Our next production will be Neighbourhood Watch
by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by John Taylor
“Brother and sister Martin and Hilda Massie live together, leading a quiet, Christian existence in the confines of the Bluebell Hill Development. Just as they are preparing for a housewarming gathering, their peace is shattered by a young trespasser in their garden.”
- Wednesday 4th October at 7:45pm
- Thursday 5th October at 7:45pm
- Friday 6th October at 7:45pm
- Saturday 7th October 7:45pm
Tickets on sale – click on ‘BUY TICKETS’ link above to order now!
Our pantomime in January will be Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood, directed by Tony Kirkham.
Rehearsals for the Pantomime will commence on Monday 9th October 2017, and will be every Monday and either Wednesday or Thursday of every week thereafter. Dress Rehearsals will be on Sunday 14th, Monday 15th, and Wednesday 17th January 2018.
The Hall is booked for the show from Friday 19th January to Saturday 27th January 2018.
More about the St James’s Players
We are a local amateur dramatic group based at St James’s Church in New Malden, Surrey. Our members range from 16 years old to over 80 years young, and the group enjoys not only theatre work but also a variety of other social activities.
We always welcome new members, just come along any Monday night from 8pm to meet us and get a feel for what we do.
The Players annually perform two plays, one in May and one in October, and a pantomime or revue in January. Each play usually performs for four nights, but a pantomime could have as many as eight performances, including matinees. There may also be occasional “specials” during the year, which may include performances at other sites, such as the Rose Theatre, Kingston (more below). Each year our total audience is over 1000.
Members of the group also raise funds for charities. In 2013 we raised £1,500 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research through activities related to, and including, our performance of “Calendar Girls”. We are currently raising money for St Catherine’s Hospice, Crawley.
Some performances are either reserved for, or in aid of, charities. In January 2012 ,2014, 2015 and 2016, at the request of the Mayor of Kingston, the Players gave one pantomime performance at the Rose Theatre in Kingston in order to raise funds for the Mayor’s Charitable Trust. Over 650 people came to see the first ever pantomime at the Rose Theatre – our performance of “Dick Whittington” in January 2012- and almost as many came to see “Aladdin” in January 2014, “Sleeping Beauty” in 2015 and “Snow Ridinghood and the Three Bears” in 2016. These shows are challenging in a number of ways- transporting set, costumes and props and, not least, that the only rehearsal time on site is one run through on the same day as the performance.
Most members help in a variety of ways, not just acting but helping backstage or front-of-house and this dedicated team of “non-actors” who work so hard with set, costumes and props are particularly valued. The applause, at the end of each show, is also for them!