Morwenstow Community Players

Morwenstow Pantomime

There will be a meeting for all those interested in resurrecting the Morwenstow pantomime next year. The meeting will be held at the Community Centre on Wednesday 22nd May at 7:30pm. The pantomime itself will be performed during half term week in February next year, with rehearsals mainly occurring after Christmas generally on a Wednesday and Sunday.

All are welcome – young and old, old and new, with young adults and children over the age of 8 particularly welcome. It doesn’t matter in what capacity you feel you can help – speaking part or in the chorus, set builder or backstage worker, seamstress or make-up artist. It is vital that you register your interest as the show will be tailored to the numbers interested, so if you cannot attend the meeting please register your interest by phoning Jim & Linda Hurles on (01288) 321208 or e-mail lmhurles@hotmail.com.

To involve yourself in a village pantomime is, we acknowledge, a lot of work and a large commitment but it is a uniquely British experience and a whole lot of fun and also a great way to make the dark days of winter pass quickly – you get immersed in the pantomime and then it’s Spring! So come on Morwenstow, don’t let this wonderful tradition pass away. Light and laughter has never been more needed that in these dark days, so put your best put forward and let’s get this show on the road!


No show for 2019

It is with deep regret that the Morwenstow Community Players have to announce that there will be no pantomime or show this year due to a lack of people wishing to participate. In twenty-nine years, this is only the third time that we have been unable to put on a show and the lack of interest was made particularly galling as more children and young people wished to be on stage than has been the case for many a year. Our apologies to both them and those who had hoped to come and see this year’s production. Next year there will definitely be a production! Having just been to see an amazing production of Aladdin performed by just four people we know it can be done! To this effect there will be a meeting in May this year to gauge what interest there is and a pantomime will be found to accommodate those who wish to take part. So please look out for details of the meeting in future Hamlets and come along and register your interest, in whatever capacity, and together we will regenerate this wonderful community event!


History

The players were formed by the Community Centre in 1989 in response to an invitation to enter the “Cornwall Village Pantomime Competition” sponsored by Calor Gas – a total of 31 villages entered the competition that year. We presented our first show “Old Mother Red Riding Boots & the 3 Little Pigs” in March 1990. The show was written and directed by Ivor Potter, and at the Pantomime “Oscars” awards ceremony received a Highly Commended award plus a “Special Achievement” award as we had started from scratch, without even a stage, on hearing of the competition.

The Village Pantomime Competition continued until 1999 by which time 86 village pantomimes were entered. The ‘Oscars’ award nights, held at the Cornwall Coliseum were always entertaining fun-filled events and Morwenstow Players were very successful every year of the competition with the pinnacle coming in 1992 when our production of “A Lad In China” received 2nd prize for the best production.

We have gone from strength to strength and over the years have presented 27 pantomimes or musical shows to very appreciative audiences. Our latest show (in 2018) was a musical comedy “Keep Calm & Carry On” which was a very funny but poignant show about Morwenstow in World War II.

Five people, from our first production, are still involved with the show today. We would welcome new members whether they wish to be on-stage, backstage, scenery painters, costumes and props etc.

The Morwenstow Community Players group is directly tied to the Community Centre to produce a show each year at the Community Centre and a large proportion of our operating profit goes directly to them with the remainder being donated to local charities. There are no subscriptions charged to our members who donate their time freely to each production.

We start rehearsing in September each year and the performances take place during the February half term. If you are interested in joining our happy band look out for notice of our meetings in ‘Hamlets’, on parish noticeboards or contact Jim & Linda Hurles on 01288 321208 or e-mail: LMHURLES@HOTMAIL.COM.

“Old Mother Red Riding Boots & the 3 Little Pigs 1990

“Old Mother Red Riding Boots & the 3 Little Pigs 1990


“How The West Was Done- 1996

“How The West Was Done- 1996