Adjudicators for the 2017 – 2018 season.

Martin P Roche 2016Martin P Roche. Martin first began singing and acting in secondary school in Manchester and is now an award winning actor, director and writer.

Following his vocal training he has performed with many companies – musical, choral and opera, predominantly in the North of England, but has also performed in other parts of the UK and Ireland as a soloist in concert and recital performances including an appearance on Sky TV performing at the opening ceremony of the Rugby ‘Super League’.

He has won a number of awards for his lead performances in stage productions spanning operetta to modern musicals over thirty years but has now retired from the stage to concentrate on other interests, predominantly writing.

He began writing for theatre over 17 years ago and several of his works are now published including the award winning musical collaboration ‘Witchfinder’ and the critically acclaimed plays ‘To Be Frank’ and ‘Where is the life?’

He has adjudicated previously for the GMDF for several seasons for both the Full Length and One Act Festivals and is a past Adjudicator of the Manchester Musical Awards and recently, has been on the judging panel for the national script writing competition, The Alties.

When not writing, directing or adjudicating, Martin also acts as a Theatrical Acquisitions Agent for the theatre publisher Stagescripts, representing their catalogue and advising companies about new works and repertoire as well as looking out for new writers/plays.

He is very pleased to be adjudicating the 2018 One Act Play Festival at Summerseat this season and is looking forward to seeing some great local theatre.


David Carlile has been acting in and directing amateur theatre productions for over thirty years. Originally at the Guild theatre in Wilmslow, he has performed at Heald Green, Cheadle Players, Woodford, Brookdale and ClubDavid Carlile Theatre Altrincham. He led a church theatre group, directing pantomimes, writing and performing street theatre, and acting in in church services and of all places Styal Prison. He enjoys writing and is proud to have his version of ‘Alice In Wonderland’ performed at Club Theatre Altrincham. For many years he led a church theatre group, directing pantomimes, writing and performing street theatre, and acting in in church services, and of all places Styal Prison. He enjoys writing and is proud to have his version of ‘Alice In Wonderland’ performed at Club Theatre as well a youth play performed by Brookdale Youth Theatre.

David gained GMDF Best Actor award for his role as Gordon in Neville’s Island and was awarded Best Director by GMDF for Humble Boy. David has directed musicals ranging from Nunsense to The Producers, twenty plus plays and youth productions, as well as directing adult and youth One Act festival entries.

He always tries to uphold a sentiment expressed by an old friend, Syd Mence that there should always be a ‘piece of magic’ in any production. It could be in the delivery of the only line an actor gives or the way the light spills onto the stage. David looks forward to finding that ‘magic’ in the productions he sees this year.

David is delighted to be adjudicating the musical and pantomime section this season.


Carmel Bird Adjudicator for GMDFCarmel Bird. Carmel first trod the boards at Altrincham Garrick over 40 years ago and has since been involved in many theatrical projects all over the North West.

She studied Drama as a mature student at Chester University, working with all aspects of practical theatre and went on to perform with a professional theatre company, her favourite   production being an avant-garde adaptation of Strindberg’s ‘Miss Julie’.

She subsequently toured Northern universities with a Liverpool-based theatre company,  performing and leading workshops and then went on to teach A’ Level Drama at Xaverian College in Manchester.

Carmel has always had a strong commitment to youth drama and has directed and  choreographed 17 college productions, mainly popular musicals and Shakespeare plays. She has also worked for local and national drama schools and now runs the Carmel Bird Theatre School in Cheadle Hulme.

Throughout all this Carmel has maintained her involvement in amateur theatre and has acted in over 50 productions and directed for several groups.

She was delighted to have adjudicated the GMDF One Act Festival again in 2016 where the standard of entries was excellent and varied.


Ian taylorIan Taylor has been acting at Tyldesley Little Theatre (TLT) for almost 30 years and has been directing for almost 25. Mainly a one theatre man, he has appeared in more productions for TLT than anyone else in its 94 year history, and will notch up 114 roles for them by the end of this current season.

Ian began acting as far back as infant school and, since joining TLT in 1987, has also acted with Golborne ADS, and for the University of Sussex, Golbourne High School and Ashton on Mersey School, where he has worked as an English and Drama teacher for 16 years. He is particularly proud of both acting in and co-directing an acclaimed production of ‘Our House-the Madness Musical’ for AoM, as Madness have been an obsession of his since 1979. He took the role of the ghost Dad that has actually been played by lead singer Suggs several times.

Ian received a GMDF Best Actor nomination for his role as Felix Humble in ‘Humble Boy’ last year. In addition, he has directed almost every kind of production, including comedy, drama, thrillers and comedy thrillers, pantomimes, musicals, one act plays and revues. These have resulted in the lifting of the GMDF’s Lowry Trophy twice (for The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾’ in 2007 and ‘Ladies’ Day’ in 2010.) His shows have been further nominated, for variations of Best Production, 7 times and he has received 2 Best Director nominations.

After years of paying keen critical attention to his own plays, Ian is delighted to take the opportunity to use this experience to offer himself up for adjudication duties. He is a firm believer in using constructive criticism as a positive means to improve, but he believes even more strongly in something else. That anyone who manages to get a play on stage at all, or devotes the time to learn and perform a role, and ends up entertaining their patrons, is a talented and worthy winner, no matter what.

Nigel Machin
Nigel MachinOver the past 40 years Nigel has been involved in over 300 productions. This started with national tours of the UK and Europe with the Staffordshire Youth Choir, leading to many plays and musicals with most of the amateur companies in the south of the city.
Most recently he has played roles with Shilo and directed many plays with the Northenden Players Theatre Company (NPTC), where he is currently the chair.
While a member of SMAOS and working with Sale Nomads, Manchester University Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Shilo and latterly a member of NPTC, he has been awarded in all categories between the MMA and the GMDF. Most notably for his imaginative set designs and his original and innovative approach to his theatre work.

Nigel is the Artistic Director for the City of Manchester Opera and since 2011 has continued to direct two operas a year with City of Mancester Opera and other opera companies across the Northwest.
Nigel is delighted to be adjudicating for the first time during the 2017-18 season and is looking forward to meeting all the societies involved. He is very excited to be experiencing firsthand the work of the talented people in the theatre around Greater Manchester.


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