Oral Histories

Listen to opinions, memories, and experiences of Cambridge Arts Theatre, shared by some of the people who know us best…

If you are interested in recording an Oral History and are willing to be interviewed, please contact Katherine Moar [email protected]

Griff Rhys Jones

“If you want to make a mark, go on and do something – don’t wait to be asked.” Griff Rhys Jones reminisces about his formative years performing as an undergraduate at Cambridge Arts Theatre, describes life on the touring circuit, and offers advice to the next generation of student actors.

Zak Ghazi-Torbati

Zak Ghazi-Torbati is a writer, lyricist, and actor who has performed onstage at the Arts Theatre in the Greek Play and with the Marlowe Society. Formerly President of the Marlowe, Torbati discusses the difficulties of staging a student production on a professional stage and recalls working alongside upcoming and established writers, composers, and directors like Six’s Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss...

Malcolm Rogers

Malcolm Rogers performed onstage at Cambridge Arts Theatre in the 1950s. He describes a life in the theatre, his run-ins with luminaries such as Alan Ayckbourn and Peter O’Toole, and the difference between theatre and television acting...

Steve Puttick

Steve Puttick has been visiting Cambridge Arts Theatre for over 70 years. She first came to see a Pantomime starring Cyril Fletcher when she was 9 years old. Puttick recalls her favourite productions and her friendship with the ballet dancer Jack Skinner...

Molly Yarn

Molly Yarn, former President of the Marlowe Society, describes the joyful and difficult process behind producing a play for the Arts Theatre stage and discusses her research on the female editors of Shakespeare works in the 19th and 20th centuries...

Angharad Walters

Principal of Stagecoach, Angharad Walters, provides part-time training in the performing arts for children aged 4 to 18 in Cambridge and Cambourne. Many children from Stagecoach go on to perform on the Cambridge Arts Theatre stage in our annual Pantomime. Walters describes coming to the Arts Theatre at a young age...

Bill Stanley

Bill Stanley has been involved with Cambridge Arts Theatre from a very young age. He has performed with touring companies and as a Panto Babe, undertaken work experience with the Theatre, and now volunteers with Front of House. He praises the Theatre for the opportunities it has offered him and recounts his time as a member of the cast of a variety of shows, ranging from 'Jack and the Beanstalk' to 'Richard III'...

Liza Goddard

‘…You very much feel like a family.’ Liza Goddard recalls performing in Cambridge’s Arts Theatre’s annual Panto three times, discusses the touring circuit and her favourite regional theatres, and emphasises the fundamental importance of the arts...

Patricia Chapman

Patricia Chapman is one of the longest serving volunteers at Cambridge Arts Theatre. She discusses what her role involves, her favourite shows, and the changes she has seen during her time working at the Theatre.

An oral history recorded as part of Cambridge Arts Theatre's 'Behind the Scenes' Project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Kevan Allen

Choreographer Kevan Allen was a self-declared ‘snob’ about Pantomime before coming to Cambridge Arts Theatre. He has now worked on nine Pantomime productions for the Theatre. He explains his creative process and reflects on a life working with movement...

Phoebe Chambers

Wardrobe Supervisor Phoebe Chambers explains the important role played by the wardrobe department in the theatre and shares some memorable moments from her time working at Cambridge Arts Theatre...

Sam Fuller

Sam Fuller is Business Manager of the Cambridge Operatic Society (CaOS), who perform at Cambridge Arts Theatre annually. He discusses his memories of working at the Theatre as a teenager, his involvement with CaOS, and the process of putting on a show...