In 2011 Dorothy Nicholson, Pat Calder and Jason Calder formed a partnership to create this new little theatre in St Ives. Peter Eadie brought all his technical and design skills to the project. The Boathouse Theatre was opened by The Mayor of St Ives Ron Tulley on July 6th 2012
Pat Calder started her career in Repertory in England before marrying and working abroad with her husband Ian Calder (a pioneer of 'English By Television') In Tehran in the 60s' Pat was presented to The Shah for her performance of Puck in A Midsummer Nights Dream. In Tokyo she appeared for two years on NHK TV as Claire in a soap style series she wrote to accompany the 'English By Television' programme. It was in Ghana where she ventured into puppetry culminating in Billy The Dreamer a weekly puppet series for Ghana Television. On returning to England she created The Nomad Puppet Theatre in Battersea Park. Pat then moved to London's West End to open The Nomad Studio in Kingly Street not only producing puppet shows but directing and performing in plays and poetry evenings. In 1980 pat was invited to take her puppet show to Oman for the Sultan's celebrations.In 1989 with her son Jason opened The Nomad Studio in Tooting Bec performing puppet shows and directing several short plays written by Jason. Pat has starred in Whatever Happened To MrJones & On Air and her puppet creations still perform regularly at The Boathouse St Ives.
Jason Calder trained at LAMDA where he won The Alec Clunes Most Promising Actor Award. He went on to appear in several TV productions playing Lord Rainsby in Jeeves & Wooster & Pilot Officer Trevelyan in Piece of Cake. Other appearances include Casualty, The Bill, The Collectors and Head Over Heels. Jason has also performed extensively on stage and appeared with The Peter Hall Company in She Stoops To Conquer which toured nationally for a year before having a West End Run at The Queens Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue. Jason co-ran The Nomad Studio in Tooting Bec with his mother Pat where he wrote and appeared in several short plays several of which have been revived at The Boathouse Theatre St Ives. For The Boathouse Jason has written and acted in Whatever Happened To Mr Jones, Strangers In The Night, Murder Mystery Farce , Whodunnit and his latest play Murder In the Pilchard Cellar opens in 2019. He has also collaborated on other shows at The Boathouse including On Air, Something Fishy The Good Old Days & behind The Lines celebrating 100 years since the end of WW1. His wife Robyn directs most shows and 9year old daughter Flossy recently made her boathouse debut at The Boathouse Theatre. Boo The dog is also a regular visitor to the theatre.
Robyn Calder started her career as a Production Manager after gaining a BA Honours degree at Middlesex University. Robyn has worked on a variety of productions including Stage Managing for the Talawa Theatre company at The Royal Court Theatre with Blessed Be The Ties directed by Paulette Randall. Robyn also worked on The Opera/Film of Owen Wingrave by Benjamin Britten shown on Channel 4. as well as working on an Arts & Music Project for Prisons, Robyn has also worked on a number of Theatre In Education Projects. Robyn married Jason in June 2013 and since then has been an integral part of all productions including directing Strangers In the Night, Something Fishy, Murder Mystery Farce,ghostly Tales For winter Nights, Whodunnit & The Good Old Days which she also performed in. Robyn is currently directing Murder In the Pilchard Cellar for the Boathouse.
Nicole Tesseyman . Born and raised in St Ives, Nicole did her work experience with The Acorn Theatre in Penzance. She has co written plays which involved young people from local schools. Nicole studied a National Diploma in Performing Arts at Cornwall College achieving a distinction. She went on to join The Dancing Dog Theatre company touring England & France. As a singer Nicole was part of a trio of females that sang acapella for 3 years. Nicole has also created drama workshops for disabled adults in Brighton where she was a member of The Brighton Operatics Society. The BoatHouse is very excited to have Nicole as one of our team. As a puppeteer Nicole is an integral part of The Boathouse and as an Actress for The Boathouse, Nicole has starred in Killing Time, On Air,Strangers In the Night, Something Fishy, Murder Mystery Farce , Whodunnit and will star in Murder In the Pilchard Cellar in 2019.
Dorothy Nicholson (Adibi) 1931 -2015
Our dear friend and Boathouse Partner sadly died on Tuesday 22nd September 2015. During her well travelled life Dorothy worked and acted in many countries. It was in Iran whilst performing in a play that she met Pat Calder and formed a lifelong friendship. Indeed, it was Dorothy's husband Ali who drove Pat to the hospital to have her son Jason in Tehran. More than half a century later the 3 of them joined together to form a creative partnership and The Boathouse Theatre was born. Without Dorothy's hugely generous support the project would never have got off the ground. Due to her recent illness Dorothy was unable to perform in our September festival programme, but her mesmerising performance as a blind murder suspect in Whatever Happened To Mr Jones will long live on in our memories. On her 80th birthday Dorothy did a parachute jump and at the beginning of 2015 aged 83, Dorothy asked her doctor if she was able to do do a bungee jump, she didn't quite manage that but we hope the existence of The Boathouse Theatre will be a lasting tribute to this kind and fascinating lady.