Since its formation in 2007, Taylorian audiences have witnessed many wonderful moments. Of course, we hope the best is yet to come!
As co-founders of the production company with artistic director John Cumberlidge and the late and much-missed Patrick Taylor, our sole aim was to bring memorable entertainment to the Manx public and to provide an experience worth more than the value of the ticket.
Whether enchanting audiences by transforming the Gaiety into the mythical and colourful Emerald City (Wizard of Oz) or re-creating the enduring spectacle of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Siam (The King & I), Taylorian Productions has always endeavoured to ‘raise the bar’ and put the sense of occasion back into going to the theatre.
Tens of thousands have come with us on these journeys and have laughed; cried; booed and cheered along the way.
Original director John Cumberlidge, and now Chris Cuming, have used their experience, talent and time to bring together accomplished performers and emerging talent, alongside the best of creative, artistic talent, both on and off island, to create these stunning theatrical spectacles.
When John decided to step down after eleven incredibly sucessful shows we were lucky to obtain the services of highly acclaimed West End director and choreographer Chris Cuming, who's flair and professionalism has been an inspiration to the whole Company.
The many passionate performers; technical; stage and wardrobe staff on a Taylorian production have been given a unique opportunity to work with and learn from top professionals that we endeavour to bring to the Isle of Man.
MATT JAMES, CO-FOUNDER OF TAYLORIAN PRODUCTIONS
- OUR FOUNDER -
Mr Patrick Taylor
8th December, 1933 – 23rd May, 2008
When Patrick Taylor passed away in May 2008 at the age of 74, Taylorian Productions lost much more than its co-founder.
For ‘Mr T’ as he was affectionately known was a man of integrity and kindness with a tremendous appetite for work and family and a mischievous wit which endeared him to everyone he met.
When he looked ahead to the company’s inaugural show, Underneath the Arches, there were tears in eyes as he spoke passionately of a ‘fulfilment’, a ‘new zest’ and an ‘untroubled joy’ which his involvement in theatre had brought.
And it was that joy and kindness which touched so many people through the years.
For as important and as valued as his financial contribution was – helping stage shows in the Island which would not always have been commercially viable – it was the thrill of seeing young people thrive and progress which gave him a particular satisfaction.
His support of young people and the arts was renowned and his pride in witnessing the success of Laxey singing star Samantha Barks – to name just one talent he backed to further their career off-Island – was enormous.
Of course, it wasn’t just theatre to which his generosity extended. His continued sponsorship of many and varied ventures ranging from amateur boxing to the Monarch Assurance International Chess Tournament for which he received the Tourism Merit Award, prompted the man who presented him with the honour – then Tourism Minister David Cretney – to describe him as the most generous individual he had met.
However, as an English solicitor, nothing in recent years gave him greater pleasure than swapping the pinstripe suit and drama of the courtroom for that of the Gaiety stage. He always vowed one of the requirements of a successful lawyer was to be an actor so decided to put that into practice by taking on-stage roles as well!
Once he focused his mind he would be inspired and would read entire scripts – so much so that in urging young people to become involved in the challenge of vibrant musical theatre, he would know colleagues’ parts too and wouldn’t hesitate in telling them, encouragingly, if they missed a line!
He was never the grand old man but always a gentle giant, his friendship was loyal, his individuality valued, his commitment to our shows unwavering.
In all, Patrick Denton Taylor was a much loved and unique character who derived so much pleasure from his involvement in theatre, he couldn’t help but relay that to those with whom he came into contact.
A true gentleman, whose name will always remain alive with the company which bears his name.