Stephen joined the Players in 1981 after previous experience in Yorkshire, Cambridge and Northumberland. His first play here was Antigone, in the depths of a freezing winter, when on some nights the cast outnumbered the audience; later productions have done rather better at the box office. Favourite roles have included, from long ago, George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and the MC in Cabaret; and more recently Danny in our “pro-am” production of Brassed Off, in which he learnt to conduct (sort of) the wonderful, and very tolerant, Amington Band. As well as acting he has directed a few plays, worked backstage on others, served several times on the Committee and for three years as President, and compiled all the Players’ programmes for the last 33 years, beginning on an electric typewriter and later graduating gratefully to a computer. He has also appeared in productions for Intimate Theatre, Shakespeare in the Park, and, perhaps surprisingly, Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre. When not appearing on stage at the Garrick he can often be found on the other side of the footlights as a front-of-house volunteer.