MEET THE TEAM

Welcome from our Chairman

2019 marked the 50th anniversary of The Talisman Theatre and Arts Centre on its present site in Barrow Road, the company having started life as the Rover Players some 27 years before that in what is now known as Talisman Square. Having now celebrated our 80th anniversary in 2022 I’m sure some of our older patrons still have fond memories of the transition to Barrow Road.
I sincerely hope the recent extension to our new front-of-house area along with our exciting plans to keep building for the future in order to provide our local community with a versatile space to host our mainstage productions appeals to older and new patrons alike.

Nigel Elliott

Chairman & Theatre Director

Steve Smith
Stephen Duckham

From our Joint Artistic Directors

With nine main stage productions every year from across a wide spectrum of different genres and styles of theatre, delivered to the highest artistic and technical standards, you can expect a thrilling, vibrant evening in the theatre. Our reputation means that we attract dynamic directors and top local actors to our stage. We also welcome visiting companies to enhance our programme. These have included full-length productions, Jazz bands, Tribute bands and one-night stands.
Each season brings something for everyone, including Comedy, Murder and Mystery, Thrillers and the Classics alongside Musicals and our ever-popular family Pantomime. The Talisman Theatre has been privileged to have mounted British Premieres and, in some cases, brand-new works in drama and music. The company is always seeking out new, exciting shows for their first performances in this area.
Our very successful Youth Theatre presents a fully staged production each year and why not catch up on movies you missed on their release, on our HD screen with full surround sound?
We hope to see you very soon at this gem of a little theatre!

Steve Smith & Stephen Duckham

Joint Artistic Directors

The Talisman Team

President

David Charlton

Trustees

Nigel Elliott

Kerrie McCann

Stephen Duckham

Corrina Jacob

Rosie Gowers

Executive Team

Chair & Theatre Director
Nigel Elliott
Stage Director
Vacant
Vice Chair & Theatre Director
Kerrie McCann
Production Co-ordinator
Vacant
Secretary
Corrina Jacob
Front of House Manager
Phil Bowser
Joint Artistic Directors
Steve Smith & Stephen Duckham
Membership Secretary
Steve Barrie
Treasurer
Rosemary Gowers
Maintenance Manager
Richard Crump
Publicity Manager
Sharon Sully
Bar Manager
Des McCann
Social / Community
Sam Harris

Non-Executive Team

Box Office Manager
Jo Murphy
Youth Theatre Leader
Caroline McCluskey
Props Curator
Corrina Jacob
Photographer
Peter Weston and Robert Warner 
Head of Wardrobe
Sam Harris
Head of Lighting
Steve Roberts
Head of Sound
Dik Thacker
Fringe Producer
Rod Wilkinson
Little Theatre Guild Rep.
Neil Vallance

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AUDITIONS

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