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One Act Play Festival Successes

Effie's Burning, our recent One Act Festival entry by Valerie Windsor, proved to be a winner... 
In the Greater Manchester Drama Festival it won the Award for Best Production, Janan Chopra won Best Performance and Helen Gresty was the runner-up Best Actress. 
In the Wilmslow Festival, the two actresses jointly won the Best Individual Senior Performer Award - the Adjudicator said she simply could not separate them - and Pauline Brennan was Highly Commended for the burns Make-up which was chillingly realistic.
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Audition Notice




OCTOBER 20th to 28th (Excl. Sunday) AUDITION DATE JUNE 27th at 7.45 p.m.

If you are unable to make this date an alternative will be arranged, contact John on 01606 833645. Please note I am away 17th – 24th June.


The play was first staged in 1977 and will be set around that period. There are 2 acts and 4 scenes and each scene is on the birthday of one of the 5 characters (2M and 3F) There is some flexibility in ages. DENNIS and VERA (his wife) are 40’s/50’s MARJORIE needs to look old enough to be mother to Dennis. NEIL and PAM could be younger but this is not essential. IF YOU LIKE THE LOOK OF A PART GO FOR IT!

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Nantwich Players Are Award Winners Once Again

Once again the Nantwich Players have won a handful of awards at the NSDA 2017 awards. As well as winning 4 awards we were also nominated a further 10 times. Well done to all winners and nominees!


Peter Dutton Memorial Junior Trophy Under 21 – Georgina Goodchild as Puck in Midsummer Nights Dream

Betty Bode Memorial Trophy Best Comedy Performance – Don Hirst& Simon Porter as Holmes & Watson in Hound of the Baskervilles

John Fox Memorial Award (Special Adjudicators’ Award) – Simon Porter for stepping in for the role as Watson and in Hound of the Baskervilles and learning the large and frantic script and relentlessly complex ‘business’ in just two weeks notice.

Gordon Alcock for play placed third – Hound of the Baskervilles


Rising Star Award (Under 16) – The young chorus of wolves in Wolves of Willoughby Chase (YT)

Brian Roberts Memorial Trophy Best Supporting Performance – Jonathan Everitt as Kenneth in Cleo, Camping, Emanuel and Dick; Robert Earl as Tommy in Breezeblock Park

Harold Horton Memorial Trophy Best Performance Female – Sian Weedon as Titania in Midsummer Nights Dream

Malcolm Edwards Memorial Trophy Best Performance Male - Don Hirst & Simon Porter as Holmes & Watson in Hound of the Baskervilles

John Goldsmith Memorial Rose Bowl Best Stage Presentation – Hound of the Baskervilles

John Fox Memorial Award (Special Adjudicators’ Award) – The quartet of actors for teamwork and four individually excellent performances in God of Carnage

Irene Gartside Memorial Trophy Best Director – Simon Porter for God of Carnage; Gordon Hamlin for Midsummer Nights Dream; Chris Ridge for Hound of the Baskervilles

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Poet Laureate To Appear At The Players

We are delighted to announce that the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy is appearing at the Players Theatre on Saturday 14th October at 2pm.  This event is part of the Words and Music Festival taking place around the town between 9th - 15th October. Tickets are sure to sell out very quickly so why not secure yours now before they are all gone?
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Wednesday 7 th June 7.45pm Effie’s Burning by Valerie Windsor

Our entry in two One Act Play Festivals is in Nantwich for one performance only. No tickets. First come, first served. Doors open at 7pm. Bar open.
Don’t miss two actors at the top of their game in a play with a strong social message (not suitable for children).

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