Colin has been involved in over a hundred-and-fifty productions. He started acting whilst living in London and directed his first play in 1963. Since then he has directed in excess of seventy plays, over forty of these 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 in April 2012, a revival to mark the Centenary of Scott's last expedition to the South Pole, THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP, WHEN WE ARE MARRIED, ONE NIGHT IN NOVEMBER and THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO.
Plays directed for companies in London include BUS STOP, TOM JONES, THE GAZEBO, SAY WHO YOU ARE, LET'S GET A DIVORCE, HOW'S THE WORLD TREATING YOU?, PRISONER AND ESCORT, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, THE GENTLE PEOPLE, THERE GOES THE BRIDE, THE CAINE MUTINY COURT-MARTIAL, INHERIT THE WIND, THE LODGER, TIGER AT THE GATES, TOM JONES, WHEN WE ARE MARRIED, THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF, THE FRONT PAGE, ENTER LAUGHING, FLARE PATH, OUTSIDE EDGE, EDUCATING RITA and THE BRYLCREEM BOYS.
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.
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).
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 left as Pat Garrett) FROM GHOSTS TO GURUS (Auctioneer), MASKERADE (Senor Enrico Basilica) and WAITING FOR LEFTY (Harry Fatt).
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. After discussions with members of the late Robert Crichton's family, Colin has recently revised the original script and re-written the piece as a stage play which he hopes to direct at some future date.
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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