Teresa (Teri) McCarthy
Teresa has been an active member of Telstars Theatre Company since 1970 and across those decades, Teresa has acted, directed, stage managed, worked on costumes, props, sets, toured America, been involved in several entries to The Guernsey One Act Festival, and steered Telstars through a multitude of award-winning performances.
As Chairman of Glamorgan Drama League (GDL) an organisation which exists to promote amateur theatre throughout South and West Wales, Teresa has helped take the League to a new level with their One Act Play Festivals where Groups have reached both the Wales and British Finals on numerous occasions.
Also, Moderator of the Youth and Adult sections of ’The Glammies’ the GDL’s unique peripatetic festival which includes both Youth and Adult plays and more recently full Musicals. Introduced in 1999 ‘The Glammies’ has gone from strength to strength.
Through her involvement with amateur theatre Teresa became involved with The Drama Association of Wales (DAW) in 1972, has been a Trustee since 2003, was Chair from 2013 to 2018 and secretary since 2019. More recently Teresa has become Secretary to the United Kingdom Community Drama Festivals Federation (UKCDFF) which oversees the British Final of One-Act Plays.
John came along to help with a set build for a " A Servant of Two Masters" in 1990, and has been a member of Telstars ever since then.
Although very much more comfortable with all of the backstage "arts" he has taken onstage roles with Telstars, his favourite being the non-speaking part in "Eat your heart out" which received critical acclaim!
John is very proud to be part of the small Team from Telstars that took "Albert" to the British Finals of the One Act Play competition.
Away from Telstars John is an active member of The Glamorgan Drama League, and has Stage Managed their annual one act festival for the last few years
Wendy joined Telstars in 1988 and has been an active member ever since. She has mainly taken a backstage role doing everything from props and lighting to Stage Management and set design and construction.
She has also played many and varied parts on stage, her favourites being, a very risk averse mouse, in "Can You Hear The Music?" and a Finnish Au Pair in "Albert", which got through to the British Final of the One Act Play festival in 1996.
Wendy has also written and directed two pantomimes, and directed two "Farndale Avenue" productions. Her real strength however, lies in constructing set and furniture which can be broken down to fit into the back of a Skoda Fabia!
In 1975, Stanley, who worked for Post Office Telephones (now BT) was introduced to Telstars by a colleague. He became involved with all aspects of drama, from backstage, props, runner, stage manager, directing and acting which he loves. His Telstars debut was in ‘Wishing Well’ at the Sherman Theatre Cardiff. Playing Mr Maningham in ‘Gaslight’ was his first lead role in 1978 where one reviewer complimented him by saying ‘’she wouldn’t want to meet him on a dark night’’.
He performed in a variety of classic plays such as Rebecca, Tartuffe, and took the lead in Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime’ which Telstars took to Florida USA in 1981.
In 1988, he directed the winning performance at the Torfean Drama Festival with ‘Rainbows is the Boys’, after which he stepped back from Telstars and became involved with his local village hall directing and performing in panto, reviews, and one act plays. In 2003 he returned to Telstars in a full-length play ‘Communicating Doors’.
In 2012 Stanley re-joined to Telstars acting, directing, stage managing, set building and backstage. His notable success, was picking up the accolade of Best Performance with the lead role in ’Tryst’ at Glamorgan Drama League Festival of One-Act Plays in 2016, which also progressed to the Wales Drama Festival Final.
He’s still here and still loves it!!
Angela, from Halifax, Yorkshire, always loved to entertain from her early days in school where she partook in plays, choirs and brass band. In her youth she performed in the chorus of an amateur operatic society as well as working the Northern Working Men’s Club circuit with a variety of pop groups.
In 1981 she joined Telstars initially taking on small cameo roles and helping backstage with costumes before undertaking more demanding roles in ‘Pastiche’ ‘Eat Your Heart Out’ ‘Great Catherine’ and ‘The Sleeping Prince’ to name a few.
In the late 80’s early 90’s whilst primarily concentrating on her growing family she produced, directed and performed in a variety of pantomimes in the local village hall.
Since returning to Telstars in earnest in 2012 she has been involved in most productions, the highlight of which was being jointly awarded ‘Best Performance’ (with her co-star, Kay Baber) in “Dear Diva” at the Glamorgan Drama League Festival of One-Act Plays and directing “Tryst”(2016) – both progressing to the Wales Final of One Act-Plays
Kay began acting at the age of 6 when she desperately wanted to be the Virgin Mary. She had to settle for the Angel Gabriel, and so a lifetime of love for theatre was born!
