MEET OUR COMMITTEE...

Chairman & Publicity Officer

Paddy D-W

Member of the club since: 2004 – My first role a non-speaking part in Two Planks and a Passion when I was 14!

What I like to do most at the club: Act & Direct

My proudest moment as a member: There are many, but I’d probably say our recent production of Brassed Off that I directed made me the most proud when it all came together with us and the band.

My favourite production the Drama Club have staged is: The Diary of Anne Frank in 2005, I played Peter van Daan.

Away from the Drama Club you would find me: Watching the mighty(!!) Rovers and driving trains around the North West.

If I won the lottery I would: Probably start with a world cruise…

Something you wouldn’t know about me: My great, great grandfather was the Chairman of Blackburn Rovers.

My favourite play/musical is: Blood Brothers. The first show my parents took me to see in the West End as a child – I’ve now seen it 5 times in total!

Vice Chair

Jenny H

Member of club since: 2004

What I like to do most at the club: When not de-cluttering the ‘MEZ’… my main objective when directing or acting is to move an audience in some way, either to laughter or tears. Sometimes it is possible to do both. When that happens I know we’ve created something memorable.

My proudest moment as a member: Being Chair of Blackburn Drama Club during one of the most difficult stages (no pun intended) of its life and surviving despite all the pitfalls. Also, receiving awards, together with my three fabulous co-actors and director for My Mother Said I Never Should at the ACT Spotlight Awards in Altrincham 2019. This was teamwork at its highest level.

My favourite production the drama club has staged is: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest directed by Paul McGowan.

Away From the Drama Club you would find me: On holiday! Looking after my granddaughter, preparing students for drama exams.

If I won the lottery I would: Make sure that my family were financially secure. Make a big donation to Guide Dogs For The Blind. Go on more holidays!

Something you wouldn’t know about me: I’m claustrophobic.

My favourite play/musical is: I would have to choose a farce, Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti for its sheer escapist, frivolous silliness and glamour. It’s ‘laugh out loud funny’. Over the years I’ve watched it, been in it, directed it and I absolutely love it.

Treasurer

Pearce D-W

Member of the club since: June 2015

What I like to do most at the club: I like to get involved with the set building and other hands on activities when I can, but my day to day responsibilities for the club are predominantly admin based.

My proudest moment as a member: Raising £1921 from the co-op community fund to help us renovate the club’s rehearsal space.

My favourite production the Drama Club have staged is: Brassed Off

Away from the Drama Club you would find me: On a construction site as my day job is a Quantity Surveyor. 

If I won the lottery I would: Travel the world! 

Something you wouldn’t know about me: I was born with a hole in my heart (which has now healed by itself!)

My favourite play/musical is: Billy Elliott 

Secretary

Neely J

Member of the club since: February 2015

What I like to do most at the club: Be involved! 

My proudest moment as a member: The club’s recent success at the 2019 Association of Community Theatre Spotlight Drama Awards.

My favourite production the Drama Club have staged is: I don’t have just one favourite but one of my favourites was ‘Brassed Off’ – a logistical challenge but great to see a local band working with the club and to have been a part of it. 

Away from the Drama Club you would find me: In the gym or a gin bar. 

If I won the lottery I would: Open an animal rescue centre.

Something you wouldn’t know about me: I completed Tough Mudder with the club Vice Chair. 

My favourite play/musical is: ‘The Book of Mormon’ – love it!

Subscribers Secretary

Dorothy P

Member of the club since: Around 1953!

What I like to do most at the club: I enjoyed directing most, especially after spending a year at Rose Bruford. I am now retired from directing…

My favourite production the Drama Club have staged is: Either Journeys End or The Herbal Bed.

Away from the Drama Club you would find me: Enjoyed travel but now visits to the theatre & cinema and working with our Subscribers.

Something you wouldn’t know about me: I am a quilter.

My favourite play/musical is: Children’s Hour – I wish I had produced this before I retired.

Minutes Secretary

Claire St P

Member of the club since: 2009 (I think! Gosh has it really been that long?!)

What I like to do most at the club: Acting and Directing especially things a bit off the wall.

My proudest moment as a member: Watching my brilliant, talented cast of ‘Teechers’ stage a slow-mo fist fight to the Prodigy at the Empire Theatre!

My favourite production the Drama Club have staged is: The last one! I’ve liked so many and they just seem to be getting better each year.

Away from the Drama Club you would find me: Drinking coffee and marking books.

