About The Playmakers

The Playmakers are an amateur dramatics society based in Mytchett, Surrey near to Camberley, Farnborough and Aldershot. We produce a winter production in January and a summer play in June or July.

Our ‘YOUNG PLAYMAKERS’ take part in the winter production and either support our main summer play or have a one act 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 North Camp Methodist Church on Monday evenings (except bank holidays and during August) and, for pantomime, on Thursdays. 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.

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

Membership Details

Adult (16+) £35 per person
Young Playmaker (8-16)  £20 per child
Household £50

Membership fees are pro-rated for new members and become due after a four week trial period or as soon as you are cast in a production.

Performers are also required to pay a show fee of £10 per person per show.

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

PLEASE NOTE – Prices correct at AGM (March) 2024, 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 2019  –  Ian Cullen

Ian Cullen, The Playmakers’ President since April 2008, sadly passed away on 12 November 2019 at the age of 80. Ian had a long career in the performing arts as an actor, writer and teacher and, as our President, was never shy to lend his long experience for the benefit of our members.

You can read more about Ian’s acting career at Wikipedia

1997 to 2003  –  Freddie Eldrett

1967 to 1993  –  Arthur English – view Wikipedia page

Ian Cullen.

Ian Cullen in Z cars

Arthur English.

Charities we have supported

  • 2024 – Macmillan Cancer Support
  • 2023 – Action for Children
  • 2022 – Covid-19 Pandemic
  • 2021 – Covid-19 Pandemic
  • 2020 – Sense
  • 2019 – Sense
  • 2019 – Frimley Park Hospital Stroke Appeal
  • 2018 – Alzheimer’s Society
  • 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)