George G. Callander has been involved in the theatre since training with Aberdeen Children’s Theatre in the 1970/80s. He has appeared in productions as diverse as Kes, the Caucasian Chalk Circle, Simon’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, Man of La Mancha, The Boyfriend and Guys and Dolls.
George has loved the magic of pantomime since he was a boy and saw the legendary Anita Harris fly on-stage as Peter Pan at His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen. In 1991, George was thrilled to make his professional stage debut as ‘Krystal’, one of Cinderella’s ‘Ugly Sisters’ (the other being ‘Alexis’), a role he played on subsequent occasions – although with different character names – becoming in the process the proud owner of a coveted Equity Card. He has also appeared as Sarah the Cook in Dick Whittington (1996/7) and Dame Trott in Jack and the Beanstalk (1998/99) and most recently, Mrs Twankey in Aladdin (2019).
George has produced, directed or appeared in a number of stage productions over the years including: The Naughtiness of Lord Arthur Saville (1992), Aunt Enid Remembers (1993), Dick Whittington (1993/94), Follies Berserk! (1994) Viva-Variety! (2016), The Heels Are Alive! (2017) and finally The Laughter Show (2018) starring the one and only Miss Bunty Del Mar, with whom George has worked occasionally for approaching thirty years (!).
George has performed in cabaret countless times around the UK and has appeared many times on radio and television. In 2019 he played the role of ‘Bede’ in the film, Two Monks, premiered in Newcastle in February 2020 and released by the British Film Institute.