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Freddie Rowe

We were very sorry to hear the news that Freddie Rowe recently passed away.

Freddie was a major player in drama in Cornwall for longer than most of us can remember. He was 89, although he often claimed to be 42 from the waist up. He was still active in local Am Dram, and still directed plays for St Austell Players, until recently.

His career started as a small boy playing Lady Macbeth, Juliet and Titania. He grew though, went to drama school, and started getting more appropriate parts. He has acted with Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig, Diana Rigg and John Nettles.

For St Austell Players he was involved in over 115 productions, and he directed 69 of those. On top of that he acted and directed at a number of other groups in the area.

His role with CDA covered many aspects. He was on the committee, had been an adjudicator, and also an active tutor for others in Cornwall. He became a life member in 2017.

Also in 2017 CDA introduced the Freddie Rowe Award for Outstanding Contribution to Drama in Cornwall, and we were pleased to present it to him as the first recipient at our Theatre Day in October 2017.

Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

The 2018-2019 festival winners are now available here

Your committee for 2019-2020 is as follows:

    • Chair – Paul Arthur (immediate past vice-chair)
    • Vice-chair – Susie Bundy (past chair)
    • Secretary – Zoe Elliot (continues in post)
    • Treasurer – John Clegg (immediate past chair)

Other members:

    • Dawn Cairns
    • Kathy West
    • Mandy Rolleston (newly elected)
    • Soozie Tinn
    • Sue Bell

We are very grateful to Tony Pickup, Jules Jonklaas and Oriel Bennett, who did not stand for re-election, for their past service.

Paul Arthur is honoured and delighted to become the Chair of the CDA. Paul is a keen supporter of drama in the county although, these days, he does not get the chance to appear on stage owing to his ‘day job’ as a Church of England priest which tends to involve many evening commitments. However, he does attend productions whenever he gets the chance and is a member of Newquay Dramatic Society. Paul was born and brought up in Cornwall and has lived most of his life here having taught in Penzance he now lives in St Dennis where he has the care of the Church there as well as those in Roche and Treverbyn. Paul very much looks forward to meeting as many of the CDA members as possible over the coming year.

The 2017-2018 Theatre Festival Winners can be found here.

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