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Drama

Anything from Performing, Directing and Pantomime Script writing, to set design, building and lighting.

Some (but, by no means all) the productions he has been involved in, one way or another.

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, directed by Rob Clilvered
Middlesbrough Little Theatre
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2nd-5th May 2018 at Middlesbrough Theatre.
Wanted to play the part of the Friar - learnt most of the lines for it - but in the end played the part of Dogberry's "simpleton subservient Verges".
NODA report

The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins adapted by Constance Cox
Middlesbrough Little Theatre
26th-29th April 2017 at Middlesbrough Theatre
Director and Set Design
er
NODA Report

The Incomplete Works of William Shakespeare (Shortened) by Will and Me (re-worked a bit)
3rd September 2016 at St Mary's Church Hall
Co-wrote, Directed and played numerous parts, including Juliet, Ophelia and Gertrude (only had to actually die three times on stage). Other parts were played by Liz Taylorson and Charlie Jukes.
Based on an idea by Daniel Singer, Adam Long, and Jess Winfield - They wrote 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)', which was a bit longer...
Performed as Three Course Theatre at the Nunthorpe Player's "Players on Parade" late summer show.
In the early hours of the following morning Bill suffered a subarachnoid brain haemorrhage. Thanks to quick action by his wife Alison, and the skill and dedication of staff at the James Cook University Hospital, Bill made an almost complete recovery, and strives to be as active, both physically and mentally, as he can.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare, directed by Rob Clilverd
Middlesbrough Little Theatre
11th-14th May 2016 at Middlesbrough Theatre
Played the part of King Duncan - killed off at the end of Act 1, so plenty of time to adjust playing one of Malcom's foot soldiers in the final scene..
An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Boeuf by Michael Hollinger
Three Course Theatre
11th-15th November 2015 at five venues:Stokelsey Town Hall. The Studio Theatre at Toft House, Earthbeat Centre in Saltburn, Castle Eden and Great Broughton
Producer / Director / set-builder / lighting / sound and van driver.
In aid of the Friends of Murambinda Hospital
Broken Glass by Arthur Miller
Middlesbrough Little Theatre
29th April - 2nd May 2015 at Middlesbrough Theatre
Director
and Set Designer
Debut role of Director for MLT for this less well known Arthur Miller play. The production was awarded the NODA 'Best Production' award for the area. NODA Report

The Incomplete Works of William Shakespeare (Precised) by Will and Me
Three Course Theatre
December 2014
at Stokesley Town Hall
Co-wrote, Directed and played numerous parts, including Juliet, Ophelia and Gertrude (only had to actually die three times on stage). Other parts were played by Carole Daly and Charlie Jukes.
Based on an idea by Daniel Singer, Adam Long, and Jess Winfield, performing as The Reduced Shakespeare Company - They wrote 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)', which was a bit longer.
Performed at the Stokesley Engineers Annual Dinner. Fee for the performance and collection taken donated to the Friends of Murambinda Hospital

Oh What A Lovely War by Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop, Directed by Sue Brackenbury, Musical Director Steve McNichol
10th-15th November 2014
Billingham Players at the Theatre Up Stairs
Played numerous ensemble parts (only had to actually die twice on stage), including a British General.
A very different experience being on stage, rather than Directing - challenging, enjoyable and rewarding.

Hamp by John Wilson
Middlesbrough Little Theatre
15th - 18th October 2014
Played the part of Captain Prescott

A small (but very important) part in Act 2 - the court scene. After my speech there was no way Hamp was going to be found 'Not Guilty' of desertion! NODA Report

The Seagull by Anton Chekhov directed by Rob Clilverd
Middlesbrough Little Theatre
29th January- 1st February 2014
Played the part of old man Sorin

At the start of the play giving away 5 years, but already written off by the doctor as past it!

A Matter of Life and Death by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
The Nunthorpe Players
11th-15th June 2013
Director - also spoke the introduction and acted as the stand-in for the surgeon/President during the operating theatre/courtroom scenes / Set and Lighting design.

This was an adaptation, by Bill, from the screen play of the famous David Niven and June Hunter film . It was remarkable how little had to be changed to make it work on the stage. The most significant changes were that we had a female 'Conductor 71', and the staircase didn't actually move!
Carol Daly, as Conductor 71 was nominated for best actress in that year's NODA awards.
NODA report

Lashings of Ginger Ale by Stuart G Smith, directed by Andrew Bartkiw
The Nunthorpe Players
March 2012 (and following rounds n later dates)
Set Design and Lighting
This was the Nunthorpe Players entry into the 'All England Theatre Festival'. This production went on to reach the final! The set was the interior of a garden shed, with various 'magical' features. The challenge, in accordance with competition rules, was to be able to assemble and decorate the set in 10 minutes. With a well organised team effort this was achieved on each occasion. It won the best staging award.

