AS the actor who plays The BFG at The Dukes strides around Lancaster this Christmas, he’s following in the footsteps of a brave ancestor.
For Robert Pickavance is a direct descendant of one of Lancaster’s 15 Catholic martyrs executed for their faith almost 500 years ago.
During time off from rehearsals, Robert has visited the Martyrs Memorial site in Quernmore Road, just a short distance from the Moor Lane theatre where he appears as The BFG from November 25-January 7.
Among the martyrs commemorated there, and on a plaque in St Peter’s Cathedral, is Robert’s ancestor, John Finch, who was hung, drawn and quartered in 1584.
See the Lancaster Guardian (24-11-11) for full story.