Phil Shaw

Members Representative

I have been a member of Lichfield Players for 32 years (yes, really!) previously belonging to a number of other groups in Stafford and Penkridge. I remember seeing a play performed by Lichfield Players called 'Who's Life Is It Anyway' which was quite a serious drama and was so well  directed and performed, I joined for the following production and have never looked back. It is a well organised, friendly group and we have always put on a wide range of plays covering all genres, with a professional approach to drama.

I have taken on committee roles at different times over the years including Treasurer, Chairman for 3 years and currently as Members' Representative - I am the contact for any members who have suggestions, concerns or any comments they wish to be discussed by the committee and do a newsletter to keep everyone up to date on all aspects of the society. We are a democratic society and it is good to be on a committee with other people from different backgrounds and we try to ensure we provide the members with a vibrant, forward looking season of plays. We organise some entertaining social  activities and are always encouraging new members to join.

Most memorable acting roles in recent years have been the inspector in 'An Inspector Calls' and Gordo in 'Hypnosis'. I like to play a broad a range of genres from comedy and farce to serious drama. I have directed a number of plays and favourite productions have been 'Dangerous Corner' by JB Priestley (many years ago) and 'Therese Raquin', by Emil Zola, which was about 10 years ago. I have done most backstage roles and really enjoy preparing and operating the sound effects.

One of the best things about our society is that we have a lot of talent and expertise within the members in all aspects of drama. This means any member can have a go at the various jobs connected with putting a play (not just acting) and there is always someone to help 'train you up' in a new area you may want to learn.