A very appreciative audience were entertained by a brilliant talk given by Brian Freeland who has been in all aspects of Theatre for 53 years. Having seen Peter O’toole at the Bristol Old Vic while he was doing his National Service Brian was hooked on becoming an actor but he soon realised that his talents lay more back-stage than treading the boards and he carved out a very successful career for himself, first as an electrician, then moving on to  numerous postitions which took him all over the world, working with some of the great British actors. Since his retirement he has taken up another challenge – writing a number of plays and musicals, one of which is due to be performed at the Stables Theatre, Hastings in April next year. It tells the story of Clarkson Rose who performed for many years at the Eastbourne Pier Theatre and is interwoven with the story of John Bodkin Adams, the Eastbourne GP who was convicted for murder in the 1950s and who was Clarkson Rose’s physician. Brian’s talk was greeted with great enthusiasm by all those present and we look forward to seeing him again when he has completed a talk he is preparing on George Bernard Shaw.

Brian Freeland and Harry Lederman