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MARCH 2023

My Fair Lady

The spring musical entranced and entertained audiences across sell out performances.

“KATS’ latest production is a sell out and it’s not hard to see why…”


Please note you must be a member of KATS to perform in our productions. Membership is £50 per year.

Meet the My Fair Lady team…

Standing Back row:

Nathan Fox, Wayne Kenny, Jules McColl, Keith Motson, Carey Ryan-Carter, Sarah Robens and Joe Simmonds.

Seated front row:

Dina White, Ellie Brock and Karina Tyszkiewicz & Apple Taylor.

Cast & Crew Members

Director - Carey Ryan-carter

Formerly a professional dancer, Carey trained with the Northern Ballet and went on to work as a dance teacher and choreographer for ‘Gestures’ dance company, Oldham Coliseum and Arden School of Theatre and was director of ‘Manchester Youth Dance Theatre.’ She later studied for a degree in Drama before becoming a primary school teacher. She has an MA in Creative Writing and has written a novel and a radio play. She continues to work as a professional singer and voice-over artist.

Carey became a KAT in 2014 when she played ‘Shelby’ in one of the lead roles in Steel Magnolias and returned to play ‘Mrs Johnstone’ in ‘Blood Brothers’ in 2019. Her directing debut was for ‘Guys and Dolls’ in 2019 and last year she directed and choreographed ‘9 to 5’ her most stressful yet satisfying work so far. She has enjoyed researching the social history of ‘My Fair Lady’ and places enormous importance on creating historically accurate characters. However, it is the creative process that gives her the greatest buzz and and she loved collaborating with Jill and Keith. She claims it is Jill Brock’s ingenious set and costume design that gives her the inspiration for her choreography and together they try to transform the stage into a dynamic story telling space that fully immerses the audience.

Musical director - Keith Motson

Keith grew up in Dorset where he spent much of his time getting tunes out of almost anything. Learning piano, flute, drums and organ at school he went on to Trinity College of Music where he studied Percussion and Conducting winning the Adam Collins and Ricordi conducting prizes. The first student conductor to be an assistant conductor on a full college opera Keith spent his college holidays as Choral Conductor to Dorset’s Gli Amici della Musica conducting Mozart’s Great C Minor Mass and Bruckner’s Requiem among many others.

Keith is a highly experienced Musical Director with previous credits including A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum, Crazy for You, Grease, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods among others and was resident MD for 42nd Street at the Edinburgh Festival.

Keith is delighted to make his KATS debut on My Fair Lady as it has been a musical extremely close to his heart for as long as he can remember.

Amber Burrows - Eliza Doolittle

Amber’s love of music, drama and dance started at an early age and she wrote her first song at 7. She went on attend the summer Brit School in London at 13 and became a member of the National Youth theatre at 15.

Amber has just started Music, Drama and Geography A levels at KCC but her heart is firmly in My Fair Lady and hopes her teachers will forgive her! Amber is so excited to have this amazing opportunity and be part of such a wonderful production.

NATE FOX - Freddy Eynsford-Hill

Nate first stepped on stage with KATS’ production of 9 to 5 the Musical and swiftly followed this last summer in Calendar Girls with the role of Rod, the hardworking, long-suffering husband of WI rebel, Chris. Nate says he is excited to be back, this time with a song. Freddy is a great role and Nate is looking forward to bringing him to life, even though Freddy falls over a lot!


After working with horses, children and Formula One bosses, Sarah decided to give acting a go. Training in New York and then returning to the UK she was a hand model for a mortgage commercial – upgraded to woman 1. This is Sarah’s debut with KATS and is thrilled her character has a name.

Jules McColl - captain Pickering

Having enjoyed so many plays and musicals with KATS and winning NODA awards, Jules is delighted to be part of yet another fantastic show… but this time playing a man and really enjoying smoking a pipe!

Being ex-military, Jules has based her part on several old bosses… let’s hope they are not in the audience. 


This is Caroline’s 3rd year with KATS having played Roz in 9 to 5 The Musical in 2022. She says it’s great to be performing with such a talented group of people and that she’s found a lot more confidence to sing, dance and act. Caroline is really looking forward to this performance of My Fair Lady.


Having accidentally joined KATs’ last musical, Caroline discovered that she loves being on stage! Her performance in 9-5 was so convincing that she was stopped by a complete stranger in a beach café the week after the show, with the words ‘Oh my goodness, were you the drunk?!’

In this year’s performance just for a change, Caroline plays – a drunk. Wary of being typecast, she was delighted to also be offered an Ascot Lady role, saying ‘I’ve really enjoyed being glamorous!’

WAYNE KENNY - Professor Higgins

By George, Wayne is so excited, but daunted, to be playing Henry Higgins. He first performed with KATS in their 2019 production of Guys and Dolls playing Sky Masterson. Wayne is fairly new to performing but has worked with TOPS AND TOADS at Torquay’s Princess Theatre.

