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Kevin Catchpole

South east reviewer

Born Ellesmere Port, Cheshire and educated as a chorister at Chester Cathedral, Chester City Grammar School

Later theatre study: Lancashire Ed authority for Drama Board associateship (ADB) and then Rose Bruford College for BA (Hons) Manchester;

Journalistic Career (from 1950s)

  • Chester Chronicle
  • Cheshire Observer (Arts Editor for several years then Deputy Editor)
  • Whitchurch Herald (Editor from 1986-88)
  • HM Central Office of Information (Information Officer)
  • BBC NW Region (freelance announcer)
  • Diocese of Salisbury (Communications Officer & Bishop's spokesman '88-97)
  • Now theatre/entertainment writer Salisbury Journal and opera writer Southampton Daily Echo

Community theatre activity:

As actor and director with theatre and music groups in Chester and North Wales.

Acting roles include

  • Elliott (Private Lives)
  • Cauchon (Saint Joan)
  • Strauss Father (Waltzes From Vienna)
  • Njegus (Merry Widow)
  • God (Chester Mystery Cycle)

As director

  • for Christleton Village Players Spring & Port Wine and The Winslow Boy,
  • for Chester OS Oklahoma! and Die Fledermaus,
  • for Deeside Orpheus Perchance To Dream, The Mikado, Iolanthe
  • for Dee & Alyn G & S Princess Ida, Patience, Trial By Jury

Research production:

Nights of Gladness, tribute to Evans's Song & Supper Rooms, at Villiers (The Player's Theatre) September 2003.

Other interests: Local Amateur Studio Theatre (press officer) walking, swimming, travel.

Sadly, Kevin passed away on 7 September 2012.