The Happiest Days of Your Life
Our last Cafe Theatre production, the farce ”The Happiest Days of Your Life”,was a complete sell-out and with a very talented cast plus an excellent set, lighting and sound it was one of our most well received plays. It benefited from excellent performances from several VP regulers, including Kate Rolff, Ann Walker, Jim Edmonds and Clyde Young plus David Hayes a newcomer to the Village Players. We are very grateful to Heather Young who directed the play and to all of the cast plus our front of house and backstage teams for making it such a success.
Our November cafe theatre production ”Relative Values”, by Noel Coward, was also very well received by large audiences who enjoyed both the play and the lovely cafe theatre meal. The production, which was directed by Helen Halliday, benefited from excellent performances from several VP regulars plus newcomers to the Village Players Nessie Burns and Tom Mesimer.
Annual General Meeting
At our 2018 AGM our Chairman, Clyde Young, gave a very positive report on another successful year during which we presented two very successful productions – A Woman of no Importance by Oscar Wilde and the musical Calamity Jane. The existing Committee members and Officers were re-elected for another year and Peter Williams our Treasurer was able to report that we had made a profit of around £700 during the year.
Most importantly all members present discussed a proposal to change our status to a CIO ( Charitable Incorporated Organisation ), which has significant benefits for small Arts Organisations such as the Village Players. Following a vote by all members present at the AGM the proposal was passed. After further investigation an update will be circulated to members before a final decison is made.
To access minutes of the AGM please click on link below:
Angie Trew Award
The Angie Trew Award for the Most Deserving Actor from our productions of ”A Woman of no Importance” and ”Calamity Jane” was presented to Kate Rolff.
Previous winners of the Most Deserving Actor Award were:
Debbie Meeks 2010
Stephanie Cogdell 2011
Clyde Young 2012
Stephanie Cogdell 2013
Maria Hadlow 2014
Richard Evans-Thomas 2015
Clementine Wells and Rosie Page 2016
Lizzie Hutcheson and Jim Edmonds 2017
The Award to person who has made the Greatest Input to Productions ,as nominated by the Committee, was presented to Johnny Bates.
Previous Award winners were:
Jean Bates 2010
Jonathan Austin 2011
Yvonne Mitchell 2012
John Gunn 2013
Goff Bowles 2014
Andrew Nairne 2015
Ian Charlesworth 2016
Jonathan Austin 2017
A New Award for the Most Promising Newcomer was presented to Zak Nicholls in recognition of his impressive acting and all round contribution to ”A Woman of No Importance”
Annual Golf Day
Our annual golf competition, which took place on Friday 20th July at ”Dewlands Golf Club” in Rotherfield was won for the first time by a lady member of the Village Players. Trish Gray outplayed a strong field to claim the Village Players Golf Cup. Despite the rather disapointing weather all 16 players had a very enjoyable day of golf.
Subscriptions for 2019 are now due so please complete the form which can be downloaded from our ‘Contacts page’ and send it with your remittance to our Membership secretary Jane Uren. Please note that annual subscriptions run from 1st January to 31st December each year. Your membership must be paid up-to-date to buy advance tickets for any performances. Tickets sell out fast so if you want to book on a table with friends make sure you have renewed your membership before you come to book your tickets at the DVH.
We are always looking for enthusiastic people who would like to be involved with The Village Players. If you fancy ‘treading the boards’, helping backstage or front of house then please contact Anita Gunn on 01435 873226.