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News Update

A new play season is almost upon us and we will be sharing our programme for 2022 / 2023 with you in the next bulletin. Meanwhile we have news of our recent AGM decisions and some changes to announce.


Our long established routine of three plays per season has had to reduce to two, at least for the near future. Many of our devoted followers will be disappointed, but this is a reluctant decision that we have managed to hold off in recent years. However, the reduction in membership since the pandemic; the difficulties in recruiting new actors into the pastime of live stage performances – especially males; coupled with the increasing burdens of the sheer hard work and many hours of our spare time that our few members have to undertake, is sadly no longer sustainable.

We have for decades managed to produce three plays back to back, a nine month process of rehearsals and performances that start in August and run continuously until the end of April. As a small group this means that most of us are required as actors or support crew in every play with no break. Without new members to share this load something had to give.

So for the 2022-2023 season we will perform two plays, one in November and the other in May 2023 and we will be announcing the dates and the plays in our next post – watch this space!


Our future ticket prices will increase slightly to £10. This remains great value for money for a night of live theatre with our souvenir programme and the return of the ever popular interval teas/coffees and biscuits.

Season tickets are still available – these are £20 each and have the advantage of reserving your favourite seat position and performance night for our two plays.


Another change we expect to implement this year is a reduction in seating in the hall. We hope, where possible, to create a little more room for our audiences – spacing between chairs and more leg room in the flat on the forward rows.

The pandemic gave rise to increased caution which was still obviously a concern at our recent return to the stage production in April and feedback regarding the condensed seating in places.

We shall be exploring a new layout shortly.


Wendy Elliott has decided to step down from her role as President of our society. Wendy, of course, has been a member and presence on our stage for decades before ‘retiring’ and then taking the role of President after Mo Spence who had served in that role for 25 years.

So it is now both fitting and a delight that Mo’s daughter, Nicci Robinson, has accepted the role and was ‘inaugurated’ at our recent Committee meeting. Nicci, who has been a member and performed with us in the past, has been a staunch supporter, attendee and patron of our group along with her husband Paul. So we thank Wendy for her service and now welcome Nicci to the hopefully non-taxing position as President.

We also confirmed our committee and Chair for the year ahead, an election process that was far simpler, faster and less acrimonious than the one dragging on for PM!

Richard Bateman remains as long-serving Chair yet again, a unanimous and popular hands-up decision that differs from totalitarian regimes in that committee members aren’t threatened with labour camps. Although set-building weekends constitute hard labour punishment at times.

Our Committee can be found here: Our Society


Finally, we have decided on our plays for the season ahead and rehearsals are about to begin. Watch out for our next post in a few days with all the details and dates to get in your diary!

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Wyn Price 1931-2022

Many of you who are regular attendees at the Petuaria Players productions will be very saddened to hear of Wyn’s passing on the 4th May at the age of 91.

A colourful gentleman, both literally and in character, his presence brightened and filled any room or stage. Audiences loved his stage-presence, his characters and his distinctive clear voice – someone who never had any complaints from the audience about not being able to be heard from the back row, a man whose voice truly deserved the description ‘stentorian‘!

Indeed, his ability to project his voice reminds me of an occasion at the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire that still makes me smile. I was awaiting the peloton at High Hunsley cross road, jostling for position in a big crowd to get photos of the riders. In the distance, amidst the throng at the other corner of the crossroad, a sonorous voice boomed out across the entire area, easily rising above the noise and babble of excited voices, one which momentarily caused a dip in conversation as they perhaps wondered if this was a hidden tannoy announcement about the race. Instead it was Wyn attracting my attention from a distance with “HELLOOOO STEVE, HOW ARE YOU?”

Wyn was almost 89 at his last performance with us but he was young at heart and amusing and woe betide anyone who attempted to consider his ‘age’. In Take Away The Lady he had to play an elderly gentleman. Perfectly cast? Not a bit of it! Despite the character being technically younger than Wyn he ‘aged’ himself and added 20 years or so into a truly doddering fellow.  Hilarious.

In Absurd Person Singular he had to climb up and stand on a small kitchen table. At rehearsal as he unsteadily clambered from chair to table and wobbled a little we all hovered close by in fear, ready to steady him – much to his disgust that we thought he was ‘old’. “I am acting!”

Mwyndeg Griffith Price – known to all as Wyn – was born on 29th March 1931 in Bradley, near Wrexham, and spent his childhood in Wrexham and also in Llangollen which he always called “his spiritual home”. 

After a career in education and a long and productive pastime in Amateur Dramatics and Operatics (one in which he was awarded in 2012 the 60 Year Diamond Bar for Dedicated Service to Amateur Theatre from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association) he moved to South Cave to live closer to his son – local professional theatre producer and director, Gareth Tudor Price.

