Noises Off

Swan Theatre main stage (1989)

40th Anniversary 1949 – 89:  A Brief History

The inaugural meeting was held on 15th February 1949 at St john’s Infant School and was chaired by the local vicar, who went on, like the Company, to greater things and became Bishop Mort.

The first production, 3rd and 4th april 1949, was three one act plays and made a profit of £11 2s 2d, after entertainmnet tax of £1 was paid to the Inland Revenue.  In April 1950 they performed their first three act play “Yellow Sands”.  The First production at the Swan theatre was “Will Any Gentleman?” in February 1966.

Many varied plays followed:  farces, dramas, light comedy, thrillers, two of which won the “Birmingham Evening Mail” entertainment awards in 1981 and 1985.  Three members of the group have gone on to receive professional recognition and the popular Barry North has moved to blackpool where he has his own “small hotel”.  the Company now perform three playes a year, the other venues being the Norbury Theatre, Droitwich and Worcester Arts Workshop.

We celebrated out 40th birthday with a dinner at the Star Hotel with a “cast” of 100, which included founder, past and present members.  A special welcome was made to Mr Norman Platts – the first Chairman, and Mr Hedley Coombs, a founder member who still takes an active interest in the society.  Hedley is now a life member.

Saint John’s Players are always on the lookout for new talent, front and back stage, a welcome awaits you at our headquarters:- The Loft, Victoria Lane, Barbourne.  We meet on Tuesdays at 8.00pm.  For More Information, contact out secretary, Mrs Sue Nevitt.

I hope you enjoy the evening and our choice of play – our next production is in October at the Worcester Arts Workshop.  May I thank you for your continued support and I trust that we can entertain you for the next 40 years.

Ray Archer
May 1989

Editor’s note:  Since the above was written, our regular Tuesday Evening meetings have moved to The Mill, Gregorys Mill Street, and we no longer meet at The Loft.  Mrs Sue Nevitt is still going strong as our secretary, though!


Dotty Otley – Ann Smith
Lloyd Dallas – Barry Imms
Garry Lejeune – Tony Elliott
Brooke Ashton – Sally Merian
Poppy Norton-Taylor – Patricia Norris
Frederick Fellowes – Peter Thorpe
Belinda Blair – Rosemary Phillips
Tim Allgood – Jim Houlding
Selsdon Mowbray – David Ford


Lighting – Graham Turner, Peter Lilley & Glyn Cording
Stage Managers – Trevor King & Christing King
Assistant Stage Managers – kathryn King, Angela Harris, David Tubb, Robert Hughes, Julie Sadler, Jane Imms, Debbie Lilley, Sonia Alexander, Paul Parker, Carole Parker, Martin Felton & Julie Gormley
Continuity – Sue Tugby
Publicity – Kathryn King
Set Construction – St John’s Players
Floral Arrangements – Nancy Rushton
With Thanks to: Beattie Burrett; Peter Mellors and Dennis Pugh of Norbury Theatre, Droitwich; Barry North; The Swan Theatre Management and Staff, especially Andy Sinclair and Jan P Sendor; and everyone who has kindly loaned properties.  Cane Furniture kindly supplied by Worcester Pine and Furniture

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