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Diamond year for Players

Wisbech Players, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary. President Mavis Russell presents the Presidents Cup to David Lewis.

Wisbech Players, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary. President Mavis Russell presents the Presidents Cup to David Lewis.

Wisbech Players celebrate their 60th anniversary this year with a production which commemorates the 100th anniversary of WWI.

Since the group was formed in 1954, when it performed its first play at the now disappeared Women’s Institute Hall, it has entertained thousands of people in an around Wisbech with a varied selection of productions.

In recent times these have included favourites from the small screen such as Faulty Towers as well as classics like The Deep Blue Sea, which won the players a prestigious award in 2012.

The society held its AGM last week at Mendi’s when chairman, Gordon Ringrose, reported a successful year in 2013, during which two productions took place at the Angles Theatre, which has been the group’s venue for a number of years and of which the society is a stake holder.

The autumn production of Moliere’s classic TARTUFFE has been nominated for best play in the appropriate National Operatic and Dramatic Association’s regional awards - to be announced in April.

Ann Shippey was made a life member of the society in recognition of long committee service, from which she is retiring.

Mavis Russell presented the President’s Cup to David Lewis for his contribution to the society in 2013.

The chairman also mentioned that an apology for absence had been received from Alec Ilett – who is a surviving founder member and presently in Lyncroft where he is reported to be doing as well as can be expected for his age – 94 this year.

Production plans for 2014 include the spring offering of Alan Ayckbourn’s NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH.

Directing will be Linda Ekins and rehearsals are under way for performances from April 22 to 26.

The players will be performing R C Sheriff’s JOURNEYS END in November to the 100th anniversary of WWI.

Angles Theatre vice-chairman Emlyn Moment will direct this celebrated play.

 

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