where it all began

On Saturday 28th of July I returned to the Bundaberg Players.  I first joined the Players' Youth Theatre in 1982 and received the Junior Oscar for my first ever performance - Louis Leonowens, Anna's son in the musical, The King and I.
It was great to revisit my old "home" and especially to pass on some of what I've learnt since by running an acting workshop whilst there.  Shirley Halpin participated in the workshop.  Shirley was one of my first theatre tutors almost thirty years ago.  She said, "I'm here because you can never stop learning about acting and the theatre and I just love sharing so much."  I know I learnt that from her.  I caught up with my friend Nigel Dick.  Like Shirley, Nigel was a Youth Theatre tutor back then.  He is now the president of the Players.  I acted many times with Rebecca Hutchins who popped in for a visit and now has her own drama and dance school in Bundaberg.  Like me, Rebecca very much enjoys passing on her knowledge and skills to aspiring actors and those who love theatre.  The Playhouse is a remarkable theatre and well worth a visit when in Bundy.