Welcome to Irchester Players’ news page, on this part of the website you can keep up-to-date with the current affairs of Players.
Noda Nominations – four nominations for 40th season
11 April 2018
Irchester Players has received a record four Noda nomination for its 40th Birthday season. The categories we are nominated in are:
Best Pantomime: Alice in Pantoland
Best Musical: Reel Magic the Golden Age
Best Poster: Alice in Pantoland
Best Programme: Alice in Pantoland
Never before has the group’s work been nominated for so many categories. We are delighted that Reel Magic has received a nomination – our first ever musical based nomination, and are equally proud that our programme and poster for Alice in Pantoland have been recognised.
These nominations are testimony to the hard work of the Executives, Committee, Production Team and Members and the outstanding standard of our work in every area. Thank you Noda, and we will see you at the Awards in June – fingers crossed!
Fun Day and Abba Success
11 Apri 2018
Our Family Fun Day and Abba Mania Event were a complete success. These two events, which were staged in Bede House, helped raised funds for Irchester Players and St Mary’s Church in Higham. The events were attended by over 500 people in total with people from all backgrounds and of all ages enjoying themselves.
Talent Match Pledge
22 March 2018
Deputy Chief Executive Alex McKenzie attend a ceremony organised by Talent Match Northants at which Players were awarded a Talent Match Pledge for its work with the charity. Talent Match Northants helps young unemployed people in the county obtain work, which Players helps to facilitate.
A day of fundraising at Bede House
10th March 2018
Irchester Players and St Marys Church are teaming up at the Bene house in Higham Ferrers for a day of fun and fundraising! Including a kids disco, facepainting, bouncy castle, fairytale princesses, games and stalls, entrance is free so come along!
Then in the evening our very own ABBA group are back for one night only! Hosted by resident dame, Dan Wainwright, book online today and don’t miss out on your chance to sing and dance along, and even join in on the Karaoke! Tickets cost £8 for 4 tickets for £25! And there will also be a bar!!
10th March 2018
The year is coming to and end for Irchester Players, and what a year it has been! What with our 4 for 40 shows, fundraisers, Waendle walks and loads more!
The date for the AGM is 21st April 2018, and following this we have our end of year party!
21 February 2018
Noda have given Cinderella the five star review, with regional representative Caroline Jervis stating that the show was one of the best pantomimes she has ever seen. Read the review in full on our NODA section of this website.
Curtain Closes on Cinderella
10 February 2018
The curtain has closed on an exceptionally successful pantomime. Cinderella was a hit with audiences and critiques alike. The show as seen by over 750 people and sold out on a number of showings.
Box office now open for Cinderella
1 January 2018
Don’t miss out on your chance to go to the Prince’s Ball in Irchester Players upcoming pantomime Cinderella! Tickets are available now and can be booked via the website!
Christmas cheer brought to residential home
22 December 2017
Players performed a christmas concert at Parthfield Residential Home in Rushden for the residents and staff. This event was enjoyed by members and the audience alike. Irchester Players has a long history of aiding community causes just like this and welcomes organisers contacting the group with regard to such opportunities.
Dame a Day!
20 December 2017
Resident Dame, Daniel Wainwright, appeared on BBC Radio Northants breakfast show as part of the show’s Dame a Day series in the run up to Christmas.
Christmas Concert to Close 40th Year
17th December 2017
The group closed its 40th birthday programme with a Christmas Concert for the village of Irchester. The event was free for all to attend and show cased everyone’s favourite Christmas tunes sang by members in a concert style. The evening was hosted by Mr and Mrs Clause who, alongside Tommy and Timmy the elves, provided comedy relief for the audience.
The event was attended by local and county dignitaries from the public, private and charitable sectors, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Wellingborough, Chair of Irchester Parish Council, Noda representatives, long-term supporters of the group and corporate sponsors.
This special occasion also marked the closing of the group’s 40th Birthday year, and provided the group with an opportunity to thank founding members that were in attendance.
And the Winners are
16th December 2017
Irchester Players held its Biannual Oscars Awards to celebrate the achievements of the group and its members. A number of awards were made, including Best Director, Best Show, Outstanding Contribution and the Heart of Irchester Players. The members and their guests enjoyed this celebratory evening alike.
1st December 2017
Members of Players teamed up with Father Christmas to promote our future productions and spread Christmas cheer and raise money for upcoming events.
