Press Release 30th March 2020:

PLAYERS LOOK TO NOVEMBER TO STAGE PRODUCTION:

By Brian Bennett

The Morpeth St George’s Community Players were forced to postpone their springtime production ‘Ladies Day’ by Amanda Whittington in guidance with the Government’s measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The players had been scheduled to tread the boards from Thursday to Saturday March 19-21 in the Church Hall before the play was put on hold three days beforehand. Jared Johnson, chairman of the group, said: “We are looking at it as a postponement rather than a total cancellation and – I say this with fingers crossed – we are hoping to stage ‘Ladies Day’ later in the year from Thursday to Saturday, November 19-21 which would have been the slot for our next production.” Mr Johnson added: “Tickets will be valid for the rescheduled date. However people who purchased them from the Chantry Tourist Information Centre and who are looking for a refund should contact the CTIC.”

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Show Cancelled

We are sorry to announce that our March production of Ladies Day has been cancelled due to the Covid 19 virus outbreak. We hope to reschedule and stage the play November 2020, fingers crossed.

Keep checking the website and our Facebook site for updates on our activities .

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Ladies Day. Photo shoot

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Ladies Day Rehearsals

The Ladies Day cast have been busy learning their blocking movement from Grace the Director. It’s early days but still a lot of fun to be involved.

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Our 90th Birthday/Christmas Dinner

We had a lovely evening out at Primo Piano last week, just in time for Christmas and to celebrate the Players’ 90th birthday!

We had a fantastic time, delicious food, and did a quiz to take us back through the decades.

Thank you to everybody who came; Merry Christmas and a happy new year!IMG-20191213-WA0002IMG-20191213-WA0000

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Are you coming to our Party (Piece)?

It’s almost production week for “Party Piece”!

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With the Friday night SOLD OUT, there’s still time to get your tickets for Thursday and Saturday.

The stage is being prepared, cast solidifying lines, costumes being coiffed, props being planned and lights being warmed up!

Here are some pictures from rehearsals, looking forward to seeing you on 21st-23rd November!

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‘Red Herring’ Sat 21st September

Drop Heather an email if you would like to come to the performance, Lewis’ last show at the Fringe was excellent!

Dear Members

You are invited to a very special event on Saturday 21 September at 7.30pm in the church hall.

Lewis Garvey @Gardylootheatre has written and directed RED HERRING, ‘a semi-nautical, supernatural comedy full of folklore, fantasy and the rural coast’ and is currently performing at the Edinburgh Fringe.

This is a wonderful opportunity to see a live show fresh from Edinburgh. You may remember the amazing SPACE ROCKET ODDITY MAN which he wrote and performed at the Fringe two years ago. He then came and performed it for us.

Lewis performed in the Players’ production of The Darling Buds of May some time ago, and his gran, June Hayes, was a member of the Players.

This special show will last about an hour – refreshments will be available. We do hope you can join us – why not bring a friend?

As this is not a ticketed event, it would be very helpful if you could let me know if you intend to come.

After the show, if you would like to make a donation, I’m sure Lewis would be very grateful as he is hoping to travel with his show, taking it to different venues.

Heather

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Our 90th Anniversary Celebrations

Happy 90th Anniversary to the Players! 🎉🎉🎉

Thanks to Heather for the write up of our July event and Alan for the photos, well done to all involved 😀

 

The show must go on …..and it certainly did.

2019 is St George’s Players 90th anniversary – the group, ladies only, was started by the wife of the Presbyterian minister in 1929 and is still thriving today.

Patrons and past members were invited to share this birthday in the afternoon of Saturday 13 July.

Dressed up current members mirrored the decades from the twenties to present day, with a potted history of the decade (politics, fashion, etc.), songs, a snapshot of the players at that time and individual reminiscences.

What a wonderful afternoon which included a special anniversary buffet tea.

Our thanks must go to Sue Rutherford for organising such an excellent occasion.

 

Quotes received from some of the audience:

“What a lovely afternoon we had at St George’s. Real nostalgia and happy memories, so much harder to recite these songs than sing them.” 

“Thank you for yesterday. What fun. It was so clever to put current affairs, fashion and music with Players plays. It was a great programme. It touched us all. What a magnificent spread for tea.” 

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We found the Grail!

A troupe of the Players had a brilliant time in Newcastle tonight, we visited the Theatre Royal and saw Newcastle Musical Theatre Company’s production of Spamalot.

It was super-slick, feel-good fun, every element of the production was superb. The show had something for everyone – fans of Python, musicals, and comedy.

Spamalot runs until Saturday 1st June, if you’re free, get yourself a ticket!

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May 2019 Murder Mystery – A Wasted Weekend

The players performed Eileen’s Murder Mystery “A Wasted Weekend” on the 8th and 11th of May.
Both performances and meals went down extremely well 😀 congratulations to everyone involved 👏
Here’s some pictures from rehearsals…
… And from the final performance!
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