Davenham Players are an amateur drama group based at the Players Theatre Davenham. We aim to present at least three major drama productions every season. Besides our own company, our theatre also hosts regular monthly Jazz evenings, visiting drama productions by professional and amateur groups, youth productions and other general arts events. Click on the tabs below this to find out more.
WEDNESDAY 10TH DECEMBER – PLAY READING OF THE PRICE TO PAY
Graham Hough holds a reading of The Price to Pay by Ian Hornby, which requires a mixed cast of seven actors. All are encouraged to attend regardless of previous experience. The play's performance will be in March 2015. Any questions to Graham on 01606 835582. If you can't make the reading, drop Graham a line and come along to the audition anyway on Thursday 8th January.
SATURDAY 13TH DECEMBER - CAROLS AT DAVENHAM MEET 6:30PM AT THEATRE
Longstanding Davenham members will remember that, in the 'old days' it was an annual event for the Davenham Players to sing carols in the village, raising funds for the theatre and then retire to a local hostelry or house for warming refreshment. Mike Beddard suggested that we revive this ancient tradition on Saturday 13th December and it will be so. Verily, we shall meet at the theatre at 6:30pm to distribute carol sheets and maybe have a quick practise. Then we will set forth, following a friendly star, towards the village to sing at various locations and to rattle collection boxes to raise gold, frankincense and myrrh (preferably the former) for the theatre extension project. Please email Paulette if you intend to come so that we have an idea of numbers. NOTE: A torch might be useful!
JAZZ @ DAVENHAM – ZOE GILBEY, WALKER/MCCALLUM, SLOWLIGHT QUARTET
Thursday 18th December - Zoe Gilbey Quartet
Thursday 15th January – Mike Walker / Stuart McCallum
Thursday 26th February – Slowlight Quartet
Tickets can be booked by email or by phoning Harry on 01606 74502 or Dave on 01606 44253. Click here to see the Jazz page on the Davenham blog.
THURSDAY 8TH JANUARY – AUDITION FOR THE PRICE TO PAY
Graham Hough holds an audition for the Davenham Spring production The Price to Pay by Ian Hornby, which requires a mixed cast of seven actors starting at 7:30pm. The play's performance will be in the week of 9th – 14th March 2015. Any questions to Graham on 01606 835582.
COULD YOU TAKE ON OUR TICKET SALES?
We have to admit that our ticket selling operation could be improved. At present, we have up to three methods by which the public may book tickets and problems have been experienced in recent sell-out shows. We urgently require someone to take ticket booking by the scruff of the neck and come up with a 21st century, maybe even automated, solution. The committee is open to all suggestions – we just want ticket booking to be permanently fixed! If anyone out there would consider being booking officer for the next and subsequent plays, please contact us here or phone 01606 45186 as we are desperately in need of one person to fulfil this very important job.
FRIDAY 23RD JANUARY 2015 – NEW YEAR'S QUIZ NIGHT WITH JAMIE MORRIS
Jamie Morris presents another of his well-liked quizzes - this one based on a New Year theme - at the theatre. Get there for 7:30. Teams of up to four will be accepted and anyone without a team will be found a place. All welcome to this fun but mildly competitive evening. Bar open soon after 7:00pm.
THURSDAY 29TH JANUARY 2015 – AUDITION FOR NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Denise Barry, who is to direct the May production at Davenham is holding an audition for Alan Ayckbourn's Neighbourhood Watch at the theatre on Thursday 29th January starting at 7:30pm. Please contact Denise if you would like to know more.
FEMALE OF THE SPECIES BY JOANNA MURRAY SMITH
Many congratulations to the Cast, Crew and Director of Female of the Species which was a complete sell-out for its six-night run at the theatre in November. It was clear to all that the hard work of the cast, the attention to detail of the crew and the determination of the director, Paulette Anderson, that the production was to be just right paid off in a marvelously entertaining theatrical experience. Michaela Warrilow, the Cheshire Theatre Guild adjudicator, commented "Paulette allowed this production to be character led, an aspect within theatre that most directors are afraid to do". Paulette said "I was so pleased with the audience response and feedback. The cast deserved the praise they received and were ably supported by a great crew. I thank them and all the helpers wholeheartedly."
HELP NEEDED NOW TO DESIGN A DAVENHAM COMMUNITY MOSAIC
Our theatre's neighbour Jan Johnson has been making progress with her amazing scheme to build and install a Community Mosaic on the end wall of the theatre yard. Jan came to the committee with a variety of interesting design proposals last week. The committee unanimously selected an option that should give people and organizations within the Davenham community the opportunity to express their part in bringing Davenham together. Jan is now preparing some detailed requirements for the design and construction of the mosaic and is ready to welcome any enthusiastic participants. If you are interested in becoming involved in any way, please contact Jan on 01606 47278.
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