Bedroom Farce by Alan Ayckbourn - 5, 6 and 7 April 1990

Directed by Lesley Pratt

Cast

Ernest..................Len Mitton
Delia....................Peggy Lawson
Nick.....................Dave Adams
Jan.......................Suzanne Severs
Malcolm...............Keith Saunders
Kate.....................Anne Wall
Trevor...................Mark Lewis
Susannah.............Christine Dodsworth

Knightsbridge by John Mortimer - 1990

Francesca brings her lover, Henry, to her mother's flat to announce their intention to get married. While waiting for Mrs Stokes, a phone call, overheard by Henry, causes him to conclude that all is not as he thought.
Directed by Ida Hurst

Cast
Henry Bulstrode..................Roger Burton
Francesca............................Sarah Welburn
Muriel Stokes.......................Evelyn Hicks
A man in a mac....................John Massey

Flying Feathers by Derek Benfield - 22, 23 and 24 November 1990 

Directed by John Richards
Cast
Sarah Potterton...................Jean Beavis
Henry Potterton...................Keith Saunders
Polly.....................................Christine Trenholm
Debbie.................................Kate Bolam
Nora Winthrop.....................Jan Bolam
Sally.....................................Claire Bennett
Jackie...................................Jenny Lowes
Roger Featherstone.............David Adams
Mr Tunnicliffe........................Mark Lewis


The Haunted Through Lounge and Recessed Dining Nook at Farndale Castle by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jnr - 18, 19 and 20 April 1991

Directed by Geoff Wall

Cast

Thelma Greenwood (playing June)............................................................................Evelyn Hicks
Lottie Grosskopf (playing Marty)...............................................................................Peggy Lawson
Phoebe Reece (playing Lady Made Graves, Mrs Slaughter.........................................Bridget Gosling
Felicity Cheshire (playing Crematia).........................................................................Helen Clough
Jasmine Boniface (playing old Yokel, Arnold Death, Dr Blood, Rev Tombs)..................Sarah Walburn
David - the producer...............................................................................................Geoff Wall
Mary Jane Harvey..................................................................................................Ida Hurst

Too Long an Autumn by Jimmie Chinn - 1991/1992

Directed by Lesley Pratt

Cast
Maisie May .....................Peggy Lawson
Arnold Windrush..............Keith Saunders
Ursula Windrush..............Yvonne Jobling
Miss Tate.........................Bridget Gosling
Dad..................................Len Mitton
Dora Coxhall...................Ida Hurst
Chris................................David Adams

The Murder Room by Jack Sharkey - 28, 29 and 20 November 1991

Cast

Edgar Hollister...................................Mark Lewis
Mavis Templeton Hollister...................Jean Bevis
Mrs Lottie Molloy................................Anne Wall
James Crandall..................................Keith Saunders
Abel Howard.......................................Mark Lewis
Susan Hollister...................................Christine Trenholm
Barry Draper......................................Michael Reid
Producer............................................Peggy Lawson

The Nutcracker Sweet by David Wood - 13, 14 and 15 May 1992


Directed by Yvonne Peel

Cast

Kurnel Walnut................Richard Henry
Monkeynut.....................Christine Trenholm
Gypsy.............................Helen Clough
Hazelnut.........................Anne Wall
William the Conker........  Michael Reid
Prof. Jelly Bon Bon........  Andrew Bramley
Old Ma Coconut...........  .Jan Bolam

Ritual for Dolls by George McEwan Green - 1992

Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde - 26, 27 and 28 November 1992

Directed by Beryl Dixon

Cast

Lord Windermere................Luke Walton
Lord Darlington...................Jim Bushnell
Lord Augustus Lorton..........Richard Thompson
Mr Dumby..........................Andrew Bramley
Mr Cecil Graham................Toby Bushnell
Mr Hopper..........................Mike Reid
Parker................................Len Mitton
Lady Windermere...............Nicki De Salis
The Duchess of Berwick......Bridget Gosling
Lady Agatha Carlisle..........Yvonne Jobling
Lady Plymdale...................Helen Clough
Lady Stutfield.....................Ida Hurst
Lady Jedburgh....................Anne Wall
Mrs Cowper-Cowper............Peggy Lawson
Mrs Erlynne.......................Jean Beavis
Rosalie..............................Christine Trenholm

Visiting Hour by Richard Harris and Last Tango in Little Grimley by David Tristram - 24 November 1993

Visiting Hour
Directed by Paul Townend

Cast
Eric....................Andrew Bramley
Helen.................Jean Beavis
Pauline...............Bridget Gosling
Old Woman........Ida Hurst
Nurse.................Annette Thomas

Last Tango in Little Grimley
Directed by Geoff Wall

Cast
Gordon...........David Miles
Margaret.........Shirley Cabourn
Joyce.............Deborah Ward
Bernard..........Richard Henry

Inspector Drake and the Time Machine by David Tristram - 12, 13 and 14 May 1994

Directed by Geoff Wall.

