An actor’s life for me

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FOR some a hobby is no more than collecting stamps or building models from matchsticks.

But for one Clarkston woman, taking to the stage is her way of unwinding. June Bone (51) has had a long-term love affair with acting which is paying in spades.

Since completing her nursing training at the Victoria Infirmary, June has had various jobs in the health service over the years culminating in her present position as District Nursing Sister at the Gorbals Health Centre, a job she has held since 1987.

However, June, whose husband, Gordon, is the headteacher at Prestwick Academy, has long held a burning desire to tread the boards and this aspiration was first realised in 1996 when she appeared at the Eastwood Theatre as a chorus girl in Mother Goose, with the Glasgow Airport Drama Club.

It was during rehearsals that June discovered she was pregnant with her second child, Jill, and had to put her aspirations on hold for a while.

However, so strong was her desire to act that June studied acting with the East Renfrewshire Adult Acting classes while being a mother to Paul and Jill.

As a result of her courses, June performed in two very differently staged versions of The Vagina Monologues — one of them included three songs.

And the actress — who goes under the stage name of June Hazel – has gone from strength to strength, appearing in several short films, one of which, Mugging for Amateurs, won the Best Film at the Grosvenor Short Film Festival at the end of last year.

Now, June is currently working with AJ Productions, a company of trained and amateur actors performing in venues across South Lanarnkshire.

The company’s latest production is of Tennessee William’s The Glass Menagerie at the East Kilbride Arts Centre.

Amanda told The Extra: “From September last year, I have been thoroughly enjoying treading the boards with AJ Productions.

“I am very excited to be taking a leading role in the Tennessee Williams’ classic, The Glass Menagerie, playing the part of the delusional Amanda Wingfield.”

The production will be over three evenings, April 4, 5 and 6. Tickets cost £9 and £7, available from 01355 261000 or online at www.slleisure.co.uk.