Fanny the Fairy ABBA Mania
25th November 2017
Irchester Players most recent event, Fanny the Fairy’s Abba Mania night, was a huge success. The audience and cast members alike enjoyed the evening of singing, comedy and dancing! The show was also a successful fundraiser.
We Will Remember Them
12 November 2017
Executives Luke Campbell and Ali Everitt attended and laid a wreath at the Irchester War Memorial Service, held on the 12 November at Irchester War Memorial, to remember all of those that gave their lives in war to defend our freedoms.
At Irchester Players, we will always remember the cost paid by those that gave their lives fighting so we could have a free today. It is thanks to these individuals that we are able to perform and celebrate the arts in such a liberal, tolerant and open way. We thank them all for the price they paid.
Hensmans sponsors Players
7 November 2017
Players are pleased to announce that Hensmans Hair Salons have agreed for the company to become a corporate sponsor of the group.
Hensmens joins Draping Bliss and Lab. Entertainment in a growing group of companies that official sponsor our work. If any of your friends or family with business might be inserted in sponsoring Players let me know!
Our sponsors all contribute in very different way to the group, and Hensmans is not different – with an obvious connection to hair styling, the company will be sponsoring our wigs and hair products that we use.
1 November 2017
The box office for Abba Mania, a one night fundraising event for Irchester Players is now open. The evening will consist of an Abba themed tribute act, comedy performances, stand up by Fanny the Fairy, disco, bar, raffle and fancy dress competition. Get you tickets from the online box office today.
Halloween hits Players
28 October 2017
The group has held its annual Halloween party for members. This yearly social is always a highlight in our social calendar for member and is a real ball. At Players we love to socialise as well as perform, and welcome new members to such events
Reel Magic gives Reel Magic a glowing review
22 October 2017
Noda Representative, Caroline Jervis, has given the group’s recent musical revue, Reel Magic, an outstanding review. The critique described the show as outstanding and was full of praise for the cast and production team alike. She gave particular acclaim to James Campbell and Chloe Ellson for their work on creative design and choreography respectively.
Read the review in full by visiting the Noda section of our website.
Reel Magic Closes
21 October 2017
The curtain has closed on the group’s most recent show Reel Magic. Over the run of the show 1920 glamour hit Irchester. The show was well supported and critiques loved it. We thank everyone for all their hard work – it clearly paid off!
Junior Member take to BBC Radio
16 October 2017
Today Megan Hooton, Alice Doods and Joby Blair appeared on BBC Radio Northants to talk Bernie Keith about our upcoming show Reel Magic. Be sure to look on the iPlayer if you missed it – it was a really fun and energetic interview, plus you will get all the details you need to book tickets for Reel Magic!
Panto Cast Announced
4 October 2017
Director, Dan Wainwright and his panel have auditioned and selected the cast for the group’s 2018 Pantomime Cinderella. Can you guess who is playing Cinderella? How about those ugly sisters and the evil step-mother?
Be sure to book your tickets for the show when the box office for Panto opens in December 2017.
Annual General Meeting
24 June 2017
The group’s annual meeting and party was a great night! Executive members delivered reports on another successful year. Dan Wainwright, Alex McKenzie, Luke Campbell, Ali Everitt, James Campbell, Kim Hollis, Chris Taylor and Rita Blackall were elected to the Committee and have set a fun agenda for the upcoming year!
Irchester Gala – feeling hot, hot, hot!
19 June 2017
On Sunday 18 June members took part in Irchester Parade and Gala. The group sported costumes from its 2016 Noda Award winning pantomime, PantOZmime as it walked in the village’s annual parade – which was no mean feat for resident Dame, Dan Wainwright in his costume!
The group also had a stall at the Gala, at which it raised funds for group’s development projects.
12 June 2017
Irchester Players have brought home three awards from the Noda awards, held on the 11 June 2017 at Loughborough Town Hall. The group won awards in both the Best Drama and Best Pantomime categories for Woman in White and PantOZmime respectively.
The group also won the Nanette Lovell Award for Drama for its production of the Woman in White.
This is a fantastic result for the group, and is testimony to the quality of the work produced at Irchester Players.
Mad Hatter Tea Party Fun
12 June 2017
Members reprised their roles in Alice in Pantoland yesterday to help raise funds for charity. The Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat and Alice, partook in an afternoon of fund and fundraising activities. The event raised over £1,000 to help cure aggressive brain tumours.
