Our next production is:
‘The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery’
A comedy by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr.
Directed by Paul Mason
Every drama group has experienced the horrors of what can go wrong on opening night, and the ladies of the F.A.H.E.T.G. Dramatic Society are no different, with the possible exception that almost everything that could happen does! The scenery collapses, cues are missed, lines forgotten, and the sound effects take on a strange note at times, as the ladies present their ambitious evening’s entertainment with the cunning whodunit, “Murder At Checkmate Manor.”
- Wednesday 24th May at 7:45pm
- Thursday 25th May at 7:45pm
- Friday 26th May at 7:45pm
- Saturday 27th May 7:45pm
Tickets on sale soon!
Click the ‘TICKETS’ link to book online,
or call our box office on 020 8408 0638
St James’s Players AGM is on Monday, 5th June at 8pm
The following production is yet to be decided, but will be directed by John Taylor.
- Wednesday 4th October at 7:45pm
- Thursday 5th October at 7:45pm
- Friday 6th October at 7:45pm
- Saturday 7th October 7:45pm
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!