'The Players' was founded in July 2005 to provide an outlet for members of P&P who wanted to perform straight plays.

The inaugural production was "Dining Out", an evening of One Act Plays at Hamworthy Club, Canford Magna.  A Ploughman's Supper completed the evening’s enjoyment. Since then, P&P Players has gone on to win awards with their One Act Plays, competing in the Dorset Drama League Festival (part of the All England Theatre Festival).


From melodrama to comedy; one ‘acters’ to the full three three-act plays; from plays with music to monologues, P&P Players have pushed the boundaries and added a new dimension to what P&P offers its membership and audience.

The Players' programme includes a full play, or compilation of One Acts, in February and September each year; scenes from a mixture of plays for the Summer Cocktail performance with the P&P Singers in June/July; and readings of poetry and prose alongside all other sections of P&P at the annual St Aldhelms' Christmas concert.

The Players have had huge success with their productions, especially Rebecca, Steel Magnolias and A Bunch of Amateurs, even performing a show penned by one of their own members in 2013 (Changing Fortunes by Alan Bulloch). The plays are performed at the Bournemouth Little Theatre, the Barrington Theatre, and more recently at Broadstone Memorial Hall.

Rehearsals are usually held on Wednesday evenings at Poole Day Centre, BH14 0JW or The Spire. Additional rehearsals may be arranged as required.

Between productions, play reading evenings have become popular, providing opportunities for members to enjoy a range of genres in a relaxed and friendly environment, and to have a say in future production selection.

If you would like to get involved with this vibrant group, then please contact our New Members’ Secretary

Previous Shows

For more archive items visit our Players & Singers Archive page

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