Bev has spent the last 21 years performing in Musical Groups both in Cardiff and the Vale. She trained at Winchester University in Contemporary Dance, Physical Theatre and Drama and spent several years teaching in all disciplines. Bev has been a member of Radyr Musical Society (RMS, formerly RPMG) since 2013, firstly as Chorus/Dancer and then in 2016 directing and choreographing her first musical production, Kiss me Kate, and returning again in 2018 with Me and My Girl. In between this she has been busy directing and performing in other companies in Cardiff.
After the news that the company could close as its current Committee felt it was time to retire she was persuaded by Mike (her now right-hand and Vice Chair) to add to her already busy schedule and jointly take over running the company. She has since taken on the role of Chair of the Society. With a strong Committee we look forward to an exciting future, and all that it holds for the company that is now Radyr Musical Society.
Mike has been a performer in one way or another since an early age. Following in his parents' and grandparents' footsteps as a Ballroom and Latin American dancer he regularly competed at a National Level waltzing around the Blackpool Winter Gardens. Alongside the Ballroom and Latin he also gained experience in several different styles of dancing which have put him in good stead for treading the boards with various local Amateur Dramatic groups in and around Cardiff.
Following a move down from his home turf of Yorkshire to South Wales for University he continued to dance and represent Wales at a National Level, as well as performing on stage throughout University. Taking a break from the stage he was coaxed back by a friend as an emergency stand in for a production of Cabaret in Penarth with only 5 weeks to curtain up….and this is where he met Bev.
Working with various groups he has performed in dozens of plays and musicals from Blood Brothers to An Inspector Calls, Cabaret to Me and My Girl (twice). He joined RPMG for its’ production of Kiss Me Kate in 2016 where he originally auditioned for a minor role but was offered the lead. He returned to RPMG for it’s 2018 production of Me and My Girl, taking the lead again and doing more choreography alongside Bev and Gareth.
Following the announcement that RPMG was going to close down following the 2017/18 season he ‘gently’ persuaded Bev to work alongside him to save the company as joint chairs and approached Gareth to work with them as Treasurer. Recognising the community spirit that Radyr has, and the social aspect of the group, the trio knew it needed to continue and put their suggestion forward to the Committee, and then the group.
Mike is looking forward to the future with the group and working closely with Bev and the rest of the Committee to producing more fantastic and community focused shows and events.
Having paid to see every performance of Me & My Girl in 2018 to come and see his wife, Cath, on stage in her first show, Kev decided that it would subsequently be cheaper to simply join RMS himself and experience the shows that way. He has since cemented himself as one of the Society's true characters, both on and off stage, and was voted onto the Committee as Treasurer in May 2020.
Kev works full-time from home as a software developer and senior manager for a firm based in London. When he's not doing this he enjoys running, gaming and eating as many brownies as Cath is willing to bake for him.
A huge fan of musicals from an early age, Cath's first experience of RMS was as an audience member when she came to see her friend Patrick in 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' in 2014. A few years later she was idly scrolling through Facebook when she saw a post advertising auditions for Me & My Girl and decided to give it a go. Since then, despite being made to endure some extremely dubious headwear, she has appeared in every production RMS has staged as Chorus/Dancer and occasional Principal. She was voted onto the Committee as Secretary in May 2020 and is looking forward to getting stuck in and helping take RMS from strength to strength in the coming years.
When she's not treading the boards or bombarding members with emails, Cath works part-time for the police as a data analyst and enjoys tap dance, reading, baking and spending quality time with her nearest and dearest.
Ordinary Members not important enough to have a picture but still vital:
- Helen Blundell
- Emma Allfree