Bradford Catholic Players is a long-standing well established
and respected Amateur Dramatic Society based in the Bradford area.
Our Society is run by a committee of twelve; six officers comprising Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Business Manager, Publicity Manager, Technical Director plus six other members.

Society History
Last Updated: Dec 2014
In 1926, An Idea is Born! Mr Bernard Boylan, was persuaded by his sister to attend a show given by the Provident Clothing Supply Company’s Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society.

Later, in 1927, his idea for a Catholic society became a reality with the foundation of St Joseph’s Musical and Dramatic Society. The Society’s first show, in November 1927, was to be ‘A Nautical Knot’; and members for both on and off the stage were recruited from the parishioners. Hard work followed and costumes were made, scenery was painted, props were either borrowed or made. Rehearsals commenced and the Society became a hive of activity.
The show ran for three nights in the Parish hall St Joseph’s School and was a huge success resulting in making a magnificent profit of £120 – a small fortune at the time.

In 1930 the name of the Society was changed to The Horton Catholic Players. However the following year it was decided that a more inclusive name was needed, and so The Bradford Catholic Players came into being!

  • To educate members in the musical, dramatic, performing and expressive arts
  • To promote the spiritual life of the membership
  • To further the development of public appreciation and taste in the arts
  • To assist such charitable institutions and charitable purposes as the Executive Committee shall from time to time determine.

Martin G Walker (Chairman)

Martin joined the BCP over 40 years ago, he has performed on stage worked backstage and held the posts of Stage Manager, Technical Director, Chairman, and the Honorary role of President. He is married to Christine who currently serves on the BCP Committee. They have two children Harriet and Dominic.

Nicholas Carroll (Treasurer)

Nick joined the BCP in 1991 when the Society presented ‘Fiddler On The Roof’, working backstage in a variety of roles and finally made his debut onto stage in 1997 when he played the role of Jigger Craigin in ‘Carousel’. Since this time, Nick’s played a variety of roles including The Major General in ‘Pirates Of Penzance’, Herbert Parchester in ‘Crazy For You’, Max Bialystock in ‘The Producers’, Mack Sennett in ‘Mack and Mabel’ and Tevye in the Society’s second production of ‘Fiddler On The Roof’. Nick has been the Society’s Technical Director on two occasions and is now Treasurer.

Anne Copley (Secretary)

Anne joined the Society in 1969 following in the footsteps of her parents, Tony and Sheila Monaghan, who had met at the Players in the late 1940’s. Her first show was La Vie Parisienne and she has since enjoyed being in the chorus in many shows and concerts as well as singing in the Annual Mass. She has been on the Social Committee, worked back stage and for the last few years has been Ticket Secretary.   Anne had a wonderful year as President in 2011 and has made many lifelong friends through the Bradford Catholic Players

Christine Fozard (Business Manager)

Christine joined the players in 1970 after being introduced to the society by her uncle, Fred Lancaster, who was MD for many years. She has been an active member appearing in shows, concerts and the Annual masses.
Christine has worked back stage, been part of the make up team and served on the social committee. She has been assisting Anne, the ticket secretary for the last few years. With her husband John as escort, she has just completed her year as President of the society. ” A very enjoyable and interesting time, feeling very proud and honoured to represent the BCP family”.

 

(Technical Director) – post is vacant

 

Elizabeth Davies (Publicity/Marketing Manager)

Liz has been a member of BCP for many years, having been introduced to the society by her mum. Liz has choreographed a number of BCP productions and has performed many times with the society as a Principal character and in the dancing team. As Principal of Stardom School of Performing Arts, Liz is proud to have trained numerous BCP members’ children over the years. She is also a freelance Primary School teacher and is married with two grown up children.

Rita Robinson (Committee Member)

Rita, joined the Society in 1965 and was in shows, concerts and masses until 1975/76 when motherhood called. She then alternated shows with her late husband Paul Francis until 1986. She came back in 1989 for a couple of shows until 2000 when Scrooge was her final show. She’s played several small character parts throughout those years. Rita was BCP President in 1998/1999.
“Over the last 48 years I have served on committee for possibly 30 or 35 years on and off. I have chaired the concert committee and served on social committee several times. Now my performing days are over, I have found my niche front of house with hospitality and am known affectionately by many as Rita-the-Greeter. I hope I will have many more happy years with this wonderful family society”.

Christine Walker (Committee Member)

Christine has been a member of the Society for 40 years, following her parents (John and Elizabeth Buffham) into the Society. Her first encounter was as ‘Call Boy’ for The Grand Duchess in 1976 and since then she has appeared in many shows as chorus girl, dancer and minor principal roles, in addition to singing in the Society’s Annual Masses and concerts.  In March 2012 Christine had the great honour of becoming President of the Bradford Catholic Players which encouraged her to join the Committee in March 2013. Her two teenage children, Dominic and Harriet, have recently become members of the Society and hopefully they will have great fun and make life long friends through their association with the BCP.

Shona Preston (Committee Member)

BIO to follow…..

Robert Naismith (Committee Member)

Robert has been singing Tenor with several choral groups for the last 10 years. He has been on stage, as a dedicated chorus member with the Players. Rob currently sings with Bradford Festival Chorus and Chordiality. His other claim to fame is he was on Junior Showtime when he was 12 years old!

Bob Crackles (Committee Member)

BIO to follow…..