If I won the lottery I would: Set up a theatre academy in Spain. Also, do something to help with the homeless crisis in the UK. Adopt another puppy too.

Something you wouldn’t know about me: Many moons back, I won a BBC radio playwright competition, having created my masterpiece for my A-level homework in 2 hours flat. I was always last minute! The other winning writers at the BBC meet-the-winners luncheon were much older than me and had been working on their pieces for 6 months to 2 years!! Working hard doesn’t always pay it seems!

My favourite play/musical is: Without a doubt, it’s ‘Macbeth’. GCSE English killed all passion for the Bard, but drama in college brought it back alive.

Social Secretary

Jonathan M

Member of the club since: 2007

What I like to do most at the club: Working behind the scenes on many a production, props, stage management or sound effects. 

My proudest moment as a member: Creating the sound effects for The Ladykillers. 

My favourite production the Drama Club have staged is: The Ladykillers 

Away from the Drama Club you would find me: Running or working for the NHS. 

If I won the lottery I would: Retire and build a state of the art theatre.

Something you wouldn’t know about me: I am a Whovian.

My favourite play/musical is: Inspector Drake and the Perfekt Crime by David Tristram

Committee Member

Jacqui M

Member of the club since: 1987

What I like to do most at the club: I used to enjoy treading the boards but am currently taking a break from acting. I’m now enjoying a backstage role and, although I’ve often assisted with props, I’m now really enjoying finding costumes for plays. This is sometimes challenging, particularly for period plays, but rewarding at the same time. 

My proudest moment as a member: I’m mostly proud to be part of such a fantastic club, as an acting member and serving on the committee. 

My favourite production the Drama Club have staged is: The Drama Club standard is very high and we have produced so many memorable, quality plays over the 30 plus years that I’ve been a member, that I couldn’t choose one in particular. 

Away from the Drama Club you would find me: Taking life a little easier. Having just taken early retirement from teaching, I now have time to visit my granddaughter more often, read a little more, and explore the UK with husband and dog. 

If I won the lottery I would: Explore the world after taking care of family and friends. 

Something you wouldn’t know about me: There are things that different people know depending on how they know me. At school, I played Nancy in ‘Oliver!’ and played netball and ran the 100 metre hurdles for school. I am literally allergic to cold – winter is my enemy! 

My favourite play/musical is: I don’t have a favourite, I like many different types, but I love the musical West Side Story. The songs are brilliant.

Committee Member

Alison S

Member of the club since: I was involved with the Junior Group at Blackburn Drama Club in 1972/73. I became a full member in 1980 for a few years then had time out for family and work. I have been more actively involved since 2013.

What I like to do most at the club: Properties. I enjoy sourcing appropriate props and items for set dressing for different types of plays, always paying particular attention to detail……then scurrying around backstage, dressed in black, making sure everything is organised, in it’s right place and available for actors and scene changes.

My proudest moment as a member: ACT Out of the Spotlight Awards 2019 personal nomination for ‘Excellence in Customer Relations’ (Front of House) and ‘Properties’ for props teams for the whole season.

My favourite production the Drama Club have staged is: This is SO difficult having watched BDC productions since 1969!  ‘Up there’ productions for me include The Herbal Bed, Bouncers, The Diary of Anne Frank, Address Unknown and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.

Away from the Drama Club you would find me: Enjoying retirement, either in Lanzarote or closer to home.

If I won the lottery I would: Buy a fabulous villa in Lanzarote big enough to invite lots of friends and family. I couldn’t live there permanently though as the journey to the theatre would take too long!

Something you wouldn’t know about me: I once played the lead character June/George in The Killing of Sister George……but don’t tell anyone as I’m much happier backstage rather than treading the boards!

My favourite play/musical is: This is difficult for me again. I don’t have a particular favourite; I enjoy an eclectic mix of theatre including musicals.

Committee Member

Martin C

Member of the club since: 2017

What I like to do most at the club: I like to get involved with all aspects of the Drama Club, but I do enjoy being on stage.

My proudest moment as a member: Winning ACT Award for Most Accomplished Supporting Actor 2019 for playing Owen Newitt – Vicar of Dibley.

My favourite production the Drama Club have staged is: Brassed Off

Away from the Drama Club you would find me: Enjoying Musical Theatre.

If I won the lottery I would: Moved to London’s West End.

Something you wouldn’t know about me: My Great Great Grandfather was one of the original owners of Blackburn Empire Theatre.

My favourite play/musical is: The Play That Goes Wrong