Jayne Hewson 1966-2023

How can it be that only days on from chatting with Jayne during her road to recovery from essential surgery that I find myself having to share the deeply saddening news to all our followers that she passed away less than a week ago. She had been expecting to come home, yet it was not to be.

So many of you who follow us will know Jayne. How could you not? Someone who was not just a member of the Petuaria Players but arguably was the Petuaria Players – a larger than life presence and, other than Richard, she was our longest serving active member having joined the group in 1986 and has been involved in an amazing 94 plays as cast member, working hard backstage or, more recently as a popular Producer.

She had a strength in creating characters, especially those wonderful comic roles we will cherish. And when she turned her stage experience skills to directing she discovered her ability to motivate us as actors, to raise confidence, push us outside of our comfort zones and realise our potentials. Nobody left a rehearsal or a play without a smile on their face.

Always present at rehearsals, even when she was not in a production, Jayne never missed an opportunity to be there – the drama group was a major part of her life, an area she was never prepared to give up, a constant. Jayne has many circles of friends and the members of the Petuaria Players were one of those circles and in each one she found loyal friends that loved her bubbling outward personality, her laughter, her fun and, for many, her support and care in times of need.

The shock has been devastating for us as it is for all her friends and we send our deepest condolences to her family and friends beyond our circle.

This week we aim to resume our rehearsals with the knowledge that Jayne will no longer be part of our productions – but we can take heart from a wealth of wonderful memories and laughter. At any social gathering it was Jayne who would always start the anecdotes; hilarious, teasing, embarrassing, fun, re-living again those many play disasters and faux-pas, making us all laugh. And we know that we will be re-telling them again and again and our memories will be happy ones.

We will share some of our lovely memories and photos with you in the next post.

The family have announced : “We will be celebrating her life with a service at Haltemprice Crematorium on Friday, April 14 at 2.30pm” and that as Jayne brought much joy and colour to all of us they ask that everyone attending wears something colourful for the ceremony rather than black.

Par For The Course

With sixty five days to go to our opening night for our next production we are pleased to announce that –


If you want to reserve your favourite seat position now is the time to be thinking about it. Tickets are £10 each payable at the door.

All the details you need are in our poster below or click on the following links:

To read more about this play go to our What’s On page

To view our ticketing options or reserve seats go to our Book Your Tickets page

We look forward to seeing you

New Production Underway

The cast

We’re back! After our Christmas and New Year break we have now launched into rehearsals for our next production which is due for performance in May.

Par For The Course is a fun comedy written by the ever popular Peter Gordon and is based around the world of golf and the characters that inhabit it. You can read a bit more about it here

Follow us for more news and updates. Tickets will be going on sale in March so watch this space for our announcement. And for your calendars ensure you have May 11th, 12th or 13th marked off.

Even if you think that a caddy is something that holds tea leaves, a club is a chocolate biscuit and an eagle is a really big bird then this play is still for you. We hope to see you there.



Another year speeds by, one which saw us return to the boards after ‘that’ enforced two year break. One which saw us perform two plays – Ayckbourn’s FlatSpin in May and then Chris Paling’s The Final Test in November.

We are taking our winter break now and will resume our activities in the new year when we will begin rehearsals for Par For The Course which is scheduled for May. (Details can be found by clicking here. )

Meanwhile, may all of us at the Petuaria Players wish you a wonderful festive season and our best wishes for 2023. We hope to see you in our audiences again soon.

To bring out that seasonal spirit here’s a reminder of our favourite Christmas play A Kick In The Baubles. May your holiday be as fun (but not as wild) as this one – scroll through the gallery for a smile.

And for a cosier moment, this old rendition of the lyrics of Frosty The Snowman. Click on the green title to play (goes to YouTube).

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