Newsletter Archives - May 2006

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Murder Mystery Evening

The next Bovingdon Players murder mystery evening is now full steam ahead for the new date of Friday 9th June, at 8pm.  “A Taste for Murder”, directed by Claudia Aliffe, will take place in the Bovingdon Memorial Hall, starring Players new and old (or should we say “seasoned”?), following a similar format to previous mysteries.  Since the drama takes place at a wine-tasting social evening in the 1970s (with funky disco, naturally), we hope to extend the party so the audience can have a boogie too, and maybe even try to dress up as outrageously as some of our cast!

It’s bring-your-own-food-and-drink and no separate bar on this occasion, so make sure you bring plenty of authentic 1970s fare – Blue Nun Liebfraumilch and Double Diamond, Cresta, cheesy footballs and Golden Wonder crisps should do the job!

Tickets will be £8 and £6 (concessions) each and the audience of psychedelic sleuths will be on tables of 8 (you can form your own groups or just fill up the tables).  There will be two breaks to allow you to munch your dinner, followed by rounds of questioning, where the cast will endeavour to help you throw light on the proceedings, and a final denouement where everyone can guess whodunnit. 

There will be a raffle too, with proceeds in aid of the Bovingdon Fire Station.

Do please come along and join with what promises to be a terrific evening’s entertainment!

Tickets are already selling fast so please contact Janet Aylward for your tickets ASAP on 01442 832061 or

Autumn Production: 1st, 3rd & 4th November

Details of the Bovingdon Players’ next full-scale production will be finalised soon.  Imogen Roberts will be directing and performances are planned for the 1st, 3rd and 4th November in the Bovingdon Memorial Hall.  Auditions will be on Wednesday 28th June (a guaranteed England World-Cup–free date!) at 8pm in the same place – mark it in your diary and watch this space!!  If you would like more info prior to the auditions, make sure Penny ( has you on her distribution list – if you got this by E-mail then you are already on the list – or check the website.

Forthcoming Social Events

A group outing is planned to see “The Boyfriend” at the Regents Park Open Air Theatre on the evening of Saturday 9th September, probably preceded by an al fresco supper in the Park.  Tickets will be £22.50 each (and if we get enough people, only £19.50).  Here’s a taster…

This musical romance is set in the 1920s at Madame Dubonnet’s fashionable finishing school on the sun-kissed French Riviera, where young ladies are schooled in the finer arts of 'marrying well'. Polly Browne, a millionaire’s daughter, tries to escape the stern influence of her father and find true love encouraged by Madame Dubonnet; but when Polly falls for Tony the delivery boy - and so pretends to be a mere working girl herself - matters become rather complicated! This musical includes numbers such as 'Won’t you Charleston with me?' and 'I could be happy with you'.

Don’t miss the chance to see this great musical in an extraordinary venue!  If you’d like to come along, please let Iain ( or 01923 265973) know by Friday 19th May.  Further details will be circulated to those interested nearer the time.


STOP PRESSChipperfield Theatre Group is presenting “Nell’s Belles” from 5th to 8th July.  A couple of Players are featuring in the production, and we would encourage you to support CTG – they do support us.  If you would like to come along as part of a Players party, please contact Iain ASAP, as tickets are selling fast.  If you can’t make a group outing, please contact CTG direct on 0870 7702496. 

For more details see the website

The Yahoo Group

The Bovingdon Players Yahoo e-mail Group is a very handy service which enables members to send messages around the membership about events and news, but it can easily be spoilt by people using it to spread other material. Please avoid use of this facility for messages that do not relate to the group and its activities, or theatre-related events.  Please reserve “jokes” and advertising of non-drama services for your personal contacts.   And if you do reply to anyone sending a message, please don’t use “Reply”, or EVERYONE gets a copy!  Thanks for your co-operation.

AGM – Wednesday the 12th July, “Parish Rooms”

Talking of social events, this year’s AGM (safely timed after that football event…) will provide further opportunity to catch up on all the  latest gossip (oh, and sort some business out too).  Beer, wine and nibbles will be provided for all who attend, and those paying their subs on the night will get a discount of £1 on their membership fees.   The meeting starts at 8pm at the St Lawrence Hall, Vicarage Lane.  Please come along to help steer your society and elect those vital Committee members.  There are still some places up for grabs on the Committee, so please don’t be shy (volunteers being worth several pressed persons and all that).  All members, including newcomers, are welcome to put themselves forward.  The Committee is very informal and “duties” are undemanding.  Iain would particularly like to see a new chairman (of either sex) leaping to the fore after his three sterling years of leading the Players (no, he didn’t write that himself!).


…that’s all for now!

But if you have more ideas for social events, shows or other fun stuff, drop us a line!

To those of you who waited 20 minutes for those lovely pictures to crawl down your phone line, apologies.  If you would like future Newsletters without the piccies, please let me know and I will add you to my “dial-up” distribution list, which in future will receive a text-only version.  Thanks.


Penny Coombs