The Portchester Players' Hampshire Theatre Group


Born in the lounge bar of a smoky pub in the early 1960s, Hampshire theatre group the Portchester Players are celebrating more than 50 years in the business. Two of its founder members are still involved in the group today.

The group is quite family orientated and there are one or two Players families who have produced third generation Players! We have also had several members move into the professional world - both front and back stage - and we always keep an avuncular eye on their exploits. Until very recently, our home was the Portchester Community Centre but we have recently moved to the Ashcroft Arts Centre in Fareham.

Over the years, the group has tackled pretty much all forms of theatre, but we initially became well known for our Pantos and Music Halls. We now also enjoy putting on a wide range of plays and the occasional musical. Very active in Hampshire amateur theatre, the Players usually enter the annual Totton Drama festival, which is the first round of the All England Drama festival. Whilst we have won at Totton several times, we had particularly successful years in 2004 and 2006 where, in both cases, we made it right through to the semi-finals in both cases and won a clutch of awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director. We are very proud to represent the best of amateur theatre in Hampshire.

The years roll by, people (and audiences!) come and go but we like to think that the Players will soldier on for at least another 50 years. If you have never seen a PP production - why not come along and see us soon? If you would like to be on our mailing list then please drop us an email at gray.robertson@ntlworld.com so that we can always keep you informed. We welcome contact from you whether you are just interested in finding out more about amateur dramatics groups or actually want to join our Hampshire theatre group. Plays from our Hampshire theatre group are wide ranging and range from drama to comedy. We are sure that you will find an area that interests you.


Our Current Production

Neville's Island by Tim Firth, directed by Kay Sumpner
Team Building Weekend - words that would strike a chill in the heart of anyone that has ever experienced the horror of such events! But for Neville, Gordon, Angus and Roy it's a reality. These four out-of-condition, middle aged businessmen find themselves in the Lake District and succeed in being the first people ever to get shipwrecked inland! Bound in by fog, menaced by the wildlife and cut off from the world, this perfunctory middle-class exercise turns into a carnival of recrimination, French cricket and sausages. It's a cross between Lord of the Flies and The Office.

What should have been a bonding process turns into a muddy, bloody fight for survival. Tim Firth (Calendar Girls, The Flint Street Nativity etc) certainly knows how to write comedy with a dark side and we are sure our audiences will love watching everything fall apart for this intrepid bunch.

Tickets available from the Ashcroft Arts Centre, or ring the Box Office on 01329 223100

Our Next Production


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Latest News from The Portchester Players' Hampshire Theatre Group


Curtain Call Awards 2014
Graham Robertson received the award for "Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy" for his sensitive portrayal of the role of John in our prodiction of Calendar Girls.

We think this represents a real achievement, bearing in mind the number of Calendar Girls productions in the area in the same time period.

Well done Mr Robertson!


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The Portchester Players Gallery


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The Vicar of Dibley


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amateur theatre group Fareham Hampshire

Blithe Spirit


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amateur theatre group Fareham Hampshire

Stepping Out


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Calendar Girls


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amateur theatre group Fareham Hampshire

Fantastic Mr Fox




Get Involved!


You can get involved with The Portchester Players Theatre Group in four different ways:

Being a full member allows the fullest participation in the company, including acting. We are always on the lookout for new members - particularly MEN. Entry to the group is by audition, which takes the form of:

song
If possible we like people to bring along a prepared song, but many people - especially if they're first-timers - just sing a well-known song like 'Happy Birthday'.

sight-reading
We provide the words and give you a short while to read it through before you perform it.

movement
A very simple routine, designed to assess whether you have 2 (or more!) left feet.

We welcome all - from beginners to experienced actors and actresses. For beginners, the audition is designed to assess your potential rather than your current ability.



Allows you to do everything BUT act. Designed for people who want to help out backstage.

This might include:


  • Scenery construction / painting
  • Props
  • Sound
  • Lighting
  • Front of house / Box office
  • Wardrobe
  • Publicity

and so on...

We are always glad of additional back stage support - particularly set construction and wardrobe.



As we only do up to two shows per year where dancers might be used, we have a special lower rate membership.

Entry is again by audition.


These are our supporters and, as such, they get a "Season Ticket" to all our productions.

If you would like to be a supporter of the Portchester Players contact Tania Perkins on 07814 693867 or by email at perkinsmar3@aol.com





Contact The Portchester Players' Hampshire Theatre Group



Membership Secretary: Graham Robertson

For more details about getting involved with the Portchester Players, whether on stage or backstage, contact Graham Robertson on 01329 519125 or e-mail gray.robertson@ntlworld.com


Dancers

For enquiries about becoming a Portchester Player dancer contact Lydia Thorne on 02392 613252 or e-mail lyds2407@ntlworld.com


Patron Secretary: Tania Perkins

If you would like to be a supporter of the Portchester Players contact Tania Perkins on 07814 693867 or e-mail perkinsmar3@aol.com



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