The Canterbury Tales by Geoffery Chaucer (adapted by Dave Hollis) - 8 July 2000

This play was put on as part of Northallerton History Week, a special Millenium celebration organised by the Local History Society. The play took place outside the Tabard Inn and contained the following tales - The Knight's Tale, The Reeve's Tale, The Wife of Bath's Tale, The Pardoner's Tale and the Nuns' Tale.

Directed by Geoff Wall. 

Cast

The Host...................Andrew Bramley
The Host's wife.......... Lyn Bramley
The Tapster...............Christine Trenholm
The Boy....................Joe Stokeld
The Knight ................Paul Staines
The Squire ................Deborah Hugill
The Miller..................Gethin Evans
The Pardoner.............Paul Scudamore
The Wife of Bath........Shirley Cabourn
The Reeve.................Phil Blades
Benedicta (a nun)......Susan Edwards
Cecilia (a nun)...........Lucille Taylor
The musician............Chris Riley

A Jolly Sinister Jape by Eliot Strange - 2000

This one act comedy won the Players' the Adjudicator's cup at both Saltburn and Wensleydale drama festivals. It involved all sorts of 1920s shenanigans including a Fatty who was really a Thinny!

Directed by Peggy Lawson. 

Cast
Biffy....................Richard Henry
Stubbs................Paul Staines
Ophelia...............Christine Trenholm
Fatty...................Kate Staines

Close to Croydon by Gillian Plowman - 2000

This one act play was set in the middle of a train crash and was presented at Sedgefield festival. It received nominations for best actor and actress.

Directed by Kate Staines.

Cast
Hugo.............................Paul Staines
Martha..........................Christine Trenholm

Holiday Snaps by Jim Spernick (Five linked one-act plays) - 11 and 12 May 2001

These plays all centred on a theme of holidays and were linked. The Players got some unexpected publicity when the Forum caught fire during their dress rehearsal! One of the plays, 'Taut Canvas', was entered into Saltburn Drama Festival.

Burst Tyre - Directed by Anne Wall

Cast
Janos...............................Andrew Bramley
Miklos..............................Gethin Evans
Theo.................................Phil Blades
Jane.................................Kate Staines
Spiros..............................Paul Staines
Anna-Maria.......................Christine Trenholm
Priest...............................Geoff Wall

l to r - Gethin Evans, Andrew Bramley, Phil Blades and Kate Staines.

Taut Canvas - Directed by Peggy Lawson

Cast
Dee..................................Christine Trenholm
Sue..................................Kate Staines

In Terminal Chat - Directed by Kate Staines

Cast
Old Lady...........................Peggy Lawson
Her daughter.....................Rosemary Scott
Lady with magazine...........Lucille Taylor
Husband...........................Andy Stokes
Wife.................................Christine Trenholm
Man in uniform..................Paul Staines
Young man.......................Phil Staines
Young woman...................Deborah Hugill
Man with newspaper..........Geoff Wall

Holiday Snaps - Directed by Geoff Wall

Cast
George.............................Gethin Evans
Dolly................................Deborah Hugill
Marshall...........................Andy Howard
Kate................................Lucille Taylor

Cabin Class - Directed by Peggy Lawson

Cast
Doris................................Rosemary Scott
Geoffrey............................Andrew Bramley
Steward............................Paul Staines
Stowaway.........................Phil Blades

After September by Jimmie Chinn - 8, 9 and 10 November 2001

Directed by Christine Trenholm and Peggy Lawson.

Cast

Miss McBain................Joy Davies
Miss Fisher..................Rosemary Scott
Miss Bickerstaff............Deborah Hugill
Miss D'Vere..................Kate Staines
Miss Duke....................Charlotte Sygmuta
Miss Kershaw...............Liz Watson
Miss Kyte.....................Margaret Dunn
Miss Cross...................Peggy Lawson
Mr Smith......................Gethin Evans
Miss Godfrey................Kath Ladd.

Tell me another story, sing me a song by Jean Lennox Toddie - 2002

Directed by Geoff Wall.

Cast - Jan Bolam and Kate Staines.

And a Nightingale Sang by C.P. Taylor - 7, 8 and 9 November 2002 

Directed by Joy Davies.

Cast 

Helen.......................Deborah Hugill
Joyce.......................Kate Staines
George.....................Andrew Bramley
Peggy......................Lyn Bramley
Andie...................... Malcolm Brearley
Eric..........................Andy Howard
Norman.....................Gethin Evans
The Black Widow.......Peggy Lawson.

l to r - Malcolm Brearley, Kate Staines, Andy Howard, Gethin Evans, Andrew Bramley, Lyn Bramley and Deborah Hugill.

Respecting Your Piers by Peter Quilter - 17, 18 and 19 June 2004

Five women inherit equal shares in a dilapidated pleasure pier and are forced to settle their differences in order to get the pier operational. A guest appearance by Kylie Minogue featured in this production (sort of!)

