Create. Challenge. Entertain.
Having married the sister of one of the cast I became a regular "supporter" of ETA productions. Personally, my favourites were the comedies but I respected and admired their abilities when they took on the more challenging dramas.
Having been a handyman with a slight artistic flair (and a fundamental engineering background) all my adult life ( necessity is the mother of invention !! ) I was approached to help out with the production " A Servant of Two Masters" and was asked to create two large chests - now I know where some of your minds might be going at this point, but, it was basically two big boxes with hinged
lids. Subsequent productions have required a bit more skill and, given the time, I think I can come up with the goods. My favourite creations in the past have been a fully working guillotine in "A Tale of Two Cities", albeit a stage prop, and a bar set and seating booth in "A Fistful of Mondays".
I have stated quite categorically that I have no place on the boards in front of the footlights but once or twice I have plucked up the courage to warble my tonsils at the Burns Suppers and the Christmas shows. All in all, it is rewarding being involved with ETA both in the opportunity to create things and
to meet some very interesting people, long may it continue.