He once earned his living in the tough world of rugby league.
Little wonder then that Stan Sharp, former commercial sponsorship manager for Huddersfield Giants, is used to tackling new challenges.
His latest is a new play, Faversham which opens in the Cellar space at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield next week.
The show kicks off on Wednesday, October 30, and runs until November 2.
Its director James Sykes describes it is “Downton meets the Addams Family.”
“It is a very different piece from Stan,” said James.
“This is the fourth show that we have worked on together and it is a completely different piece altogether from what he’s done before.
“I’d describe Stan’s previous plays as human stories with a Yorkshire base.
“This is a complete departure in that it is set in 1953 and tells the story of a mother reduced from living in a grand house to the smaller Dower House where she is looked after by the faithful butler, Faversham.
“The return of the two children upsets the equilibrium with far-reaching results.
“It’s a wry, slightly black comedy written with Stan’s mordant wit.”
The show has a cast of four and is being staged by Jimbo Productions, the group set up by James 13 years ago.
It’s aim then, and now, is to stage exciting theatre while raising money for local causes. The show next week will deliver both with proceeds going to the Laura Crane Trust and other charities.
“It’s a joy to work with a cast who contribute, offer ideas and work hard for me,” said James.
“Kenneth Greenwood is doing an incredible job. He’s got a lot of lines and he’s got them off pat.
“It’s great having Moyra Miller and Gareth Dickinson back. Gareth hasn’t done anything with us for a while and he’s giving a lovely performance.
“And we’ve been joined by Nicola Hayes. It’s her first show with us but she’s done a lot for other societies. I think she will be quite a surprise.
“At the end of rehearsals the other night, I had to admit to the cast that I’d shed a few tears,” said James. And in case anyone gets the wrong idea he added: “In the best possible way!”
It’s a great team reunion for Stan, who lives in Newsome.
He was encouraged to write by an inspirational seminar that he attended at the John Smith’s Stadium. “James first looked at some of my work 30 years ago,” said Stan.
“In more recent years, I rang James up out of the blue and we talked about writing and that’s what started me off again.”
And very soon, Jimbo Productions was staging the work of another fledgling new playwright in Huddersfield.
The name of the company might make Jimbo Productions sound a larky kind of outfit. It is after all, a touch of self-mockery by James, the theatre talent who directs the company’s shows.
But make no mistake. This is a company which brings together one of the area’s most skilled directors with a group of some of its most experienced actors.
Here Jimbo Productions is supporting a blossoming playwright. It’s clearly a winning combination as tickets are already flying out of the box office.
Some performances are already sold out so check with box office on 01484 430528 for availability.