Saddleworth Players

June Holmes

A play with special resonance

Hi, I'm June Holmes. I've been a member of Saddleworth Players for nearly 50 years, during which time I've done stage management, prompt, costumes and acted in more plays than I can remember - farces, tragedies, comedies, pantomimes and even a couple of musicals!

The Handyman, however, is a play with a special resonance for me.

At the age of 8, I moved house and went to a new school. There I became friends with several Jewish children, and, in fact, we also had Jewish neighbours. When, a couple of years later, the book 'Lest We Forget' was published, detailing some of the horrors of the Holocaust, I could not get over the fact that, had we lost the war, this is what would have happened to my friends.

So, from a very early age I have been conscious of anti-semitism, and have always abhorred all forms of racism.

This seems to me especially relevant in the current climate, when Muslims as a whole are in danger of being judged by the dreadful acts of a few fanatics. I wholly endorse the views stated by Mrs. Stone in the play - that to forget the past is to risk repetition.

I hope you all enjoy The Handyman. It is engrossing and thought-provoking.

The Handyman runs 2-9th April at Millgate Arts Centre in Delph. The Handyman explores questions of culpability, retribution. universal responsibility and the possibility of evil.

To see June and the rest of the cast, book now..

June Holmes, Mar 28, 2016