Gweek Players were founded in 1984 – our first production was ‘Breath of Spring’ by Peter Coke.

Since then we have performed 2 plays most years (April and November), usually comedies but plenty of serious stuff too – ‘They Came To A City’ by J B Priestley;  ‘Pack of Lies’ by Whitemore and more recently Alan Bennett’s ‘Talking Heads’.

Comedies have ranged from Priestley’s ‘When We Are Married; Neil Simon’s ‘The Odd Couple’; Noel Coward’s ‘Blithe Spirit’ and Peter Quilter’s ‘Glorious’.

On Golden Pond

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The Ghost Express

The train has left!

Gweek Players celebrated our 30th anniversary with a world premiere! A specially written comedy drama “The Ghost Express” was performed 28 to 31 May 2014.

The play was a complete sell out and was much enjoyed by our audiences.

” Absolutely brilliant – we loved it”

“You have a hit on your hands”

The plot told the story of a group of railway passengers who find themselves stranded in an abandoned station during the Second World War who are fighting for their lives and the future of their country.. It’s a story about relationships, duty, loyalty and how far people will go to defend what they love. It is a drama but also a comedy!

Director Rob Lambert from Porthleven explains: “This is a play on many levels. Yes, it has a lot of comedy, especially in the first act, but it is about people, about personalities. We’ve managed to assemble an excellent cast, and we are taking the time to hone their performances to a level which would put most professionals to shame. My intention is to get the audience laughing, crying, shouting and cheering and I can see that we’re well on the way to achieving that.”

The village hall in Gweek was transformed. The clock was wound back, and when the audience walked through the door, they found themselves back in 1943. It was an amazing group effort, with the backstage crew working all hours to create the illusion.

 


Pygmalion

Pygmalion is going to be a great production and fortunately I am much better at directing then websites!  However you may now use the website to order tickets and it works!!

Or you can phone on 0845 094 8874 or go to Heathercraft in Helston

George Bernard Shaw’s much loved comedy Pygmalion was the basis for My Fair Lady.  Professor Higgins decides to teach Eliza, a flower girl, to speak like a Duchess and to shape her into the sort of woman he wants – but Eliza has ideas of her own!

Served with our popular dessert in the interval the play will be a feast of fun.  Please note that we are doing a matinee this year on Saturday afternoon – a new idea to see if it is what you, the audience, like.

 Gweek Village Hall

Weds 13 (£8) Thurs 14 & Fri 15 Nov (£9) 7.30pm & Sat 16 November (£8) at 2.30

Tickets (price includes dessert) from 0845 094 8874 or Heathercraft, Helston


Dressed to Kill! Murder Mystery

One night only!

Dressed to Kill!

Murder Mystery

Friday June 14th at 7.30 pm

Gweek Village Hall

Join us for an evening of mystery and detective work!!

We are holding another of our popular mystery murder evenings with pasty supper and pudding.

You will watch scenes (specially written for us) that lead up to a murder. Then you will have to use your detective skills to work out whodunit!

Prizes for the best answer.

There will be a bar.

Tickets £8 includes supper.

To book seats 0845 0948874

alineturner@btinternet.com


Habeas Corpus by Alan Bennett

Come to this riotous comedy and have a great evening.
All the usual ingredients of a great Gweek show – great play, great acting and great desserts!
17, 18 and 19 April at 7.30 pm
GWEEK VILLAGE HALL Tickets £9 including a dessert in the interval

Box Office 0845 0948874
Tickets can also be purchased at Heathercraft, Meneage Street, Helston


Get your Wind in the Willows Tickets here!!

The Wind in the Willows

by
Alan Bennett

Weds 14 – Fri 16 November 7.30 pm
Gweek Village Hall

Box Office 0845 0948874

www.gweekplayers.co.uk
Heathercraft, Meneage St, Helston
Tickets £8 and £6 (u16)
The Wind in the Willows

Toad, Rat, Mole and Badger’s adventures are well known and loved. In this delightful and funny adaptation by Alan Bennett, both adults and children will be enchanted. Served up with our delicious puddings in the interval, this will be an evening of delight for all ages.


Private Lives

Noel Cowards’ brilliant. witty play Private Lives was a huge success!
Dates  18-20 April 2012

“Private Lives”, thought by many to be the greatest comedy ever written, premiered in London in 1930 and has been produced around the world ever since. The plot resembles that of a tragedy, but Coward fashions from it a fast-paced story, moving from misfortune to full-blown absurdity.

Prone to cynicism and irreverence, Coward’s glamorous upper-class characters seem incapable of taking much of anything seriously for long – a condition which usually proves contagious for the audience as well. He firmly believed the theatre existed for people’s amusement, not to teach or reform.

Glamorous, rich and reckless, Amanda and Elyot have been divorced from each other for five years. Now both are honeymooning in a French resort with their new spouses. When, by chance, they meet again across adjoining hotel balconies, their insatiable feelings for each other are immediately rekindled. They hurl themselves headlong into love and lust (the second act love scene was nearly censored in Britain) without a care for scandal, new partners or memories of what drove them apart in the first place.

