This page gives you a bit of background on the members of the Turnpike committee, who run the group.

Neil G – Chair

As a Turnpike member since 1996, Neil has performed in a number of productions and has directed the group since 2002. Since joining Neil has been involved both on and off the stage with Junior and Adult Turnpike. Neil has also been the Secretary for Turnpike and has been involved in promoting active participation in the arts throughout the borough as the Vice Chair of Wigan’s Art Exchange. In the past he has also travelled to Angers in France (Wigan and Leigh’s twin town) to develop the links between different art organisations on both sides of the English Channel. Neil was delighted to be appointed the role of Chair in 2017, taking over from Gill David BEM.

Richard Pilkington – Vice Chair

Richard, known amongst Turnpike as ‘Dicky,’ was a new addition to Turnpike originally joining to assist backstage and with set making. He is a great asset to the group with his creative talents, transforming our sets, costumes and props. Dicky made his stage debut in 2012 as our pantomime ‘Dame’ and we haven’t been able to get him off the stage since! In 2017, Dicky was thrilled to be appointed Turnpike’s Vice Chair.

Lucie Greds – Treasurer

Lucie has been a member of Turnpike since the summer of 1997. She has been involved in a large number of performances and has also appeared in England’s first school production of Les Miserables. She has also appeared in the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival. Lucie is now a dedicated Committee Member and in 2014 was elected to be the Treasurer.

Sarah Masters – Press & Marketing Officer

Sarah joined Turnpike in 2011 and has since become a strong and committed member of the group. She has been involved and performed with local dance and drama groups for many years, she also performed in the 2002 Commonwealth Games Festival at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Since joining Turnpike Sarah has become in charge of marketing and social media for the group. She is also Turnpike’s very own Videographer. Sarah joined the Committee in 2013 and is now the administrator of our website.

Sophie Mitchell - Secretary

Sophie joined Turnpike in the summer of 2016 to perform in her very first production with the group of Cinderella. Sophie is however no stranger to the stage and has been performing with local groups since a very young age. Sophie has also been involved in the entertainment industry for some time and could recently be seen performing on cruise ships around the world. In 2017, Sophie became a member of the Committee and is now Turnpike’s Secretary.

Mark Bassett – Committee Member

Mark’s career with Turnpike started many moons ago when he was a member of the Junior group. Since then, Mark has gone on to perform in numerous productions over the years, going on to study drama at college and also performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Mark is an enthusiastic member and has had numerous roles within the group, including being the group’s Secretary. Mark is still a dedicated Turnpiker and is on our Committee.

Lindsey Gunning - Committee Member

Lindsey joined the group in 2015 alongside her daughter Ellie in Beauty & the Beast. Lindsey was a very helpful member to have back stage and in the summer we convinced her to audition for our Christmas pantomime. Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, Lindsey was not able to take to the stage for the pantomime but is looking forward to taking on the role of 'Miss Spider ' in our summer production! Lindsey was over the moon to be elected onto the Committee in 2016 and we are looking forward to her input in the future of Turnpike.


Join Turnpike

The group is open to all adults over the age of 16, whatever your ability.

Children from 14 years + are also able to join with a supervising adult attending all rehearsals.

There is a cost of £25.00 per production to join the group.

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