Endings and Beginnings in December 2022

Tim Jackson-Waite (our incoming Chairman) and Douglas Pope
Tim Jackson-Waite congratulates Douglas Pope on his retirement as Chairman.

Saturday was a very emotional night for everyone involved with our latest production – Nativity! The Musical.

The cast and audience members gathered to thank the large team behind all the hard work. From staging to costumes, sound, lighting, direction, choreography and front-of-house… In fact, the list goes on and on and there is no way we can name them all.

There is, however, one special person we must name and who we said a big thank you to.

For 43 years, Douglas Pope has been our chairman, and has been our constant in every changing times. He’s overseen The Mill’s renovation and on-going improvements, helped us put on countless shows and was in charge when we were awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2020.

To list all he has done would also be impossible. At the end of year he passes the baton to Tim Jackson-Waite who has very big shoes to fill, but we know he can do it.

So thank you Doug for all that you have done (and will continue to do as a Governor). We think you have gone out with a Christmas Cracker of a show and the love that was shown to you in the room on Saturday night will be held in our hearts for a very long time.

And so, on to the next show! A Man of No Importance has just started rehearsals, and we are delighted to be able to confirm that we have now fully cast the show. Director David Russell, Musical Director Kaye Tompkins and Choreographer Davina Beegoo-Price are in charge for this musical, which is sure to tug at your heartstrings and open your eyes.

Picture of the cast of Man of No Importance
The cast of A Man of No Importance at their first rehearsal with Kaye Tompkins at the keyboard