We celebrated Camberley Theatre’s first 50 years with a fabulous birthday party last week – the Mayor, Cllr John Winterton and the Chief Executive of Surrey Heath Borough Council, Karen Whelan, both attended and gave inspiring and very positive speeches about the theatre’s future.
Our youth theatre, CMA invited some of their members to sing – beautifully – for us.
Farnham duo, Portland, also sang in the café area after which we all went through to the main auditorium to watch a fabulous film detailing the theatre’s history and celebrating some of our most famous performers. Put together by John Peddie also including footage by Jonny Byczok – many thanks to John and Jonny!
Members of the CMA sang beautifully.
The Mayor and Karen Whelan congratulate the youngsters on their performance.
CEO of SHBC also offers her congratulations.
The very young performers from CMA stole of hearts!
The Mayor, Cllr John Winterton made a stirring speech.
Very positive words from CEO of SHBC, Karen Whelan.
Karen Whelan in front of the fabulous new design on the doors, highlighting some of the most famous concerts.
Polly from CMA and The Mayor.
The staff of Camberley Theatre with Karen Whelan.
(Photos Drew Tommons)
Finally everyone was invited to partake in the delicious birthday cake, made by Camberley Theatre staff member Kayleigh Garland, representing the fabulous new seats in the auditorium!
Happy Birthday Camberley Theatre – here’s to the next 50 years!
The Mayor, Cllr John Winterton and the Deputy Mayor Cllr Valerie White with Cllrs Ian Cullen and Adrian Page.
(Photos Alan Meeks)
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.
Actor Ian Cullen arrives a little late for the opening ceremony….