20 Hamblings Close








Dear Member,


Hello again and welcome to another season.  Let’s put the problems of the last season behind us and look forward to an exciting and successful year for Radlett Players.



As you know, Willum and Chantelle stepped down from the Committee at the AGM.  Philip Eastburn has now taken on the role of Treasurer, although we are still without a Publicity Officer.  This really is an important role in the society, especially at this time when we are aiming to increase our numbers and attract large audiences.  I would very much appreciate hearing from anyone who would be willing to consider taking the job on.  Although it might sound daunting, I’m pleased to say that both Chantelle and Sheila Bird have offered to assist with some of the workload, which will certainly make the job easier.


The rest of the Committee is unchanged, and the (almost) full complement is below:


Chairman                                                 Secretary                                             Treasurer

Nigel Tompkins                                      Viv Harris-Bass                                  Philip Eastburn

20 Hamblings Close                                14 Gills Hill Lane                                144 Watling Street

Shenley                                                   Radlett                                                Radlett

WD7 9JJ                                                 WD7 8DF                                           WD7 7JH

Tel: 01923 839003                                  Tel: 01923 855885                              Tel: 01923 854520

E-mail: nigel.tompkins@tiscali.co.uk     E-mail: vharrisbass@hotmail.com      E-mail: philip.eastburn@ukf.net


Membership Secretary                           Publicity Officer                                 Committee Member

Jo Emery                                                 Vacant                                                 Sheila Bird

42 Forge End                                                                                                       57 Oakridge Avenue

St Albans                                                                                                            Radlett

AL2 3EQ                                                                                                            WD7 8HB

Tel: 01727 837446                                  Tel:                                                      Tel: 01923 852630

E-mail: jemery100@hotmail.com           E-mail:                                                 E-mail: Snail mail


Committee Member                                Committee Member

Anne Clarke                                            Barry Sawyer

31 Gills Hill Lane                                    152A Harpenden Road

Radlett                                                    St Albans

WD7 8DE                                               AL3 6BZ

Tel: 01923 469904                                  Tel: 01727 841594

E-mail: Snail mail                                    E-mail: barry@westherts.co.uk



Autumn Production

As I think I may have mentioned, and much to everyone’s delight, Outside Edge has been cast (and indeed crewed), and rehearsals will be getting underway in early September.  The cast is as follows:


Miriam              Tracy Jenner

Roger               Nigel Tompkins

Bob                  Colin Cook

Ginnie               Paula Welham

Alex                 Robin Milton (new member)

Sharon              Laura Kett (new member)

Kevin               Eric Howes

Maggie             Moira Gregson

Dennis              Philip Eastburn


The set for Outside Edge is quite complicated and we are planning to do some set building over the summer to give ourselves a head start.  The first date to put in your diaries is Sunday 21st August.  Please come along to the scenery store in Shenley at 10.00am to lend a hand, even if you can only wield a paint brush.  Tea and coffee will be provided.



Social Events/Members Evening

Those of you at the AGM will recall that Philip suggested a new venture, which will be known as a Members Evening.  This will take place on the first Tuesday of each month at the Radlett Youth Club at the bottom of Loom Lane.


As has been said many times before, we often attract people that are interested in joining the society, but are unable to offer them the opportunity to get involved straight away.  The Members Evening is designed to overcome this problem by giving people something to do immediately, whether it be a play reading, rehearsal, improvisation, or whatever.  The activity will depend on the number of people taking an interest, but the initial intention is to rehearse a one act play that would be put on as an in-house production in a few months time.


However, please don’t think this is only available to new members.  We would love to hear from any old hands that are willing to get involved with this in any way, whether it be co-ordinating, or even taking a part in something.


The first of these Members Evenings will also double-up as our Open Season Party, which will be on Tuesday September 6th at the Youth Club.  This will be a cheese and wine affair, with an informal quiz around the room that you can participate in if you wish.  As an added incentive, a prize of £25 in theatre tokens will be on offer to the winner.  It is of course vital that we attract as many new members as possible this year, and this is an excellent opportunity for potential members to find out more about us.  We will be doing some advertising about this event, but if you know of anyone who has expressed an interest in amateur dramatics, please encourage them to come along.


Philip will be on hand at this event to tell people more about future Members Evenings, and would love to hear from anyone who would like to be involved.  Alternatively, contact him beforehand and he’ll be pleased to give you more information.



Spring Production

I’m pleased to announce that Philip Eastburn has offered to produce the Spring play, which is likely to be an Alan Ayckbourn comedy.  A decision will be made on the play shortly, and I hope to be able to give you more information, including the date for auditions, in the next newsletter.




Subscriptions are of course now due, and payable to Jo Emery, or any member of the Committee.  Subscriptions were raised slightly at the AGM, and are now as follows:


                                                         Full Rate   Discounted Rate (if paid before 30th Spetember)

Single                                               £28.00        £20.00

Family                                               £40.00        £30.00

Patrons, Students & Senior Citizens £20.00        £15.00



Theatre Trips

Ian has once again taken on the unenviable task of organising trips to Watford Palace Theatre.  Their next production is The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson, a play about three sisters reunited for their mother’s funeral during which a well kept family secret is revealed.  Ian will be getting tickets for either 23rd or 30th September.


The November play is Queen’s English by Vanessa Brooks, a protégé of Alan Ayckbourn.  This is a comedy about ideas of nationality which takes place in a stately pile in Hertfordshire (sounds like Ian’s house).  The proposed date for this is 25th November.


For tickets to either of these shows please contact Ian on 01923 855944.



And finally….congratulations to Chantelle who won the Player of the Year Award at the AGM.  A well-deserved recognition for her hard work over the previous year, and of course a superb performance in Gaslight.


Best wishes