Hi-de-Hi! Auditions

We have decided that we will make “Hi-de-Hi!” our Autumn production, if we can cast it. The directors will be Jo Ziegert and Chris Pollock.

We will be holding auditions on Friday 22nd June and Monday 25th June, from 7.30pm at the Trowbridge Tesco Community space.

Production News

Our Autumn production will be ‘Hi-De-Hi!’, A stage adaptation of the hugely popular British TV series, which revisits the 1950’s and Maplins Holiday Camp with its host of colourful characters.

It’s the start of a new season and founder Joe Maplin announces that he is setting up a camp in the Bahamas and needs female yellowcoats (entertainers) to go and work there. The annual “Miss Yellowcoat” competition will decide who. Imagine the rivalry! Camp cleaner Peggy, meanwhile, is thrilled at the prospect of a vacancy for a new yellowcoat and convinces Entertainments Manager Jeffrey that she is the ideal candidate for the job. Ted is forced to employ numerous money-making schemes when his ex wife turns up at the camp with a bailiff in tow and Yvonne and Barry Stuart-Hargreaves send the rumour mill into its usual overdrive when Gladys is overheard escorting Jeffrey into his chalet late one evening. Hi-de-hi, campers!

Watch out for audition dates soon.



Ages are character ages

JEFFREY FAIRBROTHER – Entertainment Manager – 48 – Professor of Archaeology at Cambridge but joined Maplins holiday camp as Entertainment Manager, hoping it would give him an insight into the lives of everyday people.

TED BOVIS – Camp Host – 49 – Ted is very popular with the campers even though he is always running scams to cheat the campers out of money.

GLADYS PUGH – Chief Yellowcoat/Sports Organiser/Radio Maplin Announcer – 26 – Welsh – she is passionately in love with Jeffrey, although he does not reciprocate this.

SPIKE DIXON – Camp Comic – 20s – Spike is best friends with, and shares a chalet with Ted.

PEGGY OLLERENSHAW – Chalet Maid/Yellowcoat – 38 – From Lancashire, Peggy is the maid who looks after the staff chalet lines under the supervision of the fearsome Miss Cathcart. She always aspires to be a Yellowcoat, and tries her hardest to get involved with the entertainment in any way she can.

FRED QUILLY – Riding Instructor – 40s – A qualified jockey whose licence was revoked under dubious circumstances he shares a chalet with Mr. Partridge.

YVONNE STUART-HARGREAVES – Dancing Instructress – 45 – Yvonne is very supercilious and believes she is socially above all other members of the entertainment staff, with the exception of Jeffrey Fairbrother.

BARRY STUART-HARGREAVES – Dancing Instructor – 40s – Barry was born Bert Pratt in Nottingham, the son of a bus inspector. He took Yvonne’s last name, and changed his first name to Barry, for the sake of their careers.

WILLIAM PARTRIDGE – Children’s Entertainer – 74 – After leaving school he began a successful music hall career under the stage name of “Whimsical Willie, the Juggling Joker”. Fought in WW1 and was in ENSA during WW2. Now a children’s entertainer but he dislikes children. Drinks a lot and is always grumpy.

SYLVIA GARNSEY – Yellowcoat – 28 – Known for her long legs and attractive appearance, she regularly clashes with Gladys over Jeffrey Fairbrother.

BETTY WHISTLER – Yellowcoat – 21 – She previously attended drama school and is a qualified swimming instructor. She also has a dislike for Gladys, who she sees as bossy.

HILARY BOVIS – Ted’s Ex-Wife – 40s – She is chasing him for money
BAILIFF – Male – any age
MR. PRITCHARD – 30s/40s – Policeman on holiday who has feelings for Gladys

There are 3 other Yellowcoats who appear but have few, if any, lines.

GARY BOLTON – Yellowcoat – 20s
DAWN FRESHWATER – Yellowcoat – 20s
TRACY BENTWOOD – Yellowcoat – 24 – Attractive brunette


We have another reading of ‘Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood’ which will be our Panto for January 2019. This will be at the Tesco Community room on Friday 15th June at 7.30pm. Auditions will be in July. Dates to be announced soon.


Sheriff Of Nottingham – The Baddie
Maid Marian – Principal Girl
Stewy – Buttons Character
Nanny Dora – Dame
Monty – Nanny’s Dog (Youth/child in dog suit)
Rosie – Babe
Pete – Babe
Picket – Comedy Henchman
Pocket – Comedy Henchman
Robin Hood – Principal Boy
Will Scarlet – Merry Man
Little John – Merry Man
King Richard – King
Fairy Sparkle – Fairy

Chorus of villagers. Dancers of evil sprites and woodland animals

Two new readings

Monday 14th May – Tesco Community room – 7.30pm

Reading this panto by Angela Giddings for possible production in January 2019

Friday 18th May – Tesco Community room – 7.30pm

Reading this comedy by Robin Hawdon for possible production in October

Comedy / 3 male, 2 female

Geoff Tippet has arranged a special birthday treat for his old friend, Bob. The treat is a hotel room for the night, a double-bed which folds up into the wall and an attractive girl called Mimi. Add a shy Kate who anxiously awaits her computer agency…

Bedroom Farce reading

We will have a reading of the Alan Ayckbourn comedy ‘Bedroom Farce’ at the Tesco Community room on Friday 11th May at 7.30pm.

