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ABOUT US
Welcome to the Nannerch Players

 

The Nannerch Players are a dedicated group of enthusiastic amateur actors all living in and around the beautiful North Wales village of Nannerch.

 

We perform at least two shows a year. One full-length play performed in the summer months (usually May– June) and a pantomime, just before Christmas.

 

The full-length play is very popular with actors and audiences alike and its inspiration is usually drawn from the cast. We all have our favourites and this is our chance to indulge ourselves. These plays could be a short murder/mystery or a gritty and intense love story, a light-hearted comedy or a classic Shakespearean masterpiece.

 

Our annual pantomime is our chance to let off steam. In classic pantomime style, we always opt for colourful costumes, over-the-top characters, fabulous sets and hilarious scripts. We frequently involve the village children in the production and for those who just like to watch, engage them in the performance. Our pantomimes are always a sell-out.

 

Current and recent productions include;

 

During 2023 we performed, Bunkered a comedy by Lynn Brittney and Mother Goose by Ben Crocker. In 2022 we performed Obvious Guilt by Ethan Bortman and Beauty and the Beast pantomime by Ben Crocker. In 2021 we performed two One Act Plays, A Twitch in Time & A Field Full and Scrooge's Christmas instead of a panto. Previously in 2019 we performed a farce called Don't get you vicars in a twist and Dick Whittington panto. In 2018 we performed a murder mystery, Death at the Island View Hotel and a play about war veterans in a care home trying to escape to Normandy for D Day celebrations in 1994 called, The Magnificent Seven. Our 2108 pantomime was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In 2017 our pantomime was Caesar, The Pantomime, The Wizard of Oz was perfromed in 2016. Also in 2016, we performed three one act plays, A Dog's Life, The Waiting Room & The End of the Pier. Cinderella (2015), Agatha Crusty & The Murder Mystery Dinner (2015), Panto Goes West (2015), Dad's Army (2013) & Stepping Out (2013).

In July 2014 we performed Shakespeare's 'The Merry Wives Of Windsor' and in June 2017 we performed the Canterbury Tales, both took place in the stunning grounds of the Penbedw Estate close to Nannerch.

Our 2011 production of Wind in the Willows (performed in the open-air in the village) received wide acclaim and attracted over 400 visitors.

We rehearse every Wednesday evening in the village hall and we would very much welcome you to join us either in an acting role or to help with technical or backstage.

last production mother goose 2023

Paul Harrison

Recently was in the cast of Scrooge's Christmas

Liz Grieve

Currently rehearsing Alice in Wonderland

Robert Sayers 

Currently rehearsing Alice in Wonderland

Lucy Clarke

Currently rehearsing Alice in Wonderland

Peter Blundell

Currently rehearsing Alice in Wonderland

OUR HISTORY

The Nannerch Players Amateur Dramatic Society was formed in 1984 and we have performed at least two plays a year since then come rain or shine .... mostly rain!

 

Our aim is simple, to enjoy putting on plays that are in turn enjoyed by a wide range of audiences.

 

We are both self-funding and not-for-profit. We do not rely on grants but exist through ticket sales, some fundraising and the support of the local community.

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The cast of The Waiting Room, Liz and Paul holding their Awards.

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Erica as Best Villain and Monique accepting Best Production Award

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Graham as the dame in Mother Goose

AWARDS

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In 2019 we entered the Welsh Region of One Act Plays with a play written by one of our group, David Grieve. The play called The Waiting Room was performed at Theatr Clwyd along with other groups from North Wales. We were fortunate to be selected to represent North Wales in the Welsh Finals at Theatr Clwyd. In addition two of our actors won individual awards at the heats, Paul Harrison was awarded Best Actor and Liz Grieve was awarded Best Supporting Actress.

We also, entered the local panto competition organised by Clwyd Community Theatre Association (CCTA) for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs performed Christmas 2018. Again we gained two awards, Erica Burney won Best Villian and our performance was judged as Best Production, Monique Duffy-Brogan accepted the award on our behalf. The CCTA also awarded Tim Clisby best actor for his role of King Rat in our 2019 panto, Dick Whittington. Marilyn Jones was awarded for her role as the cat and our performance of Dick Whittington won best panto, that year.

 

Our Famous Annual Internal Awards - Golden Lemon & Ieuan Watkins

 

Nominations for the Golden Lemon Award are for the person who has provided the most noteable and memorable contribution to the Nannerch Players throughout the year. This could be due to their outstanding acting ability, their unsurpassed devotion and commitment to the Players or to their unsurpassed attention to detail.

On the other hand, it could be because they committed the most horrendous and hilarious cock-up whilst on stage..... a true and worthy winner every time!

Graham Clarke was awarded the Golden Lemon for 2023 for his performance, as the dame in this years panto. Truly deserved award for Graham.

We introduced a new Award in 2018 in honour of one of our longest serving members, Ieuan Watkins, who sadly passed away that year. The Ieuan Watkins Award is for outstanding contribution throughout the year. The winner of the Award in 2023 was Pam Warren who worked tirelessly backstage on all our productions. She is truly a worthy winner.

Both Awards are voted for by members of the Nannerch Players.

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