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Bruton Players

Bruton Players

Once upon a time, or so that well-known opening line goes, a group of Brutonians, presumably sitting in the pub with nothing better to do, gave birth to the idea of forming a theatre group to bring to the town fresh new ideas for entertaining everyone, but mainly having fun themselves by staging plays and pantomime.
Beginners, Act One, were Martyn Trevellyan, Phil and Linda Heavey, John and Gloria Hooper, Sheila Burton, Tricia Rawlingson Plant, Jess Grayson, Anne Cook, Shaun Hogan, Kelly Curtis, and there were others too.
Although the Players got on well with pantomime in those early years, the first productions were straight plays, with The Wall, Threesome and Between Mouthfuls being the first three in 1994, followed on by our first panto at Easter 1995 with Cinderella where Martyn and Phil were the ugly sisters (typecast?), followed by Puss in Boots, Babes in the Wood, Robinson Crusoe, Knights of the Round Table, Arabian Nights, Pinocchio, Dick Turpin and the show which was long considered our finest: Oh! What a Lovely War, in 2003.
Our repertoire has included murder mysteries, with a very well received dinner and murder mystery in 2013. 2014 saw us doing the first of a one-act three-play series entitled Last Tango in Quaperlake, with the other two scheduled for production in the near future, but in all of our memories was a truly BAFTA-quality production of ’Allo ’Allo. Financially it was our best ever, a much acclaimed production which played to record audiences at the Fitzjames Theatre, King’s School.
To keep us going we need new blood in all departments so, if you are interested in any aspect of local theatre, please email our secretary Graham Lilley on gdlilley@btinternet.com or producer Roger White at rogerwhite738@gmail.com and get involved with our upcoming production for February 2016, Cinderella. We need 30 or so more people!

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