John Stirling has spent that life in the entertainment industry as an actor, director and producer, right back to his childhood days, as a pupil at the Italia Conti Stage School, playing Noddy on stage. John appeared in numerous productions on television, stage and screen, winning awards along the way. He has been involved in many iconic productions, including Coronation Street, The Comedians and the Royal Variety Show.
A chance encounter with a donkey on its last legs lead to John becoming the champion for the Michael Elliot Trust and its Actors’ Donkey Sanctuary which he and his wife ran for over thirty years. This work was completed with the help of many of the nation’s top entertainers, including June Brown MBE, Marti Caine, Patricia Hayes and Brian Blessed. The sanctuary made a significant contribution in the area of donkey rescue and provided many opportunities for disabled children.
As a successful speaker at numerous Women’s Institutes, John has brought together many aspects of his long and successful career. In the book, John describes those experiences and the wide range of audience reactions he received.
John tells of the trials and tribulations of auditioning, the difficulties in locating the WI locations and how he dealt with a fascinating mix of characters within the WI membership. The book provides a captivating read as John and his wife Annie immerse themselves into the world of the UK Women’s Institute.
John’s latest work includes Born in a Hamper a drama for theatre and television (touring). John Stirling is also a popular and sought-after after-dinner speaker with a number of prominent organisations.