Phillip Dyson

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Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Phillip Dyson come to Camberley Theatre on November 18th. We caught up with him and asked him a few questions…

What’s your favourite thing about going on tour

There are many, and all very enjoyable to me. The travel, hotel, restaurants, meeting new people, being in different places, enjoying being out early in a morning jogging and discovering everything new. Seeing a new city and everything about it. The joy of being there at that moment and for that brief time. However, of everything I think the performance and all that goes with that. The audience, and to ensure a successful Concert in every way. And also, to see old friends. Being on tour is a wonderful way of doing that.

What can the Camberley audience expect?

My Camberley audience can expect an enjoyable evening of wonderful popular piano classics, along with a little amiable banter to accompany. I will be presenting one of my favourite programmes including such iconic music as: Beethoven ‘Moonlight Sonata’, Chopin Nocturne in E flat and Fantaisie Impromptu, Scott Joplin The Entertainer and Maple Leaf Rag, Debussy Clare de Lune, Rachmaninov Prelude in G minor and George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. A super programme in every way. Something very much for everyone!

Have you any funny or special memories of Surrey in general?

Well, it is always nice to perform locally. No flights nor hotels to worry about. Also, again to see people you know is always a pleasure. Surrey itself is a great place to live. It has plenty of greenery and fresh air, but also it  never seems far from anywhere. For me to be so close to London is wonderful.

This is our 50th Anniversary year, can you remember your first theatre trip and / or the first piece of music you bought?

I am so pleased to be performing at Camberley as part of the theatre’s 50th Anniversary Year. It is a great privilege indeed. Theatre is a very magical place that is a part of every city and most large town in the country, part of our arts and culture, and integral to our way of life. Long may this continue and grow.

My first visit to the theatre would have been to local Pantomime. And early music purchases of Debussy, Ravel and Billy Mayerl. Somethings really don’t change!

 Thanks Phillip – see you in November!

Here’s Phillip playing Scott Joplin at Nonsuch Mansion House, in Cheam, Surrey last Summer. Fabulous stuff!

 

 

New seats are getting installed!

The old seats have now been removed and a couple of full skips have been emptied…the lovely brand new seats are now half way through their installation!

We have an Open Day on Saturday 3rd September (the same day as the Car Show in Camberley) where you can come and have a little sit down. Then why not enjoy a cuppa in the café or drop in on the free theatre workshops being provided by Creative Minds?  Enjoy a bit of singing, dancing, musical theatre, drama…..for a variety of age groups…

We’ll be open from 10am to 4pm plus if you buy your panto tickets on this day, we’ll organise free parking for you in the Knoll Road multi storey.

Holy Moly!!

Ian Cullen and Jack Stark Discuss Theatre pt.1

As part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, we asked actor Ian Cullen to share some of his thoughts and memories of acting and theatre over the years. We sat Ian and a young actor, Jack Stark down together and filmed the conversations that took place. In part 1, you can hear Ian share his memories of theatre rep in the area he grow up in, the North East of England.

Ian has had numerous roles in British film and television, including regular roles in Z-Cars, When The Boat Comes In and Doctor Who. He trained at RADA with a scholarship when he was 16. As well as his acting commitments, Ian ran a very successful youth drama group in Surrey (Surrey Heath Young Actors Company) for nearly 30 years. He has also written several television series, films and radio plays. He lives with his wife Yvonne who is also an actress and drama teacher

Jack Stark has performed from a young age. His theatre roles include the Sledge Boy (Scrooge, London Palladium) Artful Dodger (Oliver), Earl (Whistle Down the Wind), Fyedka (Fiddler on the roof) and most recently Billy Crocker (Anything Goes) for which he has been nominated for a swan award as best actor. He’s also been a student dancer in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Aladdin’ at Windsor and was the lead role in the 2007 Television Tesco Christmas campaign. In September Jack starts a 3 year musical theatre course at PPA, Guildford. Jack is currently playing the role of John Hinckley in a production of Assassins up at Edinburgh after a successful run at the Chelsea Theatre.

Out With The Old In With The New…

Yes indeed, ladies and gentlemen…..the seats at Camberley Theatre are being upgraded!

Yeeha!!

We are closed for August while those old seats are ripped out, the main auditorium gets a lovely new lick of paint and then brand new, gorgeous seats are installed!!

We will be having an Open Day on Saturday September 3rd so you can rest your derrière in the seats and see just how comfy they are……say good-bye to the old seats now…🙂

More details of the Open Day soon, but it’s the same day at the Car Show in Camberley – if you park at the Knoll Road car park next to the theatre, you can have a quick go on the seats and if you buy your panto tickets that day – we won’t charge you for your parking. Can’t say fairer than that really can we?