Egerton Players is a Kent village drama group with our members drawn from the locality, aged from four years old to over ninety! We perform and rehearse in the village of Egerton, and its locality, situated around six miles west from Ashford, overlooking the Weald of Kent. Our repertoire includes musicals, revues, comedies and the ever-popular pantomime (oh yes it does!) Our most recent event was "Let Sleeping Frogs Die" - a Murder Mystery Evening, with a full three-course supper provided. Last year we staged our Old Time Music Hall tribute, on 27 & 28 November, 2015. News of the forthcoming programme will be announced soon, when plans are finalised.
Let Sleeping Frogs Die
Thanks to all of you who came to "Let Sleeping Frogs Die", our Murder Mystery Evening,
on 7th May. A thoroughly enjoyable evening of dining and entertainment!
Let Sleeping Frogs Die by Patricia Gay performed by arrangement with Lazy Bee Scripts.
Thanks to everyone who came to this year's AGM on 22 February. The newly elected committee for the coming year are: Chris Stevens (re-elected chair), Vanessa Perrin (re-elected secretary), Sara Martin (new Treasurer) and ordinary members: Jenny Griffiths (Membership Sec.), Mac Mercer, Anne Rayner, Chris Farnham, Yvonne Smith and Dave Austin (who was Treasurer last year). Neil and Andrew have retired from the committee.
Old Time Music HallCongratulations to all the cast and crew from our Old Time Music Hall show, performed on 27 & 28 November 2015.
Most of our productions are staged in Egerton's beautiful Millennium Village Hall; although in recent years we have braved the English summer with outdoor extravaganza including Shakespeare's magnificent A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the critically acclaimed Darling Buds of May, performed on the set of the original TV series.
Last year (2014) we staged two One-Act Plays in the spring, before embarking on a busy few months of Pantomime rehearsals in the autumn. Scrooge, The Pantomime! which played to packed audiences in Egerton from 8 to 10 January 2015. The hard work and dedication from cast and crew really paid-off; delivering four fantastic performances, and a healthy financial profit to-boot
In Spring 2013 we staged our most recent musical: Stephen Sondheim's
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, which played to Egerton from 12 to 15 June, 2013. Originally staged on Broadway in 1963, the comedic farce won several Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Book. "Forum" is the latest of Egerton Players' musical productions; four previous offerings have included: Lionel Bart's Oliver (staged 2001), Lerner/Loewe's My Fair Lady (2005), Calamity Jane (2008), and Funny Girl (2010).
The Players typically present two or three shows through the year; with genres from the ever-popular pantomime to more serious dramatic works (John Godber's Bouncers and Willy Russell's Blood Brothers). In 2012, we were one of the first groups in Kent to stage an amateur production of Tim Firth's Calendar Girls which played to Egerton for three nights in November, raising funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and Macmillan Cancer Support.
In addition to public performances, The Players organise a number of social events each year for members to enjoy and to encourage ideas for our future productions.
We are delighted to play our part supporting Egerton's lively community at village events such as summer fetes and Christmas fayres.
Our annual Christmas carol singing - touring the village on a tractor and trailer - has raised several hundred pounds for Kent charities,
and cheered the spirits of our neighbours on many a cold wet December evening !
We're always looking to welcome new members: whether you're an actor or actress, would like to be part of our musical chorus, or maybe assist in directing and producing. Or perhaps a backstage role is more your thing: helping out with scenery & props, technical operations or makeup & costumes. Egerton Players is a dynamic and lively group, and we thrive on the talent, generosity and (dare we say!) good humour of our members. Make no mistake, putting on a show demands a good deal of work; but the rewards are undeniably unique and we do our very best to make the journey from script to curtain-up enjoyable for all.
To ask about joining us, or to find out more about Egerton Players, please contact our secretary, Vanessa Perrin, by
To access online copies of our official documentation (constitution, policies and guidance), click here.