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Panto Season 2018
Sedgefield Players Christmas panto 2018-Cinderella
27th Dec & 29th Dec Matinee Show-SOLD OUT

27th @ 7pm, 28th @ 7pm, 29th @ 2pm & 7pm plus 30th @ 7pm.


Drama Festival 2018

11th-15th September 2018

This year’s Sedgefield Drama Festival results are in and what a fantastic week it has been!

The Players production of Marion Craig Wentworth’s ‘War Brides’ won Best Production, as well as receiving the Audience Award and Best Actress for Sarah Legender as Hedwig. Viv Jacobs won the Adjudicators award for her hard work in organising the day to day running of the festival and Stage Management duties.

‘Beata Beatrix’ by Gillian Plowman was the Players second entry, winning the award for Best 30 seconds for the touching moment when Beatrice and Jon (played by Jacqui O’Meara and Terry West) finally touched hands.

The SPYS triumphed with their production of ‘Daffodil Scissors’ by Philip Ridley, winning the Youth Award, Best Technical Presentation and individual awards for Best Cameo (Emily Legender as the TV), Best Under 21 Male (Cameron Andrews as Dad) and Best Supporting Actor (Kieron O’Donnell as Bash, and Arno in ‘War Brides’).

Shari Gledhill of Banandrama won the brand new, ‘New Writing Award’, presented in memory of Russell Whiteley, a great friend of the Players who had been due to Adjudicate this year, but sadly passed away. She also won the awards for Originality and Best Director. Chris Parrinder of the same group won Best Actor for his two roles in ‘De-friend’ and ‘These are the Days’, with the latter winning the award for Runner-up to Best Production.

Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society won the Ensemble Award for their hilarious version of ‘Teechers’ by John Godber, whilst the Female Under 21 award went to Beth Strain of Cliffe Theatre as Edith in ‘After the Flags and Bands’ by Allan Williams. The production also won the Costume Award for the beautiful 2nd World War costumes.

The Award for Endeavour, given in memory of Ray Tate, a long-standing member of Sedgefield Players with his wife Dorothy, went to Holmside Productions, new participants in the festival. Heather Prestwich also won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Winifred in ‘How the vote was won’ by Cicely Hamilton and Christopher St. John.

The award for Best Set went to Statement Drama Group of Scarborough for the cosy living room the brought to the stage.

Adjudicator Colin Dolley, in his 8th trip to Sedgefield commended the Players on the ‘friendly festival’, much of which would not be possible without Norma Neal, who was unable to attend, but was honoured for her 25 years of Festival Direction with a special, one off award, the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.

Drama Festival 2018

11th-15th September 2018


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About Sedgefield Players

Formed in 1971 by a handful of enthusiasts as part of the newly formed SCA (Sedgefield Community Association), Sedgefield Players set high, professional standards but also have a great deal of fun putting on shows. The hard work and camaraderie involved is extremely therapeutic, whether on stage, back stage or front-of-house. New members are always welcome; no auditioning necessary.

Just come along to our regular meetings in Sedgefield Parish Hall at 7:30 p.m. every Sunday and Wednesday. Our youth section SPYS meets every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. also in the Parish Hall.

If you'd like to act, make costumes, build sets, operate lights or sound effects, sell programmes or make coffee – come and join us! You'll have a great time! Or maybe you'd be happy to come along to the Parish Hall and enjoy excellent live theatre.

We produce full-length plays in March, June and November, a pantomime at Christmas and, in September, a Festival of One Act Plays. The Players have gained numerous awards over the years, both at Sedgefield Festival and others, including Saltburn, Wakefield and the Isle of Man.