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Meet our excellent and enthusiastic team at Theatr Gwaun

Feature Photograph by Karel Jasper

Here is your opportunity to have your say and to help us shape the future

Do you have? A few hours a week or month to spare? A friendly outlook? Lots of enthusiasm? A desire to share and learn new skills?

 

Our volunteer team is the beating heart of Theatr Gwaun. It is critical to the running of your community theatre! The roles of a volunteer are many and varied, from providing a warm welcome to customers, checking tickets, bar work, marketing and distributing posters and brochures, fundraising, committee work, cleaning, live event management and much much more. There really is something for everyone!

Meet a few of the Team behind Theatr Gwaun

Patrick Thomas

Chair of Trustees
I grew up in Leicestershire and lived for many years in Oxford before moving to Fishguard in 1994 with my partner and our two sons. I worked as a social worker and then as an academic, retiring in 2017 after ten years as Professor of Childhood and Youth Research at the University of Central Lancashire. I have always been passionate about theatre, as a frequent audience member and occasional performer (you may have seen me in Brassed Off, or maybe in Land of Our Fathers). I was very happy to join the Board of Theatr Gwaun when invited in 2018, although somewhat surprised just a short time later to become the Chair. I am very happy to be approached by anyone who is interested in joining the Trustee Board or otherwise contributing to the governance of Theatr Gwaun (email patrickthomascymru@yahoo.com). Dw i’n siarad Cymraeg, tipyn bach o leiaf.

Judy Lane

Trustee
In the stressier moments of my long, and hugely enjoyable career organising conferences, I used to joke that it would be a lot easier to stay at home and grow vegetables.  A year ago COVID sorted that out: so here I am at home growing vegetables!  Fortunately, though, it also gave me time for other things including getting involved with Theatre Gwaun in which I have had an interest for many years.  The passion and commitment of those driving it forward is truly inspiring. As a result, I am now a trustee with responsibility for the volunteers and for overseeing the planning and redesign of the ground floor of the Theatre, which takes care of 2 of my other interests – people and renovating buildings. My other loves are travel and reading – a good combo when stuck at airports.

Alex Harding

Trustee
Hi, I am Alex Harding and as well as being an avid supporter of Theatr Gwaun, I am also the Trustee with responsibility for Membership and knitting together as many Community links as possible. This aspect is important, bringing together so many different people, ideas, collaborations and hopefully a cooperation that benefits not only all involved but raises the profile of the Twin Towns . Though I love, cinema, food, Am Dram, creative writing, my interests are not just indoor based. My picture reflects the fact that I am a member of the “Blue Tits” group and very much enjoy year-round outdoor swimming. This coat, and hat which I wear in the water, hosts the badges that I collect as I complete a particular swim challenge, be it under the Arctic Moon, or the Summer solstice. I can be contacted on aharding@theatrgwaun.com if you have any related questions.

Linda Ogilvie-Davis

Volunteer
I have enjoyed volunteering as an usher since the Theatr was first taken over by the community. I’m also involved with FADDS as costume designer and I have been known to tread the boards with Best Foot Forward. Our theatre is a unique and wonderful asset to be treasured and enjoyed by everyone.

Clare Butler

Front of House Manager & Volunteering Coordinator
Working at Theatr Gwaun has been one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever had. The diversity of the team, our customers, and our local community in tune with the creative energy that suffuses the building can make me buzz for days. At home I am a novice bee keeper (buzzing in a different way), chicken mum and an avid gardener. I am also one of life’s ‘feeders’ so I love having people over for dinner. Luckily my partner Paul is just as much of a people person as I am. Dw i’n dysgu Cymraeg gyda Mynediad – but I am only just starting so you will need to be patient with me os gwelwch yn dda.

Henry Jones

Trustee
I would consider myself a Fishguardian. I came to the area nearly seventy years ago and later married a local girl and we had a son who is married and has lived locally all his life. My wife and I resided in Park House since 1980 but unfortunately she died in 2007 and I have continued to live there. Before retirement I worked for a large American Company as a degreed engineer for 35 years working on construction projects world wide, commencing as a young engineer, building local Oil Refineries rising on my retirement to being a senior member on the 5 man Project Management team that oversaw the construction of High Speed 1, St. Pancras to the Channel Tunnel.

Maggie Stringer

Volunteer
I have been involved with Theatr Gwaun for around 20 years. I have done many different roles as a member of the audience, as a volunteer and as a Trustee, a role I have fulfilled for several years until retiring in March 2021. I am also a member of FADDS and BFF. 

Paul Howe

Trustee
As a relatively infrequent visitor to Theatr Gwaun for many years, it was a ‘late 40s’ dalliance with amateur dramatics that drew me ever closer to the theatre. In early 2018 I joined the Board of Trustees with a remit to help to improve organisational processes, with a particular focus on finance, IT and marketing. I am a passionate guardian of the independent, community focussed asset that is Theatr Gwaun and my continuing involvement as a Trustee reflects my desire to play a part in sustaining and developing this fantastic community asset. Should you need to, the best way to contact me is via email on phowe@theatrgwaun.com.

Cilla Morgan

Trustee
Since its re-opening in January 1995 with FADDS pantomime ‘Cinderella I have been actively involved with Theatr Gwaun and a further twenty-five pantomimes. I have also appeared in productions with Best Foot Forward, Songs from the Musicals and Fishguard Musical Theatre Society. For several years I have been a volunteer and have served on the Trustee Board for the last three years.

Martin Whitbread

Volunteer
I am a retired Engineering Geologist and now a goat keeper and beekeeper with 3 hives. Having moved away from the crowded south-east, am now based near Mathry and enjoy walking along the empty coastal paths and beaches looking for unusual rock formations! Have been volunteering at the theatre for about 2 years and happy to paint the walls or help out in the café or bar. Currently I am managing the installation of 20kw of solar panels on the roof to reduce the electricity costs and move the theatre towards a greener future.

Sue Whitbread

Trustee, CEO, volunteer

Elizabeth

Duty Manager

Our fantastic Maintenance Team at Theatr Gwaun

Have your say in the future of Theatr Gwaun

If you have an interest in supporting Theatr Gwaun through sponsorship please contact us:
Tel. 01348 873421 / Email: enquiries@theatrgwaun.com