Performance dates are Wednesday 10th to Saturday 13th October


Ernest: A birdlike, bumbling man of about 60. Husband of Delia, father of Trevor.

Delia: A well preserved, talkative woman of about 60. Wife of Ernest, mother of Trevor.

Trevor: A self-obsessed, not too intelligent man who drives other men crazy but who women can find charming and funny. He can be in his mid to late 20’s – 30’s. Husband to Susannah, son of Ernest and Delia, ex-boyfriend of Jan.

Susannah: Also in her 20’s or 30’s, Susannah is Trevor’s (also self-obsessed) wife. She is slightly unbalanced and volatile.

Jan: Wife to Nick, ex-girlfriend of Trevor. Is happy with Nick, as theirs is a marriage of equal minds, but holds a lingering fascination with Trevor. Jan and Nick have a “point scoring” kind of relationship full of put downs and gentle insults, but ultimately it works for them. Also can be in her 20’s – 30’s.

Nick: Jan’s husband who spends the play complaining, as he in bed with an injured back. Insult is added to injury when Jan kisses Trevor at a party that Nick cannot attend. Also in his 20’s – 30’s.

Kate: Malcolm’s wife and hostess of the housewarming party taking place. A kind soul that offers Trevor a place to stay even when he ruins the party with an epic fight he has with Susannah. Also can be in her 20’s – 30’s.

Malcolm: Kate’s husband. Upset with Trevor for ruining his housewarming party, he vents his frustrations by spending the night putting together furniture. Kate and Malcolm have a lively relationship and are always playing pranks on each other. Also in his 20’s – 30’s.

The Accrington Pals

This moving drama takes to the stage next week from Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th April at The Arc Theatre. Move in is on Sunday 22nd April from 9am at The Arc.

New Scenery Store

Saturday 24th March 2018: With a fantastic effort from 15 or so members, ex-members and associates we completed our transfer from the Glove Factory in Holt to our new temporary home at a unit in Steeple Ashton. Having filled up two skips worth we transfered the remaining chairs, tables, flats and a piano to our new store. We will look to have a working party at some time in the near future to have a tidy up there as there is still quite a mess to clear in some of the other rooms before we can make the most of the space.

Scenery store work

We are required to leave our current scenery store at Holt by the end of March. We are hoping to move our scenery into something like a shipping container which we can keep on the same site, at least temporarily.

We have already been working at sorting out the scenery store, but we need another push at this. So, please come and help at 10am on Saturday 17th March 2018 at the  store. We have quite a lot of furniture and props which you may be able to help us dispose of, or keep in a garage, perhaps.

Special meeting to consider scenery store

If you are on our mailing list, you will have already seen that we are holding a special meeting of the society to consider what we can  do about our scenery store.

We have been given very short notice to quit our current premises in Holt by the end of March 2018. We knew that there was going to be redevelopment of the site in the future, but we had been led to believe that we were safe here for at least the next year (and we have recently paid another six months rent).

If you can come to the meeting, please do. (It’s at Trowbridge Town Hall on Thursday 8th February at 7.30pm.) If you can’t come and have ideas of places or people to contact (or radical ideas about what to do with the scenery!), please get in touch with us to let us know your thinking.


“The Accrington Pals” has been cast!

We are pleased to announce that our play for the end of April, “The Accrington Pals” has been cast, and rehearsals are just starting.

This is  a  moving and human play about important social consequences of the First World War, which ended 100 years ago this coming November.

Please put the dates (Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th April 2018) in your diary and come and see the show!

Read-through for next play “The Accrington Pals”

We have decided to produce “The Accrington Pals” as our Spring production, running from 25th to 28th April 2018.

The read through will be at Tesco Community Space, Trowbridge, on Monday 15th January 2018 at 7.30pm. (The community space is found down the left side of the outside of the store.)

The play is about the experiences of a group of young people in Lancashire when the men answer the call to volunteer and join up to fight in the First World War (which ended 100 years ago next year).

The cast is as follows (the ages listed are playing ages rather than actual ages and some flexibility will be possible):

  • MAY, (a stallholder)  late twenties to mid thirties.
  • TOM, (an apprentice) eighteen to twenty
  • RALPH, (a clerk)  eighteen to twenty
  • EVA, (a mill girl) about the same age as RALPH
  • SARAH, (a married mill worker) mid twenties
  • BERTHA, (a mill girl)  eighteen to twenty
  • ANNIE , (a housewife) late thirties
  • ARTHUR, (her husband)  of similar age
  • REGGIE, (her son,) about thirteen or fourteen
  • C.S.M. RIVERS (a regular soldier) thirties/forties

The ‘Accrington Pals’ battalion actually existed and is well known, so it is essential that cast members attempt a north country accent (excepting C.S.M Rivers who can have any home-grown accent).

Please do come along if you are interested in getting involved, and pass this information on to anybody you know who might be interested and not have seen it.