From Duckling to Northern Ballet to Bagpipes
Hello I’m Colin Watt and I’m stage managing Moonlight & Magnolias.
I started in theatre at the ripe old age of three, as a duckling in the pantomime Mother Goose, at Rochdale Road Methodist Church, mainly because both my parents were involved in theatre, and now 70 years on I am still treading the boards. Through all these years I have played many parts, from chorus to principle, I have also been involved in all aspects of theatre having directed over 40 shows, plays, pantomimes and musicals, 14 of these for Uppermill Stage Society, as well as choreographing a large number of these shows, designing and building sets, organising, and operating both sound and lighting, box office, oh, and making the tea and coffee when necessary.
I am a member of a number of societies in the area, but have tried to stay true to the local societies since moving to Uppermill in 1988. I joined both Uppermill Stage society and Greenfield Methodist Players in 1992, next in line was St. Chadds All Stars in 1996, Saddleworth Musical Society in 2008 and Saddleworth Players in 2012.
Over the years I have danced with the White Heather Club and the Northern Ballet, performed at the Opera house Manchester, Palace theatre, and been on almost every stage in the area, and over the years before moving to Uppermill gained 7 awards.
After playing the Prussian, in the Student Prince, I became interested in “stunt” work, organizing, and choreographing sword fights, and, as well as stunts on stage, I got very involved with stunt riding on motorbikes and later in cars, obviously this was not done on stage. I gained my pilot's licence in 1993 and have flown over 600 hours as pilot in command, being involved in flypasts at local airfields, flying my own aircraft.
I have also played the bagpipes in Brigadoon seven times, and played them in front of both Sir Alex Douglas Home, and Princess Anne.
Enjoy the play.
Moonlight & Magnolia opens Saturday 30th September-7th October. Full details and tickets available on www.saddleworthplayers.org.uk/shows/all.
Colin Watts, Sep 12, 2017