Who’s Who


President & Deputy President

CLT’s President and Deputy President are elected at the Annual General meeting held in June. For 2017-2018 these are:

President:​​ Eve Leigh

Deputy President:​ William Thorpe

Executive Committee

Cottingham Little Theatre is managed by an Executive Committee. They look after the day to day management of the society and make the final decision about CLTs programme of plays and play readings. The committee comprises seven members who are elected each year at the Annual General Meeting held in June.

Chairman: ​​Val Thompson

Val has been a member of CLT for ten years and is much in demand for her ability as a stage manager. However she has also enjoyed a variety of on-stage roles over the years, ranging from the vivacious and glamorous Chris in “Calendar Girls” to the distinctly unglamorous Grandma Billet in “Sandcastles” – her favourite role so far, although apparently her dream role would be playing a Bond Girl opposite Daniel Craig! Val has been Secretary to the CLT Committee for more years than she cares to remember and is excited to have been elected as CLT’s new Chairman – although, she says, Richard Richards is a hard act to follow.

Vice Chairman:​ Brian Hossack

Brian has been a member of CLT for forty-three years (obviously he started as a mere boy). As well as acting, he’s a dab hand at set design and construction and enjoys virtually every aspect of theatre production, but he’s also CLT’s most experienced and prolific director, with twenty plus productions for the society under his belt. Brian’s favourite CLT production was “A Christmas Carol” in 2010 in which he played the miserable, curmudgeonly Scrooge. With due respect to his CLT friends, he says his fantasy leading lady would have to be Julie Christie. Brian is honoured to have been elected as CLT’s Vice Chairman and is committed to doing his absolute best for the society. Brian can be contacted on 875123.

Secretary:​​Irene McManus

Irene is a relative ‘newbie’ to CLT, joining two years ago when retirement meant she could fulfil a longstanding ambition to get involved. She’s thoroughly enjoying all aspects of “Am Dram” whether acting, stage management, set construction or even trying a new role as front of house manager for our most recent production! She says she particularly appreciates the social aspects of CLT and the fact that they are a genuinely welcoming bunch. Irene was ‘persuaded’ to stand for the post of Secretary this year and is doing a sterling job. Her stipulation for minuting meetings is that they don’t go on too long and the Committee don’t talk too much – so no pressure there! Irene can be contacted on 849897.

Treasurer: ​​Sue Kay

Sue has been a member of CLT for thirteen years and during that time has performed in many roles, on-stage and off! She’s enjoyed every production she’s been involved with, but her favourite role is probably Pearl in “Ladies’ Day”. Sue has been re-elected unopposed as CLT’s Treasurer for the last eight years. She says it’s because no-one else wants the job, but we know it’s because she does such a brilliant job at keeping track of our finances and making the books balance. Sue also looks after CLT membership subscriptions and takes good care of our CLT “Friends”. Sue can be contacted on 843393.

Social Secretary: ​Lynda Danby

Lynda has been a member of CLT for ten years and is one of CLT’s regular directors. She was responsible for directing “Calendar Girl’s” and says that she counts managing to persuade six “ladies of a certain age” to bare all as one of her biggest achievements! One of our most successful and popular productions, it’s also Lynda’s favourite. Since joining CLT Lynda has been seen in a variety of roles on stage, most recently Jan in “Ladies Day” which she says is her favourite part so far, though she does have an (as yet) unrealised ambition to play an evil witch. In recent years Lynda has been CLT’s Social Secretary and with the support of her colleagues has delivered a popular and wide-ranging programme of social events. She says she has even more innovations in the pipeline. Lynda can be contacted on 849655.

Publicity & Ticket Officer: Rachel White

Rachel has been a member of CLT for six years since moving to Cottingham in 2009 and is another of CLTs regular directors, although she enjoys all aspects of theatre, on stage and off. She was honoured to have been invited to direct CLT’s 90th anniversary production of “A Christmas Carol” and it’s still probably her favourite production. She also really enjoyed playing “Annie” in Calendar Girls” – once she’d found a big enough tea pot! Her fantasy role would be to play Beatrice opposite David Tennant’s Benedict, but sadly Catherine Tate got there first. Rachel has been CLT’s Ticket Secretary for the last two years and is looking forward to the challenge of taking on publicity as well. Rachel can be contacted on 841030.

Safeguarding Officer:​ Allan Pardue

Elected to the CLT Committee in 2017, Allan is a very familiar face: having joined  the society in 2006, he’s been in just about every production since! Most recently he’s played the hapless Des in “Blue Cross Christmas” and Dr Watson in “The Hound of the Baskervilles”. Alan says his favourite production is always the one he’s working on – he really enjoys the process of bringing a new character to life.  Singing and playing guitar is another of Allan’s great loves and for many years he worked the clubs in a comedy show band. Allan is one of CLT’s most stalwart set builders, and if he had a catch phrase it would be “I’ll just see what I’ve got in the boot of the car”, from where, mirraculously, he always seems to find exactly the right size screw/offcut/tool/door for the job!  Allan can be contacted on 841352.