The Directors

Kim Hirst

Kim worked for ten years as a Children’s Entertainer, Entertainments Manager for large companies touring UK and Abroad. For seventeen years she was a Performer and consultant for ‘Don’t Touch …Tell’ Drug Awareness touring North Wales Schools. From 2000-2008 she was Manager of vocalist James Stone. Kim has extensive experience of writing for youth performance and has produced and directed her own plays and musical shows in Rhyl Little Theatre, Clwyd Holiday Parks, Southport/ Liverpool Festival and other events, promotions and occasions. Kim is currently Project co-ordinator for The Jamm Lounge Project and Co-ordinator and Project Manager for Changes Project in Rhyl, as well as studying with the Open University.

Gwynne Williams

Himself a product of the Rhyl Children’s Theatre Club, Gwynne has spent a lifetime in the theatrical profession. After training as an Actor at the Birmingham School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art, Gwynne performed in Repertory Theatres at Swansea, Oldham, Chester and York. His TV work includes appearances for BBC, Granada T.V., Yorkshire Television and independent production companies in the U K and Ireland. Loving the technical side of the theatre, and starting as an Assistant Stage Manager, he quickly became a Stage Manager and Company Manager for touring theatre. In these capacities he has worked in Repertory theatre, Seasonal theatre, National touring, Pantomime, Summer Variety theatre and Holiday on Ice. Gwynne is currently the Theatre Director for RLT as well as a Trustee of the Charity.

Neil Taylor

Neil Taylor is the theatres’ secretary, treasurer and solicitor. He qualified as a solicitor at 40 and ran his own business and was a senior partner.For 10 years he was the regional manager for the Federation of Small Businesses.He served on a number of north Wales and all Wales business committees, some chaired by national assembly ministers. He is a member of the North Wales Community Health Council and a trustee of Age Connects North Wales Central.For 17 years he was a councillor at all levels serving on 4 councils including being a mayor. He has been a member of numerous voluntary and community organisations including – the NSPCC Wales council, Gingerbread National Council, North Wales Race Equality Network, South West Rhyl Ward Communities First Partnership and the Denbighshire Third Sector Liaison Group which met with council leaders.

Arlena Thornton

Arlena has been involved with The Little Theatre since a young teen when she attended the Children’s Saturday Morning Club herself, and so has a full understanding of the benefits the club can produce. Her time here sparked her interest in performing arts, and after appearing in many of the clubs shows, she went on to study a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts, including an award in Technical Theatre. Upon leaving college, Arlena continued to perform in many local shows and began work for a small independent film company as a producer’s assistant. She came back to The Little Theatre during the rehearsals for the 50th anniversary to help direct the show, she was then asked to run the children’s club. The club at the time was experiencing difficulties, but since Arlena has taken over membership has risen steadily, and numbers are expected to continue to rise. Arlena has recently graduated with a degree in Business and Management

Robert Gurney

Now retired after 50 years in the electrical & building trades. Robert has been involved in several youth organisations, Including being GSL of a local Scout group and having performed in two Gang Shows in the now defunct Coliseum Theatre in Rhyl. He has only recently stepped down from the Scout District Executive after receiving his 30 years merit award for loyal service. Robert also ran a team in the local junior football league for some ten years and was involved with fund-raising. He is also active in the Rhyl & District Local History Society in which he has twice been chairman. He is currently Captain of the Little Theatre team competing in the local Quiz league. Robert is always trying to promote the theatre and is hoping to see it return to its former success with help from his fellow directors and the public.

Ann Forrester 

Ann, who was born and bred in Rhyl, has been a member of our Adult Drama Group for the past 5 years. The Little Theatre runs through Ann's family with her taid being our resident drummer since the theatre opened. Also Ann's late father Gwynfor, her uncle Dilwyn and cousin Ifor (all musicians) have performed here. Gwynfor went on to be Moss Empiers M.D for 2 decades, after which he took over the baton for Rhyl's silver band in his retirement. Ifor went to join the central band of the RAT, Ann brings a wealth of customer service skills to the theatre as for over 20 years she was cabin crew for British Airways then retrained as Air Traffic Controller, working both in the UK and Middle East, Ann's family is still very much involved in the theatre, as her granddaughter, Holly, has been a member of our Children's Club for 6 years and now Poppy who is 3 has become the seventh family member and joined the Baby Street Club this September. SO it really is a family that commits to Rhyl Little Theatre.

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