Meet the trustees

The Trustees

Irene Beaver

I first appeared on stage in the Central Methodist Halls for between the ages of two and twelve as a child mannequin for what was considered a very prestigious Mannequin Parade for its day.

My degree is in English and Religious Studies and I became a Teacher of the Deaf.

I ran the St Giles School Mime Group which represented Scotland in London for many years and was on the committee for the Scottish Mime Theatre. I am a Life Member of Edinburgh People’s Theatre with whom I have acted, directed and written plays. 

Paid work includes voiceovers, adverts and play writing. I was brought up in the Church of Scotland and converted to Roman Catholicism in my thirties.

I became involved with the Easter Play through working on the ‘Life of Christ’ at Dundas Castle, and am honoured to be a Trustee.

Paul Deponio

I’m a retired headteacher and have been actively involved in tech stuff for my church, St Pauls & St George’s, for many years now.

I became involved in the Easter Play on the Steering Group dealing with audio requirements and was invited to become a Trustee last year.

I believe the Easter Play to be an extraordinarily effective presentation of the essence of the Christian narrative.

To have a dramatic public performance in the centre of such an internationally renowned city is an amazing opportunity.

Michael Frew (chairman)

Michael Few

I first got involved in the Easter Play in 2006.

I’ve believed for a long time that drama is a great way to communicate the Christian faith in an engaging way.

From the outset I was hugely impressed with both the organisation of the Play in Princes Street Gardens and the professional quality of the performances.

As a (now retired) parish minister I’ve had a lot of experience in chairing meetings and strategic thinking which I try to apply to the work of the trustees

John Henderson

John Henderson

I have been involved with the Easter Play from its beginning as a member of the cast in various productions.

A few years ago, I was invited to join the board of Trustees and, with a background in banking, became their Treasurer.

I am an elder at Craiglockhart Parish Church in Edinburgh.

David MacLennan

I joined the PSEPT ‘team’ to help out with the business side of things – insurance, licensing and contracting.

Fortunately no theatrical skills are needed for this but the gift of patience does help – as does being retired.

Otherwise I am the buildings manager for my local Church of Scotland and am passionate about networking with Christians in this country and the world as to the means by which the Good News can be disseminated by pioneering Ministries and social media in this Covid era.

As a grandfather, I have become an inveterate home-schooler recently.