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

Quiz Night . . .

We are organising another fundraiser quiz night for the Over Players, on Friday the 26th October at 8pm at Over Community Centre.  Get it in the diary! 

Chris, our trusty Quiz Master, has kindly agreed to come back and host the evening.

Teams of eight as per usual, and tickets will be 7 (available from the 3rd September). 

Please click below to purchase:

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Our next production . . .

Panto 2018 - Beauty & the Beast 4th to 8th December at Over Community Centre


Before you head for the beach – reach for your diary!  This year's pantomime by the Over Players is going to be Beauty and the Beast (directed by Jack Stinton) and we are already looking forward to it.

We would love you to be involved so, before you go on holiday, please note these dates!

    Wednesday 5th September  
    7.45pm - 10pm Over Church Hall

    First meeting and read through for all interested in being part of the show either on stage or backstage.

    Sunday 9th September       
    4pm - 7pm Over Community Centre

    Beauty and the Beast workshop for all interested in performing in either chorus or principal roles. Expect to take part in dancing, singing & physical comedy!

    Wednesday 12th September  

    Monday 1st October    
    Box office opens (9am)

    Tuesday 4th December to Saturday 8th December    

    (Includes the ever-popular matinee performance on the Saturday)

We are looking for people who love acting, singing and dancing - you don't have to be expert but you do need to be enthusiastic.  Performers must be in school year 7 and above - we have no upper age limit!

If standing on stage is not for you, then there are many opportunities for people to be involved in all aspects of the show from set design and construction, chaperones, costume, hair and make-up, stage crew to front of house assistants.  It's a great way to get to know people.

To register your interest in being part of the show (either performing or backstage) please email us at:




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Recent Productions . . .


The Art of Coarse Acting: Part Deux! - 14th to 16th June at Over Community Centre

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 would have enjoyed The Art of Coarse Acting.



OP-CinderellaChristmas Panto: 'Cinderella' - Tue 5th to Sat 9th December 2017

Venue: Over Community Centre, Over CB24 5NW  (Click for map)

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.





John Lamoon  

Very Sad News . . .

It is with great sadness that The Over Players had to announce in January 2015 the loss of their Chairman and biggest ever contributor to the group, John Lamoon.

John was always the backbone of The Over Players, appearing in 60+ productions, and he will be missed tremendously by everyone who knew him.

Click here to read more about John and his involvement with The Over Players.





Some other Productions . . .

(click here for a complete list)


Pantomime Adventures of PinocchioThe Pantomime Adventures of Pinocchio

Our Christmas pantomime, written and directed by Phil Norton, was staged from Tue 9th to Sat 13th December 2014 at Over Community Centre.

Well done to Phil and to everyone involved for another great production!




Music Hall at Over Community Centre

Following the success of our Music Hall at Great Stukeley, we staged a follow-up performance at Over Community Centre on 17th October 2014.  Thanks go to all, not least the audience, for making it another great success.  Watch this space to find out how much we raised. 


Music Hall at Great Stukeley Village Hall

Our Music Hall performance at Great Stukeley Village Hall on 20th September 2014 was a great success, combining a wide selection of material with an enthusiastic cast and an enthusiastic audience, with the result that a good time was had by all!  Thanks go to Stuart Bell for producing and directing the show and to the Stukeley Hall Committee for making us very welcome and providing some excellent food.


William Shakespeare



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This production, a Shakespearean comedy, was performed on 10th, 11th & 12th July 2014 in ideal surroundings in the Old Vicarage Garden in Over, and was very well received by those who attended.  Despite the looming threat of rain, for which we were fully prepared, we escaped with just a few drops during the Saturday performance only!

Please click here for the 'All's Well' page.












30th Anniversary Celebrations

We had a very enjoyable 30th Anniversary meal at the Meridian Golf Club on 9th March 2014, so thanks go to Olive for organising that, Steve for hosting it and John and Alex for spending many happy hours creating various video compilations of previous shows for us to watch.

Those who attended will have seen the booklets that Olive produced for the occasion, and downloadable versions of these are now available - please refer to Olive's email for details.


Ebenezer - The PantoEbenezer - The Panto

This show, staged in December 2013, was a resounding success and achieved record audience figures! 

Well done to all those involved, and particularly to Phil Norton, who not only wrote the script, but also produced and directed it (. . . oh yes he did!). 

This was Phil's first major production and he should be very proud of his achievement - as we all are!





Very Sad News

The Over Players were sad to announce in 2013 the passing of Graham Ramsden, a loyal member of the group who was our resident lighting expert and also the original creator of this website.  For more information about Graham and his many contributions to the group please click here.


Other News

The Over Players won an award from NODA for their 2012 pantomime, Cinderella.  There are 14 districts covering the whole of East Anglia, and the Players received the best panto of 2012 award for their area, East District 4S.  Well done all those involved.

If you would like further details of our group please see our About Us and our Contacts page.


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