ABOUT THE PLAYMAKERS

The Playmakers are an amateur dramatics society based in Mytchett, Surrey near to Camberley, Farnborough and Aldershot. We produce an annual pantomime in January and a Summer Play in June or July.

Our ‘YOUNG PLAYMAKERS’ take part in pantomime and either support our main summer production or have a production of their own.

Some of our productions and pantomimes are written by members of the group. Enid Hughes, a Playmaker since 1968 has written 17 pantomimes!

We rehearse at THE MYTCHETT CENTRE on Monday evenings (except bank holidays and during August) and, for pantomime, on Sundays. A warm and friendly welcome awaits all potential members who wish to get involved in every capacity, both on and off stage. CONTACT US for more information and a friendly chat.

Our current President of The Playmakers is IAN CULLEN. Ian has been a professional performer, writer and director for many years and takes a keen interest in local arts and politics.

Since 2000 we have supported local and national charities – see below for the charities we have supported.

MEMBERSHIP DETAILS

Members must be aged at least 16 and costs £30 per year (pro-rated for new members), with concessionary rates for full-time students and those over pension age who aren’t in full-time employment. For YOUNG PLAYMAKERS aged under 16, a parent or guardian is required to become a full member.

Subscriptions become due after a four week trial period or as soon as you are cast in a production. Performers may also be required to pay a variable ‘show fee’ of up to £10.

Most productions are filmed and members have the option to purchase a DVD and/or photographs

[NOTE – Prices correct at summer 2017, but are subject to annual review]

SOME HISTORY

The Playmakers was formally founded on 9 May 1966 by a few members of a local social group based at St Mary’s Church in Ash Vale, who were looking for something new to do. We performed in the Victoria Hall in Ash until 1987 when we moved to the newly built Mytchett Community Centre.

Our first production, in October 1966, was called ‘Music, Murder, Mirth’, which was two plays (‘Before The Flood by T.B. Morris and ‘Two Aunts and a Grandmother’ by A.A. Milne) with a musical interlude. Our first Pantomime, in December 1967, was ‘Humpty Dumpty’ by Duncan Greenwood and Robert King.

Throughout our history, we have taken an active involvement in community participation and promoting the performing arts. For over thirty years we ran a successful community quiz, for some 10 years we had travelling mummers troupe and we’ve even had a trio of jugglers! Amongst our members we have spawned professional actors, singers and a stage manager. We regularly perform for other community groups such as the Rotary club, at residential homes, community centres, carnivals and fetes.

Our Presidents:

2008 to  Present  –  Ian Cullen

1997 to 2003  –  Freddie Eldrett

1967 to 1993  –  Arthur English

Charities we have supported:

  • 2017 – Alzheimer’s Society
  • 2016 – Alzheimer’s Society
  • 2015 – Tree Of Hope
  • 2014 – Tree Of Hope
  • 2013 – Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research
  • 2012 – Surrey Air Ambulance
  • 2011 – CRUSE Bereavement Care
  • 2010 – Royal Surrey County Hospital Da Vinci Robot
  • 2009 – FPH Stroke Unit
  • 2008 – FPH Stroke Unit
  • 2007 – St John Ambulance
  • 2006 – Wey Valley Disabled Angler’s Association
  • 2005 – Chase
  • 2004 – The Source
  • 2002 – the Katherine Appeal Trust
  • 2001 – Phyliss Tuckwell (Hospice)
  • 2000 – Phyliss Tuckwell (Hospice)

WHY NOT JOIN US?

We are always looking for more volunteers. If you’d like to join our friendly “family” group, get in touch with the Chairman or just turn up on a club night (every Monday except bank holidays and during August).

We have plenty of opportunities for people wishing to provide an off-stage role, such as:

  • back stage crew
  • front of house team
  • costumes
  • wigs, makeup etc
  • fund raising
  • publicity
  • prompt
  • props
  • producer
  • director
  • sound and lighting
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