The Orpen Players were formed in 1969 and have been presenting local theatre to the Village of West Bergholt ever since! In that time we have established a reputation for presenting quality productions and our recent pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, sold out on all six performances. We are based at The Orpen Hall in West Bergholt and meet every Monday and Friday evening during our theatrical programme during which we aim to produce three shows a year during the autumn, winter and spring seasons. The winter show is always a pantomime that is presented over two weeks at the end of January and beginning of February. This is always a very communal production with lots of members from the very young, to those of a ‘certain age’ and is often the opportunity for our younger members to gain valuable experience. The autumn and spring shows are often a mixture of drama and comedy and more often than not adult cast. We are a very friendly and growing group, with members from all around the Colchester area and are always pleased to welcome new members, whatever your interests or expertise!
Although we are in the midst of the pantomime our Spring production follows close behind and now is your chance to get involved. The readings/auditions for The Vicar of Dibley will be held at the Orpen Hall in West Bergholt at 8pm on both Monday 4th Feb and Friday 8th Feb. You do not need Read more about Vicar of Dibley – Readings/Auditions[…]
Its the last weekend before the show goes on which can only mean one thing. SET UP. This weekend our technical team set the stage, there’s painting to be done props to be set, lighting to be established, sound effects gone through amongst a huge variety of other jobs! See some of our pictures below!
Just to let you know that our second matinee performance (2nd February) is SOLD OUT! Our first Saturday matinee performance (26th January) only has approx. 10 tickets left available! There are still tickets for our other four performances. Purchase yours now form Ashes Store in West Bergholt or reserve them by calling Roger on 01206 Read more about Tickets are selling out! Get yours NOW![…]
Tickets for ‘Alice in Wonderland – The Panto’ are for sale in Ash’s Store West Bergholt; however if you cant get there you can call Roger and book on 01206 241048. Dates / Times of our shows: FRI 25TH JAN 7.30PM SAT 26TH JAN 2PM & 7.30PM FRI 1ST FEB 7.30PM SAT 2ND FEB 2PM & Read more about Box Office -OPEN[…]
Tuesday 8th January saw three of our members go to BBC radio Essex to feature on Centre Stage. If you didn’t get a chance to listen live you can do by clicking on the link below or copy and paste into your search online – we come on at approximately 1.30hr. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p06vggt9
After 20 years in the Orps Holly Snowling has treaded the boards, worked backstage, become part of the committee and assited directed copious times however in the groups big celebratory 50th year she is taking on her directing debut. The village of West Bergholt will be transported to another similar village through the comedy classic of Read more about Spring 2019 – Exclusive news[…]
Today we were invited along to star on ‘Centre Stage’ a radio programme on BBC Essex hosted by Rob Jelly. If you didn’t hear us you mssed out on a great show! Peter Cox spoke about directing our up and coming panto – Alice in Wonderland, his introduction into acting, alongside our Chairman Debra Hornigold Read more about BBC ESSEX RADIO[…]
BBC ESSEX RADIO have asked us to appear on their ‘Centre Stage’ show section on Tuesday 8th Jan. The show airs at 1:30pm. Peter Cox our Panto director will be giving insider knowledge and sneaky clues as to what ‘Alice In Wonderland – The Panto’ has in store. Our Chairman Debra Hornigold will be there Read more about EXCLUSIVE – EXCITING NEWS![…]
HELP!! The Orpen Players are desperately seeking a PIANIST for their forthcoming panto. Our pianist has had to pull out due to work commitments and we are looking for someone to save the day! We realise it’s late in the day – but our musical director/guitarist can’t be left to go solo!! Rehearsals are Monday Read more about CAN YOU HELP?![…]
“I became interested in acting when I was a young boy and appeared in many school plays, my favourite being “Journeys End” by R.C. Sherriff. Set in the trenches in France during the Great War, I played the part of Captain Stanhope, a role that will remain in my memory forever. When I left school Read more about Our Stories : Colin Downer[…]