Colin Stubbs first became involved in G&S at the tender age of 12, when his mother (a chorus member) volunteered him for the part of Midshipman in HMS Pinafore. He took his first principal part ten years later in Yeomen of the Guard, and during the ten years following was very active with both West Manchester AOS and Trafford Margaretians AOS, taking part in four shows most years!
Colin first performed with the Dunfermline G&S Society in 1973, shortly after it was formed: the show was The Gondoliers, and he played Giuseppe. This was followed in 1974 and 1975 by those two cracking G&S parts, Major-General Stanley in Pirates of Penzance and Lord Chancellor in Iolanthe.
From 1975 until 1996, Colin belonged first to the Kirkcaldy G&S Society and then to the Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group. On his return to the Dunfermline G&S Society, Colin played Colonel Calverley in Patience, Wilfred Shadbolt in Yeomen of the Guard, and John Wellington Wells in The Sorcerer, before playing Lord Chancellor again in 2003, and appearing once more (with his beloved sword!) as Major-General Stanley in 2006. In 2007 Colin played the Duke of Plaza-Toro in The Gondoliers, in 2008 he took the part of Sir Joseph Porter in HMS Pinafore and in 2012 he triumphed as the Lord Chancellor in Iolanthe.
Colin is well-known in Dunfermline, having performed in many shows other than G&S, and was even seen as a most convincing Fagin in Oliver. Colin is now retired as a maths teacher, but is still active on the stage. In fact, he says that he “hasn’t stopped since leaving University”. If he is ever tempted to stop, help is at hand . .. as the Duchess of Plaza‑Toro put it in our 2007 show: “If your father should stop, it will, of course, be necessary to wind him up”!
[from the 2013 programme]
Appearances with Dunfermline Gilbert & Sullivan Society
|2012||Princess Ida||King Gama|
|2009||The Yeomen of the Guard||Chorus|
|2008||HMS Pinafore||Sir Joseph Porter KCB|
|2007||The Gondoliers||The Duke of Plaza-Toro|
|2006||The Pirates of Penzance||Major-General Stanley|
|2002||The Yeomen of the Guard||Wilfred Shadbolt|
|2001||The Sorcerer||John Wellington Wells|
|2000||La Vie Parisienne||Baron Gondremarck|
|1997||The Pirates of Penzance||Sergeant of Police|
|1974||The Pirates of Penzance||Major-General Stanley|