Wessex Actors Company’s Who’s Who

Artistic Director – Jo Puttick

Jo has been involved in drama for over forty years. He started with ‘All Saints Dramatic Society’ in Southbourne as an actor in AmDram, whilst also attending Poole College’s Drama Course and acting for Brownsea Open Air Theatre (BOAT). He then moved to ‘Castle Players’ at Lytchett Matravers in 1983 and continued acting for many years.Wessex Actors Company's Who's Who

However, in 1985 he says he ‘suffered a bad mad turn’ and decided to try his hand at directing. His first play as a director was ‘The Miracle Worker’ for Castle Players and the excellent reviews it received spurred him on to continue directing from then onwards, at first whilst still occasionally acting, but latterly concentrating solely on directing. His last production, before Wessex Actors Company (WAC), was the highly successful ‘Hamlet’ for BOAT in 2009. Since starting WAC Jo’s directed our first two productions; ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’, but for our last two season’s plays he invited guest Directors to join the company. However he’s back in his Director’s chair for our 2015 production of ‘Canterbury Tales’.

Jo’s efforts as a director have won many awards, as follows:

  • Richard III – Best Director
  • Murder in the Cathedral – Best Director
  • Bouncers – Best Director
  • The Canterbury Tales – Best Director, and Best Comedy
  • King Lear – Best Director
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor – Best Director, and Best Comedy
  • Under Milk Wood – Highly Commended for Best Drama, and for Best Lighting

Also several of the actors involved in these productions have won ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Actress’ awards under Jo’s direction.

Production Manager – Sean Beaumont

Wessex Actors Company's Who's Who

Sean has acted as a hobby for most his life, he trained with the YOD in Stratford Upon Avon in 2007 working closely with professional directors and actors. After a stint of backpacking he returned home and continued performing with quite a few local theatre companies in plays such as Romeo and Juliet (Romeo) with Bournemouth Shakespeare Players, Jekyll and Hyde (Mr Hyde), Glengarry Glen Ross (Richard Roma), Macbeth (Banquo) and Collaborators (several parts) with Arena and Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon) with Encounter Characters. He has also performed with Ferndown Drama Group and ImpAct.

Sean also appeared in last years Wessex Actors performance of Canterbury Tales playing the part of Sean Reeve. Thrilled by the fact he didn’t have to bare his rear on stage (shame on you if you missed it!) he agreed to come back this year to perform as Simon Bliss and also as the Production Manager.”

Publicity, Tickets & Costume Manager – Lyn Richell

Wessex Actors Company's Who's Who

Lyn first became involved with drama in 1962 when she worked for a holiday camp and had to produce a weekly show with and for the holiday makers.

This was quite a challenge as, of course, you never knew what type of person would come to the weekly meeting wanting to perform at the end of the week.

Lyn has been a member of The Broadstone Players since 1969 both acting and directing (only seems like yesterday). She is Honorary Treasurer of the group and acting Chairman, as well as being Vice Chairman and Trustee of the War Memorial Hall and Chairman of the Dorset Drama League.

She has appeared in and directed many plays over the years. The last performance Lyn gave was as a killer in ‘Dead Guilty’ and she loved it – so beware!!!!

Lyn and her late husband have been nominated and won awards in the Daily Echo’s Curtain Call Awards. Lyn was delighted to Direct ‘Private Lives’ for WAC last year, which was quite an experience and one that was most enjoyable. She is looking forward to working with the director, cast and crew of ‘Canterbury Tales’

Website Manager – Mike Finding

Wessex Actors Company's Who's WhoAs a freelance web designer, based in Dorchester, Mike specialises in simple, effective, search engine optimised websites that can be one of the cheapest forms of advertising for a business.

There was a time when he would not even touch a computer! The devil’s playthings indeed! Once his youngsters started to want to use them for school he did take a look. Mike had been into photography for years and so that was where he started with computing. He enrolled in a local college’s Photoshop course and became hooked!  He’s now become the ‘go to’ expert for all things to do with website design and photography.

Mike started Finding the Time Dorset Web Design and Photography in 2002 and is based in beautiful South Dorset.

His aim has been to provide the best affordable website applications for any small business, individual or organisation that is ready to take to the web. He has a portfolio of sites that can show you just a few of the current and past projects.

“…And Yes, I do have a life outside web design – it includes family, photography, walking, and playing drums…you may need to scroll down a bit!”

Wessex Actors Company’s Who’s Who