Graham Robinson (Committee Member)

BIO to follow…..

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The Society's History

Society History
Last Updated: Dec 2014
In 1926, An Idea is Born! Mr Bernard Boylan, was persuaded by his sister to attend a show given by the Provident Clothing Supply Company’s Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society.

Later, in 1927, his idea for a Catholic society became a reality with the foundation of St Joseph’s Musical and Dramatic Society. The Society’s first show, in November 1927, was to be ‘A Nautical Knot’; and members for both on and off the stage were recruited from the parishioners. Hard work followed and costumes were made, scenery was painted, props were either borrowed or made. Rehearsals commenced and the Society became a hive of activity.
The show ran for three nights in the Parish hall St Joseph’s School and was a huge success resulting in making a magnificent profit of £120 – a small fortune at the time.

In 1930 the name of the Society was changed to The Horton Catholic Players. However the following year it was decided that a more inclusive name was needed, and so The Bradford Catholic Players came into being!

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Aims and Objectives
  • To educate members in the musical, dramatic, performing and expressive arts
  • To promote the spiritual life of the membership
  • To further the development of public appreciation and taste in the arts
  • To assist such charitable institutions and charitable purposes as the Executive Committee shall from time to time determine.
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Committee Members

Martin G Walker (Chairman)

Martin joined the BCP over 40 years ago, he has performed on stage worked backstage and held the posts of Stage Manager, Technical Director, Chairman, and the Honorary role of President. He is married to Christine who currently serves on the BCP Committee. They have two children Harriet and Dominic.

Nicholas Carroll (Treasurer)

Nick joined the BCP in 1991 when the Society presented ‘Fiddler On The Roof’, working backstage in a variety of roles and finally made his debut onto stage in 1997 when he played the role of Jigger Craigin in ‘Carousel’. Since this time, Nick’s played a variety of roles including The Major General in ‘Pirates Of Penzance’, Herbert Parchester in ‘Crazy For You’, Max Bialystock in ‘The Producers’, Mack Sennett in ‘Mack and Mabel’ and Tevye in the Society’s second production of ‘Fiddler On The Roof’. Nick has been the Society’s Technical Director on two occasions and is now Treasurer.

Anne Copley (Secretary)

Anne joined the Society in 1969 following in the footsteps of her parents, Tony and Sheila Monaghan, who had met at the Players in the late 1940’s. Her first show was La Vie Parisienne and she has since enjoyed being in the chorus in many shows and concerts as well as singing in the Annual Mass. She has been on the Social Committee, worked back stage and for the last few years has been Ticket Secretary.   Anne had a wonderful year as President in 2011 and has made many lifelong friends through the Bradford Catholic Players

Christine Fozard (Business Manager)

Christine joined the players in 1970 after being introduced to the society by her uncle, Fred Lancaster, who was MD for many years. She has been an active member appearing in shows, concerts and the Annual masses.
Christine has worked back stage, been part of the make up team and served on the social committee. She has been assisting Anne, the ticket secretary for the last few years. With her husband John as escort, she has just completed her year as President of the society. ” A very enjoyable and interesting time, feeling very proud and honoured to represent the BCP family”.

 

(Technical Director) – post is vacant

 

Elizabeth Davies (Publicity/Marketing Manager)

Liz has been a member of BCP for many years, having been introduced to the society by her mum. Liz has choreographed a number of BCP productions and has performed many times with the society as a Principal character and in the dancing team. As Principal of Stardom School of Performing Arts, Liz is proud to have trained numerous BCP members’ children over the years. She is also a freelance Primary School teacher and is married with two grown up children.

Rita Robinson (Committee Member)

Rita, joined the Society in 1965 and was in shows, concerts and masses until 1975/76 when motherhood called. She then alternated shows with her late husband Paul Francis until 1986. She came back in 1989 for a couple of shows until 2000 when Scrooge was her final show. She’s played several small character parts throughout those years. Rita was BCP President in 1998/1999.
“Over the last 48 years I have served on committee for possibly 30 or 35 years on and off. I have chaired the concert committee and served on social committee several times. Now my performing days are over, I have found my niche front of house with hospitality and am known affectionately by many as Rita-the-Greeter. I hope I will have many more happy years with this wonderful family society”.

Christine Walker (Committee Member)

Christine has been a member of the Society for 40 years, following her parents (John and Elizabeth Buffham) into the Society. Her first encounter was as ‘Call Boy’ for The Grand Duchess in 1976 and since then she has appeared in many shows as chorus girl, dancer and minor principal roles, in addition to singing in the Society’s Annual Masses and concerts.  In March 2012 Christine had the great honour of becoming President of the Bradford Catholic Players which encouraged her to join the Committee in March 2013. Her two teenage children, Dominic and Harriet, have recently become members of the Society and hopefully they will have great fun and make life long friends through their association with the BCP.

Shona Preston (Committee Member)

BIO to follow…..

Robert Naismith (Committee Member)

Robert has been singing Tenor with several choral groups for the last 10 years. He has been on stage, as a dedicated chorus member with the Players. Rob currently sings with Bradford Festival Chorus and Chordiality. His other claim to fame is he was on Junior Showtime when he was 12 years old!

Bob Crackles (Committee Member)

BIO to follow…..

Graham Robinson (Committee Member)

BIO to follow…..

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