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The Players Summer Soiree will be on Sunday 14 July 2019 when the Players will present an acted reading of “Last Tango at Little Grimley” in the garden of Deepdale, Butlers Dene Road (Village Hall if wet) , 6.00pm for 6.30pm 
Tickets £8 including refreshments. 
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Play-reading – ‘The Droitwich Discovery’
On a lovely Spring evening in May there was a good turn-out of the Players at the North Downs Golf Club for this event. The chosen play was ‘The Droitwich Discovery’ and was directed and introduced by Tony Dent.

The scene is a BBC studio where a new drama series is being recorded. This is a challenging play for the cast of six actors as they play 23 parts between them; each differentiated by changes in accent and dialect.

A group of tourists meet the ghost of Terry Shakespeare, expertly played by Chester Stern, as he leads the rest of the cast through a variety of humorous situations loosely based on Shakespeare’s plays. The audience particularly enjoyed Christine Bower and Berry Butler playing the parts of two toddlers.

Joe Crisfield played seven different parts and easily switched between accents including Spanish, Scottish and midland English. He was ably supported by Becky Crisfield and Sarah Greenwood, all weaving the different strands of the story with a light comedic touch.

The evening finished with light refreshments which were enjoyed by all in a convivial atmosphere.

Ernie McGirr

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The weather is lovely – but not everything in the garden is!
The Players held their popular annual Cheese & Wine party at the Village Hall on Friday 22nd February.  This gave us the opportunity to perform our entry for the Southern Counties Drama Festival at the Barn Theatre the following week, giving everyone involved with the play the opportunity to gain experience of performing before an audience ahead of the Festival.

“Open Garden”, a one act play by James Muirden, has a cast of five characters, two couples and a ‘Loo Person’.  Harold and Victoria are the hard working owners of the garden played by Joe Crisfield and Allison Blair, together with the visitors  Hugh and Henrietta played by Rick Morris and Sarah Greenwood – all performed to a high standard.   The Loo Person in charge of the sanitary arrangements turns out to be well known in the past to two of the characters; mayhem takes over when the sun goes in and a storm erupts.  Catherine Elliott, a relative newcomer to the Players, managed to convey both male and female attributes as the Loo Person with great skill, even down to a quick change on stage!

An appreciative audience thoroughly enjoyed this pre festival performance, after which everyone tucked into ample refreshments provided by the Committee.

Now for the main event!  The Players performed at the Barn on 28th February – and wow, did they step up to the mark.  They gave an outstanding performance and the Adjudicator and the audience were full of praise.

The results were announced on Saturday evening;  we were shortlisted for Best Adult Play and Catherine Elliott for Best Adult Actress but the Glow Theatre Group with their professional background and expertise won again and go on to the next round of the Festival.

Colin Brown, is to be applauded for assembling such a talented cast backed up by a strong team of backstagers and directing such an interesting and entertaining piece for the Festival – well done.

For further information contact one of the Officers:

David Martin – 01737 763395, moc.d1563329947lrowl1563329947tn@es1563329947uohne1563329947kcarb1563329947.snit1563329947ram1563329947

Hon Secrectary:
Berry Butler – 01883 652448, ku.oc1563329947.tenw1563329947eiv@r1563329947eltub1563329947.yrre1563329947b1563329947

Hon Treasurer:
Colin Brown – 01883 652005, moc.n1563329947sm@nw1563329947orbpm1563329947uj1563329947

History of the Society
Bedroom Farce, 2008

Bedroom Farce, 2008

Woldingham’s dramatic society was founded in 1927 and, with only pause in wartime, has been active with productions every year. We aim to produce one or two full-length plays every year at the well-equipped Woldingham Village Hall – in the past occasional musicals, but these days classic drama, thrillers, comedy and farce. We enter annual one-act play drama festivals as often as we can, principally the Southern Counties Drama Festival and since 2010 the Leatherhead Drama Festival.

We have had some notable successes at these. In recent years Blue Remembered Hills reached the semi-finals of the All England Festjval in 2004, the Dear Departed won at Leatherhead in 2010 and A Little Box of Oblivion was the best adult performance at the Southern Counties in 2017.

We welcome guest actors and they have contributed greatly to some of our productions in recent years.  We are always on the lookout for new members, actors, back-stagers and anyone who is keen to contribute.

A regular feature of our programme is play-readings, all acted nowadays. We try to hold 3 or 4 each year and they afford the opportunity for aspiring actors to get a taste of the fulfilment that can be enjoyed.

Jacqui RourkeWoldingham Players