Cast

Sergeant Plod.................Andrew McHenry
Jack...............................Paul Staines
Inspector Drake...............David Adams
Maid...............................Ida Hurst
Miss Duck......................Kate Bolam
Iei...................................Richard Henry
Maki...............................Shirley Cabourn
Luni................................Deborah Hugill
High Priestess.................Jan Bolam

Jump Off by John Waterhouse - 1994

Directed by Paul Townend.

Cast - Richard Henry, Kate Bolam, Jean Beavis, Geoff Wall and David Laws.

Cards, Cups and Crystal Ball by David Campton - 1994

Directed by the cast

Cast

Flora.................Peggy Lawson
Dora.................Kath Ladd
Nora.................Liz Smith
Jessie..............Shirley Cabourn
Lady M.............Jean Beavis

The House of Dracula by Martin Dowling - 24, 25 and 26 November 1994


Directed by Anne Wall

Cast
Baron Frankenstein..................................Mike Reid
Baroness Frankenstein............................Christine Trenholm
Ygor............................................................Richard Henry
Frau Lurker................................................Bridget Gosling
Harry Talbot...............................................Paul Staines
Isabel Channning.......................................Kate Bolam
Count Dracula...........................................Andrew Bramley
Countess Dracula.....................................Deborah Hugill
Dr Jekyll.....................................................Keith Saunders
Groat..........................................................John Massey
Ethel............................................................Helen Clough
Ka-seet.......................................................Jonathon Saunders
Spectre and Creature................................Robert Young

Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn - 23, 24 and 25 March 1995

Mother Figure - directed by Paul Townend
Cast
Lucy................Christine Trenholm
Rosemary.......Kate Bolam
Terry................Richard Henry

Drinking Companion - directed by Paul Townend
Cast
Harry.............Malcolm Brearley
Paula.............Liz Smith
Bernice..........Susan Edwards
Waiter............Michael Dodsworth

Between Mouthfuls - directed by Geoff Wall
Cast
Waiter................Keith Saunders
Pearce...............Andrew Bramley
Mrs Pearce.......Shirley Cabourn
Martin.................Richard Henry
Polly...................Kate Mitchell

Gosforth's Fete - directed by Geoff Wall
Cast
Mrs Pearson.................Bridget Gosling
Milly................................Deborah Hugill
Gosforth........................Mike Reid
Vicar..............................Michael Dodsworth
Stewart..........................Jonathon Saunders

Face the Music by Barry L. Hillman - 1995

A one-act play entered into Sedgefield Drama Festival.

Directed by Anne Wall.

Cast - Peggy Lawson, Kate Bolam, Deborah Hugill, Pippa Bramley, Jean Beavis and Deborah Ward.

Straight and Narrow by Jimmie Chinn - 23, 24 and 25 November 1995

l-r (standing) - Andy Stokes, Paul Staines, Richard Henry and Malcolm Brearley.
(sitting) - Susan Edwards, Bridget Gosling and Christine Trenholm.

Bob and Jeff are gay, and trying to maintain their relationship amidst the emotional chaos of an English working class family.

Bob's mother, Vera, believes that all would be well if 'Bob could just find a nice girl and settle down' and seems to think that Bob and Jeff are just good mates who share the rent. One of Bob's sisters, Nona, obsessively cleans house to block out her distress at her husband, Arthur, leaving her for another woman. Only Lois, their other sister, and Bill, her husband, know the truth about Bob and Jeff's relationship.

Directed by Paul Townend

Cast
Bob................Richard Henry
Jeff.................Paul Staines
Nona..............Susan Edwards
Arthur.............Andy Stokes
Vera...............Bridget Gosling
Lois...............Christine Trenholm
Bill.................Malcolm Brearley

Sir Rupert's Revenge by Mike Lightfoot and Paul Staines - February 1996

Malcom Brearley

An interactive whodunnit written by two of the Players and presented at the Allertonshire School. the audience formed teams and after watching the drama unfold, interrogated the suspects and then worked out who they thought was the guilty party!

An article in the local paper, before the event, entered into the spirit of the thing:

'Allertonshire School's favourite benefactor returns to his old haunting ground for a murder most foul. Local industrialist Sir Rupert Nouveaux is attending the school's Murder and Mystery evening and has made the rather surprising announcement that he will be accompanied by all the members of his family.

