Malvern Theatre Players – News

The Malvern Theatre Players is a high quality amateur dramatics group and has provided our audiences with excellent productions over the past 43 years, and is reliant upon a good membership for its continuation.  At the moment, the membership numbers are rather small, so we need more people to come along and get involved with the group. This doesn’t necessarily mean performing on stage, many people enjoy helping out behind the scenes, and with ‘front of house’ jobs (such as meeting & greeting, serving beverages etc). There are many jobs in the theatre which need people to make it all happen, so if you have time on your hands and would like to be part of a team of people working together to put on a show, then we may well be the group that you are looking for.  There is nothing more gratifying than seeing our audiences go home after a show with smiles on their faces saying how much they have enjoyed their evening out.  So if performing is your forte, we would cordially invite you to join us as a full member which includes indemnity cover during performances. If you feel inexperienced, don’t worry, we won’t ‘throw you in at the deep end’!  Our more experienced players will gladly provide encouragement and help you develop your skills. For those of you who would like to be involved in other aspects of the theatre, we would ask you to become a ‘Friend of the Coach House Theatre’, that would also help to keep you informed of all of the events taking place at the venue. For further details please contact Chris Bassett on 01684 569011, or use the on line application form on this website’s “contact us” page. 

To say that 2020 has been a challenging year for the Malvern Theatre Players is just one way of putting it, however, we are now looking forward once more to producing shows at the Coach House Theatre.  Our Easter production was stopped in its tracks, but we hope that we will be able to do it at Christmas this year.  We are just waiting to hear as to what we can or cannot do regarding Covid safe performances. We are currently working on two productions:- Amelia Marriette’s adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s “The Wind in the Willows” (in conjunction with the Act Up junior theatre group) being directed by Chris Bassett & Carrie Bolton; and Jim Cartwright’s “The Rise and Fall of Little Voice”, being directed by Denis Worth. 

Our costume & props hire business will soon be back up and running again, with covid safe practices in place to ensure everyone’s safety. Our costume hire will be available, at very reasonable cost, by booking an appointment through our Company Manager on 01684 569011 as from 12th September, when we can arrange to meet you at the unit on Spring Lane.  As from 26th Sept, we will be open again as before, for ‘walk ins’ each Saturday morning between 09:30 and 11:45.  The Spring Lane unit has recently been refurbished with a mezzanine terrace to house the costumes & props which has enabled us to create a scenery workshop at the front of the building.  We intend to adapt the business in future to better suit the needs of our clientele, as opening just on Saturday mornings will not be sufficient. 

PAB 14/8/20 

The Anniversary closed at the Coach House Theatre last Saturday having played to very appreciative audiences. For a lesser known play the attendance figures were very respectable, building through the week as the word obviously spread about how good it was – see below, some of the written feedback received. A lot of people said they wondered why they had not previously seen or even heard of such a marvelous play. All credit to director Gill Young for again unearthing another hidden gem for the Players to delight Malvern audiences with.

Coming up next: A Bunch of Amateurs – see Coach House theatre home page

picture shows cast relaxing on set after the performance”
Weds 24th July ’19”

From Malvern Theatres website
“Excellent production with a terrific cast. Highly recommended. Well done everyone!”
“A really superb production, hilarious and very well cast. The Coach House theatre is a
little gem and Malvern Theatre Players did themselves proud!”

On Facebook:
“Great play. Great acting and warm welcome. Thanks for an enjoyable evening, Already
booked for another show.” – David

Extracts from personal emails:
“That was absolutely brilliant. What a lovely Theatre. What a marvellously funny play.
Future productions will definitely be on our list of ‘must see’ from now on.” – Richard
“Well done! Great play and very well executed. It had some brilliant twists and turns. Just
the distraction I needed.” – Debbie
“Just a brief email to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the performance this evening. What a
bitch that woman was! My sons should be so grateful that they have me for their mother!!
We thought all the actors played their parts so well. A most enjoyable way to spend an
evening. Well done to all involved.” – Brenda

The Anniversary, July 2019