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New Buckenham Players recreate first ever production from April 1979




Husband John Thomas and wife Felicity (who met at the play), Norman Spencer and the late Bryan Hill.
Husband John Thomas and wife Felicity (who met at the play), Norman Spencer and the late Bryan Hill.

A Norfolk dramatics society is celebrating its 40th anniversary by recreating its first production with some of the original cast members.

Since New Buckenham Players first took to the stage in April 1979, the group has put its name to more than 100 productions.

On June 1, they will perform An Evening of Victorian Melodramas, the same three plays it first produced all those years ago.

The evening will even include a pie ‘n’ pea supper, just as it did on the original opening night.

Roger Turner, Lilly Hodges, Pete Harrold, Alison Underwood, Emma Frith, Clodagh Lohan, Susan Jowett, Sam Allen, Bella Chirodian, Ellie Hupton, Sally Elvin, John Underwood and Geoff Gildersleeve will feature in the plays.
Roger Turner, Lilly Hodges, Pete Harrold, Alison Underwood, Emma Frith, Clodagh Lohan, Susan Jowett, Sam Allen, Bella Chirodian, Ellie Hupton, Sally Elvin, John Underwood and Geoff Gildersleeve will feature in the plays.

Fittingly, the food is being supplied by the village’s King’s Head pub, the same venue where the crew came up with the idea for the Players in 1979.

Of the original cast of 14 people, two have unfortunately died and three have emigrated. Of the remaining nine, five will perform at the anniversary event, one of whom will even be in the same role.

The three plays are Hiss The Villain, Wages of Sin and Maria Marten with organisers promising a night of “drag, drama and drawn-out deaths”.

To check for tickets, call 01953 861438 or 01953 860320.



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