The Director of this production is Hazel Burrows
Hazel has been a member of Maskers since 1977, taking on some lead roles in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Our Lady of Sligo, Pygmalion, The Importance of Being Earnest and, most recently, Quartet, a most enjoyable play, just before Covid forced us to shut down.
Hazel directed several productions in a row at the Nuffield Theatre, including An Italian Straw Hat, Ten Times Table and Sitting Pretty; all light-hearted pieces. The writer of Sitting Pretty, Amy Rosenthal, daughter of Maureen Lipman, came to see it. She said it was better than her mother’s production, also at the Nuffield before it was taken to New York.
Hazel’s last production at the Studio was A Bunch of Amateurs, which sold out and played to rave reviews.
Helen Beever is played by Chris Baker
Chris Baker is a long-standing member of the company, having been involved with many productions both on and off stage; she is currently the treasurer and can usually be found running the box office. Chris is pleased to be appearing in this production.
Sue Dixon is played by Angela Stansbridge
Angie has been a member of Maskers since 1973 and has enjoyed playing a wide range of parts, most recently as a member of the Watch in Much Ado about Nothing. Other highlights have been: Twelfth Night, Don Quixote, Ten Times Table, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Treasure Island and various Christmas shows. Angie is enjoying the challenge of playing Sue who has her hands full trying to keep everyone happy in this riotous comedy. Angie is currently Chair of Maskers so is also busy working with the committee on the smooth running and creativity of The Maskers.
Evonne Duckworth is played by Sue Dashper
During Sue’s time in Maskers, she has been involved in many productions including: Contractions and Metamophosis in the Studio and Sitting Pretty and An Italian Straw Hat at the Nuffield theatre. Sue particularly enjoys the open-air productions and was last seen as part of The Watch in Much Ado About Nothing. Previous outdoor performances were in Don Quixote, Around the World in Eighty Days, The Jungle Book, Anne Boleyn, Treasure Island and Twelfth Night.
Kath Enfield is played by Marie McDade
Marie has been a Masker since 2011 and has appeared in a wide range of productions at the Studio, the Nuffield Theatre and outdoors. Her last role was as Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing at Townhill Park House this summer. Marie has played many parts from Shakespearian Midsummer fairy to Kipling’s jungle Panther and assorted eccentric sea captains travelling Around the World in 80 Days, The Angel Gabriel in The Flint Street Nativity, Granny Weatherwax in Wyrd Sisters and Lauren Bell in A Bunch of Amateurs.
Bob Enfield is played by Johnny Carrington
Johnny made his stage debut at the tender age of ten... as the back end of a donkey in the school nativity! A year later he was making his Maskers’ debut at the Nuffield as a paperboy in Oh What a Lovely War. Having parents who were founding members meant he was always around the theatre and he started appearing with the Maskers Youth Theatre whilst at college.
Johnny has been in numerous shows both in traditional venues and outdoors, but four of his favourites have been The Rover (Willmore), The Three Musketeers (D’Artagnan), The Man in the Iron Mask (also D’Artagnan) and The Wind in the Willows (Toad). He also began directing with the Maskers with the tribute play to the Spitfire, Mitchell's Wings, in 2011(which he also wrote). His last appearance with Maskers was in A Bunch of Amateurs (also directed by Hazel Burrows) as the fading Hollywood heartthrob, Jefferson Steel.
Leonard Trotter is played by Ian Wilson
Ian has been with Maskers for a fair while now and his varied roles have included a usurping King of England (Richard II), an Irish barman (The Weir), a crazy ham actor (Silly Cow), a lepidopterist (Butterfly Kiss) and a school kid (The Flint Street Nativity). He is looking forward to getting back on stage after the enforced hiatus and what better way than as a know-it-all and a bad actor, which shouldn’t stretch his acting skills too much?
Wayne Bryant is played by Lee Taylor
This is Lee's second show with Maskers, following his debut as the messenger in Much Ado About Nothing. Lee is also a member of the National Youth Theatre and has his own YouTube channel, Leeewithane. Lee is enjoying rehearsing Out of Focus and having actual lines!
David Wright is played by Chris Williams
Chris has been a Masker for nearly 35 years and yet this is his first time performing in a play at the Maskers Studio. He’s been “a bit busy” for the last 20 years.
Chris appeared briefly as Balthasar in this year’s open air production of Much Ado About Nothing and before that in Treasure Island at Hamptworth Lodge. As a younger man he appeared regularly for The Maskers at The Nuffield Theatre in (amongst others) The Owl and The Pussycat, The Servant of Two Masters and Lock Up Your Daughters. He also performed at Mottisfont Abbey for Maskers in Cyrano de Bergerac and Ring Round The Moon. Other Maskers productions include Murder on the Nile and Rose.
For other companies Chris has taken roles in productions including The Fair Maid of the West, The Shaughraun, The Taming of the Shrew, Dancing at Lughnasa and The Marriage of Figaro.
Away from the theatre, Chris runs his own business, loves walking the hills of The Lake District and sings with a rock & roll covers band.
Linda Hammond is played by Emma Kirkpatrick
Emma has recently joined Maskers and this is her first performance with the company. She studied Drama at university before training to become a Primary School teacher. On top of working and rehearsing for Out of Focus, she is also a mum to 3 children!