I am originally from London although I lived in various parts of the UK before moving to Spain in 1988. I worked as a language teacher of English and Spanish until my retirement in 2020. I am involved in all sorts of activities including walking and choral singing. I have my own blog here.
I have been part of the ADAPT Theatre Group since it started in 2010 and have been responsible for script writing from the beginning. I have played some main roles such as Cinderella’s fairy godmother and Snow White’s wicked step- mother, but in recent years I have been more involved in directing and have played cameo roles.
Lancashire lass born and bred I have worked as a PA in an Advertising & PR company and then as Community Nursing Assistant before moving from Wiltshire to Spain in 2005 to have quality time and retire. My introduction to Adapt came when I was coerced into joining the Theatre group in 2015. Having never been involved in any form of acting I nervously attended the first rehearsal for the panto “Moody Poopins” playing the role of Manuela, a non-English speaking maid with a few Spanish lines to learn! The rest is history, I’m hooked on my involvement with this friendly, jovial group of people. As soon as one panto finishes I’m always eager to hear about the next and looking forward even more to the next chapter of Adapt Theatre Group.
I am from Valladolid, but I have lived in San Pedro del Pinatar since 2001. I studied Business Administration at university and I now work for AENA at the Human Resources Department of Corvera Airport.
I enjoy learning languages, especially English… I love it! Through ADAPT´s English-Spanish Conversation Group, I had the opportunity of practising with native speakers, and I met great people who have become really good friends. I joined the Adapt Theatre Group in 2016 to play the part of a baby doll called Yoli in Toy Story and have participated every year since as Cinderella, as an old lady, as a prince and as a drunken pirate!
I like reading, mainly thrillers and historical novels, and also travelling, to get to know other cultures and try other cuisines… I practise yoga and I like strolling with friends at weekends.
Originally from Lancashire, I taught in a number of secondary school, teaching children with special educational and physical needs. I taught English and dance/drama. I moved to Kent for promotion and there was appointed as an inspector for schools for the education authority. In the North, and in Folkestone, I was involved with drama and light opera groups, thoroughly enjoying the camaraderie of like-minded people and being on stage.
We moved to Spain to live in 2005, and had a great life, making many new friends. Sadly in 2018 my husband died and I decided to join and be involved in different organisations. One was the Adapt Pantomime group in 2018, and I have never looked back. My first panto was Sleeping Beauty when I played Prince Cristiano’s page, followed by Jack in Puss in Boots and then two parts in Peter Pan – Mrs. Darling and Green Moustache the pirate. We are now looking forward to a new “ chapter” as Adapt Theatre Group.
Originally from London and worked as Insurance Broker in the City, I eventually relocated to Norwich. I retired to Spain in 2007 and joined Adapt a few years later. I was asked to join the Theatre Group and a month or so later I was asked to be the group leader, and have been ever since. I have been involved in all of the Group’s productions and directed the first four pantos and I am now the producer, for my sins.
I am Michèle Guffens, originally from Belgium where I used to live in Antwerp. I retired in 2019 and ever since live very happily in La Torre de la Horadada.
When I was young I was member of the BATS (British American Theatre Society) in Antwerp. I never played myself but was helping backstage.
My original languages are French and Dutch, and don’t have any English roots. But I still do love to improve my English, which I am sure I will thanks to my membership in the group. Your last pantomime was fabulous and hilarious to me. Besides theatre, I am looking forward to new friendships and a lot of fun.
Born in Paddington, I spent most of my life in Slough in the Catering industry. I joined the Army Catering Core at 18. On retiring from the Army I opened my own restaurant in Gloucester where I met my wife and eventually retired to Spain in 2015. Currently a member of local social group as Treasurer and volunteer in Animal Amigos Charity shop 3 mornings a week. Interests, walking, gardening, DIY and cooking obviously, but not having the courage to get on stage I am happy to help off stage and now also in the role of Treasurer for the Adapt Theatre Group.
Ian Smith (Smithy)
I’m originally from Nottingham. I’m pretty sure that must be a direct descendent of Robin Hood given my constant urge to wear tights. Fortunately, I discovered Scuba diving which of course, then introduced me to close fitting rubber garments which immediately took me to another plain. For many years I performed on stage, singing and playing guitar. During that time I was screamed at quite regularly although, due to having my hearings aids turned off, I couldn’t always hear what was being screamed. Also, during that time of relative stardom, accompanying the screams, many items of underwear were thrown in my direction. Over time of course, most of those items took a lot longer to land. I kept one of the early ones though and it became very useful at the recent Panto where I wore it as an eye patch. Nowadays of course, I spend most of my time locked in a small cabinet, mostly in the dark. Seems appropriate.
The ADAPT Theatre Group has been a big part of my life from its beginning in 2010. I’ve been lucky enough to take part in every pantomime except Puss in Boots when I really did ‘break a leg’.
I joined for fun and found that as well as that and the obvious benefits eg. physical and mental exercise and my name in lights, I have made a lot of wonderful new and lasting friendships while helping to raise funds for the ATG charities.
Carine Van Vooren
My name is Carine , I’m from Belgium and live in Murcia. I joined the theatre group almost as soon as I got here and played Tinkerbell in Peter Pan.
I started as a singer in a dance orchestra in Belgium when I was 16 and haven´t stopped singing since then. I evolved from dance music to rock , to pop , and then to cabaret shows. In between I did some acting work also in local theatre companies.
Playing in a pantomime was completely new for me and I loved it because I learnt so much. My world is expanding and I love the combination of acting, singing and dancing.
Hi, I’m Gill, originally from Essex, lived and worked as a Registered Nurse in London and then Norfolk, before settling in the sunny climes of Spain`s beautiful coastline.
Here I have developed a taste for alfresco dining, socialising and prancing about on stage. Since joining the Adapt Theatre Group I have appeared in the last two productions and felt the excitement of preparation, rehearsal and actually appearing and performing in public, and, scary as that is, it’s a terrific buzz and boost to one’s ego.
Long may it continue!
I moved to Spain in 2014 having retired early from my career in the civil service in the UK. I joined the ADAPT Theatre Group in 2017 and appeared in the four most recent pantomime productions up to and including Peter Pan in 2021. I was a complete novice in amateur dramatics terms but with application and the support of a close knit team of very talented people I have found the experience to be very enjoyable and satisfying. Due to recent changes in my personal circumstances I have had to step back from active involvement with the new Group for the time being but hopefully I may participate fully again in time