Members Biogs - Jo Gardiner

I made my stage debut at the age of 17 in 2003 with Phoenix Productions in their pantomime Robinson Crusoe. Unfortunately, the company folded shortly after I got the acting bug. After my mother came across CLOC’s website, I decided to give them a go and the rest as they say is history.

Over the years as well as being part of the chorus, I have taken many lead roles such as Toto the dog in Sleeping Beauty. I would say one of my favourite parts I have undertaken was that of Gertie Cummings in Oklahoma, although I did manage to annoy the entire cast with the infamous ‘Gertie laugh’. I have also taken the parts of one half of comedy double act Trace and Snaffle in Sinbad the Sailor, a Chinese man named John (!) in Anything Goes, a blood phobic pirate in Treasure Island, as well as regularly performing monologues at Christmas concerts.

I have also taken part in straight plays with Charlmont Amateur Dramatic Society such as Dot in Happy Families, and Angela in Kindly leave the stage. I attended Walsall College and gained a ‘distinction’ BETEC National Diploma in Performing Arts and was awarded ‘Student of the year ‘07/’08’.

During my time at Walsall College I took the part of the narrator in The Rocky Horror Show, Sparkish in the play The Country Wife as well as taking part in contemporary ensemble performance pieces This is a Chair, Face to the Wall, and Sinner.