Directed by Christine Trenholm.

Cast
Theresa.........Deborah Hugill
Pam..............Jean Beavis
Betty.............Rosemary Scott
Jackie............Lucille Taylor
Jackie............Pippa Jones
Daniel Trenholm.

Picking up the pieces by Fred Dunn - 2004

A one-act play by a member of the Players.

Directed by Peggy Lawson.

Cast - Lucille Taylor, Christine Trenholm, Kate Staines and Liz Watson.

Albert Nobbs by Gordon Steele - 11, 12 and 13 November 2004

After a life of hard graft, retirement isn't at all what Albert Nobbs has expected. Instead of relaxing and taking things at a leisurely pace, the curmudgeonly Albert finds himself bored and nagged senseless by his wife Connie.

But Albert's world is soon turned upside down by the sudden death of Connie in a road accident and he struggles to find a reason to carry on - until Connie returns as a ghost and sets about organising a fulfilling retirement for Albert, including matchmaking with her best friend Rose.

Despite Albert's protestations he gradually learns to overcome his reluctance and begins to explore new opportunities so that he and Connie can continue with their journeys in different directions.

A Blithe Spirit for the working class, Albert Nobbs charms and delights in equal measures, simultaneously devastatingly painful and delightfully funny.

Directed by Paul Townend.

Cast

Albert.......................Malcolm Brearley
Connie.....................Susan Edwards
Rose........................Shirley Cabourn
Alice.........................Joanne Walker

l to r - Malcolm Brearley, Joanne Walker and Susan Edwards.

Ghostwriter by David Tristram - 21, 22 and 23 April 2005

Directed by Joy Davies.

Cast 

Alex...............Richard Henry
Edward...........Paul Staines
Glenda............Kate Staines
Frances..........Deborah Hugill
Hedley............Malcolm Brearley
Ruby..............Christine  Trenholm.

l to r - Deborah Hugill, Richard Henry, Malcolm Brearley, Kate Staines, Paul Staines and Christine Trenholm.

To have and to hold by Lorraine Forrest-Turner - 2005

A one-act play entered into Sedgefield festival.

Directed by Geoff Wall.

Cast - Lucille Taylor, Kath Ladd, Jean Beavis and the voice of Geoff Wall.

Henna Night by Amy Rosenthal - 2005/2006

A one-act play entered into a number of drama festivals, it won the Best Production award at Richmond Festival. It also won best set.

Directed by Peggy Lawson.

Cast - Pippa Jones and Deborah Hugill.

Educating Rita by Willy Russell - 10, 11 and 12 November 2005

Directed by Paul Townend.

Cast
Frank.............Paul Staines
Rita................Kate Staines

Paul and Kate Staines.

Inspector Drake and the Perfekt Crime by David Tristam - 20, 21 and 22 April 2006

Directed by Paul Townend.

Cast

Sergeant Plod.............................Malcolm Brearley
Doctor Short...............................Paul Staines
Inspector Drake...........................Matt Jones
Sabrina.......................................Lisa Walton
Miss Short..................................Josie Bramhall

l to r - Josie Bramhall, Malcolm Brearley, Paul Staines and Matt Jones.

Blue Remembered Hills by Dennis Potter - 9, 10 and 11 November 2006

Directed by Paul Staines.

Cast

Peter...............Paul Staines
Willie...............Matt Jones
Raymond.........Steve Hart
John................Kate Staines

Angela.............Deborah Hugill
Audrey.............Christine Trenholm
Donald.............Lisa Walton.


 l to r - Steve Hart, Matt Jones, Deborah Hugill, Paul Staines and Kate Staines.


No Bed of Roses - Three one-act plays - The Allotment by Gillian Plowman, Bed among the lentils by Alan Bennett and Act 3 Scene 5 by Terry Ortwein - 19, 20 and 21 April 2007

The Allotment - directed by Joy Davies.

A group of women are working on a community allotment to atone for their crimes when a new probation officer comes along.

Cast
Marcie..............Rosemary Scott
Daisy Barnes.....Lucille Taylor
Belle.................Margaret Dunn
Norah................Kath Ladd
Lorna................Jean Beavis

l to r - Rosemary Scott, Jean Beavis, Kath Ladd, Margaret Dunn and Lucille Taylor.

Bed among the lentils - directed by Kate Staines.

Unhappily married to Geoffrey, the vicar of St Michael and All Angels, Susan finds her own way of coping.

Cast
Susan...............Deborah Hugill

Act 3, Scene 5 - directed by Pippa Jones.

The young cast of a production of Romeo and Juliet rehearse. Complications arise when an off-stage romance develops too.

