New Productions

Panto, 2015

Exciting news ....... The Thetford Players have announced that their next pantomime in January 2015 is to be 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. We are delighted to be working with a script written by Ben Crocker again who wrote our very successful panto performed earlier this year - The Sleeping Beauty. If you are interested in being a part of the Thetford Players panto 2015 then please join us at auditions, details as follows: -

Panto auditions - Sunday 22 June, 10.30am, The Studio (Charles Burrell Centre, Staniforth Road, Thetford) - everyone welcome between the ages of 5 years up to 80 years! Why not join our Thetford Players family and be part of something really exciting by 'Bringing drama to life in Thetford'.
Rehearsals are scheduled to begin week commencing the 15 September (on Wednesdays and Thursdays) with the performances taking place between Friday 9 and Saturday 17 January 2015.  

If you were unable to attend the Panto information afternoon then please download an audition pack here.

Tickets for all Thetford Players productions may be purchased online, over the telephone or in-person from our Box Office at:-

The Leaping Hare Tourist Office, Belmont House, 20 King Street, Thetford, IP24

Tel: 01842 751975


Thetford Historical Character Walks, 2014

Come make the pilgrimage and join the Thetford Players as they perform their way through the historic town of Thetford, introducing Thomas Paine - born in Thetford, English-American political activist, author, political theorist, revolutionary and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Paine will guide you to locations where characters that played a part in the town’s remarkable history will come to life and share their stories; some of those who may be met include Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Radcliffe (former owner of the Bell Inn), Father John Brame of St. Mary’s Priory, Susannah Holmes (wife of Henry Cabell, one of the founding families of Australia), Sir Robert Williamson (MP in 1669 and great benefactor of Thetford), Duleep Singh (the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire and friend of Queen Victoria) and perhaps the most famous of all – Boudica, leader of the British Iceni tribe.

The dates of each of the Walks are as follows:-

Sunday 29 June (original town Walk) 
Sunday 24 August (original town and Priory Walks semi-combined)   
Sunday 19 October (Priory Walk)

Each Walk in 2014 will be different but all will commence at 2.00pm from the Thomas Paine Hotel, Whitehart Street, Thetford, with each lasting approximately 90 minutes. The August Walk will be particularly special as it will include characters from the original Walk plus additional characters will feature who participated in last year's one-off Priory Walk, also a stop at the Bell Hotel for light refreshments.

All Walks are wheelchair-friendly and tickets are priced at £6 each or £20 for a group (four people of any age) for the June and October Walks, the August Walk will be £8 each or £28 for a group (which includes refreshments). Come along and learn something new about Thetford!

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Acts of Summer, July 2014
A trio of one-act plays will be performed, one of which will showcase our junior members, the second will feature some of our adult members and the third will have both adult and junior members. The dates and times are as follows: -

Date: Saturday 19 July 2014

Time: 3.00pm - 5.00pm (doors open at 2.30pm)

Venue: The Carnegie Room, Cage Lane, Thetford, IP24 2DS

Ticket Prices: £6 each or £20 for a group of four (standard seating)
  £7 each or £25 for a group of four (rake/tiered seating)



Play one: 'Can You See It From Here?' by Geoff Bamber (junior members)

The performance of this play by the Hereford Junior Players won the Best Junior Play award at Hereford Drama Festival, 2013 and the adjudicator's award at the Willow Guild Festival, 2013.

Thetford Players member Maria Cooke will be making her directing debut with this play which is to be performed by junior members only. The play is a science fiction comedy especially for children set in a galaxy of diversely colored planets, each of which is on the brink of declaring war on the others. When news of impending mayhem reaches the Control Center of Inter-Galactic Security, it happens to be a weekend and suitable operatives are in short supply. Can Eric, the computer nerd, and Jenny, a secretary on her first day at work, prevent a horrifying conflict? A task, it should be said, hardly made any easier by the influence of unscrupulous dark-side cosmic villain, Lord Velcro.

Play 2: 'A Human Write' by Amy Sutton (adult members)

The production of this play by the Glow Theatre Group gained the adjudicator's award for the director and overall runner up in the Southern Counties Drama Festival, 2013.

Jo Cooper will be directing this play which will have a cast from our adult membership. This is a fascinating one-act drama that uses mime and rhyme to take us into the mind of a writer who is grappling not only with their writing but also with their personal life as they desperately attempt to strike up a relationship with someone they see regularly on the bus. Well paced and gathering speed, the play uses the chorus to reveal the writer's thoughts - sometimes cogent, sometimes chaotic - come to life as the surreal become real.

Play 3: 'Three Nil Down at Half Time' by Jonathan Edgington (adult and junior members)
The production by the Watlington Young Players won Best Youth Production at the 2013 Hunstanton Drama Festival.

Jo Cooper and Maria Cooke will be co-directing this one-act play which features a mixed cast of adult and junior members. The girls' soccer team is on a losing streak - until a half-time bet leads to a change of management! Will this alter the outcome of the match?!

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Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime, January 2015

Pantomime, January 2015

Exciting news ....... The Thetford Players have announced that their next pantomime in January 2015 is to be 'Jack & the Beanstalk'. We are delighted to be working with a script written by Ben Crocker again who wrote our very successful panto performed earlier in 2014 - The Sleeping Beauty. Caroline Foot will be directing the panto once again and we will be using the formidable team who provided us with such fantastic sound, lighting, live music, costumes, hair and make up for The Sleeping Beauty. We also plan to have a two week run, incorporating two Friday evening performances, two Saturday afternoon matinees and two Saturday evenings, as follows: -

Dates: Friday 9 January
  Saturday 10 January
  Friday 16 January
  Saturday 17 January
Times: 7.30pm (Friday performances)
  1.30pm and 6.30pm (Saturday performances)

Venue: Carnegie Room, Cage Lane, Thetford, IP24 2DS

Ticket prices: To be announced

Note down the dates and times and be sure to purchase your tickets quickly to avoid disappointment!