The Committee – PLOS 70th Anniversary Gala, June 2018

 

Diana Featherstone – Chairman

Diana has had a lifelong passion for theatre. It started in her younger years whilst growing up in the beautiful Southern parts of South Africa. After studying for an honours degree in drama at the University of Cape Town and working in a theatre for a number of years, she decided it was time to explore London Town here in the UK. After a brief hiatus upon landing on the island she regained her passion while experiencing a number of PLOS productions as an audience member. After a post-production chat with Liam, Diana’s spark was ignited once more, and she elatedly joined the PLOS crew. Her first show was the 2013 pantomime, Cinderella. Her passion continues to grow and her excitement for the theatre and stage is unstoppable. She was thrilled to be asked to join the PLOS Committee in 2014 and feels privileged to be welcomed into this extended family.

Penny Hughes – Secretary & Archivist

Penny has been involved in theatre from the age of 11, when her parents decided they had had enough of her ‘shows’ performed in the living room with various hapless friends and relatives, and dragged her along to the local amateur dramatics society. The stage has been her natural habitat ever since, and it has been a struggle to get her off it for the last 30 years (ahem… plus….) She joined PLOS sooner after arriving from New Zealand 20 years ago, where her ‘just crack on’ attitude quickly caught the attention of the Committee and she was invited to join in the late ’90s. She took a break from the committee in the 2000s but is now back and as loud as ever, juggling a hectic sales jobs – almost like being on the stage permanently – along with her committee and show commitments.

Sally Bourne – Treasurer

Sally has been a member of PLOS since 2012. Her day job involves working for a theatre producer so you could say the theatre has completely taken over her life, but she wouldn’t want it any other way! She is delighted to be taking on the role of Treasurer. Her likes include chocolate, Prosecco and spreadsheets and dislikes are beetroot, sobriety and commuters. So don’t ask for a budget increase unless you’ve got a box of chocolates and a bottle of Prosecco in hand!


Kate Chesworth – Membership Secretary

Kate’s passion for performing started at an early age back in her home town of Cambridge. From a family of performers, along with her twin brother and elder sister, Kate followed in her parents’ footsteps and started performing from the age of ten with local Cambridge amateur dramatic societies. The bug well and truly caught, Kate went on to train at ALRA London, Arts Ed and the National Youth Music Theatre. Tours included, Mrs Pembridge in Whistle Down the Wind performed at George Square Theatre, Edinburgh; Riverside Studios, London; West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds and Lilian Baylis, London. Mrs Peachum in The Threepenny Opera (a show in which she played opposite her twin brother) at the George Square Theatre, Edinburgh; City Center Theatre, New York and Lyric, London. Now moonlighting as a Drama teacher at a Prep school in Fulham, recent roles include; Mrs Lovett, Sweeny Todd; Calamity, Calamity Jane; Lucy, Jekyll and Hyde; Mrs Overall, Acorn Antiques; Mrs Thistletwat, Avenue Q; Reno, Anything Goes; Florence, Chess; Felicia in Witches of Eastwick and Paulette in Legally Blonde. Kate joined PLOS this year playing Joyce in Betty Blue Eyes and is delighted to be part of the committee.

Nicola - Publicity ManagerNicola Savage  –Publicity & Website Manager

Nic’s love of the stage took root at Cambridge University where she appeared in a number of comedy revues. Originally hailing from Essex, Nic joined PLOS after moving to South West London in 2003 and her introduction to the Putney Arts Theatre Stage was Dick Whittington in 2004. Her first major role was as the doomed Mary Kelly in Jack the Ripper. After taking a break to concentrate on her career in corporate communications, Nic made a return to PLOS, and to the stage with The Producers in 2011, followed by Our House in 2012,   The Witches of Eastwick in 2013, followed by Sister Act, Betty Blue Eyes, and Puss in Boots. Most recently she was involved in our Edinburgh Fringe production, The Poltergeist of Cock Lane. Nic is responsible generating publicity , for our members’ newsletter, and for the website.

Emily Bowers – Social & Fundraising Co-ordinator

Emily has been involved in shows and musicals in her home town in West Yorkshire from a young age. She studied drama and theatre arts at the University of Birmingham, where she was on the committee for the dance society acting as social secretary and then Co-Chair. After graduating in 2014, Emily moved to London to work as a drama teacher. After finding herself with some spare time (which is extremely rare!) and a burning desire to get back on the stage, she joined PLOS as a featured dancer in the May 2015 show, Sister Act. She was then delighted to be asked to choreograph the 2015 pantomime, Aladdin: Sultan of Love, and joined the committee shortly after in February 2016. It is safe to say Emily feels she has been welcomed into the society with open arms and is looking forward to what the future brings for PLOS!


Joe Beecroft – Social Media Manager

Joe is rather new to amateur theatre and was thrust upon PLOS early in 2017, playing the Dame in our pantomime, Robin Hood. He was then over the moon to be given the opportunity to go with PLOS on our first venture to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the new musical, The Poltergeist of Cock Lane. PLOS has quickly become like a second family for Joe, meeting some of the friendliest and welcoming folks! He would highly recommend getting involved, but be careful, it’s addictive…! Joe looks after our Facebook, Twitter and Instragram channels.

 


Philip Ruby – Committee Member

Elected to the Committee in October 2018, Phil has featured in a number of PLOS productions, notably in Panto, winning  a coveted NODA award for Best Performance in a Pantomime for his role as Little John in Robin Hood. He has recently turned his hand to writing, and together with fellow Committee Member, Joe Beecroft, has written our 2018 Pantomime, The Emperor’s New Clothes. Phil is married to fellow PLOS member, Harriet, and their joint contribution to PLOS was recognised earlier this year with the Brian Davis Award.