A friendly Amateur Dramatic group based in Runnymede
Back in 1953 Frank Muir decided to put his considerable talents into forming an amateur drama group based at the Thorpe Village Hall. All the members were local people who enjoyed performing. Although none of the original members are with us today, many are long standing (some for over 30 years) and several are second generation Thorpe Players. One of the reasons that people stay with the group is its friendly, almost family-like atmosphere, where everyone pulls together to put on a production and, most importantly, ensure that we have fun doing it.
Over fifty years later, with many of our members coming from outside Thorpe, the aim of the group is still the same - to enjoy our acting, each other's company and to make sure that the audience enjoys our productions. We still perform two major productions a year at the Village Hall, but have now expanded our calendar to include Drama Festivals, Quiz Nights, One-Act Supper Evenings, Murder Mystery Evenings and numerous social events.
Many people think that you have to be an actor to join an amateur dramatics group. Not true, there is a lot more to running a group than the productions themselves. We also have a busy social calendar, write some of our own productions, need a committee to ensure that group is properly run and, of course, to manage our financial matters. It is relatively easy to recruit people who want to act, but far more difficult to find people who would be more interested in the technical, production or management side of the group.
If you either have, or would be interested in developing, any of these skills, then Thorpe Players would certainly be interested in hearing from you.
Below is the fayre on offer, with a 2-course option at £22 and a 3-course at £26.50 (including the service charge).
To book your place at the table, please email me before the deadline of Sunday 25th November (set-break for Oh What A Lovely War), and make arrangements to get a deposit of £10 per person either to Wes (by cash or cheque) or me (cash only). The balance can be paid on the night (cash only please), or anytime beforehand to either myself or Wes.
That's it for now, just make sure you've got the date in your diary and I look forward to hearing from you (or seeing you at the OWALW rehearsals and performance) in due course.
Buffalo Mozzarella & Rocket Parma Ham Wrap Prawn & Crab Ice Gem Cups with a Marie Rose sauce
Homemade Breaded Mushrooms with a Garlic & Herb Sauce
Traditional Turkey Roast with Stuffing Beef Chianti; Slow cooked Beef with Mushrooms & Red Wine Poached Salmon & Creamy Chive Oven Roasted Ratatouille with Chestnut Mushrooms
Eton Mess Freakshake New York Cheesecake Traditional Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce Profiteroles with Chocolate Sauce
Coinciding with the sudden change in weather, just a short reminder regarding the forthcoming barbecue. Many thanks to those that have already responded – feel free to ignore the rest of this email. For those that haven’t let me know, or didn’t get the first email, please read on….
The barbecue is being hosted by Gill & Roger this year on Saturday 18th August. We’re setting up from around 2pm, with matches being struck at about 3pm.
Details are as follows:
Date: Saturday 18th August
Time: 3pm onwards
Address: 2 Pine Gardens, 1 Farleigh Road, New Haw KT15 3HT
For those new to the group or of a forgetful nature and can’t remember how it works, everyone is invited to come along to the barbecue, with the group suppling stuff for the barbecues (both meat and veggie offerings) and you providing everything else. What I need to know now are numbers of people thinking of coming, and if your preference is meat or veggie. I would also appreciate an idea of the sort of dish you are thinking of bringing, so we can try to deliver a reasonable selection. In any event, everything and anything is welcome (with the exception of coated meats needing to be cooked, unless you plan on bringing your own barbecue as well!). I'll be shouting out closer if there appears to be a shortage in any area.
As always, we can never be short of barbecues, so any offers of lending one would be appreciated. If the heatwave returns, can I remind everyone to bring plenty of liquids. If the weather is the same as this weekend, then we may also be on the lookout for outdoor shelters!!
We have a new garden game to play this year, but more ideas for outdoor games are always welcome (and usually gratefully appreciated), so please get your thinking caps on.
As mentioned above, everyone is welcome and there is no charge for paid-up members (and their partners). Others will be expected to pay a small contribution (likely to be just a few ££) on the day. In the meantime, any questions, please ask.
As we will need to order food in advance, can you respond at least with your intentions to attend and meat or veggie preference by the 4th August via email.
That’s it for now and I look forward to hearing from you all.