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about Colin Bourner

 . photographer . actor .

Colin Bourner was born at Faversham, Kent and left a successful career in press photography to train as an actor – after winning a scholarship to attend the London Academy of Performing Arts.

He has since worked extensively on radio, stage and in television for many years. He conceived and co-produced the highly-praised play Titter Not – an affectionate look at the life of comedian Frankie Howerd – and with actor Roy Miles created saucy comedy duo The Unsinkable Jerry & Dolores which premiered at Brighton Komedia in 2003, prior to touring (Jerry and Dolores are honoured to be featured on the side of one of Brighton’s buses!)

Colin has been immersed since 1988 in the epic battle to save Chatham’s derelict Theatre Royal and was founder Chairman of the Trust whose patron was the late Peter Cushing – who encouraged Colin’s early enthusiasm for theatre. Colin is former Deputy Manager of the Theatre Royal, in Brighton, where he now lives and he is Managing Director of Mr. Punch Productions. However – residents and visitors to the city will probably be more familiar with Colin as Brighton's last traditional doorman where he greets hotel guests in top hat and tails!

As a photographer – Colin is very much in demand – he has illustrated several books and is a regular contributor to publications such as The Stage. He captures memorable images, often in a humorous way, and has a sympathetic view for the unexpected. Peter Cushing said: “Colin’s photographs – of which there are many of me – delight the eye and the mind together.” Indeed, Colin has been privileged to have been acquainted with an astonishing array of celebrities who have trusted him enough to let him near them with his battered Nikons!

Colin is delighted to be a director of the Red Hen Artists – and he is a regular contributor to its exhibitions.


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