Katrina Bradley and Alan Tricker
Katrina Bradley and Alan Tricker

Alan Tricker, a leading figure in amateur dramatic and musical circles, has been honoured by the St Andrews Musical Society.

Alan, who joined the society in 1975 and has been involved in all of its shows ever since – principally onstage, but occasionally directing and working backstage designing the sets - has been conferred with life membership. He also served as treasurer for 11 years and is a former president.

Notable highlights with the society have been playing many of the comedy roles in its musicals, such as Moonface Martin this year, as well as more dramatic parts such as Fagin in Oliver, whom he has portrayed twice.

Alan also directed Fiddler on the Roof on two occasions and Brigadoon, the the latter the first show for the society performed in the new multi-million pound Byre Theatre.

He told the Citizen: ”One particularly happy memory is directing When the Lights Come on Again, which was written by my wife, Carole, and was performed as part of the society’s Golden Jubilee in 1989.”

Katrina Bradley, president of SAMS, presented Alan with a certificate and book of photographs charting his life in musical theatre in recognition of the accolade.

During the programme, members also sang a song written by Mary Ray highlighting some of the funny events which have occurred over Alan’s membership of the society.

Alan is now looking forward to being in the society’s production of Carousel, its show for 2013.

A long-time member of the St Andrews Play Club and a founder of Red Wine Productions, he has directed over 40 plays for various theatre companies – mainly at the Byre Theatre - and has acted with companies in St Andrews, Anstruther and Dundee.