Saddleworth Players

Handyman director Steve Bennett

My passion with theatre started with Elaine Sugden …

Hi. My name is Steve Bennett and I am the director for The Handyman by Ronald Harman.

I discovered theatre at thirteen when I decided that being in the school play was my best chance of spending time with Elaine Sugden. Turned out Elaine had other plans, but it didn’t matter because I was hooked.

Fast forward 10 years. I was walking past Playhouse 2 in Shaw when a bloke with a beard grabbed me. “Can you act?” he asked. “Great, here’s a hammer!” I spent the next two weeks building flats, after which they put me in a thriller with Mr Perks, who – when you can get him off the subject of Manchester City – isn’t half bad. And that as they say was that!

30 years later I find myself spending most of my spare time having fun with my very talented friends at Playhouse 2 where I am Artistic Director. Can’t be bad eh?

Now after a short break of 10 years I am back directing for Saddleworth Players, surrounded by old friends, having a great time producing the Handyman. As soon as we had the first reading I knew we had a gem. All I have to do now is convince Mr Perks that his character would not to wear City strip and we have a winner.

I hope you enjoy the show as much as we have enjoyed producing it. Look forward to seeing you in the bar after the show. The Handyman is on at Millgate Arts Centre, Delph, from 2-9 April. Click here for tickets.

Steve Bennett, Mar 24, 2016