AGM

2019 AGM will be held on Tuesday June 11th at 7pm, in the Cotswold Club, Minchinhampton.

The Committee is very keen to recruit new members to help run the Players’ and help shape the future of the group.  Please give some consideration as to how you could be more involved in the future – either with acting, or helping behind the scenes (props, prompting, directing, lighting, front of house, scenery, costumes etc).
 
Refreshments (nibbles, sandwiches) will be provided after the AGM.

For further details please email minchplayers@outlook.com

MINCHINHAMPTON REMEMBERS

This, our most recent production, was very well received: indeed one member of the audience opined that it was the best thing the Players have done to date! Whether or not my sister was correct in her assessment, our audiences certainly enjoyed the show which was, in football parlance, ‘a game of two halves’.

The first half was a one-act play from the pen of our own technical wizard and Minchinhampton resident, Alan Vaughan.

A tragic love story set in Minchinhampton in 1918 when the Australian Flying Corps arrived in town, ‘Alice and the Great War’ – the winner of a drama competition award in 2000 – had been substantially expanded for its 2019 outing.  Notable new characters included some feisty female munitions workers.

The show saw the debut of new adult actors – Charlotte Green, Sam Bennett and Katharine Hughes – and new child actors – Bea Dellow, Lark Gale, Tara Haldar, Alisha Mann and Kitty, Tess & Ned Jacobs. This was the first outing for the Players’ junior team: hopefully, we shall see more of them in the future.

The second half of the evening consisted of a selection of WW1 poetry and prose. We heard not only from famous figures like Edith Cavell, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, but also from ordinary people surviving as best they could amid the chaos of conflict.

Simply presented, with the cast clad in black and reading their lines under a single spotlight, it was a powerful piece of theatre lightened at the end with a rousing singalong of WW1 Big Hits, led by Jonathan Golding (solo voice) and Paul Auster (keyboard).

Grateful thanks to all concerned, particularly the two directors, Steve Winchester (‘Alice) and Jan Vigar (Part 2) and the technical crew and backstage helpers.

John Mounsey

(Chairman)

Annual Subs Due by May 1st

Membership subscriptions are due by May 1st, 2019.
Subs are £20 for an individual, £30 for a couple, free for under 21s who are in full time education.

Saturday Matinee Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Committee has decided that we must cancel the Saturday matinee performance of ‘Minchinhampton Remembers’.
If you have bought tickets for this performance, or know of anyone who has, please spread the word that these tickets will be valid for either the Friday or Saturday evening performance. Alternatively a refund may be obtained from a committee member or in person at the Market House at 2.30 on Saturday afternoon.
We apologise for any inconvenience which this may cause, but hope to see you on Friday or Saturday for a great evening’s entertainment.
The Committee

Minchinhampton Remembers

Minchinhampton Players Remember the Great War

The last few years have seen many events commemorating the centenary of the First World War.  The war had such a significant effect on this country – the tragedy of so many lives lost, and both social and economic upheaval.

However, for every national statistic there is a compelling local story that stays in the memory, and Minchinhampton is no exception to this.

Alan Vaughan’s award-winning play, “Alice and the Great War”, focuses on the airport at Aston Down, which was home to the Royal Australian Flying Corps until 1919.  The play tells the true-life tale of a tragic romance between Alice, a local munitions girl and an Aussie trainee pilot.  The cast even includes a relative of Alice still living in the local area.

The second half of the evening features a dramatised presentation of poetry and prose from the war, and will conclude with a wartime singalong.

So ‘pack up your troubles’ and join us at Minchinhampton’s historic Market House on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th April at 7.30pm with a matinee at 2.30 on the Saturday.

 

Tickets will be available from Minchinhampton Market Stores from Friday 15th March at £10.

Rehearsals underway

Rehearsals are underway for our Spring production. The exact details are under wraps for the moment, but we are delighted that we have several new members involved in a production featuring original material from one of our members. Watch this space!

HOME GROAN – The Revue

If you’re after a few laughs, some decent groans and the chance to sing new words to some classic melodies, you’d best make your way to the Market House on March 23 and 24 for Home Groan – the Revue.

Among the talented cast who’ve been pressed into service (who’d volunteer for this sort of stuff?), are many whose faces will be familiar from the Players’ first production, ‘Murdered to Death’.

If you liked the Colonel, you’ll love him in this! If Miss Maple floated your boat, you’ll adore her rowlocking performance in Home Groan! If you found darkly handsome PC Thompkins arresting, he’s far from flat-footed this time around! And as for that Pratt …!

Tickets will be on sale at the Market Stores before too long: to avoid disappointment, make sure you bag yours quickly!

FIRST PRODUCTION – BIG SUCCESS

The Minchinhampton Players’ first production – ‘Murdered to Death’ by Peter Gordon – took place on November 10 and 11 and was extremely well received. Following the show, complete strangers would see one of the actors walking his dog on the common and hail him cheerily:  ‘Here,’ they’d say, ‘you’re that prat aren’t you?’

Heartened by this high level of recognition, the Players are embarking on a second production, a revue written and performed by themselves. Is this a step too far? Will hubris strike them down? The only way to get answers to these questions is to come and see ‘Home Groan’ (March 23 and 24) and judge for yourself.

Sue Simmonds Wows Radio Gloucestershire Audience!

The co-founder of the Minchinhampton Players, Sue Simmonds, was on Radio Gloucestershire today talking to Nicky Price about the new group in general and our first production, ‘Murdered to Death’ in particular.

Sue also got in a deft plug for the Grand Quiz Night tomorrow ( 1st September) and explained the great affection she feels for the Market House building and the many events that she organises in order to raise funds for its upkeep.

In between these vital topics, the audience heard about her favourite record (‘Goodbye to Love’ by the Carpenters), her least favourite track (‘Wild Thing’ by the Troggs), next year’s self-penned Revue and John Mounsey’s old tweed suit, which is billed to make its stage debut in November.

A memorable broadcast that you can probably listen to again, or for the first time, on BBC Radio i-Player.

THE FIRST PRODUCTION

Our first extremely dramatic production is ‘Murdered to Death’, a brilliant Agatha Christie spoof  by Peter Gordon. There will be three performances on the stage at The Market House:

Friday 10 November: evening performance at 7.30 pm

Saturday 11 November: matinee at 2.30 pm and evening performance at 7.30 pm