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Norma Lawrence


Norma is a founder member of Whetstone Drama Group and can still be seen treading the boards in productions and the Murder Mysteries. Norma is an all-rounder, she acts and she directs.

Norma was a long serving committee member. Norma is the mother of Paul Lawrence and grandmother of Emma Lawrence.

Norma and Paul founded the very successful youth group, which still continues to flourish today!

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Mel Wale


Mel is currently enjoying his 80th production with Whetstone Drama.

Mel is an all-rounder, he acts, and most recently directs and is also a long-time member of the committee.

Mel made is directing debut with ‘Educating Rita’ which won several awards. Most recently he directed ‘Steel Magnolias’. Mel shares the stage with his wife Sue and their two daughters. Mel has several favourite productions, but there are to many to mention.

 In his spare time he can be found enjoying time with his grandchildren and reading & writing poetry.  

Kate Holyland


Kate is a primary school teacher in a local school and has been with Whetstone Drama since 2016, but she did perform with us in 2012 for the 50th Anniversary production “Fiddler on The Roof”.

Kate has also enjoyed taking part in the Murder Mystery productions, seeing different village halls and community centres around Leicestershire.

Kate is a member of Leicester Drama Society having been so for over 20 years and taken parts in countless productions. Kate is a life long supporter of Leicester City Football Club!

Louisa Rimmer


Louisa is a primary school teacher from Leicestershire, who joined the group several years ago.

She was tricked onto the stage with false promises of at just walking onstage in a pretty dress’ and it all went downhill from there.

 Louisa has now appeared in several productions, most notably in ‘The Corn Is Green’ and she enjoys the fun and laughter that they bring! She is a regular in the Murder Mystery group and in her spare time can be found down Welford Road supporting The Leicester Tigers.

Recently Louisa and her husband welcomed a new addition to their family, Baby Alice.

Kaila Handley


Kaila is a primary school teacher from Leicestershire, who joined the group several years ago. Kaila believes she was tricked onto stage and afterwards it all went downhill from there.

Kaila has now appeared in several productions, ‘Emma’, ‘Great Expectations’, ‘Calendar Girls’ and

‘Allo ‘Allo. Kaila’s most notably production is ‘Carries War’ playing  Hebzibah Green.  Kaila enjoys the fun and laughter we have in rehearsals and can be mischievous.

In Kaila’s spare time she can be found walking her dogs through the fields and working on her garden.