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.
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 weather decides to return to being warm, can I remind everyone to bring plenty of liquids (although water is on tap!!), and if it looks like it might be on the wet side, we may also be on the lookout for outdoor shelters!!
We have a few garden games to play, but more ideas for outdoor games are always welcome.
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. I know it’s a long way off at the moment, but if you know the answer, there’s no harm in letting me know now!!
That’s it for now and I look forward to hearing from you all.
E-mail sent by Dallas Stuart, Sunday, 30th December 2018 @ 11:53pm
It’s nearly 2019, so time to announce the date and theme for next year’s banquet.
The date is Saturday 19th February, and the theme is ‘School’.
As this is a theme, not a fancy-dress, feel free put as much or little effort into it as you wish - from that Britney Spears outfit to your old school tie, mortar board to caretaker. We’re hoping that the food will follow the theme, though understand you might want to improve on what you remember. Lumpy mashed potato and semolina pudding anyone?
The venue, as usual, is Thorpe Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm, and the usual rules of engagement apply - everyone is expected to bring a course sufficient to feed a number of people (the norm seems to be mains to serve 6 with starters or desserts for 8), and providing it's co-ordinated well enough we should end up with a suitably varied menu selection for everyone to enjoy. There aren't any guidelines on what you can/can't bring, but the more inventive the better, though expect closer to the time pleas for particular courses and any cooking/serving equipment we may need. In line with our standard social activity 'policy', paid-up members (and immediate family) won't be expected to contribute financially to the event, but non-paid up members will need to 'chip-in' £2 on the door towards the cost of putting it on.
It would be great to get some response regarding who will or won't be coming, and if you have ideas on what sort of food you'll be bringing (i.e. starter, main course or dessert) then again, please let me know.
That's it, for now. I'll chase up closer to the 19th, and look forward to seeing you all soon!