Cambridge's leading amateur theatre production company

Established 1981

Colin Lawrence

Colin has been involved in over a hundred-and-sixty productions. He started acting and directing whilst living in London. He has directed in excess of 80 plays, 45 of these, including 31 for Bawds, since moving to Cambridge in 1983.

His directing credits for Bawds include TERRA NOVA, ANNE OF THE THOUSAND DAYS, THE CRUCIBLE, THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III, SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER , LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, AN IDEAL HUSBAND, KATHERINE HOWARD, TREASURE ISLAND, JANE EYRE, THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF YOUR LIFE, THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK, AND A NIGHTINGALE SANG, DAVID COPPERFIELD, VALENTINE'S NIGHT (which won First Place at the 2008 Sawston Drama Festival), DICK BARTON - SPECIAL AGENT, DISPATCHES FROM HELL (which won First Place at the 2009 Sawston Drama Festival), THREE MEN IN A BOAT, AMY WONDERFUL AMY, INCIDENT AT BOULONVILLIERS  (1st Place Sawston Festival 2011), NICHOLAS NICKLEBY, TERRA NOVA, twice - in 1987 and in 2012, to mark the 75th Anniversary and then the Centenary of Scott's last expedition to the South Pole, THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP, WHEN WE ARE MARRIED, ONE NIGHT IN NOVEMBER, THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, WAR OF THE WORLDS: THE PANIC BROADCAST, CRIMES AGAINST CHRISTMAS and SEPARATE TABLES.

His directing credits for other companies in Cambridge include DRACULA, BLOOD RELATIONS, PLAZA SUITE, THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, BEDROOM FARCE, THE ACCRINGTON PALS, CALIFORNIA SUITE, DANCING AT LUGHNASA, SEASON'S GREETINGS and GREAT EXPECTATIONS.

Plays directed for companies in London include THE TENDER TRAP, BUS STOP, THE GAZEBO, PRISONER AND ESCORT, TOM JONES, THE CAINE MUTINY COURT-MARTIAL, LET'S GET A DIVORCE, THE GENTLE PEOPLE, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, HOW'S THE WORLD TREATING YOU?, SAY WHO YOU ARE, THE LONG AND THE SHORT AND THE TALL, COME BLOW YOUR HORN, INHERIT THE WIND, THE PRICE, THE LODGER, TIGER AT THE GATES, THE FRONT PAGE, ENTER LAUGHING, THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF, FLARE PATH, MURDER AT THE VICARAGE, OUTSIDE EDGE, PLAZA SUITE, EDUCATING RITA and THE BRYLCREEM BOYS..

His acting credits in Cambridge include A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE (Alfieri), CALIFORNIA SUITE (Sidney Nichols), THE PRICE (Victor Franz), QUARTERMAINE'S TERMS (Henry Windscale), THE LAST YANKEE (1995) (Leroy Hamilton), TWELVE ANGRY MEN (Juror No. 3) BROKEN GLASS (Dr Harry Hyman), RACING DEMON (The Revd Lionel Espy), WEST SIDE STORY (Doc) and (for Bawds) THE GHOST TRAIN (John Sterling), THE SECRET GARDEN (Train Passenger), TIME OF MY LIFE (Gerry Stratton), THE WINSLOW BOY (Desmond Curry), THE MOONSTONE (Matthew Bruff and Mr Murthwaite), NEVER THE SINNER (Clarence Darrow), THE DEEP BLUE SEA (Sir William Collyer), LITTLE WOMEN (Mr March), PYGMALION (Alfred Doolittle), REBECCA (Frank Crawley), BREAKING THE CODE (John Smith) and THE LAST YANKEE (2013) (John Frick), WYRD SISTERS (Olwyn Vitoller), BAREFOOT IN THE PARK (Delivery Man), THE AUTHENTIC LIFE OF BILLY THE KID (pictured above as Pat Garrett), FROM GHOSTS TO GURUS (Auctioneer), MASKERADE (Senor Enrico Basilica), WAITING FOR LEFTY (Harry Fatt) and COMIC POTENTIAL (Chandler 'Chance' Tate).

His acting roles in London include THE GENTLE PEOPLE (Eli Lieber), THE LONG AND THE SHORT AND THE TALL (Cpl. Johnstone), PLAZA SUITE (Roy Hubley), THE ODD COUPLE (Oscar Madison), THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE (General Burgoyne), THE HEIRESS (Austin Sloper), LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (James Tyrone), THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER (Sheridan Whiteside), CONDUCT UNBECOMING (Major Roach), DON'T DRINK THE WATER (Walter Hollander), GETTING ON (George Oliver), WAITING FOR LEFTY (London - Harry Fatt), THE DAME OF SARK (Colonel Von Schmettau) , BOY MEETS GIRL (J. Carlyle Benson), A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Mitch), NIGHT OF JANUARY 16th (Larry Regan) and DOMINO COURTS (Floyd Sims).

He is the author of a number of short plays, several of which have been published and a full-length stage musical (written with Terry Hawes), THE SECRET OF SANTA VITTORIA, based on the novel by Robert Crichton.

Film appearances include SUPERVISOR,  THE EARTH EATERS, DIALOGUE and SECONDS FROM DISASTER : NAGASAKI (President Harry Truman) for the National Geographic Channel in 2012.

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