He was Dr. Grimwig in Oliver with TOADS but his first time on stage was in the very camp and flamboyant Priscilla Queen of the Desert with TOPS. My Fair Lady marks a change for Wayne this year as he will not be performing in high heels.


Sally has enjoyed performing with KATS for many years. In 2019 she played Mrs Lyons in the NODA award winning production of Blood Brothers, and she thoroughly enjoyed playing Doralee in Dolly Parton’s 9-5 the Musical, last year. Sally also performs in Shakespeare productions with the Inn Theatre Company, where this summer she is looking forward to playing Portia in The Merchant of Venice.

Always up for a new challenge, this year’s role of Alfreda Doolittle (usually played by a man), has certainly given Sally that!


Joe Simmonds is new to KATS. He has experience in the Performing Arts and completed his training in Kent. Joe is a keen guitar player and also plays penny whistle in his spare time. He enjoys his work in the hospitality sector and is notorious for his constant smile!


Sarah has enjoyed performing in various KATS productions, on and off over the last 16 years – when she first donned a beard to play a male bottle-dancer in Fiddler, a costume which resulted in an allergic reaction to the beard glue and a decision never to don a beard ever again!

Having played both leads and ensemble parts, Sarah has always enjoyed the camaraderie and creativity at KATS, both for herself and her two daughters who have also been welcomed into productions over the years. As Mrs Pearce, Sarah is happy to be able channel her powers of subtle control over the household!


Dina started dancing 16 years ago. She is a grade 7 ballet dancer on pointe and trained in tap, jazz and lyrical. She has performed in MAD productions, and is also a part of The Salcombe Players taking principal parts playing Snow White, Elvira in ‘Blithe Spirit’ and The Pied Piper in their most recent pantomime. She also choreographs.

Dina is thrilled to be a part of this fabulous production and hopes you enjoy the show.


Karina is thrilled to be performing in her third production with KATS.  The role of Zoltan Karpathy has been an exciting opportunity and she is truly grateful for the chance that Carey and the audition panel gave her. 

She says it’s amazing to be part of the KATS family and work with such passionate and brilliant people. Karina would like to thank the audience for supporting their local theatrical group!


This is Apple’s 7th consecutive musical with KATS. She has also performed 3 plays with KATS and has assisted with costume for many of these productions. Apple is involved with a number of other theatrical societies locally and a little further afield for singing, dancing, acting, wardrobe, set painting and make up. She has recently started up an A Capella community choir in Bigbury.


Christine joined KATS in 2007 for their first play, Beside the Seaside. Her first musical with KATS was Carousel. She has since played in countless plays and musicals.

Every role has its highlights but amongst her favourites are Nettie in Carousel, Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain, Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit and M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias. Christine also directs, most recently, Calendar Girls in September. Disappointed to have to pull out of 9-5 last year, Christine is delighted to be returning to the stage as Mrs Higgins in this fabulous production. She hopes you enjoy the show!


Helen moved to Kingsbrige 40 years ago and still has a close affinity to her Welsh roots. Performing on stage during her school years singing, dancing and in a Welsh play called ‘Agi Agi Agi’. She joined KATS in 2007 and has been in every musical production since. Her debut performance in a principal role as Cora in Calendar Girls last year was inspirational and her motivation to carry on!

ELLIE BROCK - Mrs Higgin’s Maid

It has been a while since Ellie actually appeared on stage with KATS, although last year she helped behind the scenes with Calendar Girls by composing and producing the music, which she also did for KATS’ production of Blood Brothers, the play version in 2019.

During her time at University Ellie composed musical scores and choreographed the musical Footloose, just weeks before the country went into lockdown. Last summer Ellie played the part of Laertes in The Inn Theatre Company’s production of Hamlet.

TREVOR TROUT - Lord Boxington

Trevor’s first appearance with KATS was as Motel the taylor in the 2006 production of Fiddler on the Roof. Since then he has appeared regularly in many of KATS’ productions, including Return to the Forbidden Planet, Fiddler (again) and as the undertaker Mr Sowerberry in Oliver! Trevor also enjoys performing in plays and pantos with The Salcombe Players. 


Teresa has been a member of KATS since 2003 with her first show Funny Girl. Since then she has appeared in most musicals and a number of plays. She says that appearing in Calendar Girls was amazing fun and that “we had so many laughs, in rehearsals, at photo shoots and on stage”. Teresa says that KATS is such a great society with so many great productions and adds that it is an honour to be part of them.


the theatre experience

about Us

KATS has been entertaining local audiences for over 100 years, with Trial by Jury as the first production in 1901.

All performers and crew are members of the Society, participating in the productions and enjoying plenty of social get togethers too.