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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, which is taking place between 5th and 7th September at the ADC Theatre in Park Street, Cambridge (our entry will be performed on 6th September).

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  The Derek Jacobi award is given to an unpublished play and in particular to new playwrights.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 are as follows:

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

If you would like to participate, we are looking for people who love acting, singing and dancing.  You don't have to be an expert, but you do need to be enthusiastic, be available for all performance dates, and reliably attend rehearsals twice a week!  Younger performers must be in school year 7 or above (there is no upper age limit!).

Alternatively, if being on stage is not for you, there are many other opportunities for involvement, from set design and construction, chaperones, costume, hair and make-up to stage crew, technical and front-of-house assistants.   It's a great way to get to know people.

To register an interest in taking part (performing or otherwise), simply email  and tell us what your interests are.

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