I moved to Poole in 2011 after over 30 years in Birmingham.
In 2010, I produced the Moseley Mystery Plays, based on the Canterbury Mystery Plays by Ken Pickering. Through our two amazing young directors we performed 10 of the plays starting with The Fall and finishing with the Wise Men. Both performances were a great success, one in Moseley Park, a beautiful lakeside setting, and the second in St. Mary’s Church.
This brilliant community activity was great fun, and although hard work produced an amazing result. After moving I heard about the Poole Passion Play and decided to learn more. A wonderful friendly group of people, from all ages, abilities, and faith; they made me feel very welcome. I played a few small parts in the 2012 production and was then asked to become producer for 2014.
Through the workshops my acting has hopefully improved, though RADA has yet to call!
Originally TPP was to be a set of tableau’s inspired by an exhibition of Bill Viola called The Passions that Sharon had seen in London. However, after conversations with Nigel Lloyd and Jonathan Martin, this idea developed into her writing a full-scale play Through The Eyes of a Child. Roger Bayldon later joined the fledgling group as producer and so began TPP.
Sharon is an Associate Lecturer at Winchester University in Applied Drama and Theatre in Education (TIE).
Much of her freelance practice involves the use of Applied Drama with disaffected young people and adults in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction She was a founder of Vita Nova .She is also co director of State of Play an reincarnation of Bournemouth Theatre in Education Team and an accomplished freelance director & facilitator.
My interest in Amateur Dramatics started 52 years ago while I was serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps. I have been active ever since as an Actor in numerous plays and operettas. Together with my wife I have also written and directed pantomimes. My main love is directing and I have directed plays written by Noel Coward, Alan Aykbourn and Anthony Booth amongst others. In 2013 I joined The Poole Passion play, which I heard about through my church, and was fortunate enough to be cast as Caiaphas, the High Priest. I thoroughly enjoyed the rehearsals and performances and am delighted to have made so many new friends among the cast and crew.
Ivor Thompson retired from a successful Banking career in 1995 having worked in the Poole / Bournemouth area since 1964 .Hon Treasurer of St Peter’s Church for 17 years and also has been Hon Treasurer of Routes to Roots and the local Branch of Arthritis Care. Ivor has recently taken over as treasurer and is looking forward to the assisting a very successful team in the production of the 2016 Passion Play
I have been involved with amateur dramatics since the 1960s. I have played a wonderful variety of parts including some very iconic roles in both plays and musicals. I also enjoy directing, set design and making costumes. As a primary school teacher I was responsible for a wide range of school productions. I have just had my first experience of filming with Richard McLester which was very exciting. We moved to Parkstone in 2013 and joined the TPP. The members were so very welcoming and I was lucky enough to be cast as Mary, mother of Christ. It was a truly moving and unforgettable experience. I am so glad I joined the growing family that is The Poole Passion.
While studying English and Philosopy at the University of Wales Aberystwyth, I was the President of the Dramatic Society. I then became a teacher firstly in London, then Durham and finally Poole where I was the Head of Drama at Bournemouth School. I’ve directed for Brownsea Open Air Theatre and Bournemouth Little Theatre and have a huge interest in both theatre, opera and all creative and performing arts.
Musical Director Richard McLester
Richard has been involved with Poole Passion since the beginning as Musical Director in 2009, assistant Musical Director in 2010 working alongside pianist and broadcaster David Owen Norris and Musical Director again in 2012.
His soundscapes which are performed live by Richard on varying instruments accompany the play throughout the 160 minute performance across two locations.
The soundscapes have all been performed live for Poole Passion via piano, keyboards, drums, and renaissance shawm. Added to that mix, Richard has also been able to add not only his own vocals to the performances, but has involved other musicians including the church choir of St Peter’s Parkstone, for which he has held the post of Musical Director since September 2009.
As one of Dorset’s largest churches, this position has given Richard the responsibility of conducting the choir under firstly Revd. Canon Nigel Lloyd and now Revd. Michael Camp (formerly Senior Chaplain to Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams).
Other diverse works have included the Piano In The Sea performance art, the giant sculpture called As The Star Appears, as well as providing piano accompaniments for Civic Award ceremonies in Poole and performing with alternative rock band Oposium with a piano that was set on fire.
For more information about Richard, you can visit his website at www.richardmclester.com.