Good Neighbour Scheme….Good Results!
7 June 2017
Business Manager, Luke Campbell, met with the Residents Working Group, which is part of the Good Neighbour Scheme launched this January, for its second meeting. The residents provided positive feedback on the steps Players had taken to reduce its impact on those living around Parsons Hall during its show weeks and rehearsals. The group successfully eliminated noise pollution and massively reduced parking issues throughout the course of the show. The residents congratulated Players on its success and asked that we up keep the methods we had implemented.
Residents’ Representative, Lizzie Bane, made the following comment:
Players met every promise they made and implemented every measure to reduce its impact on us as resident that they said they would. We were not disturbed once, traffic issues were eliminated and parking problems were solved. The Players ran the entire week with complete professionalism, a sense of community spirit and organised everything excellently. The show was pretty good too. Well done!
4 June 2017
Caroline Lomax-Daniels led members in a fantastic workshop aimed around one act plays. As the new addition to the resident production team, Caroline is looking to take Players back to its origins by putting together a competitive one act play team. Her second workshop will take place on the 25 June at Parsons Hall. All are welcome, just come along at 14:00.
Ali Everitt, longest serving member commented:
The afternoon was such fun, and it is so specially to think that in our 40th year we have new talent looking to bring back an element of work to the group that started it all over 40 years ago. I cannot wait to see how it all develops.
The Lord is our Shepherd…for ever…
27 May 2017
The curtains have closed on Irchester Players’ production of the Vicar of Dibley. The show was a complete hit with the audiences, with a number of performances hitting capacity. The week’s run saw over 700 people pass through Parsons Hall, Irchester, to watch the show.
Community Outreach, bring the Arts to Irchester Primary School
27 May 2017
A team of members hosted three classes from Irchester Primary School at Parsons Hall to run a interactive learning session. As one of our community partners, we were delighted to be able to run this event for the school as part of its “Lights, Camera, Action” project, which is running this term. The children attended workshops on staging, sound and lighting, and costumes and wigs. A interactive acting session was also held as a group exercise.
Chief Executive, Dan Wainwright, made the following comment about the event:
At Irchester Players we are committed to sharing the arts with the community, particularly the youth of Irchester. We were delighted to be able offer this special event to the children of Irchester School, and hope that it has been a memorable experience. We look forward to holding similar and different events for the school in the future.
Business Manager Luke Campbell added:
This is just one example of how Irchester Players Community Outreach Programme is helping to deliver our ethos and community objectives to the people of Irchester. We believe in the positive effects of the art and wish for all to have access to it.
It’s Radio Dibley, call in NOW…
Dan Wainwright and Sarah Liverton paid a visit to the Bernie Keith show this morning to promote the Vicar of Dibley, which opens tomorrow night. Listen to BBC Radio Northants to catch up on what these two experiences Players had to say about our upcoming show and their parts in it.
24 May 2017
Today Irchester Players has been awarded a certificate of Exemptions from Child Licensing. The application to become a Body of Exempt Persons under the Children in Performance legal framework required Players to provide evidence of robust and sound methods for the protection of our junior members. Heads of Compliance, Luke Campbell and Ali Everitt has this to say:
We take great pride in offering a safe environment for our junior members, and we are committed to their protection and safety. The award of BOEP status under the 2014 Child Performance Regulations is testimony to the robustness of our systems for the safeguarding of our childhood stars.
Executives attend Parish Annual Meeting
16 May 2017
Irchester Players Executives will attend the Parish Annual Meeting this evening. Chief Executive, Dan Wainwright will deliver a report on the group’s activities to the Councillors and other representatives that are present. A copy of Dan’s report will be publish online after the event.
We can walk ten thousand miles…well more like 10K
13 May 2017
The Committee and a cast of 33 strong members will undertake the Waendle Walk, 10K today to raise funds for the group’s future development. Check out our fundraising page for pictures and our development page for information on how the funds raised will be used.
Best Village of the Year
13 May 2017
The Committee will meet with judges from the Best Village of the Year Competition this May. Chief Executive, Dan Wainwright, and Chief Financial Officer, Luke Campbell, will tell the judge all the great things Players adds to the Village. The judges will also be treated to a tour of the set of the Vicar of Dibley and will see a exhibition on Alice in Pantoland.