Cast
Maggie (Assistant Director)..........Josie Bramhall
Jennifer (Nurse)...........................Charlotte Rolf
Patty (Juliet)...............................Genevieve Trenholm
Chris (Romeo).............................Matt Jones
Ben (Prompter)............................Ben Trenholm 


Art by Yasmin Reza - 8, 9 and 10 November 2007

How would you feel if a close friend spent a fortune on a piece of modern art which you considered to be complete rubbish? Would you lie and say you like it? Or would you tell him what you really thought? 'Art' is a modern comedy which looks at what happens when Serge buys a painting - a pure white canvas. Marc is outraged by his friend's stupidity and Yvan ties himself in knots trying to agree with everyone. Their relationship is tested to breaking point and beyond!

Directed by Kate Staines.

Cast
Serge........Steve Hart
Marc..........Chris Bullock
Yvan..........Malcolm Brearley


l-r Steve Hart, Malcolm Brearley, Chris Bullock

I'll be back before midnight by Peter Colley - 10, 11 and 12 April 2008

Greg takes his wife Jan to the countryside to recover from her nervous breakdown, but it isn't long before his sister appears to disturb their peace. Then there's George, the kindly, if slightly demented, farmer. Not to mention the ghosts....and the blood. Our presentation of this award winning thriller with its twists and turns certainly kept the audience on the edges of their seats!

Directed by Paul Staines and Rosemary Scott.

Cast
Greg Sanderson...............Matt Jones
Jan Sanderson.................Deborah Hugill
George Willoughby..........Richard Henry
Laura Sanderson.............Kate Staines


l-r Kate Staines, Deborah Hugill, Matt Jones

Ladies Day by Amanda Whittington - 20, 21 and 22 November 2008

In this comedy four fish filleters from Hull go to Ladies Day at Royal Ascot the year it came to York. They get dressed up to the nines and have a series of adventures meeting a variety of racing characters and possibly winning the Jackpot....
There was a cast of 10 - the biggest we have had for some time, and quite a few new faces too which was wonderful to see. It proved to be a very popular play and audiences were big. The Darlington and Stockton Times said: 'There was no doubt the many spectators would certainly go home feeling as though they had backed a winner. It was an excellent night's entertainment.'

l-r Christine Trenholm, Pippa Jones, Jan Bolam, Tamsin Bolam

Directed by Deborah Hugill.

Cast
Pearl.......................Jan Bolam
Jan..........................Tamsin Bolam
Shelley....................Christine Trenholm
Linda.......................Pippa Jones
Joe...........................Malcolm Brearley
Fred.........................Jonny West
Jim McCormack....Paul Staines
Patrick.....................Andy Howard
Kevin.......................Simon Howard
Barry........................Andrew Logan

Lifelines by Amy Rosenthal - 2009

Our entry to Saltburn festival was this bittersweet two hander. When Robert misdials, Annie is ready to hang up on what she thinks is a nuisance caller interrupting her indulgent sobbing. This accidental telephone call is the start of a distant, yet significant telephonic relationship. Both Robert and Annie are plagued by love troubles and enjoy the opportunity to let off steam, take a few tips and perhaps begin again.

Kate Staines, who directed the play, received the best director award.

Cast
Annie.........................Deborah Hugill
Robert.......................Matt Jones


Deborah Hugill and Matt Jones
 
Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward - 23, 24 and 25 April 2009

This classic comedy concerns the spooky goings on when Charles Condomine, a successful author, and his wife Ruth, invite Madame Arcati, a local spiritualist, to their  home to conduct a seance. Charles is looking for background material for a new book he's writing but he gets more than he bargains for when the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, is summoned up.

An online review said that the director 'should be deservedly proud of this production. From beginning to end it never lost its momentum, its humour or its entertainment value. Well done to all concerned.'

Directed by Rosemary Scott.

Cast
Edith..................................Susan Edwards
Ruth Condomine............Deborah Hugil
Charles Condomine......Steve Hart
Doctor Bradman.............Andrew Logan
Mrs Bradman..................Margaret Dunn
Madame Arcati...............Christine Trenholm
Elvira Condomine..........Diane Parsons
   
l-r Deborah Hugill, Margaret Dunn, Andrew Logan, Steve     Steve Hart and Diane Parsons              Christine Trenholm
Hart

FlatSpin by Alan Ayckbourn - 8, 9 and 10 October 2009

This fast moving comedy thriller featuring Italian food, sleight of hand, some shadowy figures from Intelligence Services and Paddy McGinty's goat, got very good audiences. Featuring a complex set with a working sink and tap, and some tricky props, it was a challenge to stage but seemed to go down very well.

Directed by Paul Staines.


Chris Bullock and Kate Staines
Cast
Annette Sefton-Wilcox........ Jean Beavis
Rosie Seymore....................Kate Staines
Sam Berryman.....................Matt Jones
Edna Stricken.......................Jan Bolam
Maurice Whickett..................Malcolm Brearley
Tracey Taylor........................Tamsin Bolam
Tommy Angel......................Chris Bullock








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