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!
September 2019 saw a group of the Orps attend the North Essex Theatre Guild awards, although we were nominated for numerous awards we only succeeded in winning Set Construction & Design for Peter Cox, who is a wonderful asset to our group with his multiple skills in set design, construction, painting, directing and acting! However Read more about Our Night at The Essex Oscars[…]
Each year our productions are adjudicated by the North Essex Theatre Guild; they then have a yearly ceremony celebrating the amateur dramatic groups and all they’ve seen. Nominations are sent out prior to the awards night and we are fortunate the have received a great handful this year. Whether we win or loose it is Read more about NETG Nominations[…]
Our previous post announced the cast for our Autumn Production ‘Wife after Death’, unfortunately we made a mistgake – our updated full cast list is: Debra Hornigold, Lorraine Usher, Anne Sexton, Chrissie Wenden, Colin Downer & William Groom.
Although we are a few months off production week make sure to save the date now so you are free to come and see our hilarious Autumn comedy – WIFE AFTER DEATH. SHOW NIGHTS OCT 10TH, 11TH, 12TH
Our Autumn production is a classic comedy by the playwright Eric Chappell, directed by Mike Poole; here’s a quick synopsis of the play and what you can expect from the Orps in October! ‘Comedian and national treasure Dave Thursby has died, and on the day of his funeral, friends and colleagues gather beside his coffin Read more about About: Wife after death[…]
Rehearsals have begun! Mike Poole is directing the comedy ‘Wife after death’ by Eric Chappell. The Cast : Debra Hornigold Colin Downer William Groom Lorraine Usher Anne Sexton Make a note in your diaries ready to see this cracking show in October 2019 to round off the Orpen Players 50th year!
Again due to some unfortunate technical problems we have been amiss but hopefully we are now back and keep you updated with all Orps news. SPRING 2019 – THE VICAR OF DIBLEY A complete success! We had 4 wonderful sell out shows. We produced something very different, it was the first time directing for Holly Snowling, Read more about Lets catch you up![…]
We are advertising EVERYWHERE! Posters are up around the village, in Colchster libraries, shops and in windows all over the place! Soon our boards supported by Boydens estate agents will be up around West Bergholt. We have been featured in Connection magazine, LOOK magazine, The W.B Village Bulletin, we will be in the Colchester Gazette Read more about Look out for us in the media![…]
We apologise that the website has not been updated recently; we unfortunately suffered some technical difficulties, but we are back! Lets catch you up on what has been happening with the Orps! We are hard rehearsing for The Vicar of Dibley production which celebrates our 50th year as a group. Cast have scripts down, costumes Read more about Sorry for the technical difficulties![…]
As part of the Orps production of ‘Vicar of Dibley’, the wedding scene between that of Hugo and Alice will be filmed in St Marys Old church West Bergholt (with kind permission with Friends of the Old Church). YOU ARE ALL INVITED! We would like the pews filled with village folk happy to be part Read more about You’re invited![…]