Committee calls AGM
13 May 2017
Players Chief Executive, Dan Wainwright, has called the group’s Annual General Meeting for this June. The meeting is open to all and takes place on the 24 June 2017 at IWMC. The meeting will be followed by a party to celebrate another successful year.
Stronger links with partner Irchester Primary School
13 May 2017
Irchester Players has made stronger links with Irchester Primary School this month. The group will host a number of class groups at Parsons Hall this May to give them a tour of a community theatre. An interactive teaching session will also take place. The Committee is also working with the School to set up an after school drama club for the children of Irchester.
Irchester Players launches new partnership with Talent Match
28 April 2017
Players are delighted to announce that it has become a facilitator for the charity Talent Match Northamptonshire. The organisation helps long term unemployed youths access work through an individualised programme of learning and training. Irchester Players will assist the charity through offering work placements, shadowing opportunities, workshops and providing guest to talk at careers events. The relationship between the two organisation is a result of the Irchester Players Community Outreach Programme.
Upcoming Social Events and Workshops
25 April 2017
Additional information has been released on the group’s upcoming social events. In addition, the One Act Play Workshops ran by Caroline Lomax-Daniels have been scheduled. See the current season section of the home page for more information.
Development Programme Launched
25 April 2017
The Committee of Players has announced its 2017 – 2022 programmes of investment and development. Alongside this the Fundraising Committee have set outs its five year aims to assist with this development and investment in the group.
Reel Magic: Golden Age – update
18 April 2017
Additional information on the group’s 40th Birthday Musical Revue has been released. Check out the future productions section of this website!
New Non Executive Committee Member Elected
10 April 2017
Chris Taylor has been elected to the Committee by the members at a by-election held on the 10 April 2017. Chris won the election having been opposed by two other members for the position.
His response to his election was:
I am delighted to be joining the Committee. Players means so much to me and I cannot wait to start helping the group develop. I am ready to stand up to the task.
Chris has been a member of Players for two years. Chief Executive, Dan Wainwright, welcomed Chris into the fold and said that the Committee look forward to working with him.
A New Constitution for Players
10 April 2017
Members of Players met on the 10 April 2017 to approve a new Constitution to govern the management of the group. The new governing document was drafted with the future in mind, allowing players to grow and develop.
Members present at this special meeting all voted to enact the new Constitution.
7 April 2017
Luke Campbell and Ali Everitt lead a meeting with Residents opposite Parsons Hall to build strong links with the Committee. The meeting was well attended and fostered great links. There were some great exchanges of view and opinions, which will ensure the development of the group does not impact negatively on residents.
Read more about Players’ Good Neighbour Scheme on the relevant page of this website.
NODA Success for Players shows
The Group received news that its 2016 Pantomime,PantOZmime, and 2016 play, The Woman in White, have been nominated for Noda Awards.
PantOZmime which is nominated for the Best Pantomime Award was a smash hit with the audiences and members of the group. One of the directors, Dan Wainwright said:
I am delighted that PantOZmime has been nominated for this amazing award. It was an outstanding show. The cast and production teams worked so hard to make this Pantomime the very best in the county! We deserve this nomination and we cannot wait to bring the award home for our members.
The Woman in White, received a nomination in the Best Drama category and is also in the running for two regional awards relating to drama. Director Luke Campbell had this to say:
The Woman in White was something special and unique. It was a risk for Players to stage this show, but we made it a success on every single level. This nomination shows just what an amazing show this was. This is an amazing achievement for us all.
Players will find out in June whether these productions have won the awards that they have been nominated for. The Committee and some members will be attending the award ceremony.
Box Office Open
The online and telephone box office is now open for the Vicar of Dibely. Tickets can also be purchase via email, Facebook or our box office partners. Book now to avoid disappointment.
The Future is Bright
This March Players met to launch its 2018, 2019 and 2020 season. The event was a fun filled day with the Committee, lead by Dan Wainwright, announcing its plans for future productions.
Over the course of the coming years the group will stage a mixture of Pantomimes, comedy and periods plays, musical, one night concerts, fundraisers and social events! You can find out more on the future production page.
At the same time the Committee consulted on investment priorities – with so many great ideas suggested the future is very bright indeed, with Chief Financial Officer, Luke Campbell looking to invest large sums in the group’s future.