Compact Theatre Company.
1984 - 85 Compact Theatre was founded by John Connolly and Bernadine Turner when John was directed in ‘Ring of Laughter’ a one man show written by Paul Hurt and directed by Bernadine Turner. Ring of laughter premiered at Matlock College and toured small scale venues around Derbyshire and Yorkshire.
|Ring of Laughter by Paul Hurt.|
1987 - 88 Wendy Allin directed John Connolly, Steve Dolton, Robert Smith, Stephen Cox, Chris Ward Brown and Robert Clifford in One Big Blow by John Burrows. This play toured small scale venues around Derbyshire and the mining areas of South Yorkshire.
1989 Pete Holdway directed School For Clowns by Ken Campbell. Cast was John Connolly, Steve Dolton, Stephen Cox Chris Ward Brown and Wendy Allin. This premiered at Derby playhouse and then toured small scale venues and schools around the North of England.
1990 Steve Dolton directed john Connolly and Peter Jones in The Morticians Tea Party by Hugh Ellis. This play was performed in small scale venues around the North of England and Midlands.
|The Morticians Tea Party by Hugh Ellis|
1991-93 John directed Bouncers by John Godber. Cast was John Connolly, Steve Dolton, Stephen Cox and Peter Jones. This was toured in small and Mid scale venues in Derbyshire, South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire.
|Bouncers by John Godber|
1994 - 95 John directed and performed with Wendy Allin in Two by Jim Cartwright. This was toured in small and mid scale venues around the North of England.
Two by Jim Cartwright
1995 Compact Theatre recruited 5 young actors who had recently graduated from Dartmouth College to perform a new play, Bandits by Richard King and Adam Law. Steve Dolton directed and Bandits toured small and mid scale venues in the North of England.
|Bandits by Richard King and Adam Law.|
Directed by Steve Dolton
1996 Muscle by Harry Connolly and Steve Dolton.
Directed by Harry Connolly (who changed his name due to Equity regulations)
Cast was Harry Connolly, Steve Dolton, Stephen Cox, Sandra , Wendy Allin and ‘Kat’
Kat was later replaced by Phil Brodie Brown who went on to do much TV and film work including Dream Team, 3 Musketeers and is currently seeking work in Hollywood. Muscle was toured to Mid scale venues throughout the UK performing to over a Half a Million audience in the three years that it was toured.
One Big Blow by John Burrows.
The six voices sounded so good together that Harry Connolly wrote Three Steps to Heaven a musical play which saw the formation of the oldest boyband in the world ‘Old Spice’. This was extremely successful so he wrote the sequel Old Spice on the Road to Hell which also contained ’ live ‘rockapella’ singing and over 30 songs from the past 4 decades.
From September 2002 , Old Spice went on the Road once again, but this time in Old Spice Just Alive and Acoustic tour which saw the company performing in the UAE over a 4 year period until 2005.
The lads went into the recording studio to produce their first album.
|Phil and John|
|Terry Phil and John|
|John Terry and Phil|
|John and Terry|
|When there were six.|
|Y Not Festival.|
|Terry Smith and Steve|
|Steve plays the Blues.|