Community Amateur Theatrical Society


Name - Gary Baker

Member Since - Founding Member 1996

Shows Involved in - Cinderella (Buttons), Wanted, One Body (Chauffeur), Love Begins at 50 (Clive), Terror on Mountain Mansion (Soccetti), One More Hit! (Henchman), Jack & the Beanstalk (Dame), Love Begins at 50 (Jack), X-Fact-Or Show (Comedian), Sleeping Beauty (Flora)  Array of plays, 'Encounter at Beetham Tower' (Clarkie) 'Turn up for the book' (Terry Tittle), Book of Willoughby (Winston Willoughby) 

Info - Gary is a founder member of CATS and has been performing since 1996.  He has taken many roles over the years. Where Gary really excels is in his role of Stage Manager.  He builds the sets for our shows usually on a tight budget together with his technical team they do an outstanding job.

Name - Paula Baker
Member Since - 2000
Founded CATS Juniors July 2016

Shows Involved InWanted, One body (Ann),  Happy Families (Rebecca),    The Dear Departed (Director),  Love Begins at 50 (Biker),  One More Hit! (Director),  Newall Green, Yesterday & Today (Co-Director), Array of plays (Director) Shepherds Pie (Director),  Me & Mama (Tanya) Terror on Mountain Mansion (Linda) Cinderella (Director), Murder on the Cards (Dr), Best of British (Geri),  Hercules (Director)

Paula joined CATS in 2000 as the treasurer  with no interest in acting at all.  With this kind of group everybody pitches in. In 2001, Paula was asked to co-direct Wanted one Body. The show was great success and was adjudicated by the GMDF. Over the years she has also performed or directed several shows. Paula says that everyone should try am-dram!  It builds confidence and it's really good way to be part of your community.

Name - Euphemia Houghton
Member Since - Founding member

Shows Involved In - Been involved in many shows with CATS, Most notably was "Our Street" which was performed in York in front of Bishops and the Archbishop of Canterberry, George Carey.   First panto part was King Rat. Phemy has been shot on stage and has been a ghost.More recent roles include The Cook in Murder on the Cards and Ma in Hercules (the panto).

Other Info - Learned how to apply stage make up and make people look entirely different to how they usually look. Also has been involved with light and sound. Thinks its a good thing to be involved with the theatre and finds it exciting. Euphemia is also the Chair of the CATS board.

Name - Irene Hammond

Member Since - 2000

Shows Involved In - First show was "Wanted, One Body" and played the Cook. Has since played many roles in the various plays and Pantos, at several different venues.

Interested In - Acting

Other Info - Enjoyed acting at school. Joined CATS when she retired. Enjoys doing Panto and enjoys the social side of the group as well.

Name - Norman Hursthouse 

Member Since - 2010

Shows Involved in - The witch who stole Xmas (Norman), Love Begins @ 50 (Henry), Cinders and Withington (Dandini), Sleeping Beauty (King) & Aladdin (Sultan) "Encounter at Beetham Tower' (Drunk),  Me and Mama (Bill)  'Turn up for the book' (George) 'Spirit of Blythe Ave' (Dr. Bradley),  Murder on the Cards (Norton) Norman has also taken part in variety shows singing.

Interesting In - Backstage, Acting, Playing Keyboards and Singing

Name - Ann Ellis

Member Since - 1996

Has been involved in amateur dramatics since 1980 including many farcical plays, pantomime, monologues and community singing, as well as prompting and backstage support. She was presented with a Best Actress Award by the Manchester Federation of Amateur Dramatics in 1985 for playing Beth in "Dry Rot" and followed this up by taking a refresher college courses in drama.

Part of my acting experience has been involved with “Coronation Street” and “Linda Green” Starring Liza Tarbuck.  In each of these programmes she was acting as an extra.  In “Linda Green, especially, she played many different parts with different costumes.

Joined CATS when it was known as FAB in 1996 and played the part of Dandini, Principal Boy in Cinderella, then after a year or two with the Garrick, involved in backstage support roles, returned to CATS and was elected Secretary in 2000.  Later in October played the part of Cook in "The Witching Hour."  Has since organised and made costumes for the Pantos.  In 2001  co-directed "Wanted One Body" Played Mum in "Happy Families" by John Godber.

Mavis, an eccentric 65 year old woman in "Love Begins at 50."  Ann now lives in Birmingham, she is still involved with CATS  having taken parts in "X Fact  or Show.” Also Susan Davis in 'Fates's Thread.  Madame Ariana in 'The Spirit of Blythe Avenue' Next show will be Checkout Girls to be performed this year.

Name - Sara Jane O'Neill
Member Since - July 2013

Shows Involved In - Sara started out helping with setting up & refreshments in the interval. Sara then went on to be trained in using the lighting and sound desk, in the production (Array of Plays) Sara has often managed the lights and sounds single handed. Sara also appeared onstage in her first acting role in Shepard's Pie (Maid).   In February 2019 Sara played Chanice in 'Book of Willoughby' and will be making her directing debut in Checkout Girls by Louise Roche to be performed 1st & 2nd June 2019.

More info:  Sara was elected on the board of CATS in 2018 and continues as part of the tech team.

Name: Katy Golds

Member since: 2015

Shows involved in: Me and mama (Chorus) Dick Whittington (Alice) The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy) An evening with CATS Juniors, Hard knock life (Mrs Pugh), Peter Panto (Smee), All Sorts, Cinderella (Buttons),  Spirit of Blythe Avenue, Murder on the cards (Gloria), A Night at the movies.  Terror on Mountain Mansion (Linda),  Hercules (Lethal),  Best of British (Host & Baby Spice),  

Co-Directed Honk Jr. 

Katy joined  with a passion for acting and has since discovered hidden talents for singing, dancing and directing! Katy is also part of the Tech crew and the management team for CATS Juniors, she made her directing debut  alongside Charlotte in  HONK Jr. 

Katy was elected on the board of CATS in 2018 

Name: Lee Owen

Member since: July 2017

Shows involved in: Anything goes, Murder on the cards (Inspector Gareth Trench) 

Lee joined us in 2017 with an interest in joining the Tech crew and has taken on the role very well having recently staged managed his first show, "Honk Jr". He has also had a go at acting, too and is currently directing his first show, "Terror on mountain mansion."

Ann Thistleton

Member since: 2016

Shows involved in - Peter Panto (Pirate), Cinderella (Town Crier)

Ann originally came to the group with her daughter Sarah, however has since taken part in acting too! Ann is also a volunteer at CATS Juniors and enjoys working backtage. 

Name -  Lucy Short

Shows Involved With -  Sleeping Beauty -  Array of plays - Aladdin (Jasmin) Fate's Thread (WPC Bayes)