Jim began his amateur dramatic career rather modestly 20 years ago assisting in village pantomime near his then home town of Brecon. Roles included Prince Charming and the Magic Mirror (Snow White), An Ugly Sister (Cinderella), The Dame (on numerous occasions!) (Robinson Crusoe, Jack and the Beanstalk, Aladdin), General Accident (Humpty Dumpty), The Big, Bad Wolf (Little Red Riding Hood) and Tom Jones, a lovable village idiot (Ali Baa Baa and his 40 sheep). He also steadily took over the role of set design and painting as well as prop production. In 2007 he moved up to the big time to work on set and prop production and act as an assistant stage manager for the Westenders Theatre group in Brecon and their production of the pantomime Dick Whittington. This role was reprised the following year for The Trials of Hercules for the same company.
Jim moved to Aberystwyth in 2010 and soon joined the Wardens Theatre Company (of which he is one of the board’s directors). He worked as an assistant stage manager and was heavily involved in props production for Robin Hood and acted as technical co-ordinator, prop’s master and assistant stage manager for their subsequent productions of Aladdin, Dick Whittington and the Pirates of the Caribbean, Snow White and this year’s Beauty and the Beast.
Jim joined Louche Theatre in 2011 and has worked as set designer and scenic artist on the company’s productions of Alan Ayckbourn’s How the Other Half Loves, William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Lilies of the Land (based on the reminiscences of actual land girls), Tony Layton’s Portrait of Dylan, and also Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia directed by Caroline Clark. In addition, Jim painted the sets for the Louche productions of Wolf Mankowitz’ The Bespoke Overcoat and Tom Francis’ The Trial of Hermann Ethe and helped tour them successfully at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Jim also played various characters from R.C. Sheriff’s Journeys End in Louche’s production of The Other Western Front written by local historian Michael Freeman. He has also provided specific props for local community dramatic group Castaway for their productions of ‘Allo, ‘Allo, John Buchan’s The Thirty Nine Steps and their up-coming production of Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett. Jim also designed and built the set for the company’s production of Catrin Fflur Huws’ Reign of Blood.
If all this wasn’t enough, Jim is also the sound man for local sixties girl group The Hornettes and provides transport support for local close harmony singing group Sgarmes!