John Somers

John Somers is an Honorary Fellow in Applied Drama in the School of Arts Languages and Literatures, University of Exeter, England. He is Founding Editor of the journal Research in Drama Education and Founding Director of the Exeter International Applied Drama Conference. He founded and directed an MA Applied Drama at Exeter and was founder and Artistic Director of Exstream Theatre Company which specialised is interactive theatre in non-theatre sites. He has extensive experience of making drama in a variety of contexts, including schools. In 2004 he wrote and directed a play on the problems facing British agriculture which was performed on farms by community and professional actors. In 2005 John developed a interactive play on eating disorders which toured to critical acclaim. His play ‘On the Edge’, which Exstream toured in England for six months, won prestigious awards for its contribution to better understanding of mental health issues. It toured again in 2009 and 2010 supported by Rethink. Other Interactive Theatre programmes have dealt with stress in the veterinary profession and teenage runaways. He is a specialist in innovative forms of community theatre.

He has worked extensively in Britain and abroad, including Brazil, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Finland, Greece, Poland, Japan, China, Taiwan, Portugal, South Korea, Hungary, Sweden, Norway, Bosnia and Taiwan. He is the 2003 winner of the American Alliance of Theatre and Education Special Recognition Award.

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Jenny Patton

Jenny is an import from Kentisbeare where she has been a member of the Players since the year dot. Her performances are usually of a comic nature including coarse acting roles, pantomime characters and singing in the style of Fascinating Aida. She is well known for playing the eccentric older woman. As Kath in Hollyhayes her attempt at a Devon accent may be subject to criticism as may her floral overall. She is pleased to make her debut with TVCT.

Pete Privett

Pete is involved with a number of local drama groups, principally interested in sound and effects but has taken on stage roles on a number of occasions. However, the former is his preferred option where he can use a script, as the latter involves learning lines and any more than about six presents a severe challenge!

In 2011, Pete has worked on a pantomime, a straight stage play and a musical as well as acting as Technical Manager and Sound Engineer for the TVCT production of Hollyhayes. From this it can be surmised that he enjoys working on all types of stage production. Previous work with TVCT includes Foresight and New Talking Heads and also serving as a Committee member for the last 5 years.

Pete worked in the communications industry for 40 years before moving to a less pressured role with an Exeter-based charity in 2010. He is married and has 4 adult sons, one of whom is also involved in amateur dramatics, when time permits.