The son of a cobbler, Sir Rupert left Allertonshire School, Northallerton in 1952, aged 16, to set up his own factory manufacturing Yorkshire Puddings. The rest as they say is history. From humble beginnings, the business has grown into one of the largest Yorkshire Pudding manufacturers in the world, and is doing particularly well in the American market. In 1983, Rupert Nouveaux was knighted for his services to export. There have been rumours over the last few months that Sir Rupert is thinking about retirement and that he may be about to make a significant donation to his old school.'

The stage was set for murder!

Directed by Mike Lightfoot and Paul Staines.

Cast - Paul Townend, Jan Bolam, Paul Staines, Kate Bolam, David Bramley-Adams, Pippa Bramley-Adams, Malcolm Brearley, Anne Wall, Jim Smith and Mike Lightfoot.

Easy Stages and Don't Blame it on the Boots by Nick Warburton - 18, 19 and 20 April 1996

l-r Susan Edwards, Kate Mitchell (on knees), Andy Stokes, Deborah Ward and Richard Henry

Two interlinked comedies centring on the backstage goings on in an amateur dramatics group - art imitating life!

Don't Blame it on the Boots was entered into the Wensleydale festival and Easy Stages was entered into Saltburn festival. The latter won best Supporting Actress for Susan Edwards. There were also nominations for best actor (Andy Stokes) and best cameo (John Massey).

Both plays were directed by Shirley Cabourn.

Cast - Easy Stages
Gerry............Andy Stokes,
Patsy...........Susan Edwards
Martin...........Richard Henry
Alice.............Deborah Ward
Gill...............Kate Mitchell
Kate.............Peggy Lawson
Sid..............John Massey.

Cast - Don't Blame it on the Boots
Ophelia........Christine Trenhol
Eric.............Andrew Bramley
Liz..............June Haughton-Turner 
Kate............Peggy Lawson.


Joining the Club by David Tristram - 1996

Richard Henry and Diane Wright.

This one act comedy won awards for the Best 30 Seconds and Most Inappropriate Prop (teapot) at Sedgefield festival and Best Set at Richmond.

Directed by Anne Wall.

Cast
Tom.............Richard Henry
Jenny...........Diane Wright.

Happy Families by John Godber - 7, 8 and 9 November 1996

A bittersweet reflection of working class family life set in a house in West Yorkshire in the 1960s and 1970s. The play, often autobiographical, tells the story of John, a young man on his graduation day, who looks back on the trials and tribulations he endured while growing up.

Directed by Paul Townend.

Cast
John...............................David Bramley-Adams
Dot, his mum..................Susan Edwards
Vic, his dad.....................Andrew Bramley
Liz, his gran....................Peggy Lawson
Jack, his grandad............Malcolm Brearley
Doris, his mucky auntie....Shirley Cabourn
Edna, his posh auntie......Jean Beavis
Rebecca, his cousin........Pippa Bramley-Adams
Lyn Sutton, his girlfriend...Christine Trenholm.


Seated l to r - Peggy Lawson, Malcolm Brearley. Standing l to r - Susan Edwards, David Adams and Andrew Bramley.

Life's like that - three one-act plays - Victor and Unsung by David Foxton and Bus Stop by Shirley Rae - 13, 14 and 15 March 1997

An evening of one act plays which was a joint entertainment with the youth group.

Directed by Geoff Wall, Anne Wall and Christine Trenholm.

Cast - Susan Edwards, Anne Wall, Deborah Hugill, Peggy Lawson, Shirley Cabourn, Jan Bolam, Alistair Whitton, Joe Stokeld, Katie Perry, Rosemary Scott, Jim Smith, Glenn Richardson, Andrew Creelman, Daniel Cadwallender, Thomas Dickinson, Richard Henry, Laura Clark, Samantha Robb, Lucy Young, Rosie Perry, Laura Richardson, Kath Ladd, Helen Causley, Howard Wilkinson, Alex Cromarty, Kevin Jones, Lee Anderson, Andrew McMinn, Thomas Dickinson, Katy Fawcett, Leanne Robinson, Ida Hurst,  Geoff Wall, Andrew Bramley, Michelle Dennis, Jacqueline Robb and Paul Townend.


The extraordinary revelations of Orca the goldfish by David Tristram - 1997/1998

Orca the goldfish sees many strange things in the household of Henry and Alice as they act out their innermost fantasies.

This one act play was very successful at Saltburn Festival in 1998 winning best production, most effective staging, the audience awars and best actor. Shirley Cabourn was also nominated for best actress.

The play was also put on at the Tanner Hop in Northallerton (now the Tithe Bar) in June 1998 and at the Nurses' Recreation Hall in the same year in aid of Northdale Horticulture. 'A slight misunderstanding' was also presented at the latter and £230 was raised for the charity.

