About Us

The Players began with a conversation at the bar of the King’s Head in the Autumn of 1978. Our first production took place in April 1979 and was an evening of Victorian Melodrama. The following summer, we staged the first of three Mummers Players in Buckenhams’ mediaeval Castle and by the early 1980s we were producing an annual pantomime and other shows during the year.

Since then, our programme has been varied and often quite ambitious, ranging from classics to comedy, musicals to monologues, as you’ll see from our Past Productions page. We enjoy the challenge of producing plays not normally staged by amateur groups.

Recent past productions have included Confusions, Canterbury Tales, Habeas Corpus, Outside Edge, Ghost Train, Inspector Calls, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Oh! What a Lovely War, Assassins, Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell, Twelfth Night, La Ronde, The Weir, Cider with Rosie, Ladies Who Lunch, Brief Encounters (Noel Coward Double Bill) The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Production(s) of Macbeth and Murder at Checkmate Manor, The Importance of Being Ernest, Wizard of Oz, The Crucible, Wind in the Willows, Talking Heads (two separate productions), Under Milk Wood, Heroes (which won NODA District 5 Best Play 2010). A full list of all our past productions can be seen on the Past Productions Page.

In 1997 the Players took their 1995 production of Dancing at Lughnasa to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Our earlier shows were put on (with some ingenuity!) in the old “tin tabernacle” village hall in Marsh Lane, but since 1995 we have enjoyed all the excellent facilities afforded in the new hall, which is fully equipped as a theatre.

How We Work

Our Seasons consist of a minimum of two plays, in the spring and summer, whilst at Christmas we alternate between traditional panto and productions such as Christmas Carol. This diversity allows participation – both on and off stage – by a wide age range; this is especially so with our December shows when we particularly encourage junior members’ involvement.

Any member can propose a play, although generally they are suggested by someone who’s interested in directing (and we very much encourage new directors). We have “how to” packs for directors and publicity, which you’ll find on the “Technical Page”.

Open auditions are then held and once a cast has been chosen, rehearsals run for about 12 weeks. We meet once a week, on Tuesday evenings, in the Village Hall, to rehearse; nearer the date of the production there are weekend rehearsals and in the final week, we rehearse every night.

Whilst we take our theatre seriously, we do set out to have fun and keep in touch (such as sending out quarterly newsletters, some of which are on our Newsletter Page), even if we aren’t involved in a current production.

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