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The committee have been working hard to decide on ways The Players can continue and attract new members and support. So, we have decided to run some workshops to encourage both our existing members and new people to come along and take part – and have some fun in the process! We have been fortunate in securing professional help for these workshops and hope that they will be well supported. All the workshops will take place in the Function Room of the Dolphin Hotel. Tuesday 7th February at 7.30pm. Nigel, the Chairman (not a professional!) will run some play readings where we will discuss the impressions made from the page, character analysis, and maybe even a bit acting! Tuesday 21st February at 7.30pm. Kathryn Bringloe, professional singing teacher and classically trained soprano, will be exploring ‘Connecting Singing and Voice with the actor’. She will focus on drawing attention to the body, breath and voice for the actor. Then progressing to the sung voice, learning warm up exercises and singing techniques to help an on-stage performance. If you have a favourite song or monologue you would like to try out, please bring it along. Tuesday 7th March at 7.30pm: Come and join professional actor and voiceover artist Gordon Cooper for a fun acting workshop, exploring and playing with basic acting techniques and exercises to help in developing interesting and believable characters for performance. Tuesday 14th March at 7.30pm: Alistair Ganley, Artistic Director at The Cygnet Theatre in Exeter, will be running a workshop on Directing Skills and acting techniques. The Cygnet Theatre is a well-established training theatre for both professional and amateur actors, and teaches a wide range of theatrical skills and techniques. Everyone is welcome!


Thanks to all those who attended our recent AGM. Lots of good discussion and ideas.  The committee have met since and have two exciting updates for you. New Membership Offer The Annual Membership which runs from 1st February to 31st January each year will remain at the current level of £15 per adult per year and will include the following extras: And if that isn’t tempting enough, apply before 31st July and you will get 18 months for the price of 12 ie your membership will run to 31st January 2024! Your membership fee is important as it enables us to insure our belongings and provide cover for our productions. So, if you are involved in a production whether on stage or off stage we will need you to be a paid up member.  For those who have already paid your membership, thank you and the new deal will apply to you too! If you need our bank details to renew or take up your membership please click Contact us above and we will provide the details Production News We have the Dolphin booked for the week beginning 14th November for our Autumn production. Katy Bringloe has offered to direct and has some ideas of plays she would like to do. We are planning a few play readings over the next few weeks starting Thursday 9th June, 7.30pm at Bovey Paradiso when we hope to read extracts from ‘The Marquise’ by Noel Coward.  Everyone is welcome, whether you are interested in being involved or not. Watch this space for further dates.Look forward to seeing you there. Nigel GillinghamChairman.

A Letter from the Chairman

As a newly appointed Chairman of the Players, I thought it would be a good opportunity to write a little note to you all and talk about future plans for the group. What a year it has been ! Theatres and cinemas closed, and all of us learning how to cope with lockdown. Not being able to meet friends and family, not being able to go to the pub, but of course all for a very good reason. I do hope none of you have suffered from COVID and you and your families have been able to stay safe. As I am now saying to people…’well, I’ve got this far…..’ But do you sense some optimism in the air? The latest period of lockdown and the wonderful and impressive rollout of the vaccination programme which already seems to be having an impression is giving us all hope for better times to come. So it is for the Players. Throughout the past year your committee has stayed in touch and made sure the group somehow survived. Of course, we have been unable to meet or put on productions, but we are still here! The recent ‘virtual’ AGM went well and it was good to see old friends and faces and gave us hope for the future. You may be aware that The Players were due to celebrate their 50th Anniversary this year, but of course we were unable to fulfil any plans we had. But we’re not going to let a little thing like a global pandemic stop us now! First of all I must thank the retiring Chairman, Jenny, for all her work over, believe it or not, the past four years. Her enthusiasm and commitment and the warmth of her personality has meant that we were able to present a number of productions over that period. Lots of fun, lots of new people involved – a lot of work – has kept drama alive in Bovey Tracey. Let’s be honest, who could say ‘No’ if Jenny asked you to help out! Since our eviction from the Town Hall it’s been a difficult time for the Players and Jenny’s drive and efficiency has been so important. We now have a new committee, being myself, Jenny Connelly, Dave Cartwright, Pam Meadows, Terry Nickels, Mark Godwin and Chris Towle. My thanks to them all for standing, and we now all have to work hard to put The Players back on the map! So, what of the future? Providing all goes well and we don’t get lockdown again and places continue to re-open, we would hope to be able to put on a production of Blackadder at The Dolphin in October.  In addition we will be pursuing the possibility of performing some old fashioned street theatre with a ‘Mummers’ play which can be done anywhere, and by anyone! Someone has also suggested a ‘flash mob’ to present in the town which would need lots of mad people who don’t mind making a fool of themselves – which sounds a lot of fun. We will need lots of love and support from our membership to make things happen so do get in touch if you would like to get involved. The Bovey Players have been around for 50 years, let’s start the next 50 years with a bang! All the best, Nigel Gillingham.

Awards All Round

At our AGM on Wednesday 28th March, the Players were pleased to award a cheque to our chosen charity of the year – The Devon Freewheelers. This was presented by our chair, Jenny Connelly and received by one of their local riders, Mr Robert Meadows. . And then the cast of ‘A Candle for Elvis’ were presented with their Adjudicator’s Award from the Dawlish one-act festival for their dramatic entrance at the end of the play! The award was presented by Freda Welton (left). Cast from L-R – Terry Nickels, Margaret White, William Meadows, Sam Bovey – sadly Lisa Huet and Mark Dunn, who directed the play were unable to be at the presentation.

While you’re here….

At the moment we’ve just finished our production of ‘Curtain Up!’ by Peter Quilter. We performed the play at ‘The Dolphin’ however here’s some interesting news about another proposed venue in  

The 2016 Players Treasure Hunt – a very pleasant afternoon

The Treasure Hunt took place on a sunny afternoon in Newton Abbot on Sunday 11th September. Anna and Andrew provided a good mix of relatively straightforward clues, together with some more obscure ones. The 11 teams that took part enjoyed the challenge, followed by a pleasant meal at The Dolphin Hotel in the evening. This year’s winners were Lisa and Mark, closely followed by Ann  and Nigel. Lisa and Mark now have the privilege of setting the clues for next year’s Treasure Hunt. The committee would like to thanks Anna and Andrew (and not forgetting Sparky the dog!) for setting the hunt and keeping us on our toes with some fiendishly simple looking but very tricky clues – well I say they were tricky because I got them wrong!

Crutons Win……. Again!

Crutons Win……. Again! Our annual quiz was won yet again by the Crutons – well done to them. There were 16 number  teams taking part this year and a good time was had by all with chips at half time, as per tradition. This event raised over £200 for our chosen charity, which this year is the Bovey Youth Cafe. Next years quiz will be set by ‘The War Babies” Alf Price’s team who were chosen to set the quiz after winning the draw for this – a new way of choosing the setters as the Crutons have won the quiz SO many times! So folks, next year expect questions on country music!  

Bovey Tracey Players Flag

Proudly presenting the newly created Bovey Tracey Players flag which was thoughtfully designed and made by Su Kaye, Carol Walters, Chris Towle, Emma Rendell and Ann Gillingham.

Quiz Night Results

The quiz was set by the Croutons, last years winners, which was very enjoyable and the questions fair.  Quiz was won by Phil Page’s team who ‘s prize is to set the quiz for next year. We raised £220 on the night from entrants fee and the raffle. This years charity is the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team – Ashburton