Richard’s life in the world of entertainment began when he found work riding horses in movies in England in 1965. Since this unlikely beginning he has acted in film, theatre, television and on radio. Perhaps best known for writing the book, music and lyrics to the award winning, cult classic musical, The Rocky Horror Show, Richard is also known as the host of the incredibly successful UK Channel Four Television game show, The Crystal Maze. His critically acclaimed solo album, Absolute O’Brien, was awarded five stars by the influential Q Magazine.
As the voice of Lawrence Fletcher, the father of Phineas and Ferb in the Disney cartoon series of the same name, Richard recently attracted a new and younger audience.
Richard has been the Patron of Hamilton Operatic Society since 2009.
Paul’s association with the society started in 1992 when he performed in the musical Evita. He performed in one major production per year until he was elected to the Board and time prohibited continued appearances on stage.
A highlight of Paul’s time in HOS was when he was executive producer for Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show in 2005 at Founders Theatre. This also started Richard’s involvement with the Society, which is another highlight.
Paul sees his present role as President of the Society as a privilege to hold. Many people have worked for the Hamilton Operatic Society for the past 100 years and it is a pleasure to take a turn at being part of this very important part of Hamilton’s past, present and future.
Hamilton Operatic Society Board Members & Management
During the day, Christine is employed as a People and Performance Manager where she is involved in a senior Leadership Team as a performance coach. Recently, Christine has become involved in mental skills training for performing arts students.
Christine has previously been a co-opted Board member for the Hamilton Operatic Society and served on a number of other Boards previously..She brings strategic planning, business management and people leadership skills to the Board and looks forward to supporting the governance of the Hamilton Operatic Society
Honorary Solicitor: Sandra Braithwaite, Harkness Henry
HR Consultant: Christine Sidwell
Bobbie Alderton QSM, Ron Braithwaite, Shirley Buchanan, Aileen Downey, Val Easte, Dave Gibbs, Noel Gleeson, Francie Gray, Sandra Herbert, John Keenan,
Elaine Lucas, Brian Linehan, Paul Mitchell, Sabrina O’Brien, Richard O’Brien, Margaret Oliver, John Pak, Margaret Parkin, Russ Rimmington, Mrs W Roberts,
David Sidwell, Dave Smith, Colin Smith QSM, Marie Thompson, Jean Turk, Cheryl Turner, Jean Wilson, Kathie Young