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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!
“I have been connected to the Orps for years. My grandfather was a member from its formation, he even built the apron on the front of the stage. I joined in 2004 and my first panto was ‘Wind in the Willows’. From then I did various shows with the group from ‘The Ghost Train’ to Read more about Our Stories : Ben Maytham[…]
“I am new to the Orpen Players this year (2018), not having acted since junior school. I had watched many of their productions over the years and became involved with them through my daughter taking part in the last two pantos. I volunteered to help paint scenery, and also went to a couple of their Read more about Our Stories : Mary Weindling[…]
“I am a founder member of the Ops, aged 12! A man called Jim Statters called a meeting in the village and the rest they say is history! The first plays were produced’ rather than directed, Pam Rew and Viv Taylor were at the helm of this new venture. My stage debut was as an Read more about Our Stories : Jackie Grant[…]
“I first joined the Orpen players when I was 9 years old. I have taken part in five of the Orpen Players pantomimes playing various parts from villagers, woodland creatures and fairies. Last year 2018 I got my first principal role with the part of Princess Briar Rose In Sleeping Beauty. I love being part of Read more about Our Stories : Millie Hack[…]
Although the Orps were nominated for 7 awards we only picked up one award on the night; however this went to Anne Sexton as Fairy Silence in Sleeping Beauty – Best Supporting Actress. Anne has been with us for many years, works tirelessly and creates such amazing characters that inspire other actors. A truly well Read more about NETG Awards Night[…]
“My first experience of drama was in junior school, I played a Flower Fairy. I decided to join the Orpen Players in 2001, my first role was as a Fairy. I especially love all the Pantomimes, wether I was a good, bad or just funny character, being bad is the best experience of course! I have also Read more about Our Stories : Anne Sexton[…]
FOLLOWING THE WEST BERGHOLT FETE LAST WEEKEND THERE IS STILL TIME TO ENTER OUR COMPETITION: UPLOAD A PICTURE OF YOU / FAMILY/ FRIENDS IN OUR COSTUMES AT THE FETE TO OUR WEBSITE OR FACEBOOK PAGE. OUR CHAIRMAN WILL DECIDE ON A WINNING PICTURE AND THE WINNER WILL BE CONTACTED. THE PRIZE – 2 FREE TICKETS TO Read more about LAST CHANCE TO ENTER & WIN[…]
We are sincerely grateful for the communications and offers we have received following our plea for a particular sofa to use in our Autumn production set. We are lucky to have found someone local within the village community who will be lending us their personal property. We love being part of a thriving village; we are Read more about Thank you – From Orps to you![…]
‘Secondary Cause of Death’ is well underway, cast are putting books down now and we are getting close to curtain up. Peter Cox one of our members took some pictures of Monday nights rehearsal.
Due to unforeseen circumstances there have been some last minute changes to the cast for our Autumn production; as a close knit group however this is no obstacle we pull together ready to put on a show. Chrissie Wenden and Ricci Mussi have unfortunately had to leave the troupe temporary, however our very able Chair Read more about Cast Change[…]