The Wayland Players Are Waiting In The Wings.

About the time you are reading this, The Wayland Players should be in the final frantic preparations for their November production: the last lick of paint on the scenery, the last stitch in the costume and first night nerves beginning to show.

This time last year we were frolicking through ‘A Wind in the Willows’ with no intimation of what was about to descend on the world.

We miss each other as cast and crew mates and we miss you, our audience, no less.

We are ready and willing to return to the stage as soon as possible after a rare year since our founding in 1949 in which the Players have not set foot on stage.

We wish all our audience well and look forward to seeing you in 2021.

Jenny Mann, Chairman, The Wayland Players

 

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Agatha Crusty And The Village Hall Murders – Production Update


Mystery of the disappearing posters’

Agatha Crusty would have no difficulty in solving the mystery of the disappearing Wayland Players posters and banners at the end of March.

Everything was prepared for the opening night  in the Queens Hall of ‘Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders’ when  …. you know what happened!!

But don’t despair… Agatha will be making  her triumphant return to the stage of the Queens Hall when she is allowed, we hope in November.

Look out for clues, such as the reappearance of the posters and banners and, of course, here on the website and in The Wayland News.

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Agatha Crusty And The Village Hall Murders – April Production Postponed

In line with the advice from the Government yesterday, with regards to the Coranavirus, we have decided to postpone our Spring production of ‘Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders’ until a later date in the year.

This is a decision which had to be taken and we hope that our audience in and around our local community take care of their health and their loved ones.

As and when new dates are announced for this production, we will let you know.

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Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders – Murder, Mayhem and Mischief for all to enjoy!

The world famous crime novelist, Agatha Crusty, is spending a few days with her sister-in-law Alice, who lives in the village of Chortlebury.

It’s a typical quaint old English village, where everyone knows everyone, there’s an amiable bobby, the village hall hosts cookery, knitting and art clubs and the panto, and suspicious deaths occur about every ten minutes.

Will Agatha – no mean sleuth herself – discover the identity of the fiendish and quite merciless mass murderer before the village becomes entirely dispopulated? Will the chair of the village hall’s committee catch the vicar? Will the vicar notice? Will the caretaker ever be able to buy a lottery ticket again? Will the art class model ever take her clothes off? And will the world’s dopiest Chief Inspector ever actually work out what’s going on?

To find out, come along to the Queens Hall on April the 2nd, 3rd or 4th at 7.45 PM and see the Wayland Players perform “Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders”. Join in the traditional British pastime of having a jolly good laugh while the bodies pile up – and at the same time use your little gray cells to work out whodunnit!

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Production Photos – Wind In The Willows

Here are a selection of some photos from a the final couple of rehearsals of our November production of ‘Wind in the Willows’, based upon Kenneth Grahame’s wonderful book.

The Wayland Players would like to thank all who turned up to watch our November production, and hope to see you in April when we perform our next production.

Your appreciation is much appreciated and we hope you enjoyed our production, as much as we enjoyed performing it!

The dates for that hext production, which will be chosen in the New Year are April 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

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Thanks For Watching ‘Wind In The Willows’

The Wayland Players would like to thank all who turned up to watch our November production, ‘Wind in the Willows’, based upon Kenneth Grahame’s wonderful book.

The adventures of loyal Mole, stout fellow Rat, grumpy but lovable Badger and totally bonkers Toad, were very well recieved. We would like to thank our audience, young and old who came to watch, as you helped create a wonderful atmosphere for our four-show run from November 14th-16th.

Dates for our next production in Spring are the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of April, and an announcement will be made early in the New Year, once it’s known what show we will be performing.

Watch out for information in the local press or, if you are a Friend of the Wayland Players, in your newsletter!

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Wind In The Willows Drawing Competition Winners

Those of you that went to the Watton Carnival may remember seeing lots of children industriously colouring in pictures of Toad, Badger, Ratty or Mole at the Wayland Players stall.

They were doing so for the chance to win tickets to see ‘The Wind in the Willows’ at the Queens Hall, Watton on the 14th, 15th or 16th November, the Players’ 70th Anniversary production.

Our town Mayor, Pat Warwick, kindly agreed to judge the competition and very difficult she found it too! We had over thirty entries, many of which were of a very high standard indeed.

However, after much deliberation, she chose those by Mollie aged 8 (left) and Emilija aged 6 (right) as the winners of their respective age groups and tickets are on the way to them withour congratulations.

All the entries will be on display in the Hall during performances and if you weren’t lucky enough to win tickets, there are still some available at Adcocks in Watton High Street for Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening or Saturday afternoon priced £7.50 for adults and £5.00 for children aged 14 and under.

Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad – not forgetting the stoats and other woodland animals – look forward to seeing you.

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The Wayland Players at 70 Present ‘Wind In The Willows’

The Players, Watton’s original Theatre Society which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, would like to invite you to be a part of the November production. From the 14th to the 16th, we shall be performing Wind in the Willows, based upon Kenneth Grahame’s wonderful book.

The adventures of loyal Mole, stout fellow Rat, grumpy but lovable Badger and totally bonkers Toad and all the creatures (and the odd human too) that they encounter will make the winter evenings a bit warmer for a while, but we need loads more people to do it!

We hope to see you at the Queens Hall on November 14th, 15th and 16th for evening shows at 7.45pm or at the matinee on Saturday 16th November at 2.30pm to help us celebrate our 70th year of performing plays in Watton, with this lovely production.

Tickets, priced at just £7.50, are available at our honorary ticket agents, Adcocks in Watton High Street. Tickets for Children 14 and under are priced at just £5.

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Unleash Your Inner Weasel! – Join Us As We Perform ‘Wind In The Willows’

Are you bored? Tired of watching  endless repeats on the box and being unable to find anything remotely inspiring on any of the five hundred different channels?

Is Facebook turning your brain to soup of a very tedious flavour, with no croutons to vary it a bit? Do not despair! Help is on its way, in the shape of the Wayland Players!

The Players, Watton’s original Theatre Society which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, would like to invite you to be a part of the November production. From the 14th to the 16th, we shall be performing Wind in the Willows, based upon Kenneth Grahame’s wonderful book.

The adventures of loyal Mole, stout fellow Rat, grumpy but lovable Badger and totally bonkers Toad and all the creatures (and the odd human too) that they encounter will make the winter evenings a bit warmer for a while, but we need loads more people to do it!

So – if you’ve been harbouring a secret desire to dress up as a furry animal (or maybe a judge or a train driver) then here’s your chance to Unleash Your Inner Weasel!! Or there’s plenty to do backstage as well (accidentally painting your trousers, hitting your thumb with a hammer etc.), so if you are over 18 and feel like getting involved with a friendly group of mildly eccentric people who get together to make live entertainment – the best kind – call George Collins on 01953 884649 – before the leaves begin to fall

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Thanks For Watching ‘Wife After Death’

The Wayland Players would like to thank all who turned up to watch our June production, ‘Wife After Death’, a farcical comedy by Eric Chappell.

Dates for our next production in November will be announced in due course.

Watch out for information in the local press or, if you are a Friend of the Wayland Players, in your newsletter!

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