A taste for drama
In 2020, The Carrs Lane Players celebrated their GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY!
The drama group offered an evening of entertainment beginning with a sumptuous meal, followed by a performance of ‘Out of Sight – Out of Mind’, a trio of one-act plays. Performances took place from Thursday 20 February to Saturday 22 February.
The story of Carrs Lane Players…
The Drama Group, Carrs Lane Players, was formed shortly after the new church building at Carrs Lane opened in 1970. As enthusiasm for stage performance blossomed, the drama group performed six one act plays in 1971. The first full play took place in November 1973, followed by some pantomimes. Two of the original members of Carrs Lane Players, Bob Cross and Geoff Jones, are still regular actors with us today. Peter Cummings, who is a keen theatregoer, has been our producer since 1985. He brings a wealth of knowledge to performances.
From a modest beginning, ‘Players’ attracted a regular and loyal following, mainly drawn from the congregation at Carrs Lane and including their friends and relatives. In recent times, we have given wider publicity to plays and have provided suppers or teas before each performance to enhance the theatrical experience. A welcome introduction of younger talent has enabled the group to expand and attempt a wider repertoire. As a result, audience numbers have more than doubled, giving us real encouragement.
The Carrs Lane Players plan and rehearse on Friday evenings. There is good fellowship and tremendous enthusiasm in the group. We welcome newcomers with open arms, be they budding actors or willing to help in ‘back stage’ roles.
The main drama production takes place in February each year when we usually give three performances. We aim to make a donation to a charity from any surplus arising.
Recent productions were of well established plays: ’The 39 Steps’ by John Buchan; ‘Hobson’s Choice’ by Harold Brighouse; ‘When we are married’ by J B Priestley; ‘Ten Times Table’ by Alan Ayckbourn and “Pools Paradise“ by Philip King. They presented a good challenge for Carrs Lane Players and were received with acclaim by our audiences.
All of the performances noted above are under licence from Samuel French Ltd.
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