People
Those that make YAT happen
Eileen Baker
Eileen Baker

JOINED YAT
1986

BIOGRAPHY

Eileen was born in September 1927. Her natural mother was unmarried and so she was lucky enough to be adopted when she was about 6 months old by wonderful parents who were in their early 30’s. She grew up as an only child but never lacked friends and companions.

When she left school she trained as a secretary/shorthand typist and experienced several interesting jobs, 2 of which were in hospitals. Her luck held when she met and married her husband Den and they became the proud parents of 5 daughters. Inevitably the girls became involved with Brownies, Guides and Rangers and Eileen served on the Local Association Guides committee, chaired by the District Commissioner.

As the girls got more independent Eileen became involved with the Kingston WEL-Care Association which helped unmarried mothers and their babies. This interest led her to become a registered foster-carer for the tiny babies waiting to be placed for adoption. Gradually the need for this particular fostering became much less as the young mums were able to keep their babies more easily.

In 1994, Eileen was the recipient of the Mayor's Award for Community Service in the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames.

In 2005, Eileen (and Den) were awarded the artsRichmond Accolade for their contribution to Drama in the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames.

In 2013, Eileen became YAT's Second President.

"I feel privileged to be accepted by the group as 'one of the crowd'. I enjoy their company and I'm interested in their activities. I feel very proud of the genuine hard work and enthusiasm they put into each production - whatever part or role they are playing. It's a bit like having an extended family!".

TESTIMONIAL

When my 16-year old daughter joined Youth Action Theatre in 1983, she not only embarked on the very interesting experiences of 'theatre' and entertainment, which developed into her making the 'media' her career, it also opened the door of interest and enjoyment for me and my husband, engendered by its founder, Eric Yardley.

Gradually our daughter's enthusiasm led to our closer involvement with YAT and its more practical elements. It took us with Eric and the Company to Berlin, Leipzig and America and allowed us to get involved with young people and activities not experienced before.

Luckily I am still able to retain some 'modified' activity within YAT and my enthusiasm and loyalty are as strong as ever. YAT is a very valuable asset to the development of commitment and comradeship for its young members which is focused within all its activities.


YAT CREDITS
(under development)

Blood Brothers (1989)
Palace of Culture, USSR
CREW : Wardrobe

The Great Gatsby (1996)
Orleans Park School, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Toad of Toad Hall (1996)
Teddington School, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Ghetto (1997)
LJ's Theatre Bar, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Adam Bede (1998)
Harry Hope Theatre, USA
CREW : Wardrobe

Adam Bede (1998)
The Vera Fletcher Hall, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Nativity x 4 (1998)
The Vera Fletcher Hall, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Albert Make Us Laugh (1999)
Barton Green Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (1999)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Fragments From My Diary (2000)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

The Madness of George III (2000)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Road (2001)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Amadeus (2001)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

A Tale of Two Cities (2002)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Vinegar Tom (2002)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Six Characters in Search of an Author (2002)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

'Tis Pity She's a Whore (2003)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Momo (2003)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Our Country's Good (2003)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Cat With Green Violin (2004)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

The B.F.G. (2004)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 (2004)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Emma (2005)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Cinderella (2005)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

After Juliet (2005)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

At Break of Day (2006)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Ubu Rex (2006)
The Barn Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Fairytales in the Park (2006)
The Terrace Gardens, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Lord of the Flies (2006)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Much Ado About Nothing (2007)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Coming Around Again (2007)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

A Festival of Theatrical Comedy (2008)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

The Royal Hunt of the Sun (2008)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe (Spanish)

The Good Person of Szechwan (2008)
The Barn Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Elizabeth I (2008)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Drama Festival 2009 (2009)
Collis School, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Pride and Prejudice (2009)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

What's in a Name? (2009)
The Terrace Gardens, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

The Labours of Heracles (2009)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Winter Festival 2010 (2010)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

The Taming of the Shrew (2010)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Mixed Doubles (2010)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Oh, What a Lovely War! (2010)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Find Me (2011)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

The Crucible (2011)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Lost & Found / The Duchess of Malfi (2011)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

The Duchess of Malfi (2011)
theSpace on North Bridge, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Return to the Forbidden Planet (2011)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

The Rover (2012)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Genghis Khan - Child of the Blue Wolf (2012)
Arthur Cotterell Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Spring Awakening - A New Musical (2012)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Winter Festival 2013 (2013)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Doctor Faustus (2013)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Confusions (2013)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

The Way of the World (2013)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

The Way of the World (2013)
theSpace @ Venue 45, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

A Slice of Saturday Night (2013)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe Assistant

Winter Festival 2014 (2014)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe

Peer Gynt (2014)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe Assistant

Animal Farm (2014)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe Assistant

Into The Woods (2014)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe Assistant

Winter Festival 2015 (2015)
Hampton Hill Theatre, United Kingdom
CREW : Wardrobe Assistant

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