John Allen


John joined the Society in 2002 and has been a regular member of the men’s chorus ever since. Prancing on the boards is something of a departure from his usual theatrical work as John was trained in Technical Theatre at Central School in London. He worked in London for a short time then moved to Harrogate Rep and York Theatre Royal before joining Joan Knight to light a season at Perth Rep.

From Perth, John joined Andre Tammès to form Northern Light in Edinburgh where he has been ever since, still working in Technical Theatre but mainly on the design and fit-out of new and re-furbished performance spaces. His most recent and current projects are the Barbican refit and the transformation of The Cottesloe Studio at the National Theatre into The Dorfman.

Joining Dunfermline G&S is a return to John’s roots. His parents met in an Amateur Dramatic Society before the second World War and John joined a number of small societies in South London while he was still at Alleyn’s School. He was also a member of the National Youth Theatre, and there you did everything when you were a “techie”, from building the scenery, to running the shows, to enhancing the crowd scenes!

John is also a member of the Fife group ‘Cantamus’ who regularly perform concerts throughout the Kingdom in aid of charity.

Appearances with Dunfermline Gilbert & Sullivan Society

2016The Yeomen of the GuardFirst Citizen
2015The GondoliersFrancesco
2014The Pirates of PenzanceSamuel
and every show in betweenChorus
2009The Yeomen of the GuardFirst Yeoman
2008HMS PinaforeChorus
2007The GondoliersAnnibale
and every show in betweenChorus
2002The Yeomen of the Guard

Next appearance

The Pirates of Penzance 2022

Apart from ongoing Zoom activity, which includes a concert version of The Mikado on 16 June 2021, our next show on stage in the Carnegie Hall will be The Pirates of Penzance from Thursday to Saturday 17–19 February 2022!

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