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.
Thursday 4th Feb - PLAY
READING 7:30pm at the theatre
Graham Hough is organizing
this reading of the play he is directing for performance in June. The play is
one of the Farndale Avenue series - the Murder Mystery. All are welcome to come
along and read or just listen. Farndale Avenue plays always find a way, in fact
several ways, of going wrong and the reading should be a lot of fun. The play
requires four female and one male actor but everyone will get a chance to read
Saturday 20th Feb –
Belle Voci Opera Night Doors 7:15pm for 8:00pm Start
This is a first for Davenham and promises to be really special. Belle Voci
are a fresh and exciting classical duo who will be presenting a diverse
repertoire of well loved duets and arias. The duo, having recently performed at
the Liverpool Echo arena, promise to give us a night to remember.
£12 which includes a glass of fizz on arrival and interval canapés.
Doors 7:15pm. Performance at 8:00pm
Tickets from www.danarts.org or from Davenham
Theatre on 01606 259596
Sunday 21st February -
Mosaic Workshop 10:00am–4:00pm
Jan is now back from her mosaic work and holiday in Chile and has booked
the theatre for a mosaic workshop on 21st February 10am to 4pm. Join Jan and
friends at the theatre for whatever time you can spare working on the
Davenham Community Mosaic. Or come along to watch how the mosaic is growing.
Don’t come in your best clothes, but if you do, an apron will be provided, as
will hot or cold drinks, and maybe a
biscuit or two.
TUESDAY 15TH Marchopening night of In the Company of Women
Company of Women is the Spring production at Davenham. Produced by Ed
Green under his new group called Urban Trendz Theatre, it features a
number of short plays by modern authors.
individual plays are:-"Rise & Shine" (stars Kelly Crowley) and
"Media" (with Vanessa Duffy, Denise Barry, Sue Elliott, Andrea Scott
and Jo Outran). Both these short plays by Dario Of & Franca Rime.
Also on the
same night Laura Elizabeth Bason will star in "Where do Little Birds
Go" by Camilla Whitehall.
We are looking
for Front of House staff for this production. A minimum of two people,
preferably three, are required per night, at least one of whom must stay
throughout the performance until the audience is clear. They may, of course,
sit in on the production if space allows or if they wish to be sure of a seat,,
book at a reduced price. Please help and send your name and availability to
Paulette or Bob.
will be available soon. More details will follow soon, but, meanwhile, you
will be able get more information from Facebook Page Urban
Ruth and George Rutter – Early
leaders of the DAVENHAM PLAYERS
Sad news has reached us
that both Ruth and George Rutter, early leading members of the Davenham Players
have sadly died within two months of each other at the age of 90. Ruth, a
former nurse, had been caring for George who was largely wheelchair bound owing
to severe arthritis in his last years. Ruth was in better health but succumbed
to a tumour in November 2015 after a short illness. George then moved to a
nursing home but fell ill and within two months had also died.
Ruth and George were keen
members of the Davenham Players. George was an accountant by profession and he
was instrumental, along with colleagues, in organizing the purchase and
conversion of the theatre premises. Ruth was active in productions and at the
centre of the social life of The Players. Although not an active member, George
had continued to inspect the accounts of the club until September of last year
The Davenham Players send
their condolences to daughters Lorna and Janet.
Paulette gently reminds
all members that 2016 subscriptions and now due. Please send them (£20.00) to
her (along with your availability for front of house) at the theatre.
THURSDAY 25th Feb - JAZZ
@ DAVENHAM – MANJULA
On Thursday 25th
Feb, Jazz@Davenham is pleased to
present the MANJULA and then on Thursday 31st March
the GRAEME WILSON QUARTET come to Davenham. Bookings are currently open for both
concerts and is strongly recommended to ensure you get in.
(meaning melodious) has been going from strength to strength since its birth in
May 2014 exploring, innovating and bringing together rhythms and melodies from
other cultures to create a beautiful mix and relationship of sounds from around
the globe. This Leeds-based project is an example of modest, forward thinking
global music as well as an exploration, incorporating Portuguese, African,
Latin jazz influences with the haunting ambience of Indian vocal training and
the rhythmic attack of Jazz Improvisation.
with percussionist Sam Bell – band leader of the Bugalu Foundation, Guitarist
Joe Harris – creator of Ikestra, double bassist Simon Read of the Simon Read
Octet and Matt Holborn Quintet; Vanessa Rani has created a
project which has its own authenticity and integrity with the influence of
other cultures and will take your mind on journeys to faraway places and make you
feel at home.
Tickets for both gigs 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 Website. Advance booking is strongly recommended for
both gigs. Doors and Bar open at 7:30pm. Music starts at 8:00pm.
THURSDAY 3rd March St
Luke's Charity Jazz with Sir John Deane's Jazz Band
Deane’s Jazz Band are giving a Charity Concert in aid of St Luke’s Hospice on THURSDAY
3rd MARCH 2016 at Northwich Memorial Court, Chester Way, Northwich,
Cheshire CW9 5QJ.
Starts 7.30 TICKETS £7
Deane’s Jazz Band will play a repertoire of popular blues and jazz through to
modern swing. The band was formed in September 2013 and has been hugely
successful, grown rapidly and now features twenty talented musicians and
vocalists. They make an impressive sound with rhythm, brass and woodwind sections.
The band has previously performed for charity including a concert at Eaton Hall
and a stunning evening of jazz and swing at the Macdonald Portal in Tarporley.
You can buy
tickets (£7.00) for this great evening's entertainment via DANArts and St
Luke's Hospice (an excellent local charity) or at the Jazz@Davenham February
concert. Or you can book online at Northwich Memorial Court – Brio Leisure