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The Gweek Players are a theatre group based in Gweek but drawing members from a wide area.
We normally perform a play twice a year in Gweek Village Hall and, like many other groups, have had to postpone our next production, ‘Blithe Spirit’, Noël Coward’s celebrated comedy about a novelist, directed by Mandy Rolleston until it is safe to invite our audiences back to our theatre.
However, never ones to stay dormant, we have taken an initiative to create an Online Drama in the form of a Murder Mystery. Due to the pandemic, we are currently filming The Village Hall Murder under Lockdown restrictions meaning that no two members of the society will meet in person. The play was written by one of our members, David Ivall who cleverly set the action to take place during the pandemic. This is a first for us and we think maybe a first in the am-dram world!
Rehearsals have been taking place on Zoom since December. The cast have filmed themselves (on their phones tablets and on Zoom, etc.), in costume.
The cast’s videos are being collated and edited by the director, Emma Phillips, and producer, Amanda Rolleston, to create a one-hour online play to be launched on 1 March at 7pm.
We will not be charging to see the play, but we will give viewers the opportunity to make a donation to local arts charity Carn to Cove at the end of the production.
BLITHE SPIRIT – Ticket Holders
Due to the current lockdown and ongoing uncertainty around the future Covid-19 regulations in theatres, Blithe Spirit is currently postponed. Your tickets for the original date are currently being held in order to be transferred to the new date on the same weekday in November 2021. We very much hope that this will still be convenient for you.
If you’re unable to attend on the new date, we’d like to ask you if, instead of a refund, you would continue to show your support by exchanging your original payment for a Credit Voucher for a future Gweek Players’ show.
MORE ABOUT US
We perform 2 to 3 plays each year between March and November. The plays are often – but not exclusively – comedies and we work hard to find good quality scripts to use. Novices and experienced actors can be assured of a warm welcome and help and support whenever needed. Both the group and our audiences like to see new faces! If you prefer to remain in the background there are plenty of ways that you can get involved backstage. Please contact us on 01326 251233.
For rehearsals and performance we use Gweek Village Hall with its excellent stage and dressing room facilities and Constantine WI hall.
Our USP is Theatre with Dessert – in the interval our audience enjoys a choice of scrumptious desserts. This has proved immensely popular and has become a unique feature of our performances.
As a group we have a good social life. There is the annual barbecue on our ‘birthday’ in July and a winter get together which is sometimes Burns Night – or any other excuse we can find!
Obviously there are also the refreshment breaks at the rehearsal or the pub afterwards.