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The Argyle Players

An Evening with Noel Coward featuring three one act plays –

Hands Across The Sea, Red Peppers and Ways and Means

Venue – The Tovey Hall, Central United Reformed Church, Grove Street, Bath BA2 6PJ

Dates – Wednesday, 3rd May to Saturday, 6th May 2017   Doors open 7.00 pm   Curtain up 7.30 pm

Tickets - £10 from Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath  T (01225) 463362

               E: boxoffice@bathfestivals.org.uk  W: www.bathboxoffice.org.uk

General Enquiries (01225) 423866

Facebook: argyleplayersbath  Twitter: @argyleplayers

W: www.argyleplayersbath.yoursps.com



Following last year’s success when they went to the British Final, The Bristol Festival was won by St Alban’s Players ( who also won Best Director, Best Actor, Best Decor and Best Youth Performance) and go forward to the Wessex Division Quarter Final at Burnham-on-Sea.

Portishead Young Players were the winning youth team with ‘Happily Ever After ...?’ and go forward to the Five Counties Youth Drama Festival at The Olympus Theatre on 29th April.

Full Results

1st Place Trophy -  St Alban’s Players
2nd Place Trophy – Oldland Players
3rd Place Trophy – Sodbury Players
Chris Jaeger Award for Best Director – Wendy Withers (St Alban’s Players)
Best Actor – David Evans (St Alban’s Players)
Best Actress – Lisa Stapleton (Oldland Players)
Best Supporting Actor – Paul MacLeod (UWE Drama Society)
KP Badges & Trophies Best Moment of Theatre award – Portishead Young Players
Les Solomon Décor Award – St Alban’s Players
Jim English Costume Award – Oldland Players
Caroline Phillips Award (Winning Youth Group) – Portishead Young Players
Dawn Barrah Award (Most Promising Youth Performance) – Siena Jackson-Wolfe (St Alban’s Players)
Joan Pickthall Award (Best Original Play) – ‘36’ by Rite Jenkins (UWE Drama Society)
Charles Cash Award Trophy (Adjudicator’s Choice) – Josh Moore (Your Call Theatre Group)

St Alban’s Players

The Multi Award Winning St Alban’s Players have been producing quality non-professional theatre in Westbury Park since 1973, donating substantially to charity along the way.  They are now raising funds to replace a 30-year-old stage apron in the church hall, which can be used by all hall users, benefitting the local community and church congregation.

 The ‘Sweet Melodies of Spring’ will bring together local professional soloists, along with performers from The Royal Academy of Music and The Royal Scottish Conservatoire. With light operatic, song and musical-theatre repertoire centering around the theme of Spring, expect to hear popular tunes and be introduced to new musical delights - a rare treat!

 Date/Time: Saturday 18th March 2017, 7:30pm, Bar available from 6:45pm


Location: St. Alban’s Church, Bayswater Ave, Bristol, BS6 7NU

Ticket Price: £15

Box Office: 07425 198 859

Website: www.stalbansplayers.co.uk





A One Act Play by Jane Shepard

Performed by Backwell Playhouse Theatre Company


With a Special Performance of ‘Half Hour with the Earl

Featuring Martin Williamson as Bertram, the Earl of Painswick.


Thurs 6th – Sat 8th April 2017 @ 8.00pm

Backwell Playhouse

Tickets: £11 (£8 members)

Box Office: Alan/Ruth 01275 462621 & John 0117 9633586

Online: www.backwellplayhouse.co.uk

(Non-member tickets only subject to booking fee)

 ‘Commencing’ Synopsis:

The beautiful and loud Kelli has been set up on a blind date by her work colleagues, and she cannot wait! Her evening takes a turn for the better (and the worse) when strong-minded and opinionated Arlin delivers a bouquet of flowers to her door. The two women find themselves mutually appalled, yet appallingly intrigued with each other, as Jane Shepard's darkly comic one-act play brings two very different people together.

 ‘Half Hour with the Earl’ Synopsis:

Bertram, the Earl of Painswick, is at his wits end! His house is falling into ruin and the servants are revolting, so he decides to do small talks to raise revenue to renovate his home and keep it out of the hands of Oligarchs and other undesirables. He regales us with various escapades that take place on a daily basis at Watkin Castle, his ancestral home!

 Further details at www.backwellplayhouse.co.uk


Backwell Playhouse

Backwell Playhouse is a charming, intimate theatre in the south of Bristol. It boasts a strong and talented in house theatre company and a thriving film club as well as a stream of visiting companies and classes, all nestled within the heart of Backwell.

The Playhouse is a unique space, with 99 seats raking to an open and flexible performance area. The space has been used for plays, dance recitals, music performances, films and presentations. It's even hosted productions in the round! With full technical facilities, backstage amenities and bar & foyer area, Backwell Playhouse truly is an amazing theatre.

If you are interested in hiring the Playhouse for your event please contact our

Bookings Manager, Alan Johnson (01275 462621).


The Backwell Playhouse Theatre Company produce at least three productions each year, all of which are challenging to both cast and audience and are always of the highest quality and entertainment. The Playhouse Theatre Company is always looking for keen and enthusiastic people to join the group. Whether you would like to help backstage, front of house or perform on stage, anyone is welcome; no experience required. If you would like to join or find out more please contact our Artistic Director, Terry Milton (0117 964 1723 or termol.home@virgin.net)


An entirely voluntary enterprise, the Playhouse is a charity that aims to advance the education of the public in the Arts, in particular the Arts of Drama and Literature. We are only successful in this venture by the hard work and dedication of those involved at the theatre. To become more involved with the Playhouse, please become a member. As a thank you for your membership, you are entitled to a discount on the in house productions.