Our Stories : Colin Downer

“I became interested in acting when I was a young boy and appeared in many school plays, my favourite being “Journeys End” by R.C. Sherriff. Set in the trenches in France during the Great War, I played the part of Captain Stanhope, a role that will remain in my memory forever.

When I left school I wanted to be an actor but soon identified that it is a very precarious profession and chose a different career.

While mowing my front lawn 23 years ago, I was handed a flyer. It was an invitation to join the Orpen Players for a glass of wine and cheese. Bait to encourage new members of course, and as I enjoy a glass of wine with a piece of cheese, and was also keen to return to acting had no hesitation in accepting the invite. They made me feel very welcome, and I immediately knew that I wanted to be part of this group.

I have appeared in most of our productions, and have directed four. I have also acted with other local groups, and in 2006 got to appear in “Journeys End” at the Headgate Theatre for Stage Fright. This time playing Osborne, Stanhope’s (elder) second in command. I would love to direct this play but unfortunately the costume hire would be too expensive.

I have just finished writing a romantic comedy called “You had me from hello” which I hope we can stage in 2020. Fingers crossed.

I am on the committee and deal with some of the publicity.”

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