Romanoff and Juliet by Peter Ustinov
Three Course Theatre
November 2011
Director / Lighting / Set Design and Build
This romantic comedy was staged at five venues in the Teesside area and raised over £1000 for each of two charities; The
Friends of Murambinda Hospital and the Holistic Cancer Care Centre (now the Trinity Holistic Centre) at James Cook University Hospital.

Oh, What A Lovely War by Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles and Members of the Original Cast
The Nunthorpe Players
11th-14th May 2011
Director / Set Designer
Working with a large cast of 12 men and 6 women, all of whom play a series of different parts throughout the show itself, proved quite a challenge. Combined with mustering a scratch band (with Musical Director (Beryl Lindley), pianist,flute/piccolo, clarinet, trumpet and double bass - working with hand-written scores from the original Theatre Workshop production), a projectionist for the series of picture and newspanel slides, a lot of sound effects (mostly carefully timed explosions, a complex lighting plot, a lot of costumes and endless props., all added to the fun of it. The script was adapted to be a recounting of the Great War as seen by absolutist Conscientious Objectors incarcerated in Richmond Castle, in particular Bert Brockelsby and based on information from the book 'We will not fight' by Will Elsworth Jones

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
Three Course Theatre
November 2010
Director / Lighting /Set Design & Build,

Three Course Theatre re-lunched as an independent charity to raise money through performance for the Friends of Murambinda Hospital (FMH). This play was performed at six venues around Teesside / North Yorkshire. to raise funds for FMH. Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield generaously donated their royalties for the performances to the charity.

Diplomatic Baggage by John Chapman
The Nunthorpe Players
May 2010
Director / Set Design
The play required two different scenes - a flat in London with numerous cupboards and a smart hotel room in Paris with numerous doors. The stage crew didn't get much of a break during the interval, but the result was worth it.

The Ass and the Philosophers by Gwenyth Jones
Three Course Theatre ~ 'Guisborough Theatre Club on the Move'
12th and 17th November 2009
The play was performed at the Thistle Hotel in Middlesbrough on 12th November 2009, and at Rushpool Hall on 17th November 2009. The play was part of a Greek themed night out, with profits from the first production going to the mental health charity Middlesbrough Mind and the second performance to the Friends of Murambinda Hospital, Zimbabwe.

'Allo, 'Allo by David Croft
Guisborough Theatre Club

July 2009
Playing Capitano Alberto Bertorelli,
the Italian War hero with the bigga da medals - "What a mistaka to make!"

The Winslow Boy by Terence Rattigan
The Nunthorpe Players

7th-9th May 2009
Director / Set Design. The
£800 profits from this production (+£150) from the raffle) was generously donated by the Players to the Friends of Murambinda Hospital for their work in supporting the Murambinda Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Nunthorpe Players
January 2009
Lighting

Oliver! by Lionel Bart
Middlesbrough Operatic Society
3rd - 8th November 2008
Played the part of Mr Brownlow - the kindly old gentleman who transpires to be Oliver's Grandfather
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Surprise Package by Duncan Greenwood and Derek Parks
Guisborough Theatre Club
April 2008
Played Fritz Grotz, a German tourist

See How They Run by Philip King
The Nunthorpe Players
2008
Played the part of Sergeant Towers
A last minute replacement in the role. Learning the lines was easy enough, it was getting to grips with which vicar was which, which was the problem.

The Fifteen Streets by Catherine Cookson and adapted by Rob Bettinson
An Ian Dickinson production for Darlington Civic Theatre (now the Darlington Hippodrome)
25th Non.1st Dec. 2007
Played the part of the Doctor and ensemble parts.
This production used a mixed cast of professional and local amateur actors.
The Compleat Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield
The Nunthorpe Players
June 2006
Set design and build (In the round) / Played Juliet, Othello, Ophelia, Macduff and very many other parts. A few other parts were played by Sarah O'Shea and Kate Wright.

Possibly one of the most exhausting productions to be in, but so much fun!
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Steve Burns, directed by Alison Colombi
The Nunthorpe Players
January 2006

Played Fred Bear and co-authored this revival.
Annie Get Your Gun by Irving Berlin
Middlesbrough Amateur operatic Society
Autumn 2005
at Middlesbrough Theatre
Played the parts of Foster Wilson and Pawnee Bill

The Witness a musical by Carol & Jimmy Owens
The King's Singers
June/July 2005 at Middlesbrough Theatre
Played the part of Andrew
The King's Singers was a scratch group of people, largely Methodists, under the direction of the Methodist Minister at Marton, and choir leader of the Methodist Church in Nunthorpe.

