The Uffington Players were formed in 1977 by a group of residents who wanted to enjoy some amateur drama as well as help raise funds. This was to support the newly opened Village Hall named The Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall. In those days, the group would beg or borrow scenery, curtains, props, costumes and the necessary technical equipment to stage a production. There has been substantial development and expansion since then. The Players now possess considerable lighting and sound equipment, stage fixtures and fittings. Also, an ever increasing costume collection that has outgrown its original store. They make good use of a permanent stage extension that was added in 2010.
The Players have been led by some great directors since they began. They include Keith and Gill Randle, Jeanne Leahy, George Bingham, Vern and Lily Dunkley, Duncan Saunders, Charlotte Holley, James Broadbent, Lucy Palmer, Samantha Beynon and Claire Whitfield
The Uffington Players have staged numerous pantomimes as well as Music Hall, Murder Mysteries, Drama and Farces (see Past Productions page). Each production has taken advantage of the diverse talents, enthusiasm and creative ideas of all the casts and production teams.
Our most recent pantomime, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (Feb. 2020) was directed by Claire Whitfield and blossomed into a great show. (see Last Production page) .
The Uffington Players continue to go from strength to strength, year on year. This is evident with the maturing talents of the youngsters that have joined in and grown up with the group. This is rewarding for the older element who have witnessed this developement. The Players will not allow themselves to "rest on their laurels" and thoughts will soon turn to the next production.
If you would like to participate in amateur drama, please don’t be shy, come and join us. We are a friendly lot and you will be made very welcome. If you see yourself as being on stage, backstage, chorus, lighting, sound, front of house or any element of production, please contact us on email firstname.lastname@example.org , we would be delighted to hear from you.
(Paul Armishaw, website publisher NOV 20)