IPH and the theatre


My association with the theatre has mostly, but not always, been with musical theatre including opera.

I have only once and briefly worked on the professional stage — as a backstage hand on properties, when English National Opera was in Manchester on tour in 1973 with The Merry Widow, Gloriana, and The Rhinegold — but over the years I did get involved a number of times with amateur theatre or operatic and musical theatre companies.

I played the bit-part of the Frog Footman in a primary school production of Alice in Wonderland at the age of about 9. I didn't tread the boards again for a decade. My secondary school mounted one or two theatrical productions during my years there, but I was never involved in any way.

My subsequent involvement with the stage includes: