Sybil Thorndike 1943

The photo to the right is Dame Sybil Thorndike in 1943.  She was the first patron of Hamilton Playbox.  She wrote a dedication for the first production in 1933...

     "We are realising that the Amateur Theatre is as vital a part of the Theatre proper as the Professional.  The Amateur can do more than just keep the flag flying until times are better and the Professional can be more in evidence; the Amateur can adventure - find new paths - new methods of working - new writers - new ways of producing old writers.  Since they do not have to depend on the Stage for their bread and butter, they can afford to leap beyond what the average commercial theatre audience will accept - a thing which is too often disallowed professionally.

     The Little Theatre movement has proved itself an adventurous and courageous one - that is why we adventurers from the professional side applaud their efforts.  This movement has kept alive in so many British countries the real live Theatre we serve - and that deserves the salute of all pioneers!  To the Playbox Adventure, Good Luck!"

- Sybil Thorndike

"To the Playbox Adventure, Good Luck!"... more than 80 years later the Good Luck is still holding as the Playbox Adventure continues to this day.

The table below list those that helped in keeping the Playbox Adventure alive over the last three-quarters of a century.



Year Patron President Vice-President Vice-President Secretary Treasurer
2016 Elisabeth Easther & Michael Easther Lee Owens Jason Wing (from November)   Neila Blackmore Lorna Ashton
2015 Dan Blackmore, Elisabeth Easther & Michael Easther Lee Owens Ron Dalton   Ann Williams Lorna Ashton
2014 Dan Blackmore, Elisabeth Easther & Michael Easther Mark Perry Lee Owens   Ann Williams Lorna Ashton
2013 Dan Blackmore, Elisabeth Easther & Michael Easther Greg Hack Lee Owens   Liz Sheppard Lorna Ashton
2012 Dan Blackmore, Elisabeth Easther & Michael Easther Greg Hack Lee Tulloch   Lee Owens Lorna Ashton
2011 Dan Blackmore, Elisabeth Easther & Michael Easther Greg Hack Lee Tulloch   Lee Owens Lorna Ashton
2010 Dan Blackmore, Elisabeth Easther & Michael Easther Mark Perry Greg Hack   Ben Corcoran, Charlotte Isaac (from July) Lorna Ashton
2009 Al Williamson & Dan Blackmore Mark Perry Charlotte Isaac   Charlotte Isaac Lorna Ashton
2008 Al Williamson & Dan Blackmore Mark Perry Joy Shewan   Charlotte Isaac Lorna Ashton
2007 Al Williamson & Dan Blackmore Joy Shewan Mark Perry   Neila Blackmore Lorna Ashton
2006 Al Williamson Dan Blackmore, Joy Shewan (from August) Joy Shewan, Maree Wilkins (from August)   Neila Blackmore Lorna Ashton
2005 Al Williamson Dan Blackmore Joy Shewan   Neila Blackmore Lorna Ashton
2004 Al Williamson Dan Blackmore Lauren Scott   Neila Blackmore Frank Carter
2003 Al Williamson Adrianne Clothier Lauren Scott   Neila Blackmore Frank Carter
2002 Al Williamson Bruce Martin, Adrianne Clothier (from June) Adrianne Clothier, Steve Grounds (from June)   Chris Martin, Neila Blackmore (from June) Christine McGovern, Adrianne Clothier (from April)
2001 Al Williamson Bruce Martin Bridget Murphy   Nicloas Wells Christine McGovern
2000 Al Williamson Kerry Murphy Diane Brown   Nicolas Wells Nicolas Wells
1999 Al Williamson Royce Barclay Diane Brown   Bruce Martin Nicolas Wells
1998 Royce Barclay Dennis Ralph Bruce Martin   Mark Perry Nicolas Wells
1997 Royce Barclay Dennis Ralph Julianne Boyle Richard Sheridan, Diane Brown (from August) Elizabeth Hunter Sonia Evans
1996 Royce Barclay Dennis Ralph Julianne Boyle Richard Sheridan Sonia Evans Nicolas Wells
1995 Royce Barclay Lynda Gemmell Diane Brown   Sonia Evans Nicolas Wells
1994 Royce Barlcay Lynda Gemmell Diane Brown John Stewart Jeannie Townsend Nicolas Wells
1993 Royce Barclay Lynda Gemmell Diane Drown Sandra McDonald Christina Brown Gareth Ruck
1992 Jock McLachlan-Barnes Dennis Ralph Diane Brown Mel Beetham (G Ruck from June) Patricia Ratuszny Michelle Durrant
1991 Jock McLachlan-Barnes Dennis Ralph Diane Brown Mel Beetham John Stewart, then Patricia Ratuszny Michelle Durrant
1990 Bill Dillon Dennis Ralph Diane Brown Tony Whitehouse John Stewart Steven McMurray
1989 Bill Dillon Tony Whitehouse Diane Brown Chris Cooke John Stewart Linda Whitehouse
1988 Bill Dillon Peter Hollister Chris Cooke Richard Blincoe Royce Barclay Pat Julian, Jean Greedy???????????
1987 Bill Dillon Grant Waghorn Chris Cooke Peter Hollister Jean Greedy Dinky Nugent
1986 Bill Dillon Peter Hollister Chris Cooke Grant Waghorn Dinky Nugent Jean Greedy
1985 Bill Dillon David Gibson Chris Cooke Geoff Lawn Poppy Wheatley Jean Greedy
1984 Barbara Minogue Tom Hawley Michael Houltham   Barbara Willson, Poppy Wheatley (from July) Peter Lowe, Jean Greedy (from July)
1983 Barbara Minogue Royce Barclay Chris Cooke Ken Sandford ? Jean Diwell
1982 Barbara Minogue Royce Barclay Fiona Perry Peter Hurford Jean Diwell Jean Diwell
1981 Barbara Minogue Royce Barclay Mike Casey David Reid Jean Diwell Bill Nugunt
1980 Barbara Minogue Royce Barclay Don Kjestrup David Reid Jean Diwell Bill Nugunt
1979 Barbara Minogue Royce Barclay David Reid Chris Cooke Jean Diwell Bill Nugunt
1978 Barbara Minogue Ron Smith Dr Bernard Hyne   Jean Diwell Mac Campin
1977 Barbara Minogue Ron Smith Pat Holloway Dr Bernard Hyne Jean Diwell Mac Campin
1976 Barbara Minogue Peter Drake (to July), Ron Smith Ron Smith Joyce Raethel Elise Neil  
1975 Barbara Minogue Peter Drake John Campion Ron Smith Joyce Raethel Elise Neil
1974 Barbara Minogue Jean Greedy Peter Drake Danny Mateer Mac Campin Elise Neil
1973 Barbara Minogue Jean Greedy Henry Bishop Danny Mateer Mac Campin John Campion
1972 Barbara Minogue Derek Wooster Mac Campin Bligh Pickering Dawn Tucker John Campion
1971 Barbara Minogue Derek Wooster Henry Bishop Bob Stonyer Lou Sweeney John Campion
1970 Philip Harkness Mac Campin Henry Bishop Derek Wooster Alan Quartermain & Michael Young John Campion
1969 Philip Harkness John Johnstone Alice Davies Julie Stirrup Jane Clad Kevin O'Connor
1968 Philip Harkness Mac Campin Alice Davies Ian Johnstone Jane Clad Louise Johnstone
1967 Philip Harkness John Johnstone Dick Waddington Al Williamson Mac Campin Roy Bonnell
1966 Arthur E Manning John Johnstone Patricia Dixon David Reid Mrs DM Cook Roy Bonnell
1965 Arthur E Manning Mac Campin Barbara Minogue Johnnie Johnstone Mrs DM Cook Roy Bonnell
1964 Arthur E Manning Tui Marshall Barbara Minogue Mac Campin Pam Collingwood Jeff Dixon
1963 Arthur E Manning Tui Marshall Barbara Minogue Mac Campin Pam Collingwood Jeff Dixon
1962 Arthur E Manning Dick Waddington Tui Marshall John Murray Pam Collingwood Jeff Dixon
1961 Arthur E Manning Dick Waddington Tui Marshall John Murray Pam Collingwood Jeff Dixon
1960 Arthur E Manning John Murray Tui Marshall David Reid Pam Collingwood Jeff Dixon
1959 Arthur E Manning John Murray Tui Marshall David Reid ? ?
1958 Arthur E Manning David Reid Tui Marshall Rangi Smidt Frank Curtin Roy Bonnell
1957 Arthur E Manning David Reid Tui Marshall Rangi Smidt Frank Curtin Roy Bonnell
1956 Arthur E Manning David Reid Tui Marshall Al Williamson John Murray Ken Cotten
1955 ? David Reid Tui Marshall Al Williamson John Murray Ken Cotten
1954 Hilda Ross and Ron Braithwaite David Reid Bryona Quill Nita Andrews Vera Huntington Ken Cotten
1953 Arthur E Manning David Reid Bryona Quill Nita Andrews Vera Huntington Jack Palmer
1952 Arthur E Manning Vi Stephens Grace Fuller David Reid Vera Huntington Jack Palmer
1951 Arthur E Manning Grace Fuller Dr HE Annett David Reid Vera Huntington Jack Palmer
1950 Arthur E Manning Vi Stephens (Linder) Dr HE Annett David Reid Vera Huntington Grace Fuller
1949 Arthur E Manning Vi Stephens (Linder) Dr HE Annett David Reid Vera Huntington Grace Fuller
1948 Arthur E Manning Vi Stephens (Linder) Dr HE Annett David Reid Thelma Evans Marcus B St James
1947 Arthur E Manning Violet Linder David Reid Stan Carroll Thelma Evans Marcus B St James
1946 Arthur E Manning Violet Linder Mrs P Newland Bill Blakeway Thelma Evans Marcus B St James
1945 Arthur E Manning Stan James HJ Ferguson Bill Blakeway Violet Linder Mrs E Marsh
1944 Arthur E Manning Stan James HJ Ferguson Bill Blakeway Violet Linder Mrs E Marsh
1943 Arthur E Manning Stan James HJ Ferguson Bill Blakeway Violet Linder Mrs E Marsh
1942 Arthur E Manning Bill Blakeway HJ Ferguson Bill Blakeway Violet Linder Mrs E Marsh
1941 Arthur E Manning Bill Blakeway HJ Ferguson Bill Blakeway Violet Linder Mrs E Marsh
1940 Arthur E Manning Les Takle HJ Ferguson Bill Blakeway Violet Linder Mrs E Marsh
1939 Arthur E Manning HJ Ferguson Bill Blakeway Ted Amoore Violet Linder Mrs E Marsh
1938 Arthur E Manning HJ Ferguson Bill Blakeway Ted Amoore Violet Linder Louise Winthrop
1937 Arthur E Manning Malcolm Thomas Bill Blakeway Ted Amoore Violet Linder Louise Winthrop
1936 Sir Alexander Young Malcolm Thomas HB Baker Ted Amoore Violet Linder Louise Winthrop
1935 Sir Alexander Young Hugh Morton Malcolm Thomas Ted Amoore Maisie Heweston Maisie Heweston
1934 Dame Sybil Thorndike Malcolm Thomas HD Baker Ted Amoore Maisie Heweston Maisie Heweston
1933 Dame Sybil Thorndike Malcolm Thomas HD Baker Ted Amoore Maisie Heweston Maisie Heweston
1932 Dame Sybil Thorndike Malcolm Thomas HD Baker Ted Amoore Maisie Heweston Maisie Heweston