She joined Telstars in 1969, and apart from a very few breaks has been there ever since.
Although her first love is acting, she has vast experience in backstage skills too, stage managing a Telstars production in a London theatre before an invited audience of multinational ambassadors.
A member of the first non-American company to perform at the Florida Theatre Conference, and participating in many festivals in the Channel Islands and all over mainland Britain has ensured that her theatrical learning process has never stopped.
One of her proudest achievements was to receive an adjudicators award "for all the words she didn't say" during a production of The Crucible. Recipient of many accolades over the years, Kay revels in the camaraderie and team work of production.
Favourite roles include Elizabeth Proctor in "The Crucible," Regina in "The Little Foxes", Lady Bracknell in "The Importance of Being Earnest" and Evy Meara in "The Gingerbread Lady"
She never did get to be The Virgin Mary though!
Neil was first involved in Amateur theatre in the early eighties when he volunteered to assist at a Festival of One Act Plays in Cardiff. He then joined Telstars Theatre company for several years primarily back stage building sets but also looking after the groups lighting for a number of plays in local venues and festivals.
Neil took a break of several years and returned 5 years ago thinking he would pick up with backstage activities, lighting and stage management but was convinced to take some small parts on stage which he has thoroughly enjoyed and wondered why he didn’t tread the boards much earlier.
Sue joined Telstars in 2004, well actually she was tricked into it. She was picked up supposedly to go and watch a Telstars production, only to find out on route that she had to do the lighting! She was terrified, but survived the evening and was presented with a card welcoming her to the team.
She never ever thought she would go onstage, but here she is all these years later, having taken on many roles, backstage as well as on stage. Sue has acted in many plays and a couple of pantomimes. She has also had nomination for best support actress in the Crucible, and was even nominated for best performance in a Wales final for a role in which she did not speak at all.
She is the giggler of the group and has been known to laugh so much she has to leave the room on occasion.
Telstars was her respite at some difficult times, now she is grateful for the friendships she has made, and the support they all give each other.'
Victoria first set foot on a stage aged 4, and no one has been able to get her off it since...!
Acting, singing, dancing, choreographing and with backstage and costume experience, she tries to make herself useful to many groups in many various ways!
Paul started acting when he realised, he loved dressing up and being somebody else. He was 6 and loved playing Peter Pan. As Wendy. In his mother's nightie.
It just snowballed from there, encompassing youth theatre, 3 years studying performing arts, 7 summer seasons at the Gordon Craig Theatre Stevenage, and Paul is now resident dame at The Savoy Theatre Tonyrefail.
Paul has been with Telstars for 16 years, acting, directing and writing.
Peter has been involved with community theatre since 1992, learning the ropes by working backstage to begin with which gave me the foundation to appreciate that all aspects of theatre-craft are important.
He has appeared over the years in too many plays to mention and has directed over 10 productions to date and has even put pen to paper writing and directing an adaptation of the pantomime Cinderella which had a successful local run a few years ago.
Theatre for Peter is an escape and he loves the team spirit that develops during a production and the lasting friendships that grow with being part of a group of people who share the same passion for bringing the written word to life.
Peter hopes to continue in community theatre for many years to come, he started out playing the young male roles. is currently in the Dad or Uncle roles with a few years to go before he can play the Grandad roles without heavy makeup
Gavin graduated from Drama school on 2000. Gavin's first professional job was with White Horse Theatre in a nation-wide tour in Germany with Comedy of Errors along with other plays. Gavin has played a variety of classical roles Caesar in Anthony and Cleopatra at the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. To local tours with Fluellen Theatre from Larpkin in The Cherry Orchard to Puck in Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Gavin has also worked on Film and Television with producing alongside local directors and writer. Appearing in short films as "Hidden Animals" "Rotter" and has also appeared in BBC's Casualty and Sky's Stella
Helen’s love for a good drama blossomed from an early age, staying up past her bedtime because she had a TV in her room. Hailing from North Wales, she came to Cardiff after university in York, and found Telstars a few years later. She’s acted (a victim in murder mysteries) and directed a bit, and tries to make herself useful by getting music and sound effects these days'