Over forty years ago a group of parents wanted to raise some money for the Ditcheat Primary School’s centenary celebrations and they decided to put on a variety show in the Jubilee Hall. So many liked the show that they were encouraged to start a drama group and they formed the Ditcheat Players. In 1995 the Ditcheat Players became a registered charity.
The “Players” have performed drama of all types ranging from straight plays, comedy, musicals and pantomime. For many years the Players were famed for their Music Hall in the style of the popular TV show “The Good Old Days”. Audiences were encouraged to dress up in Victorian and Edwardian clothes. Such was the demand for tickets it was not unknown for people to queue overnight!
Ditcheat is fortunate to have an excellent village hall and The Players have been able to fund major improvements to the stage area. Other users of the hall are able benefit from these facilities and the members of the Players regularly support other events by providing stage lighting and use of their sound system.
We have introduced “Theatre with Dinner” shows when not only do we entertain our audience but we feed them as well.
Like all drama groups we have to compete with television and other home entertainment. We believe that live theatre provides a unique experience and we try very hard to ensure that our shows are of a high standard.