Colin Hill - Chairman
Colin has had over fifty years experience of theatrical performance on both stage and screen. He first joined the society in 2010 to direct “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Subsequently, he appeared as Capulet in “Romeo and Juliet” in 2012 and Dogberry in “Much Ado About Nothing” in 2013. A year later he directed “Twelfth Night” and in 2015 played Gloucester in “King Lear”.
He has a wide experience of performing Shakespeare’s works and even more experience of studying them both as a teacher and examination examiner and moderator. In 2012 he was elected as Chairman of the Society and he has high hopes for its continuity and further success.
Seb Junemann - Treasurer
Seb joined Sevenoaks Shakespeare Society in 2016 as one of the twin Antipholusses (Antipholi?) and was quickly invited on to the committee to help with social media and supporting our Treasurer. He has since risen to the rank of Treasurer.
Seb has a chequered background in the non-Shakespearean amateur arts, having performed in musicals (inc. Sweeney Todd, Oklahoma! and West Side Story), operettas (inc. The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe and Princess Ida) and straight plays (inc. Nell Gwynn, The Communication Cord and One for the Road) as well as a few goes at directing and producing that he still hasn’t quite recovered from.
Jo Easter - Secretary
Jo has been Secretary of the Society longer than she cares to remember, having been tempted by a variety of roles in Henry IV (i) – including horse and harlot.
She has turned her hand to most aspects of amdram over the years from directing to lighting, via designing, singing, admin, and occasionally knocking nails into things. These days, she’s mainly to be found making props, booking rehearsal halls, or in a tent herding actors. And sometimes joining in with their lines……….
John Turnbull - Vice-Chairman
John has been acting in Shakespeare plays since his debut as Portia at the age of 13, but joined the Society in 2005 to direct Twelfth Night, set on a Greek holiday island, at the Ship Theatre. Passionate about bringing the study and performance of Shakespeare to the widest possible audience, he helped initiate the move to open-air productions with The Taming of the Shrew at the White Rock Inn in 2007. Since then he has directed As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing and King Lear, and in between has acted in all the Society’s other major productions.
Nick Page - Assistant Treasurer
The powers-that-be decided that Nick sounds better than he looks so he cropped up on radio as presenter, newsreader and narrator, on BBC Radios 2, 4, World Service; LBC and other local, and international stations. He has interviewed people ranging from Margaret Thatcher to Mother Teresa, Edward Heath to Dora Bryan and Billy Graham, and even presented the occasional TV programme, including Songs of Praise.
Away from broadcasting he has presented public events, concerts and conferences in the UK and abroad – including Europe, Malaysia, Turkey, USA.
Now living in Otford, he is Churchwarden at the Parish Church, and treading the boards in Shakespearean roles for the first time since A Midsummer Night’s Dream at school over fifty years ago.
Phil Newton - Webperson
Phil’s directing credits include: New works ‘Clever as Paint’ at the Hen and Chickens Theatre, and ‘Henry’s Back’ at the Finborough Theatre, both pieces in collaboration with the writer. Musicals:’Oklahoma’, ‘Calamity Jane’ and ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at Furlongs Farm, Eynsford, and a new piece, ‘Jokers Last Laugh’, all for Riverside Players. Plays include ‘Henry IV part 1’ & ‘The Tempest’ at The Stag Theatre and Comedy of Errors at the Ship, for the Sevenoaks Shakespeare Soc; ‘Othello’ & ‘The Rover’ at The Geoffrey Whitworth theatre, the latter playing also at the Minack Theatre in the Summer of 2002.
Phil appeared SSS production Taming of the Shrew’, Merchant of Venice and King Lear among others, enjoying the team spirit and the focus on giving the audience good value.
Sandie Peters - Membership Secretary
Sandie joined Sevenoaks Shakespeare when her daughter Kate joined to perform in King Lear. Since then She has been responsible for costumes for all productions as well as performing in A Comedy of Errors in 2016.
Local thespian and politician, Pam has acted in many Shakespeare Society productions; favourite characters played include Mistress Quickly in Henry IV Pt.I, and Emilia in Comedy of Errors. She has served on the Committee since the Society began. Keen to pass on her love of Shakespeare to another generation, she and her husband take their grandchildren to the Globe and Stratford-upon-Avon. Pam was a Sevenoaks District Councillor for 8 years. She is a Sevenoaks Town Councillor, having served for 28 years so far. She has been Town Mayor on two occasions.