Dave Slade

Dave has run the Lytton Youth Theatre since the late 20th century and started the Thursday Group for youngsters who had proved their abilities over and above the call of duty in youth productions.

He is proud that many of the ex Thursday Group members have gone on to do drama courses in further education and one is currently in her second year at drama school.

Dave started writing sketches for television in the 1980's having material broadcast on shows like A Kick Up The Eighties, Little & Large, Alas Smith and Jones and Spitting Image. One of his sketches was recently in the top 100 Comedy Moments in the Channel Four TV programme and another was used in a documentary about Margaret Thatcher on Discovery. He moved into amateur dramatics by appearing in a community theatre production, went on to run the community theatre and when that folded he moved to the Lytton Players.

His directorial debut for the Lyttons was a production called Angles Of Conflict which feature two plays "Us & Them" by David Campton and "The Smirk Bomb Syndrome" a play Dave wrote about a nuclear device that killed everyone with a high IQ. For the Lyttons he has directed various musicals and plays. He has also been a "director for hire" in Luton, Buntingford and Hertford. His productions have been diverse and include Habeas Corpus by Alan Bennett, God by Woody Allen, Nasty Neighbours by Debbie Isitt, Sondheim's Assassins and Sweeney Todd but one of his great loves is directing Shakespeare so far he has done three A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet and in 2006 he will be directing Much Ado About Nothing for the Players in the autumn.

Dave tries to make all productions unique either in setting or approach. Dave has also directed three independent films (two of which were good) and written two unpublished books (two of which were rubbish).