Bev has spent the last 21 yrs. performing in Musical Groups both in Cardiff and the Vale, she trained at Winchester University in Contemporary Dance, Physical Theatre and Drama and spent serval years teaching in all disciplines. Bev has been a member of Radyr Musical Society (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 the Radyr 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, and 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 on a National Level waltzing around the Blackpool Winter Gardens. Alongside the Ballroom and Latin he also gained experience in several different and varied styles on 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 through 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.
Gareth has been a loyal member of the society since 2012 after successfully landing the role of Will Parker in Oklahoma – a part he had been wanting to play for a number of years. Everybody was so welcoming, friendly and supportive that he decided to stay, and has been fortunate to have been in the principal line-up of every main musical performed since. Even though he has belonged to various other local companies over the years (and will continue to do so in the future) he is very happy and proud to call RMS his permanent theatrical home.
Gareth is a qualified accountant by trade and has over 15 years’ worth of experience of working in practice, so it was only natural that he was asked (well begged) to take over the role of treasurer when it became available in early 2018. He is very much looking forward to this challenge and working alongside the brand new committee to continue the excellent hard work of those previously in charge.
Bethan is an avid thespian and has been part of the society for 2 years and has loved every second. After studying Musical Theatre in college and gaining various qualifications in classical singing, she loves having the opportunity to grace the stage with this wonderful society, first of all in The Gondoliers and most recently playing the leading lady in Me and My Girl. Gaining skills such as being able to tap-dancing on a table, Bethan is now moving to helping the committee behind the scenes. Bethan is delighted to be joining the new committee as Secretary and will continue to love being on stage and organising off stage!
Ordinary Members not important enough to have a picture but still vital:
- Alex Brent (webmaster and technical guru)
- Helen Blundell
- Emma Allfree
- Lee McCarthy