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About the Group

In 1986 the Pantomimes moved to The Lecture Hall and have been staged there ever since, and the group became known as Loddon Players.

Beryl Carver was the musical accompanist from the very beginning in 1976 up to 2008 when she decided to retire, and for the past two years the Players have missed her musical expertise.
However, in 2011 Alan Cant stepped up to the demanding role of musical accompanist and has made a great impact with his quiet and relaxed approach.

The local dancing school, originally under the leadership of Joan Gisborne, have always provided the dances and chorus for the Pantomimes, and this job is now undertaken by Vicky Codling with her pupils from Funky Feet School of Dance & Performing Arts.

Costumes are under the care of Pauline Mason, and the Players have a very reliable backstage crew.

Lighting and Sound are in the capable hands of Ian Taylor and Matt Day.

Front of House and bookings are always handled with expertise by Hazel Catchpole.

Summer Productions

As well as the Pantomimes, the Players put on a summer play every year.
"Bonaventure", "Clerical Errors", "See How They Run", "Pools Paradise", "Fingers", "Wild Goose Chase", "Scarlet Ribbons" and "Murdered to Death" are but a few of their productions which have spanned over 30 years.

They have also staged many Variety Concerts, including "The Big C 30th Birthday Bash" in 2010, which raised over £,2,000.


The Players currently have a committee of 8 -

Joan Evans remains Honorary President of the Loddon Players.
Maureen Larkin is now the longest serving member of the cast, having been involved since 1977.
Maureen's husband and three children have all been involved with the Pantomimes in various ways for many years.