It was Gareth who introduced Wyn to the Petuaria Players. I remember Wyn saying at his first visit to the Forum that after a life in dramatics this would be a wonderful opportunity to remain involved and mix with fellow ‘thesps’, and that he had no intention of acting, simply to be around the process, “unless, of course, you needed a small walk-on part to be filled…”

That was in 2014. Within weeks he was taking on his first full role, and certainly no bit-part! And, until lock down prevented any of us performing or even meeting up, he had parts in eleven productions, his first entrances always creating a discernible ripple of delight through the audience. With his final performance in 2020 he had achieved an amazing 68 years in Amateur Theatre! Those who know Wyn will know full well that he would have performed at the age of 90 but for the pandemic lockdowns.

Below are some photos of his characters in those plays, and only a small view of his extensive and colourful personal wardrobe!

It comes as no surprise that Wyn had apparently made it clear that in the event of his passing that there should be a celebration of his life, not a mourning, that it should be full of amusing anecdotes and a lot of bright colour – black outfits and sadness forbidden! Ever the colourful gent, we shall all miss his charismatic presence – with a smile.

Wyn passed away peacefully on May 4th. His celebration of life and funeral will take place a 12.30 pm on June 17th at Haltemprice Crematorium.

Wyn’s Productions & Characters

2014. D.S.S Inspector Jenkins in Cash On Delivery

2015. Ronald Brewster-Wright in Absurd Person Singular

2015. Stanley in Sylvia’s Wedding

2016. Col. Melkett in Black Comedy

2016. Rod Trusser in Neighbourhood Watch

2016. Mark Webster in Spirit Level

2017. Porter Padgett in The Hallelujah Girls

2017. Albert in Generations Apart

2018. Sir Willoughby Drake in It Runs In The Family

2019. Charles Doubleday in Take Away The Lady

2020. Richard in Say It With Flowers

Cheers Wyn. Thanks for your friendship and wonderful contributions to our group.

Photo Gallery: FlatSpin

It’s two weeks since we packed away the set from our last production, Alan Ayckbourn’s FlatSpin. Over two years in the making – admittedly most of that on hold for reasons none of us want reminding of – we finally managed to get the play to the stage and the audiences loved it.

It’s true that ticket sales were less than we are used to. That may be a lingering lack of confidence to join a throng of people post-covid; the Bank Holiday; or perhaps not everyone was aware of the show and we needed more aggressive marketing after being away for so long. These are things we need to consider as we enter our summer break, take stock and plan our future programme.

And we do need to encourage all those reluctant potential actors and contributors out there to get in touch and join us.

Meanwhile, as usual after our performances, we like to share a few of the images of the play taken at dress rehearsal. Hope you enjoy them and they bring back memories of a great show – and if you weren’t there – you missed a good one!

FlatSpin by Alan Ayckbourn

The Gallery

Clicking the photos will enlarge them and allow you to scroll as a slideshow. All dress rehearsal photos courtesy of Dave Hackett.

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Notice – for Flatspin audiences

We are looking forward to seeing you all next week for our return to the stage (at last!) with FlatSpin , the play we had to cancel two years ago. Rehearsals are almost finished and this weekend we set about creating the set and converting our auditorium to tiered seating.

However, we recognise that even now it is not ‘situation normal’ for everyone and so our Committee have decided to take a few limited precautions to help make our patrons feel more comfortable. We know that not everyone is comfortable rejoining audiences so we would like to set your minds at rest.

The interval. Sorry to disappoint those patrons who look forward to our traditional tea, coffee and biccies midway through our performance but this year there will be no refreshments, thus avoiding the crowding at the rear of the hall. Please note, however, there will be a short interval to act as a comfort break.

Please feel free to bring your own small bottle of water for those thirsty moments.

Masks. As you know masks are not mandatory but those of you who feel more comfortable wearing them are welcome to do so.

Ventilation. As far as possible we will ensure that windows are open to a degree to provide increased ventilation. We do not anticipate this will affect the temperature but having a ‘cardy’ on hand may be beneficial.

Seating. Whilst we are not changing our seating arrangements if there are opportunities on the night to move please speak to our ticket secretary – although such opportunities may be limited and cannot be guaranteed.

Now that you are all excited and confident about seeing us back on stage, have you reserved your tickets yet? See the poster below for details. We look forward to renewing friendships, seeing familiar faces and new ones. Our ticket booking page is here.

Poster for Flatspin

If you have any concerns or questions please contact our secretary or fill in our query form by clicking our Contact Us page here.