John Cunningham

Production Assistant

John’s curiosity got the better of him one day when he was strolling around his college and peeked through an open door. On the other side of the door a young student was building a scenery and asked John for a helping hand. From that day John was hooked…

John’s curiosity got the better of him one day when he was strolling around his college and peeked through an open door. On the other side of the door a young student was building a scenery and asked John for a helping hand. From that day John was hooked and he’s always maintained one foot in the theatre despite an international career in the plastic industry. John has lit shows, designed sound, built sets and worked back stage in theatres from Welwyn Garden City to Frankfurt, he discovered five English speaking amateur groups to assist while he was based in Brussels alone.

He met his wife, a stage manager, through an introduction from a mutual theatre friend. When the theatrical couple arrived in Taunton, free of family ties they were able to work together on shows again and joined the Taunton Thespians and Illminster Entertainment Society. John got involved with The Brewhouse because he had previously lived in Chester and had witnessed the cultural and social impact on the town centre when the Chester Gateway theatre closed – he was determined not to let that happen in Taunton. What John loves best is being part of the production process, being involved in transforming a piece of print into live theatre. He is also a dab hand with a paint brush and recently single-handily painted The Brewhouse Gallery in time for its opening in September 2015.

His favourite shows to date at The Brewhouse include the Carpenters Story and Murder on the Nile by the Taunton Thespians. What he’d most like to see on the Brewhouse stage is a new production of ‘Oh What a Lovely War’, using the full facilities of a well-equipped theatre.

Thank you for volunteering John, The Brewhouse is indebted to you.