In the past the play has attracted such names as Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Maggie Smith and John Gielgud. The Gweek Players’ production, directed by the irrepressible Guy Watson, will star Michelle Dickson as Amanda, Sandy Pulfrey as Sibyl, James Care as Elyot and Alan Perry as Victor.

The cast and enthusiastic backup crew aim to recreate the ambience of the 1930’s in Gweek Village Hall. The stage and auditorium will become an exquisite French Art Deco Hotel with a pianist playing the music of the era.

“Private Lives” will open on April 18th for three nights only. Performances at Gweek Village Hall. For tickets – £8.00 including a delicious dessert – call 0845 0948874 or from Heathercraft, Helston.

In the 28 years since the group was founded, Gweek Players have offered Cornwall two plays per year, usually in April and November. Comedies have been the mainstay of the repertoire – they know how much their audiences enjoy a good laugh – but straight plays, thrillers, mysteries, even the occasional classic, have all been included.

Over the years they have established a reputation for putting on high quality, professional-standard shows, and intend to continue doing so for many years to come.


Canterbury Tales

CANTERBURY TALES

By Phil Woods with Michael Bogdanov

GASP with horror as the Fox snatches Chanticleer, the Cockerel;
THRILL to the hunt for ‘what women most desire’;
SING-A-LONG with the chorus of Peterkin’s fall from grace;
DELIGHT AS May outwits her ancient husband and most of all
ROLICK WITH LAUGHTER at this ‘colourful, boozy, good-spirited, compelling entertainment.’

In modern English this is a great way to revisit or get to know a classic of English Literature. It is a bit naughty so we are not recommending it to under 12s! Think medieval saucy seaside postcard!

Gweek Village Hall
Wednesday 16th – Friday 18th November st 7.30
Tickets £8.00 (includes interval dessert)

0845 0948874
www.gweekplayers.co.uk
or Heathercraft, Coinage Hall, Helston.


Music Hall Madness

MUSIC HALL MADNESS

Supper, Singing and Splendiferous Entertainment

£8 including pasty supper (£5 for under 16s)

Friday 14th May 2010 at 7.30 pm

 

We hit some technical problems – of which the snow was but one – with our plans to put on a Farndale (panic not – we will do it eventually!).  However we came up with the whizzo idea of a Music Hall and Variety Evening with supper.  Please come along and join the fun – but book your ticket in advance please. Included in the programme are the Pantaloons; the Manacles Singers; a short comic Melodrama; several sketches and songs – it’s shaping up to be a great evening for us all but

CHIEFLY YOURSELVES!!

Why are we Fund Raising?

We are raising money to buy our own set of ‘RAISERS’ – the staging that raises the audience up so that you have had such a good view!  We have been hiring from another drama group and as they have now put their prices up we have decided that it is time to buy our own set which will be of benefit to everyone who uses the hall. Some members of the Gweek Players have kindly agreed to advance the Players £2,400 interest free so that we can buy a set now but they need paying back as soon as possible!


Dead Guilty

April 2009

A psychological thriller

by Richard Harris


Strike up the Banns

November 2008

A comedy by Olwen Wymark

Directed by Vanda Trotman

Cast:

Reg John Frankland
Geraldine Aline Turner
Billie Linda Capone
Bunny Richard Robinson
Mr Beamish John Eddy
Mrs Carmichael Janet Jones

Reg has invited his pompous boss to dinner; his wife, Geraldine, feels that their marriage is getting dull and is ripe for mischief.  Their daughter, Billie, wants to marry the boss’s son.

No-one is prepared for Geraldine’s decision to liven things up by impersonating Reg’s imaginary brother Rollo.  Reg retaliates by dressing up as Rollo’s eccentric wife Lilian.  When domineering Granny returns unexpectedly the scene is set for a great deal of comic misunderstanding.

This comedy is a rebel’s fantasy; a hostess’s nightmare and an hilarious treat for the audience.


Dying To Meet You

 

April 2008

Directed by Vanda Trotman

Cast

Richard John Eddy
Barbara Janet Jones
Tom Gary Pulfrey
Beryl Sandy Pulfrey
Clive Darren Drew
Gina Melanie Drew
Luciano Colin Gray
Miss Simmons Anne Brims

 


The Odd Couple

November 2007

Directed by Janet Jones

Cast

Mickey Anne Brims
Renee Avril Plunkett
Vera Janet Jones
Sylvie Melanie Drew
Olive Aline Turner
Florence Vanda Trotman
Manolo John Eddy
Jesus Darren Drew

 


Lettice & Lovage

Cast

Lettice Douffet Vanda Trotman
Lottie  Schően Janet Jones
Miss Framer Kay Ray
Mrs Bardolph  Avril Plunket



Laying the Ghost

November 2004

Directed by Janet Jones

Cast (in order of appearance)

Freda Deacon Avril Plunkett
Mrs Kidd Mary Druce
Margot Buchanan Aline Turner
Sadie Jess McGroarty
Lady Buchanan Vanda Trotman
Leo Buchanan Brian Plunkett
Superman Guy Watson

with Pip Dandy, Rob Druce & Lloyd Jones