Ann's Story

Ann with students

Thirteen years ago, I knew nothing of Orpheus. Then one day, in 2001, I was asked if I would direct Orpheus students in their Christmas show. Their usual director was unable to do it and my name was given as someone who could help. From the moment I arrived and was taken into the Barn to meet everyone I was hooked. There were only about 13 apprentices then. I thought the show would just be a one-off but to my delight, a few weeks later, I was approached to see if I would take on another project.

For the next few years, I continued directing end of term shows as well as running weekly drama sessions. Then as Orpheus grew and developed, I began to step back from drama and have taken on different roles. For the last three years I have been working with Jenny Musselle on her script-writing. She has been an inspiration to me and I count it as a privilege to help her develop her creative talents.

Finally, my latest role is fundraising. I give talks to local groups, sharing my enthusiasm for Orpheus and raising awareness (and money!) for the place that has been so much a part of my life for so many years.

Clive's Story

Clive in a performance

Clive has been volunteering at Orpheus for six years. He started by gardening once or twice a week, but soon got hooked and offered more of his time, supporting students in sessions, helping them prepare lunch in their flats and helping with their organisational skills. Clive has also enabled several students to gain work experience, driving them to a local radio station and helping to write their show song sheets.

Orpheus productions would not be the same without Clive, who helps out with a variety of tasks during show weeks, including acting alongside students on stage – something he never imagined himself doing before his involvement with the centre!

Everyone at Orpheus loves Clive’s sense of humour and Orpheus is a much better place thanks to his involvement.

It was a lot of work but it all came together. I felt very proud to be part of the team – Clive Edwards, volunteer