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25th April

Criterion President Keith Railton and Chairman Jon Elves talk about the Criterion Memories project and some of their own memories.

 

Helen Withers talks through her (and family's) fondest memories of the theatre and the production process.

 

Richard and Jill Warren share their memories about a range of topics from nudity, bar productions and armed guards at a Criterion buffet!

 

Dave Brown had no intention of joining a theatre group in 1964 but talks about the huge impact the Criterion had on his life, even after leaving to settle in Canada in 1973.

 

Dave Cornish talks about the magic created in the tech box over the past 45 years; from the creation of sound effects to missing cues while preparing for the next show!

 

Becky Cribden and Paul Forey talk about their time at the theatre from the younger generation's perspective. From unmemorable teachers in drama classes, to finding each other (and a lot of friends along the way) - and the odd sound box joke.

 

Jamie Firth talks to Gennie Holmes about her time at the theatre, including the difficulties of getting served at the bar when everyone knows your age, the thrill of period costumes in summer and the benefit of being on stage with your husband when things go wrong!

 

Karl and Sylvia Stafford talk about their time at the theatre, including making dresses, meeting at the theatre and trousers splitting on stage (everyone's favourite theatre story!

 

Pete Bagley talks about the days of getting postcards through the door, arguments about hobbyhorses and setting fires backstage.

 

Dave and Linda Holmes talk about their lives at the Criterion, with tales of wardrobe, set building and after show parties.

* Apologies for the poor sound quality on the film.

 

Ian Knight talks about his "spiritual home", the development of technology in productions and falling through roofs.

 

Olivia Holmes and Pete Meredith about growing up within the theatre, learning life lessons and the sweat involved in firing guns on time!

 

Mark Wiszowaty about his happiest moments at the theatre, including a power cut that prevented a plague, and being booed at an old people's home.

 

John Ruscoe about his time at the theatre, including his fondest productions, and the balance involved in producing high-quality amateur theatre.

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