StageOne Christian Drama Cooperative Members
Each member of StageOne brings with them different skills and trades including sewing, arts and craft making, electrical and technical, stage light and sound, and of course talent and the will to "just have a go". We are always looking for anyone who can help and wants to get involved in a dramatics group.
Roger leads our comedy workshops and has helped to develop our ongoing Inside-Outside sessions - all the world's a stage - ha! ha! ha! Accents and funny walks as well as radical approaches to familiar bible stories and parables all make for great fun.
Roger has appeared in two of Michael Hale’s comedies, as the comically tyrannical father in "Michaelmas Daze", as the benign vicar in "Albert", and also played the tragic and deeply moving role of the monarch in "King Saul" and Nero’s despairing tutor and advisor, Burrhus, in Racine’s "Britannicus".
Roger has taken part in the following StageOne productions:
- Mother in "Treasure Island"
- The Duke in "The Thwarting Of Baron Bolligrew"
- The Duchess in "Alice in Wonderland"
- Widow Twankey in "Aladdin"
- Lord Roger in "Puss in Boots”
- Baroness Hardup in “Cinderella"
- Igor in "Beauty and The Beast"
John is a very talented member of StageOne both as actor, director, and technical man. John leads the technical workshops, drama from the saints and other quirky items from time to time. John. Happiest behind a big, analogue sound-desk!
John has appeared in two of Michael Hale’s comedies, King Saul and Britanicus.
John has appeared in the FHODS production of "The Begger's Opera" "A Christmas Carol".
John has taken part in the following StageOne productions:
- Mr Slyman in "Treasure Island"
- The White Rabbit in "Alice in Wonderland"
- Dandini, the Princes's servant, in "Cinderella"
Malcolm Robertson - Leader Of Poetry Workshops
Malcolm has always been struck by the friendly and encouraging atmosphere within the group. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t done it before, now’s the chance to try. Poetry is one of Malcolm's passions, and has had the opportunity to lead sessions where he gets to choose the poems! From Spike Milligan to Shakespeare, you’ll never know what’s coming next! Malcolm is both a master of voice and accents.
Malcolm has taken part in the following StageOne productions:
- The Sinister Dr Moloch in "The Thwarting Of Baron Bolligrew"
- The King of Hearts in "Alice in Wonderland"
- Fung Dung in "Aladdin"
- Baron Hardup in "Cinderella"
- The Merchant in "Beauty and The Beast"
Michael Hale - Leader of Play Reading Workshops
A number of Michael Hale’s comedies and church dramas have been seen in Folkestone over the last decade or so, raising many a laugh and several thousand pounds for local charities!
Many will recall comedies: ‘Collared!’, ‘Michaelmas Daze’ and ‘Albert’ and also church dramas: ‘Francis, ‘A Prodigal Son’ and ‘King Saul’
His translations of French classics have drawn high praise from experts in the field and, in performance, actors and audiences alike.
Church Outing, his previous comedy to Cinderella, dealing with contemporary church issues and controversies, won high praise from both Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Archbishop Rowan Williams who compared it to the work of David Hare.
Cinderella is his tenth play.
He is also the author of popular memoirs about growing up in his native Worcestershire, and of children’s adventure stories.
He has also written a children's adventure novel (The Secrets Of Venture Park) which has proved popular with children and adults alike and which can be purchased from Folkestone Library or ordered from Bookshops.
Shelley enjoys the fellowship and friendship of everyone at StageOne. Shelley loves being involved in all things to with drama particularly acting, but also enjoys writing sketches and plays. Shelley is a massive fan of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and does a mean Gollum impression. Shelley does not like peas and is sometimes referred to as "Private Pea" amongst over things. However, she is very partial to Jaffa Cakes and Fox's Creams!
Shelley has appeared in two of Michael Hale’s comedies, King Saul and Britanicus. Shelley also has taken part in the following StageOne performances:
- Jimbo in "Treasure Island"
- Sir Oblong in "The Thwarting Of Baron Bolligrew"
- Aladdin in "Aladdin"
- Puss in “Puss in Boots"
- The Witch "Beauty and The Beast"
Deny Bateman - Leader of STOMP
Deny Bateman loves all things drumming. Denny has been a member of Stage One since 2004/05. Joanne Hill (co founder) asked Denny to come along once she had seen her acting in the St George's play during a Christmas show.
As a young child and going into her teens Deny played many parts in the schools plays and in the drama lessons, playing the star part in Annie was her biggest role. Deny enjoyed going to theatre shows and especially lives musicals.
With a love of theatre and sewing she is a big member of our little group and has often played chorus members so she can help make props or sew a few costumes together.
Deny's biggest passion of all is drumming and has previously led 'Stomp' sessions in a few of the workshops when we meet on Tuesday evenings.
Deny has taken part in the following StageOne performances:
- Miss Glottal in "Cinderella"
- Charity in "Beauty and The Beast"