The Uffington Players were formed in 1977 by a group of residents who wanted to enjoy some amateur dramatics as well as help raise funds. This was to support the recently opened new Village Hall named The Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall. In those distant days the group would beg or borrow scenery, curtains, props, costumes and the necessary technical equipment to stage a production. There has been continuing development and expansion since then, the Players now possesing substantial lighting and sound equipment, stage fixtures and fittings and an ever increasing costume collection that has outgrown its store.
From that inception, the Players have been led by a number of talented directors including Keith and Gill Randle, Jeanne Leahy, George Bingham, Vern and Lily Dunkley, Duncan Saunders, Charlotte Holley and James Broadbent.
The Uffington Players have staged numerous pantomimes as well as Music Hall, Murder Mysteries, Drama and Farces (see Past Productions page). Each production has endeavoured to take advantage of the diverse talents, enthusiasm and creative ideas of all the cast and production team.
Our most recent pantomime, "Beauty and the Beast" (Feb. 2016) was directed by James Broadbent and blossomed into a great show. It was one of our most successful pantomimes and the emergence of the youngsters within the cast as confident actors was a pleasure to watch. This was indeed a memorable pantomime enjoyed by the whole community.
The Players continue to help raise funds to support the Village Hall and contributed several thousand pounds towards the Hall extension which opened in late 2010. Prior to these improvements, use was made of a cantilever stage that had to be erected every time it was required. This often caused a lot of logistical problems and restricted reheasals. The extensions included a permanent stage which the Playes have put to very good use since then.
The Uffington Players continue to go from strength to strength, year on year. This is evident with the maturing talents of the youngsters that have joined in and grown up with productions. This is rewarding for the older element who have witnessed this developement. The Players will not be allowing themselves to "rest on their laurels" and thoughts are now turning to the next prroduction.
If you have a desire to become involved in amateur drama, don’t be shy, come and join us. We are a friendly lot and you will be made very welcome. If you see yourself as being on stage, backstage, chorus, lighting, sound, front of house or any element of production, please contact us, we would be delighted to hear from you
Paul Armishaw Feb.16