Today

The St Neots Players, based in Cambridgeshire UK, perform two full plays and a Christmas show every year and enter one-act plays into regional drama festivals as well as offering their services for staging murder mystery evenings. In recent years, they have won a number of awards, including the 2008 NODA Eastern Region District 1 Best Drama and Best Production awards for The Crucible.

There are so many aspects to any non professional theatre group, and people join from all walks of life to get involved in acting, directing, costumes, props, as well as lighting, sound, set design & construction, stage management, publicity, front of house….the list goes on.
So, if you feel you might have a talent in any of the above areas, we’d love to hear from you!

 

History

The St Neots Players were originally formed in the late 1920s as a play-reading group. Meeting in members’ homes for readings, rehearsals and social gatherings, their first ever production (a home-grown piece) was entitled “Lost In Time”. Eventually, a committee was formed and regular meetings were held, minutes taken and recorded.

However, disaster struck and in 1974-5 the society split occurred and for a short time the plays were stopped. Fortunately, this rift was relatively short-lived and the group reformed and were soon back on track. Tragedy struck, in the 1980s when the then Secretary’s thatched cottage caught fire and the loft contents, where all documents were stored, were completely destroyed.

Nonetheless, the history of the Players lives on through its members who used to perform the annual Shakespeare, Pantomime and other mid-season productions at the Kings Head Hotel in the ‘Stables Theatre’.