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.
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!
E-mail sent by Dallas Stuart, Sunday, 30th December 2018 @ 11:32pm
2019 is rapidly approaching, so it’s time to add some dates for our upcoming production to your new calendar!!
Our Spring production is Norman Robbins’ Tiptoe Through the Tombstones, the sequel to A Tomb with a View. Mortimer Crayle, a crusty old lawyer, and his secretary Zoe, have gathered the last remaining Tomb family members (an offbeat bunch) at Monument House, to inform them about their inheritance. But Crayle has designs on the inheritance which demand the death of all the Tombs. As fog descends on the gloomy mansion, in the cobwebby corridors things are seldom what they seem. With poison in every decanter and mysterious disappearances into secret passageways, host and guests alike join the increasing number of bodies in the cellar.
Performances are 15th to 18th May, and tickets on sale on-line – see our website (www.thorpeplayers.co.uk) for details.
We are holding a reading of the play on Monday 7th January, with open auditions on Monday and Thursday the 14th and 17th January at Thorpe Village Hall (8pm), and it would be great to see as many of you as possible, whether you are interested in being on the stage or to help behind the scenes in any way. If you can’t make these dates, then please contact me, as I’m sure we can make alternative arrangements.
The play has a cast of 10, 4 male and 6 female, as follows:
A stereotype homosexual from a 60’s sitcom. Limp wristed and minces for England.
Young, dim-looking woman with frizzy hair and glasses. Dressed in an old-fashioned maid’s outfit that’s far too big for her.
Hard-looking woman, dressed in skirt and blouse – a straight-laced secretary
Older solicitor, wearing a badly-made hairpiece and dressed in a mourning suit that would not look out of place in the 1930’s.
Mature woman, aristocratic, deathly pale and misses nothing in her black chiffon. Reminiscent of Widow Twankey.
Heavy tweeds, sensible shoes and a permanent scowl
Pompous mature man wearing a monocle, Norfolk jacket and knickerbockers with a loud booming voice.
Fluttery and highly strung, a few years older than Augustus
Younger children’s entertainer, dressed as a clown
Busty blonde, encrusted in diamonds, tottering around in extra-high heeled shoes.
Amanda and I are also directing Staines Players’ production of A Tomb with a View, being performed on Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th April, with auditions on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th January at Stanwell Village Hall (see their website at www.stainesplayers.com for details). If you’re interested in either, please feel free to come along!!!
That’s it for now. Hope to see as many of you as possible on one of the dates above!