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The Orpen Players were formed in 1969 and have been presenting local theatre to the Village of West Bergholt for the past 47 years! 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!
We’re excited to announce that our Spring production will be Prescription for Murder by Norman Robbins!
An update from our Commitee Chair, Debra. PANTO – SLEEPING BEAUTY A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAD AN ADVERTISING BOARD OUTSIDE THEIR PROPERTY – IT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE TO US! So Panto is well and truly over as we start preparations and rehearsals for our Spring production. Many thanks to Ricci Mussi…..Not Read more about Orpen Players Spring update[…]
Thanks to everyone who helped out and came to say hello at the West Bergholt village fete last week. We had a great time trying on silly wigs and chatting to our neighbors. If you’d like to get involved in any future events like this, or you saw us and want to say hello, contact Read more about Fun at the West Bergholt Fete[…]
The Orpen Players will be at the West Bergholt Village fete this weekend (the 9th September). Come by and say hello! There’s more information available here. Members, we could do with a helping hand here and there. Please get in touch with Debra or Nicole via email to pledge your time!
Our final two events summer events will be panto workshops and readings on the 18th and 25th August. They will be led by this year’s panto director, Ricci Mussi. Loads more detail on these soon, but in the meantime, help us get an idea of numbers by liking the event on Facebook.
As part of our summer events, Phil Hurst will be leading a play reading on the 11th August. Please join our Facebook event to help us get an idea of numbers. The play itself is still to be confirmed, but if you’ve got any ideas, contact Phil on using the form below!
We hope you’re looking forward to our first event of the summer, on the 4th August at the Orpen Hall. Led by Anna Bird, the session will include thinking on your feet, accepting and developing ideas that you are faced with and having a bit of a giggle. Some short games and some longer exercises which will Read more about Improvising workshop 4th August[…]
I am so pleased to be able to let you all know that Jack and the Beanstalk won the best pantomime at the NETG awards evening! I am therefore a very happy director and I would like to say a very well done to you all! This is a just and fitting reward for all of the cast Read more about Best Pantomime![…]
Thanks to everyone who attended the Orpen Players summer workshop. What a great couple of days!
This August the Orpen Players are planning a summer workshop for 7-14 year olds. More information is on the poster below, but in short: It will be a 2 day workshop – the 16 and 17 August.You should be able to attend both days. The workshop will run from 10am – 1pm each day. There’s Read more about Orpen Players Summer workshop[…]