choir.

Northern Stage, Newcastle

Peter Curran

Peter Curran

Age: 61

Hometown: North Shields, Tyne & Wear

Occupation: Retired art teacher

Hobbies and interests: Art, music/choir, cinema.

John Armstrong

John Armstrong

Age: 68

Hometown: Blaydon

Occupation: Salesman

Hobbies and interests: Guitar vocal entertainer, part-time actor and writer. I breed tropical fish garden and enjoy travel.

Steve Dodds

Steve Dodds

Age: 61

Hometown: North Shields

Occupation: Retired Bus Network Planning Officer

Hobbies and interests: Singing in Backworth Male Voice and Linskill Community choirs, country walks, cinema and theatre, gym,  watching football and cricket, seeing family and socialising with friends.

Ken Richardson

Ken Richardson

Age: 69

Hometown: North Shields, born and bred in Washington, UK

Occupation: Former Lab Assistant,  Geologist and First School teacher

Hobbies and interests: Music and musical theatre (Elvis tribute artist), Stadium announcer for Gateshead FC and weight training.

Spring 2019 Tour

Cast, Doncaster

Meirion Lewis

Meirion Lewis

Age: 70

Hometown: Honley, West Yorkshire

Occupation: Semi-retired Engineer / Executive, presently a part-time Engineering Consultant

Hobbies and interests: Singing, watching rugby, technical committee member of the SHAPA Business Association.

Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts

Age: 64

Hometown: Huddersfield

Occupation: Retired mechanical engineering manager

Hobbies and interests: Family, travel, choir.

Paul Trow

Paul Trow

Age: 64

Hometown: Goldthorpe

Occupation: Underground official at Barnburgh Colliery

Hobbies and interests: Singing with Barnburgh male choir, classic vehicle renovation, keeping fit.

Richard Wade

Richard Wade

Age: 69

Hometown: Huddersfield

Occupation: Former business insurance consultant, fire and accident inspector and mortgage advisor

Hobbies and interests: Pantomime, singer in the bass section of Honley Male Voice Choir.

Civic, Barnsley

Neil Abdy BEM

Neil Abdy BEM

Age: 61

Hometown: Sheffield

Occupation: Retired police officer

Hobbies and interests: Singing with Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir, golf, walking.

Garry Leigh

Garry Leigh

Age: 64

Hometown: Sheffield

Occupation: Retired telephone engineer

Hobbies and interests: Singing, amateur operatics, sword dancing, walking, caravaning.

Richard Wade

Richard Wade

Age: 69

Hometown: Huddersfield

Occupation: Former business insurance consultant, fire and accident inspector and mortgage advisor

Hobbies and interests: Pantomime, singer in the bass section of Honley Male Voice Choir.

Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts

Age: 64

Hometown: Huddersfield

Occupation: Retired mechanical engineering manager

Hobbies and interests: Family, travel, choir.

Tramway, Glasgow

Francis Lopez

Francis Lopez

Hometown: Glasgow

Occupation: Film industry

Tom Malone

Tom Malone

Age: 66

Hometown: Glasgow

Occupation: Retired graphic designer

Hobbies and interests: Singing in two choirs, folk clubs, Glasgow Coastal Rowing Club (and organising first sea shanty festival), building a St Ayles Skiff (like was raced by Fifeshire miners during days off).

George Campbell

George Campbell

Age: 68

Hometown: Glasgow

Occupation: Photographer

Hobbies and interests: Choir, reading, guitar, listening to Classic FM.

Daniel Welsh

Daniel Welsh

Age: 53

Hometown: Glasgow

Occupation: Civil Engineer/Planner

Hobbies and interests: Playing guitar and singing, cycling, walking, pint of beer at the pub.