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.

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Humble Boy Review


The Players recently presented the play ‘Humble Boy’ by Charlotte Jones at the Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey.

Felix Humble (Will Meadows), a theoretical physicist, comes home to his family home in the Cotswolds to attend his father’s funeral. The story does not get off to good start as he fails to turn up at the funeral to give an eulogy for his father, which does not impress his rather domineering mother Flora (Jenny Connelly). She has been having an affair for years with George (Mark Godwin), the owner of a local coach company, who is also the father of Rosie (Katy Bringloe) with whom Felix had an affair seven years ago and produced a child. This awkward situation is overseen by Flora’s rather put upon friend Mercy (Rachel Albon) and surprisingly Jim the gardener (Nigel Gillingham), who is an enthusiastic beekeeper.

The play is described as a gentle comedy about broken vows, failed hopes and the joys of beekeeping.

This was the first time the Players had benefited from the skills and knowledge of a professional director. Louisa Wilde is a local theatre director and singing teacher and was able to bring these skills to both the Players and the production – for which The Players are extremely grateful.

Louisa was a great support to Will Meadows in his first major role with the Players, especially as he had such an enormous part to learn! Will was supported by a strong cast with fine performances all round, all of whom  benefited from Louisa’s guidance and experience. Fortunately, there was very little for prompt Margaret Wilson to do and professional levels of lighting were provided by Alan Pewsey and Sam Bovey, with Kenneth Swan providing his usual high standards in sound. Costumes were provided and overseen by Chris Towle.

There many twists and turns to the story: comedy, pathos and even a few tears. If you want to know the outcome, you will have to read the script but it will be worth the effort!

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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.

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2017 Curtain Up

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‘Waving Goodbye’ Tuesday 5th September

Waving Goodbye

A play by Andrew Shakeshaft
Presented by Tree Shadow Theatre Productions

Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey 5th September 2017 7:30pm

Waving Goodbye; Burkha or jeggings? Twisting fast-paced black comedy.
**** Remote Goat “a production which has much to offer” “Deeply moving”

Views from the Gods “Funny and Moving”
Pick of the Fringe Award Bedfringe 2017

Waving Goodbye is an emotionally charged black comedy which asks fundamental
questions about existence and our relationships with each other.

“All those people who died young; you’ve got their life, you’ve got the chances they
never had and what are you doing with it?”

Tree Shadow Theatre put out a call for new, contemporary scripts that didn’t fight shy of exploring big issues and what it is to be a young woman in today’s world. This two-
hander comedy was the outright winner.

After debuting at the Camden Fringe, Waving Goodbye has been performed in Exeter,
Monmouth, Seaton, Bristol, London and the Bedfringe. Our performances in Exeter this year for the From Devon with Love Festival played to a sold-out audience and Waving Goodbye was awarded Pick of The Fringe by Bedfringe. Tree Shadow Theatre look forward to bringing Waving Goodbye back to home turf in Devon for a special one-off performance in Bovey Tracey.

Directed by Anita Parry (What Would Helen Mirren Do?)
Cast: Lucy Theobald and Louisa Wilde
Playwright: Andrew Shakeshaft
Tickets £6
Running Time 50mins
Email: [email protected]

“A true masterpiece of theatre” Last Embrace, Broadway Baby *****

“A fascinating examination of the tension between appearance and reality” – How Well You Know Me, Somerset Gazette

“I’m no theatre critic, but what struck me was how the entire audience was completely absorbed by the drama” Audience review

“An inspiring play that deserves a wider audience” Audience review, Hard Like Stone

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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


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2017 Lone Star

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LONE STAR by James Maclure Is a gritty comedy – set in the back of “Angels Bar”, Texas, late 70s – with a cast of three very colourful characters!

Here is how the author describes them……

Roy (James Harper)

Roy is lean, tough with beginnings of a beer gut. Uneducated, belligerent, his army service has nearly given him a sense of irony. He voted Nixon, likes John Wayne movies and thinks Raquel Welch is a great actress. Love of his life – his 1959 pink Thunderbird convertible.)

Ray (Mark Godwin)

Ray is his younger brother. Slope-shouldered, sloth-like, slowwww. He has no idea what irony is. Wears a John Deere hat. Probably sleeps in it.

Cletis (Mark Albon)

Cletis is a friend of Ray’s. A wide-eyed asshole. His life should have been terminated in high school. He married the first girl he dated that didn’t spit on him. She married him because of his fathers appliance store. He works there. Get’s lost in the stock room. Has a plastic pocket pencil holder. Sleeps with it.

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2016 Allo Allo

It has been a sad week with the announcement of the of death of Gorden Kaye – the original Rene Artois. We still all sit about and have a giggle whenever we discuss last years Player’s production of Allo Allo. They must have had a ball filming the originals and Gorden will be remembered with a smile.

So here are some pictures from our Allo Allo, thanks Bim. Coming soon will be news of our next production, which will be coming up in March and is currently in rehearsal.

Photos courtesy of Bim Photography

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Good Moaning everybiddy

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*** NEW *** Bovey Tracey Players SHOP Launched

Now you can buy lots of lovely Bovey Tracey Players merchandise.  Visit the shop today !!!

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2016 Allo Allo

‘Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once….’  The Bovey Tracey Players are delighted to present the popular wartime comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo, by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft.  This uproarious comedy is based on the hugely successful British television series, and has a special place in British Comedy history. It relates the adventures of a hapless cafe owner, René, in occupied France, his wife, the tone deaf Edith, and two waitresses Yvette and Mimi, who by his own admission he enjoys being nice to!

Hiding stolen paintings for the Germans and British airmen for the resistance add to the confusion and chaos that ensues.  The cast includes all the favourite characters including the austere Herr Flick and his side-kick Helga, Michelle of the Resistance, bungling Sergeant Crabtree, master of disguise Monsieur Leclerc, lady-loving Captain Bertorelli, Lieutenant Gruber and his little tank, the ever youthful Colonel Von Strohm and the new General Von Schmelling, who all the other officers want to impress!

As you see, all the usual suspects and characters are there, but…. Will the long distance duck take off? Will Crabtree ever learn to speak French? Will the British airmen leave René’s café? Will Edith ever sing in tune?

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