Directed by Paul Townend.

Cast
Henry.................Malcolm Brearley
Alice..................Shirley Cabourn

Unoriginal Sin by David Tristram - 20, 21 and 22 November 1997

Eve is twenty four and has never been kissed. Well, not properly. Bill is thirty five, rich, alcoholic and with the sex drive of an adolescent bull on steroids. Eve is engaged to Neville. Bill is married to Jenny. Jenny is having an affair with Jeremy, but she remains utterly devoted to her husband's cheque book. Miles is Bill's best friend. Or at least he was, before he discovered Bill's underpants hanging from the lightshade in his bedroom. Then there's Father Tomlin. At least he's taken a lifelong vow of celibacy. Or so his daughter claims. Original Sin? It seems there's nothing very original about it any more!

Directed by Geoff Wall.

Cast
Father Tomlin...................Mike Lightfoot
Bill..................................Paul Staines
Jenny..............................Kate Staines
Miles...............................David Bramley-Adams
Eve.................................Pippa Bramley-Adams
Neville.............................Richard Henry

l to r - Paul Staines, Richard Henry, Kate Staines, Pippa Bramley-Adams, David Adams and Mike Lightfoot.

Something to Remember You By by Jimmie Chinn - 26, 27 and 28 March 1998

Paul Staines.


A confused young man tries to disentangle reality from his own fictional world.

Directed by Paul Townend.

Cast - Paul Staines, Deborah Hugill, Susan Edwards, Andrew Bramley and Christine Trenholm.

Find me by Olwyn Wymark - March 1998

A production by the youth group.

Cast - Helen Ake, Rachael Ankers, Claire Bald, John Barker, Alex Cromarty, Rebecca Ellis, Lisa Gaines, Kevin Jones, Andrew McMinn, Rosie Perry, Tom Potter, Hilary Reid, Shane Richardson, Luke Ridley, Leanne Robinson, Katherine Robinson, Alistair Whitton, Robert Whitton and Lucy Young.

Departure by Stephen Smith - 1998

A one act play produced at Richmond and Sedgefield festivals, set in an airport departure lounge.

Directed by Paul Townend.

Cast - Malcolm Brearley, Jean Beavis, Shirley Cabourn and Deborah Hugill.

Bouncers by John Godber - 12, 13 and 14 November 1998

l-r Richard Henry, Phil Blades, David Adams and Paul Staines.

One night in the life of four doormen at a northern nightclub. A modern classic and one of our most successful productions.

Directed by Kate Staines.

Cast 

Lucky Eric..............Richard Henry
Les........................David Bramley-Adams
Ralph.....................Paul Staines
Judd.......................Phil Blades.

Take Three - three one-act plays - Drinking companions by Alan Ayckbourn, A Jolly Sinister Jape by Eliot Strange and And go to Innisfree by Jean Lennox Toddie - 4 and 5 June 1999

An evening of one act plays some of which were also entered into local drama festivals.

Directed by Paul Townend and Geoff Wall.

Cast - Drinking Companions
Harry...........Malcolm Brearley
Paula...........Lesley Eagleton
Bernice........Susan Edwards
The Waiter...Anthony Stubbs.

Cast - A Jolly Sinister Jape
Biffy........Mark Ellis
Stubbs....Phil Blades
Fatty.......Kate Staines
Ophelia...Christine Trenholm.

Cst - And go to Innisfree
Young Anna.....Pippa Bramley-Adams
Anna...............Lyn Bramley
Old Anna.........Peggy Lawson.

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett - 20 and 21 October 1999

The youth section of the Players presented this colourful comedy.

Directed by Paul Townend, Anne Wall, Geoff Wall, Pippa Bramley-Adams and Jim Smith.

Cast - Sarah Pearson, Rosie Hoare, Jennifer Thompson, James Currigan, Tim Smith, Cathy Anstay, Lizzie Graydon, Sam Quinn, Joe Stokeld, Matthew Robinson, Adrian O'Toole, Colin Holborn, Daniel Trenholm, Peter Townend, Claire Henry, and Charlotte Rolf.

Shakers by John Godber and Jane Thornton - 11, 12 and 13 November 1999

l-r Diane Henry, Christine Trenholm, Deborah Hugill and Kate Staines.

Four waitresses in a cocktail bar run the gauntlet of demanding customers and overwork, whilst dealing with their own problems in John Godber's comedy drama.

Directed by Pippa Bramley-Adams and Paul Townend.

Cast
Adele..................Deborah Hugill
Carol...................Kate Staines
Mel.....................Christine Trenholm
Nicky..................Diane Henry







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