Wimborne Musical Theatre - Roy Joseph
In April 2024, Wimborne Musical Theatre will be performing Aladdin and his Amazing Lamp, a Pantomime written by Roy Joseph under his stage name of Peter Markham.
Roy was born on 15th April 1943 in Cwmavon, near Port Talbot in South Wales. After finishing his education, he trained as a Master Tailor, a skill that he was able to put to good use over future years.
Whilst training in London, Roy entered the entertainment industry, notably performing in The Black and White Minstrels. He eventually became a cabaret artist and solo singer in his own right, performing in many of the Bournemouth hotels and one of his most enjoyable roles was playing King Arthur in medieval banquet evenings at the Manchester Hotel and the Lily Langtry Hotels.
Roy moved to Dorset in the late 60s and soon became heavily involved with local musical theatre with Bournemouth Operatic Society, appearing in his first show with them in 1973 and later also becoming a member of Poole and Parkstone Musical Theatre.
Using his master tailor skills, Roy established Canford Costumes to serve the local theatre scene as a theatrical costumier, initially in Kinson and later at Stapehill Abbey, having a wardrobe of literally 1000s of costumes.
Roy joined WMTS in the early 1980s, directed his first production for them in 1986 and went on to direct many successful shows and concerts. He won many awards for his production and directorial skills, a notable award being ‘Best Director of a Musical’ for The Sound of Music at the Daily Echo Curtain Call Awards and his direction was instrumental in securing for the Society a ‘Best Musical’ award for the same show.
Roy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2014 and although ill health eventually led to Roy reducing his directing activities, he remained the Society’s Artistic Director and continued to design and make many costumes for their shows up until his sad death in 2018.