Cinders returns to help playhouse celebrate 40 years on the stage

Potton Playhouse 40th anniversary, with chairman Judy Oliver centre.
Potton Playhouse 40th anniversary, with chairman Judy Oliver centre.

Dedicated thespians in Potton have celebrated their 40th year staging productions to entertain the community.

Potton Playhouse commemorated the landmark year with a party which included former members who travelled from all parts of the UK to attend.

The first production 40 years ago was Cinderella, performed in the hall of the old United Reform church which was home to the Playhouse for about 25 years.

Chairman Judy Oliver said: “Many excellent productions of comedies, dramas and more pantomimes were performed during the 40 years, and many young people having enjoyed acting for the first time with the children’s shows held during the summer holidays, and who went on to drama-related careers.

The playhouse have also performed thought-provoking plays such as Waiting for Godot, Murder in the Cathedral, A Man for All Seasons and Steel Magnolias. The quality of productions has been reflected in prizes at regional amateur dramatic competitions.

Judy added: “One memorable production of Outside Edge (about the antics of members of a cricket club), actually had live grass on the stage, which had to be watered every evening to keep it fresh! There was a live pony in another production, gun shots, hot food served and eaten – nothing was beyond the Playhouse production team!

“In recent years Playhouse has struggled to maintain the quality of productions – nowhere in Potton has a suitable space with seating for audiences of over 150, back stage facilities with changing rooms and toilets. We are determined to carry on with offering audiences in Potton live theatre entertainment.”

Playhouse will celebrate the 40th anniversary by bringing Cinderella back to the stage with show on February 18, 19 and 20 at Burgoyne School. It will be a traditional pantomime with magic and fun, an outing suitable for all members of the family. Tickets will be on sale in Camerons from January 2.

Judy added: “We need new, younger members and supporters to carry on the tradition of Potton Playhouse for the next 40 years – and in the meantime – Happy Birthday Potton Playhouse!”