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Welcome new committee members

It is with great pleasure that I would like to introduce you to two new members of the Cornwall Drama Association’s Committee.  Bethany Lyne and Oriel Bennett bring a wealth of experience and gifts to the Committee along with a real enthusiasm for promoting theatre.  As Chair I am really delighted to welcome Oriel and Bethany.  I believe that we have a strong and imaginative Committee and that our new members will be a real asset as we go from strength to strength.  We are always pleased to hear of others who would like to join us and if you may be interested please let us know.

I hope that you will enjoy reading little potted biographies of Bethany and Oriel and I feel sure that you will agree that they bring much to our Committee.

Bethany has been involved in amateur dramatics for 24 years since her panto debut aged six. She has performed on stage with a number of groups in Cornwall, assistant directed two productions with Helston Theatre Company, and costumed a number of shows. Bethany is the project manager for Cornwall 365, a creative consultancy which promotes Cornwall as a year-round, sustainable cultural destination.

For Oriel stage school led to a win on Opportunity Knocks followed by a brief career recording and touring both here and overseas before returning to Cornwall to take up keep fit teaching.  Amateur theatre has provided the luvie outlet since then, giving great pleasure and satisfaction through stage management, choreography, leading roles in drama and musicals, 10 years as a panto judge for Cornwall Calor Gas and, more recently, directing.   She continues to study theatre and takes every opportunity to attend courses run locally and nationally.

Paul Arthur
Chair

The 2018-2019 festival winners are available here

Your committee for 2019-2020 is as follows:

    • Chair – Paul Arthur (immediate past vice-chair)
    • Vice-chair – Susie Bundy (past chair)
    • Secretary – Oriel Bennett (new appointment July 2020)
    • Treasurer – John Clegg (immediate past chair)

Other members:

    • Dawn Cairns
    • Kathy West
    • Mandy Rolleston (newly elected)
    • Soozie Tinn
    • Sue Bell
    • Bethany Lyne (new appointment July 2020)

We are very grateful to Tony Pickup and Jules Jonklaas, 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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