PunkSteam Productions is a non-profit dramatic arts organisation, bringing together the talents of a diverse range of performers who are members of different theatre societies, groups and companies around North Wales and Cheshire. I am one of the founding members of this group, and currently perform the role of their ‘Idea Muse’, which allows me the freedom to provide creative input on our ventures without the time pressures of acting.
I met the other founding members of the troupe at a production of Hannay Stands Fast!, by local playwright David Edgar, at the Llangollen Twenty Club. Prior to this, I was a member of another local group, Grove Park Theatre in Wrexham. During my 18 years with this company, I not only acted (in roles as diverse as Elvira in Blithe Spirit, Geraldine in What the Butler Saw and Shelley in Ladies’ Day and Ladies Down Under) but also took responsibility for publicity & marketing, catering, sound production & training, programme editing and website editing.
In 2015 I ventured into new territory and co-wrote a stage adaptation of Pride and Prejudice for Grove Park. It was quite a challenge; but I think I must have caught the bug, as I am now planning to write – on my own this time – an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for PunkSteam Productions.
PunkSteam is not a club, and we don’t have members, or audition for parts. We invite individual actors, dancers and musicians to get involved in our productions alongside their other shows and projects. We have a joy-filled, caring approach to performance, and are currently in rehearsal for Dracula, to be performed in Summer 2018.
Although I have officially ‘retired’ from acting, I do make one exception. Every year, at our local literary festival, the Wrexham Carnival of Words, I take part in a Murder Mystery evening at the public library. It is always great fun and sells out very early on. Will be the one ‘whodunnit’ this year? You’ll have to come along and find out…