Former Patron - Jon Monie

TMTG is very proud to have had Jon Monie as our patron for many years. Jon is a hugely experienced and versatile Presenter, Performer and Writer. Not only a familiar face on ITV West for more than a decade, Jon has also worked extensively in most genres of television - and across most networks. Religion for BBC1, live light-entertainment for BBC3, quiz shows for Endemol, pseudo-sports programmes for Sky... Throw in some radio, voiceovers and emceeing too... It’s a diverse CV.

The one constant is Jon’s unique brand of banter and quick-witted humour. As a result of his projects, Jon has grappled with a multitude of activities including tank- driving and fire-walking, and has interviewed celebrities ranging from Shirley McClaine to Miss Piggy, Gene Wilder to the Spice Girls and Dame Edna Everage to Lord Richard Attenborough.

On the acting front, over the past 15 years Jon has won great acclaim for his regular performances as the comic lead in Bath’s Theatre Royal’s highly regarded pantomimes, alongside panto legend, much missed friend and TMTG's former patron Chris Harris. His typically varied roles include Wishee Washee in Aladdin, Simple Simon in Jack and the Beanstalk and Buttons in Cinderella. Jon also performs as one half of the Bath-based comedy double-act ‘Avent & Monie’ (playing at many comedy festivals and venues throughout the country including London's Hackney Empire) and is a regular performer with comedy improv troupe Instant Wit.

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Former Patron - Chris Harris

TMTG is very proud and honoured to have had Chris Harris, the internationally renowned actor, director, writer and all round entertainer as our patron. He was a supporter of the Group for many years, attending our shows, offering encouragement and providing theatre workshops. He even joined us on stage for a special performance to celebrate our 40th year in 2008.

Chris Harris was born in Bridgwater, and trained at the Rose Bruford College, the Jacques Lecoq mime and Theatre School in Paris, Ladislav Fialka's Pantomime Company in Prague, and for a short time at the Moscow State Circus School.

Chris is probably best known as one of the country's most accomplished pantomime dames. For nine years he played dame and co-wrote the Christmas Pantomimes for BOV Company at the Theatre Royal Bristol. He also directed and appeared regularly as dame in Bath Theatre Royals pantomime.

He is well known for his five hilarious one-man shows particularly Kemps Jig. These were delivered with a unique blend of wit and charm, and have toured the world. His theatre pedigree is evident from his other work, which included seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Bristol Old Vic, the New Shakespeare Company, and Lincoln, Salisbury and Worthing Reps.

Chris appeared on television many times; Tobias in Tobias and the Angel, The Virtuoso, The Magical Mystery Tour, Hey Look That's Me (nine series), Into the Labyrinth and After You Hugo. He also worked on numerous documentaries.

He directed theatre worldwide and his written work has been for theatre, television and books. Other skills included theatre workshops, talks and lectures, and after dinner speaking.

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An Endorsement by Chris Harris - 2011

It has been my privilege to be the Patron to TMTG for the past 10 years and during this time I have witnessed a growth in the quality and diversity of the work produced. Locally it holds a special place of recognition and I have always admired the links that it fosters within the community. To a forward thinking performing theatre group, this is essential, if it is to have a relevance to a diverse community and a wide age range.

It is always seeking to improve this position and is progressive in its business attitude particularly in these financially hard times. Above all the artistic standard has continually improved and the awards received justify their position as one of the most successful in the area. A very happy theatre group....long may this continue.