The PLOS Committee are the people who work behind the scenes to keep our Society going – managing everything from fundraising to the licensing of shows, appointment of creative teams; publicity for our shows; social events; finances; membership; costumes and venue liaison. We meet every month and members are elected at the Annual General Meeting. New Members can be appointed outside of the AGM, to be confirmed by the membership.
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. Di has recently returned from a six-month stint in Japan where was helping to organise the 2019 Rugby World Cup!
Penny Hughes – Secretary
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 soon after arriving from New Zealand over 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!
Nicola Savage –Website Manager/ bar wench
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, 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. She was involved in our first ever Edinburgh Fringe production, The Poltergeist of Cock Lane. Nic is responsible for this website, but you’re most likely to see her serving the drinks at the PLOS bar at our social events.
Harriet Ruby – Social & Membership Secretary
Harriet has been a member of PLOS since moving to the bright lights of London in 2012. Over the years you will have mainly seen her in the annual PLOS panto and whether it be as a witch, fairy or queen Harriet is happiest when wearing a ludicrously bright costume and singing a Christmas medley. Harriet cannot wait to bring her marketing and organisational skills to the committee and help our valued members get the best experience they can from PLOS, be in shows or during our varied socials!
Alex Johnson – Committee Member
Alex joined the Committee in September 2019, having appeared in many PLOS productions over the years, as well as directing our play, Constellations.
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 Instagram channels. While Di is in Japan, Joe is sharing the Chairman’s role and duties with Penny Hughes.
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 in our 70th anniversary year in 2018 with the Brian Davis Award.