Acting (and Directing) have been a long-standing hobby for me.
My first steps onto the stage were as Caspar, a Wise Man in my junior school nativity play. I was cast because I could tolerate the smell of incense without being ill and my first-ever line was 'The crystal is dark, my brother. The truth is not yet revealed.'
My real amateur career began with the Oxford Youth Theatre and, when I outgrew their age range, into the Studio Theatre Club, where I still act and perform.
In the centuries since I started, I have played many roles. Most notably, perhaps, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, the Emcee in Cabaret, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Garry Essendine in Noel Coward's Present Laughter and Brian in Monty Python's Life of Brian. That brief on-stage nudity in Life of Brian seemed a one-off ... until the STC decided to produce two nude calendars in aid of Cancer Research UK. But that was a few years ago now, so we can safely draw a veil over it.