Jill started her working life as a physiotherapist but an increasing interest in the theatre led her to retrain as a drama teacher in her late forties. She taught GCSE Theatre Studies and the LAMDA speech and drama examinations at Sherborne School for Girls and Downe House where she directed the school plays and founded an inter-house drama competition.

When she retired she was lucky enough to be asked to direct Lark Rise to Candleford for the Sonning Players at the Mill at Sonning and since then she has directed over 20 plays for amateur dramatic groups in the local area.

Her favourites include: Shadowlands for Woodley Theatre, Murder in the Cathedral and Noah in St Mary’s Church, Henley and, for the Henley Players, Humble Boy, Dancing at Lughnasa and Dicken’s Great Expectations all at the Kenton Theatre.

During this time she taught at the Henley Musical Theatre School for whom she entered a number of one act plays in the Henley Drama Festival so she, too, has been on the other end of an adjudicator’s opinion.

During lock-down she directed a short film for the Oxford Drama Network’s Virtual Drama Festival which won awards for best presentation and best actress.

Jill is President of the Henley Players

She is very much looking forward to being part of this year’s drama festival. Her aim, above all, is to be constructive and encouraging.

Jill Richardson March 2022