Chase Me Up Farndale Avenue S'il Vous Pait! by David McGilvray and Walter Zerlin Jnr
The Nunthorpe Players
May 2004
Played the part of Gordon

The Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley
The Nunthorpe Players
16th-19th October 2002
Director / Set Designer
And A Nightingale Sang by CP Taylor
Yarm Border Players
1st-4th May 2002
Played the part of Eric
Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde, directed by John Lees
The Nunthorpe Players
May 2000
Played the part of Lord Windermere / Set Design
Oklahoma! by Rodger and Hammerstein
Teesside Operatic Society
12th - 17th April 1999
Chorus
A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt
The Nunthorpe Players
May 1998
Director / Set designer
This production was performed in the round on a 12' x 12' stage. The excellent lighting by Hugh Fox did all the hard work of making the scene changes.
Round and Round the Garden by Alan Ayckbourn
The Nunthorpe Players
1997
Played the part of Norman / Set Design
The set design was nothing very special, but the painting was fabulous. Unfortunately our set painter moved on to pastures new.

When We Are Married by JB Priesley
The Nunthorpe Players
April 1996
Played the part of Henry Omanroid - Remains Bill's favourite part.

Rape of the Belt by Benn Levey
The Nunthorpe Players
1992
Director / Set Designer
An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley
The Nunthorpe Players
1990
Played the part of Gerald Croft

The Mayor of Torontal by Gwenyth Jones
The Nunthorpe Players
1989
Played the part of Alexander Szabadka
This was the Players entry in the Sedgefield Drama Festival that year.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Steve Burns
26th - 31st December 1983 at Middlesbrough Little Theatre
Set-build and back-stage crew.
Met Alison back-stage and subsequently married her!

Bill also co-wrote and co-directed, with his wife Alison, seven pantomimes for the Nunthorpe Players: Ali Baba and Forty Thieves (1993), Hiawatha!(1994), Dick Whittington (1995), The Viking and I(1996), The Sleeping Beauty(1997), McSplash! and 2000.1 A Space Oddity (2000). He also appeared in some of them...

 

Website
Maintenance

Bill maintains the Guisborough Choral Society website, and for ten years (until February 2015, when it was completely updated) maintained the St Mary's Parish Church, Nunthorpe website - he resumed the role in August 2016 as a member of the Communications Team of the St Mary's Parochial Church Council.
St Mary's PCC

Bill was elected to the St Mary's Parochial Church Council in April 2016, and is currently chair of the Communications Team.

GU3A Bill is the co-ordinator for the Guisborough University of the Third Age Play Reading Group
Riding Bill was introduced to horse riding at an early age (2 years old, apparently) by his mother Delphine, a qualified riding instructor. On 3rd April 2018 Bill returned to the saddle for half an hour, after a break of many years, but found his 'seat' as good as ever. His leg muscles however, complained for several days afterwards.
Music

Harrison Choir and Band - Bill sings in the Bass section of the choir and plays trumpet in the brass section of the band (having previously played clarinet). The Choir and Band normally rehearses on a Friday afternoon during term times at St Andrews United Reform Church in Marton: Choir from 1:15pm to 2:15pm and Band from 2:45pm to 3:45pm. They perform three concerts a year at different locations, which raise money for charity.

Bill also sings Bass in the Festival Choir at St Mary's Church, Nunthorpe-in-Clevland. He maintains the St Mary's website

Bill rejoined The Guisborough Choral Society, in September 2017, singing in the first bass section. Information about the society can be found on the Society's web site , which he still maintains.

Sailing

Bill was an enthusiastic dinghy sailor, sailing at the Scaling Dam Sailing Club, in a GP14. He also rated himself as a 'competent crew' for larger, sea-going, sailing vessels, but now, sadly, for medical reasons, he is better rated as 'a liability at sea'.

 

Working Life Bill Colombi BSc (Hons) BEd(Hons) MIET 
Self-Employed

Database designer, working from home. Clients included his former employer and a building company sepcialising in insurance work.

 

Engineering
Employment
After gaining an Honours Degree in Instrumentation and Control at Teesside Polytechnic (now the University of Teesside), Bill spent 18 years as an Instrumentation & Control Engineer with an Engineering Consultancy company on Teesside, meeting the needs of industry and the service sector, not only on Teesside, but in all parts of the UK and overseas.

As well as the engineering side, Bill had responsibilities as the Quality Manager and was also involved with many aspects of computerisation and system development within the company. This included
a Project Management system, Document Register, Instrument Index and Cable Schedules, Document Retrieval and Training Records.

Databases developed directly for clients have included Hazardous Area Equipment databases for recording Inspections of Electrical and Instrumentation Equipment installed in Hazardous Areas (Potentially Explosive Atmospheres) as part of essential plant safety records.

 

Teaching

Qualified as a teacher on the Creative Design course at Loughborough College of Education, followed by a Bachelor of Education (Hons) degree from Loughborough University of Technology. He spent four years at Whitby School teaching in the CDT department, as well as being involved in drama and sport at the school.

 

Police Officer Bill spent nearly six years in the Metropolitan Police, stationed at Willesden Green, Harlesden and Albany Road Police Stations. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant after five years. He received a Deputy Commissioner's Commendation for an off-duty arrest for burglary.