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Welcome to The Over Players, an amateur dramatics group based
in the village of Over in Cambridgeshire - United Kingdom.

2019 Drama Festival entry: 'The Play's the Thing' by Kirsty Smillie


Our Drama Festival entry 'The Play's the Thing' is a one-act play written especially for The Over Players  by Kirsty Smillie. 

Our next performance of this play will be at the Cambridge Drama Festival, taking place between 5th and 7th September at the ADC Theatre in Park Street, Cambridge (exact date date for our entry is to be advised).

It was recently performed at the Sawston Drama Festival, where it was awarded the Bonner Trophy for Best New Play, and the Welwyn Drama Festival, where it was nominated for a national  award.  The Derek Jacobi award is given to an unpublished play and in particular to new playwrights.   Although it will be some time before we hear how she's done, The Over Players would like to wish Kirsty the very best of luck and here's to a bright future.

Synopsis:  It is Drama Festival time and tensions are running high - what play to take to the Festival?  Should our local amdram group go with an old familiar - safe but boring - or do they try out something new?  The problem is, every time they try to perform something new, their rival drama group somehow steals it from them and submits it first.




Pantomime 2019

Our 2019 pantomime will be 'Aladdin', written by Ben Crocker and directed by Jack Stinton.

Key dates as follows:

- Read-through:  4th September
- Script & Movement Workshop:  8th September
- Auditions:  11th September
- Show dates:  10th - 14th September



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Dame Agatha's Greatest Case - 6th to 8th June - Over Community Centre Buy Tickets!

Our 2019 spring show was the spoof country-house murder thriller 'Dame Agatha's Greatest Case', written by Robert Sheppard and licensed by Stagescripts.  Performance dates were Thursday 6th June to Saturday 8th June at Over Community Centre.

Sir Redvers Brandling and his wife are hosting a jolly weekend at their country house.  Among the guests are a Cabinet minister and his wife, a Hollywood starlet, a well-known playboy and old school-friend of Lady Bertha's, Dame Agatha Crustie, along with her travelling companion. 

Also making an appearance are a notorious criminal with his henchman, and the Brandlings' charlady who has a penchant for mis-quoting Shakespeare.  As the party assembles, a web of tangled relationships is revealed and the atmosphere becomes increasingly fraught, culminating in the murder of one of the guests.

The above intrigue, along with well known Gilbert and Sullivan tunes throughout the play, made for an entertaining evening.  

Please also check out our Interview Page where we spoke to some of those involved in the production and discussed their background.



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What a week!  A small team of Over Players have had a great time performing a brand-new play "The Play's the Thing" at the 54th Sawston Drama Festival.  We are absolutely delighted that Keith Phillips the Adjudicator awarded the Bonner Trophy for Best New Play to author Kirsty Smillie for her very first play.  As well as providing very helpful feedback on our performance and staging, he highlighted the individual performances of Chas Barclay and Matt Sweeney at the award ceremony.  We couldn't be happier and thank the Chairman and organisers for their hard work in putting the festival together. 


Other Recent Productions . . .


'Beauty and the Beast', directed by Jack Stinton (December 2018)

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For more detail visit our
Beauty and the Beast page,
or check out our Interview Page
to find out more about those
who were involved.



The Art of Coarse Acting: Part Deux!  (June 2018)

logoOur Spring 2018 production comprised a group of three short comedy plays in 'The Art of Coarse Acting' genre.  Performance dates are Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th June 2018.

The show is a side-splitting collection of three short comedy plays, two of which are from the 'Coarse Acting' series of plays written by Michael Green, plus a third, written especially for The Over Players several years ago by John Lamoon.

All are designed to portray the am-dram 'try hard but never quite succeed' situation where things never quite go to plan and the set may well fall down!  If you have ever seen 'The Play That Goes Wrong' you will have enjoyed
The Art of Coarse Acting.




Christmas Panto: 'Cinderella'  (December 2017)

Cinderella has the purest heart but lives in a cruel world filled with evil stepsisters and an evil stepmother out to ruin her life. 

With the help of a Fairy Godmother she magically gets to attend the Prince's ball, but when midnight strikes, will she find her true love, or continue her life of poverty and service?

See our interview page where we chatted to those who were involved in the production to find out about their background.





My Fair Lady - Drawing by Sue Vivian'My Fair Lady' (June 2017)

By arrangement with MUSICSCOPE. 
Book and Lyrics by ALAN JAY LERNER,

We were one of the first groups in the U.K. to perform this glorious musical in 6 years, as no-one has been able to obtain the licence – until now! The Cinderella story about the Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and the appealingly arrogant Professor Higgins is an endearing tale that charms audiences with its vivid characters and unforgettable songs, including "Wouldn't It Be Loverly", "On the Street Where You Live", "I Could Have Danced All Night" and "Get Me To The Church On Time".




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Dick Whittington (December 2016)

A traditional pantomime by the award-winning professional writer Peter Denyer and directed by Alex Turpin.

Congratulations to Alex and to all involved for another enjoyable and successful production.  We have received a lot of positive feedback from audience members.





Who Killed the Director?  (September 2016)
Who Killed the Director?
'Who Killed the Director' is a comedy mystery play set in the quiet village of Finkleton Fold featuring the fictional 'Powder Keg Players', with the murder investigation being carried out by Detective Inspector Angood.

Thank you to all who attended and those who helped us to put on this sell-out event.  Apologies to those who had to wait while we found extra tables, but in the end a good time was had by all and there was plenty of food to go round!



Twelfth Night (June 2016)

Twelfth Night We were hoping for good weather, and it was not to be, but that didn't stop the audience turning out in the pouring rain and it didn't stop the cast turning in a brilliant performance every night! 

Luckily the rain did stop after about half an hour each evening, so we didn't get completely drenched!

Well done to all involved and to Charlotte for an excellent first production for The Over Players!  




Jack and the Beanstalk (December 2015)

Jack & the BeanstalkA traditional pantomime written by award-winning professional writer Peter Denyer and directed by Alex Turpin.  

Congratulations to Alex for a very successful first production, to all involved for their hard work and commitment, and of course to our audience for supporting us!

A good time was had by all!



Murder at Hangman Hall,
  Murder at Hangman Hall

Thank you to all who attended our fundraising event held in September 2015.

The play, written and directed by Sean Baker, provided an engaging and amusing evening of entertainment, which was accompanied by light refreshments organised by Olive Swain.

Well done to Sean, the cast and everyone else involved in the production.


Fiddler on the Roof Fiddler on the Roof

Our 2015 Spring Show, Directed and Produced by Christine Turner and Olive Swain, was staged from Tue 26th to Sat 30th May 2015 at Over Community Centre.

Well done to Christine, Olive and all involved for putting on another successful and enjoyable show!

For further information see our Fiddler on the Roof page.




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