The man himself and the first page of the 2013 scrapbook

Roy Clarke is Bard’s Security Chief – he and his team make sure the Bard site is taken care of from dusk til dawn. Roy has been with Bard for many years and he is a friendly and recognizable face in  our Village.

One of Roy’s talents is photography; he takes pictures of the site from when it’s being built all through the season to when it’s disassembled, the cast, crew, the wildlife around Vanier Park and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. He has created a wonderful scrapbook filled with amazing pictures and memories of his summer at Bard. 

When did you start taking photos? When did you start making the scrapbooks?
My interest in photos started last year, when I took over 500 shots on my cell and Nikon and edited it down to 150.The scrapbook started when I realized that most volunteers, actors and box office don’t always see the areas we inspect and lock up. At first it was [meant to be a record of the] set up and take down of the site but with this year’s addition of flowers by KJM Gardens in the Village, flower shots entered my collection as did shots of the sunsets and sunrises, as well as photos from Chor Leoni and UBC Opera. 

What are some of your favourite moments at Bard?
Favourite moments or events at Bard include: Seeing Hamlet (with Bob Frazer and Jennifer Lines) with my daughter who was attending for her first time; the Fireworks BBQs; meeting patrons who have attended other Shakespeare festivals in other provinces or states; saying thank-you to the volunteers; the serenity and silence of 4 or 5am sunrises (sometimes you think you are in a ghost town until a kayaker or student rowers show up on Whyte Ave.). I  brag about putting 2,785,000 steps on my pedometer this year, most of this is at Bard on the Beach. My goal was to do 3 million – maybe next year. 

What has surprised you about working here?
What has surprised me is how actors, after 3 or 5 years away, return and seem as devoted and enthusiastic as ever. I have seen patron numbers (as well as the number of trash bags) increase from 30,000 to 90,000. I’m looking forward to the season that Bard achieves the magical number of 100,000 patrons in one season.

Do you have any funny/strange/sad stories you’d like to share?
The funniest incidence was when Chris (another security guard) walked into an  otter by the Studio Stage backstage garden and it hissed and slid across the lot to the dock ramp like a slimy, chunky snake. 

Do you have a favourite play? Why?
I was not interested in live theatre until I attended Bard. My favourite plays were the first two I attended, The Comedy of Errors, a King Henry [play] featuring Scott Bellis. In terms of colourfulness, creativity and direction I would have to say The Tempest (see next year). 

Thank you Roy!