The most famous former Hillbark Player was Elisabeth Sladen, who appeared as Hero in our very first production" Much Ado about Nothing" in 1964. She went on to become Sarah Jane Smith, one of Dr Who's most famous assistants. She appeared in many subsequent television series and reappeared in 2007 in her own series of Sarah Jane adventures.
Here is Lis, as Hero in 'Much Ado about Nothing', in 1964, wearing the yellow dress she refers to in her autobiography.
Lis recalled her time with Hillbark Players in 'Elisabeth Sladen - the Autobiography'.
Lis sadly died on 20th April 2011.
Ciaran Meets the stars
Elisabeth Sladen (1948 - 2011)
I met Elisabeth Sladen at Milton Keynes in October 2007, when she was a guest at Collectormania. The first series of The Sarah Jane Adventures had just begun to be screened at that time, and a lot more episodes have been made since.
Elisabeth Sladen was born in Liverpool in 1948. She had dance lessons at the age of five, becoming so good that she danced in one production with the Royal Ballet.
After Elisabeth left grammar school, she went to drama school for two years, before starting as an assistant stage manager at the Liverpool Playhouse, Britain's oldest repertory company. It was here that she met a young actor Brian Miller to whom she has been married for more than 40 years. They have a daughter, Sadie Miller.
Hillbark Players are linked with the 50th anniversary of 'Doctor Who'
Andy first performed with Hillbark Players in the 1984 production of 'Love's Labours Lost'
where he played Marcade, followed by his role of Lorenzo in 'The Merchant of Venice' in 1986.
He played Paris in 'Romeo and Juliet' in 1994.
This was followed by Orsino in 'Twelfth Night' in 1996
Then Leontes in 'A Winter's Tale' in 1998
Who will forget his Oberon in the 2001 production of ' A Midsummer Night's Dream'
Then Antipholus of Syracuse in 'A Comedy of Errors' in 2003.
His final association with Hillbark Players was as Director of the 2007 version of 'As You Like It'. He also took over the part of Oliver de Boys for the last 2 performances.
He will be fondly remembered for his long association with Hillbark Players.