of The Oxted Players
(Formerly The Student Players)
The Oxted Players were formed in 1946 under the name of the Student Players, the
name being derived from the fact that the members were “students of drama”. To
keep up with the times, the Society changed its name from the Student Players
to The Oxted Players on 1 January 2000.
first major production, Poison Pen was in the Autumn of 1948 and the tradition
of an Autumn production has been continuous with only two years being missed.
We also began presenting an annual pantomime in 1950. In 1954 we embarked upon
presentation of Spring productions with Many Happy Returns. With three
productions a year, four every other year and also Festival entries we are therefore
a very busy Society. We have probably performed every classic pantomime written,
plus some unconventional ones. Our play repertoire has included the classics,
farce and modern drama – including Shakespeare, Coward, Ayckbourn and Stoppard.
Society is a member of The National Operatic
and Dramatic Association. We have successfully competed against other theatrical
societies in the Southern Counties Drama Festival for
short plays and have received many awards for acting, direction and presentation.
In 2010 our Young Players won Best Youth Play for the fourth time in a row and
also were Festival Runners Up for the third time running.
junior membership is large, primarily because of the interest in pantomime and
the week long summer workshop which we run in August,
overseen by David Rowan. We also have a full length Young Oxted Players’ production
every other year. There are also some opportunities for youngsters to help on
the technical side of productions.
are very fortunate to have the Barn Theatre as our home where we can both rehearse
and perform. The equipment available to us is extensive and our productions are
enhanced by the charm and character of the theatre, which opened in 1924 and has
recently been much improved.
As with most
Amateur Dramatic Societies, we are supported by a stalwart band of helpers
who steadfastly turn out to set build, paint, crew and generally assist
on the production side but further help is always very welcome. We are
keen to encourage new members to become involved both on and off stage
and details of how to join can be obtained from the Membership Secretary,
Fran Chalmers, on 01883 381362. (Please see separate list of productions
see Contact page for details of Membership
and general enquiries.