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Based in the UK in glorious Yorkshire, retired from the food industry and spending more time with computers, photography and amateur dramatics and often combinations of all three.

Petuaria players news


During our summer break we were busy reading through potential scripts, juggling actor availability for casting and obtaining the licences. So we are excited that we can now announce our programme for this coming year –

PASSING STRANGERS - a comedy by Eric Chappell
October 24th, 25th, 26th 2019
'Fickle thing, memory". Malcolm discovers how true his words are when he takes his unhappy and discarded friend, Clive, to a Singles' Evening. There they meet two recent divorcees; the upwardly-mobile Julie and the cynical, defiant Liz.
SAY IT WITH FLOWERS - a comedy by Jane Thornton
January 30th, 31st, February 1st 2020
When an amateur drama group realise they have nowhere to perform after they are forced to abandon the Parish Hall they turn their artistic talents to the regional 'Village in Bloom' competition. But that is where the tensions begin.
FLATSPIN - a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn
April 30th, May 1st, 2nd 2020
When aspiring actress Rosie is asked to fill in for her uncle by servicing apartments in Docklands, she decides to spice up her day by pretending to be an absent tenant. But her passionate tryst with neighbour Sam turns into something sinister when she discovers that the flat, and Sam, are not quite what they seem.

Rehearsals have already started for Passing Strangers and we will tell you a little more about the plays in future posts.


summer garden party

It’s felt more like Autumn recently than Summer and those hot days we had seem a bit distant. It was during those warm weeks that we had a gathering of the Petuaria Players to celebrate the stepping down of our President Mo Spence after twenty five years in the role. Daughter Nicci and her husband Paul Robinson (both devoted supporters of the group) hosted the event.

Chair Richard Bateman present President Mo with flowers from the group after 25 years in the role

Our thanks to Paul and Nicci for a fun day, the wine was flowing generously and the food was equally plentiful and delicious.

Previous members joined current ones to join Mo on her day

Moreen (Mo) Spence can chart her involvement with the Petuaria Players to the very beginning – our first year, 1961. Then in 1994 after her first attempt at retirement the group asked Mo to be President. Since then she has supported the group and help keep us in check with her facts and figures and record keeping. After threatening to retire from her post for the last ten to fifteen years or so she finally made the decision to relinquish the role by making it a nice round 25 years.

President Mo and President-elect Wendy pose for the inaugural handover…

Assuming the mantle of responsibility is Wendy Elliott. We are very pleased to welcome her as our new President. Wendy may be known to some as a previously active member of the group on the stage, and is still a regular audience member.

To Mo we pass our thanks, our best wishes and love and know we will see her in the audience as usual.

We’re Back!

Our summer sabbatical is over already. This weekend we celebrated with our annual get together party – actually an excuse to imbibe alcohol and feast on yummy food. The predicted horrendous storm caused us to plan an indoor event rather than a summer evening outdoors and bbq. In the event the hurricane force winds turned out to be only of the hairstyle-ruffling sort.

Photos from the start, whilst we are still sober…..

Now the hard work starts again, but the fun continues – rehearsals for our first play start on Monday.

So watch out here for news and updates of changes over the summer break and, of course, the announcement of our exciting 2019/2020 programme.

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TATL Gallery photos

Yes, thanks to Dave Hackett and his trusty camera during dress rehearsals we have a selection of the photos to show you from our last production, ‘Take Away The Lady’ by Jimmie Chinn.

No jaw dropping action here, no fights, arguments or slapstick disasters simply the wonderful illustration of a murder mystery unfolding in a fifties household….

You can view the TATL photos page by clicking here.

All our recent play galleries can also be found under the menu tab Photo Gallery.