When I moved to Edinburgh in the early 1970s there were two bright spots in the theatre scene – one was the old Traverse and the other the Coach House Theatre where a company called Edinburgh Theatre Arts performed. It took more than 10 years before I actually joined ETA and after an apprenticeship of backstage duties was given my first part as Her Ladyship in The Dresser. Since then I have been privileged to perform classic roles in the plays of Chekhov, Ibsen, Arthur Miller, and Shakespeare as well as to conjure up multiple characters in Dylan Thomas’s magical Under Milk Wood. I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed working behind the scenes – most memorably cooking pasta night after night during the run of A View from the Bridge in the hope that the audience would enjoy the aroma coming from the Carbone kitchen. My most fondly remembered parts are Lady Macbeth (and Gruoch in one scene from MacBeth in Scots) in ETA’s 1995 production and more recently Ranyevskaya in The Cherry Orchard. I try these days to avoid treading the boards and concentrate on writing plays and short stories but still seem to get sucked into the shows in one way or another. Being part of a hard working, talented and fun team is irresistible.
Create. Challenge. Entertain.