Donation to the Rotary Club of Newmarket


Following the very successful Newmarket International Festival of One Act Plays in 2017, President John Dowson and Board member Doris Keppler of The Very Useful Theatre Company made a donation to the Rotary Club of Newmarket. VUTC hosts and annual Festival at the Old Town Hall in historic downtown Newmarket each year.

Photo Rod Urquhart

Rod Urquhart

Rod is an award-winning journalist and author of three books, now retired. Two are humour books and the last being a well-received book of poetry. Rod took to writing plays about four years ago and has been pursuing this full-time, or whenever he isn’t sleeping or tending to his garden! Rod was the main Foley artist on ‘Ace Galaksi: Space Dick at Large’ in the Festival’s first year and was Rod’s foray into live theatre. Rod’s youngest sister and parents were heavily involved in ‘theatre’ and the performing arts and this is an area he always wanted to pursue, now mainly script writing! Gilda The Princess is his first script to be accepted and performed live on stage. Thanks also to Ole Madsen, the author of the book Gilda, which Rod turned into a play with full permission.