Cast and Characters

Roy Greenwood

Plays Danny Ormondroyd


Roy has been performing in amateur theatre for almost 35 years mostly with Halifax Light Opera Society and Halifax Thespians. He has also appeared with several other groups in Huddersfield, Bradford, Brighouse and Todmorden. He has played everything from Bill Sykes in ‘Oliver!’ to The Ghost of Christmas Present in ‘Scrooge’ and also appeared as General Waverley in ‘White Christmas’ at Cleckheaton in 2016.

 

He has played villains, but prefers comedy, especially playing Sir John in ‘Me and My Girl’ – twice. Recent comedy roles have been Chief Air Raid Warden Hodges in ‘Dad’s Army’ – for the second time – Officer Crabtree in ‘Allo ‘Allo and David Horton in ‘The Vicar of Dibley’.


He is especially looking forward to playing Danny but will be warning the ‘proper brass band’: “Don’t follow my baton.”

 

Ysanne Morrill

 Plays Gloria Mullins

Ysanne's first show with Cleck and Spen was 'Oliver!' (2016) in which she played the part of 'Nancy', winning the NODA award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical;

She has also played 'Debs' in last year's 'Boogie Nights'. Although she mainly performs in musicals, her favourite acting roles have been playing the part of 'Sue' in 'Rita, Sue and Bob Too' and 'Shelley' in 'Ladies Day'.

 

Ysanne says; "I am looking forward to taking on more of a 'serious' role in this play and the challenge of playing a more understated character, as someone who is used to more 'over the top' character parts."

 

This will be Ysanne's third show with Cleck and Spen and says that she looks forward to working with such a friendly cast/society, working on a play that's set in her favourite county... Yorkshire!

 

Lindsey Clough  is currently a teacher of French at a local secondary school. However, she has a passion for treading the boards in her spare time. She joined the society in 2013 and truly threw herself in at the deep end playing Ruth in Calendar Girls which, she comments, had a 'Fab cast and was lots of fun!'

Lindsey Clough

 Plays Sandra

She also played Helga in Allo Allo in 2015 and performed with Phoenix players in 2017 in the comedy 'Don’t Dress for Dinner.'

Her love of acting started at a young age and she always loved performing in school plays (She is re-united with an old school friend Grace Hawkes in this production) the pair last performed together in 1989 in a Whitcliffe Mount school play!

 

Lindsey is really looking forward to playing Sandra in Brassed Off is a gritty part and the stressed out mother aspect, she says, is not too dissimilar from reality!

John Fisher

 Plays Harry

John joined the world of amateur theatre in 2010 by baring his all as Ethan Girard in Cleckheaton and Spenborough’s production of ‘The Full Monty’ in 2010. Since then he has appeared in shows for other local societies such as Phoenix Players, Castaways and is playing the part of Doc Pierce in All Souls’ production of ‘Calamity Jane’ in Halifax this April. ‘Brassed Off’ will be his 25th production. 

 

His favourite characters played to date include: Lieutenant Gruber in ‘Allo Allo’, Owen Newitt in ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ and Mr Hutchinson in the ‘Fawlty Towers’ episode ‘The Hotel Inspectors’. 

 

Some of John’s work colleagues, who are ex miners from Doncaster, are looking forward to coming to hear the Grimley Colliery Band’s victorious performance at the ‘Albert Hall’.

 

John is really excited to be taking on the part of “Harry” and ‘playing’ the E flat Bass with the Brass Band. “I even have the opportunity to conduct the band and you never know - maybe even lift the Trophy,” he says.

Martin Welsh

Plays Phil Ormondroyd

Martin is a graduate of the University of Central Lancashire, where he studied a degree in Music Theatre. During his time at university he had principal roles in 'Guys & Dolls', 'Jesus Christ Superstar' & 'Songs for a New World' as well as composing, devising and directing his own work. Martin has been a member of several amateur dramatic societies in the Halifax & Huddersfield area since 2011, performing in various plays and musicals as a member of the ensemble and in multiple featured roles.

Martin has most recently appeared as the lead role in both “Big - The Musical” and “Seussical” as well as principal roles in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" with Halifax Light Opera, "Robin: Prince of Sherwood" with Heckmondwike Players and "Boogie Nights" with Cleckheaton & Spenborough Amateurs. Martin's favourite role would definitely have to be "Josh Baskin", the role made famous by Tom Hanks in "Big", which is one of his favourite films of all time as well as a thoroughly enjoyable and fun musical. Martin cannot wait to be back on the Cleckheaton stage with all of his friends and most of all his fiancée Vickie.

Grace Hawkes

Plays Nurse & Pit Woman 2

'A show wouldn't be a show without a team of talented extras'

Grace 

has been a subtle yet unquestionably essential addition to many performances in Cleckheaton Town Hall. She is at a versatile age where she can play any 'extras' role from 'drunk girl at bar 3' to 'old lady passing by'. She has contributed to nearly every show that Spenborough Amateurs have produced since 2015. She has been known to make the occasional 'improvised' entrance/exit to scenes in previous performances, ensuring that 'no two shows are the same', which have had the rest of the cast in stitches for months after.

She takes pride in ensuring that every extra that she plays has a solid and watertight back story, from 'Priscilla the Tent Maker' (for which she spent many hours practicing mine sewing) in Jesus Christ Superstar to having to study the behaviour of 'drunk girls in disco' to help create the perfect atmosphere in the 'club' scenes in Boogie Nights in 2018.

Grace doesn't like to blow her own trumpet about her talents... but in this performance she doesn't have to as the Clifton and Lightcliffe Band will be doing this for her.

Vickie Hawkins

Plays Vera

Vickie has performed in amateur theatre for several years in a variety of societies. Most recently she played her dream role of Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray with the Keighley musical theatre company. Other favourites include Mabel in the Pajama game, and the wicked stepmother in Cinderella with Bingley amateur operatic society.

Vickie joined the Cleckheaton society two years ago when she played widow corney in Oliver, followed by Trish in Boogie Nights. She is excited to, once again, be on stage with Cleckheaton in what will be her first play in many years.

Full Cast List


(in order of appearance)

Shane Linton Clough
Phil Martin Welsh
Jim James Creegan
Harry John Fisher
Andy Elliott Matthews
Vera Vickie Hawkins
Rita Alice Dabrowska
Sandra Lyndsey Clough
Gloria Ysanne Morrill
Danny Roy Greenwood

Nurses & Pit Women

Grace Hawkes 

Phoebe Backhouse
Noreen Armitage

Children

Ethan Ogle
Olivia Ogle

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