It has been a long career – starting, post drama school, in the 1960s, with working backstage in the West End and at Stratford with the RSC. Then acting in the London Fringe and on into TIE before founding T.O.O.T. (The Other Oxfordshire Theatre), a professional touring community company that flourished for nearly 40years before being killed by the latest round of Arts Council cuts.
I left T.O.O.T. after 10 years (it subsequently changed name to Oxordshire Touring Theatre) and moved to Cornwall, which seemed to be career suicide as there was little work around. But meeting fellow Equity Members on the set of Jamaica Inn led to the formation of our Devon & Cornwall General Branch and we began helping each other to find work and build new skills.
It was at this time that I was persuaded to stand for election to Equity’s SouthWest Area and various other committees, which eventually led to sitting on Council for more than a decade. At one point I realised I was sitting on 10 committees and chairing half of them! Exhausting!
There was/is still little work for actors – a few little bits in films and television – some poetry recitals – occasionally some theatre - some fun with Impro – a bit of directing – not enough to make a living!
But in the late 1990s I discovered storytelling… and fell in love with it. Now I am proud to be The Tintagel Storyteller.