The seeds of the Amateur Dramatic Society we know now as "The Hall Players" were sown in about 1960 in Preston, Lancashire, when a group of St. John Baptist Church parishioners performed a series of plays at the Broughton School Hall. This helped to raise funds for construction of the Parish Hall where all our plays were held until recently.
From these early beginnings grew the idea of forming an amateur dramatic society and this was agreed at a meeting held in the Parish Hall on 7th March 1961. This was followed by the first committee meeting held on April 12th in which the decision was made to call the society, "The Hall Players".
On this historic night it was decided that the first production would be the comedy "Quiet Weekend" by Esther McCraken, to be presented in November 1961.
Since those early days we have produced over one hundred plays, including the now biennial pantomime. Besides the plays we have produced charity nights for raising funds for local and national charities. We have competed in one act play festivals, and we have produced highly successful murder nights for other local groups.
As with any drama society we are always on the lookout for new members, both for acting or backstage. Anyone who wishes to join can contact us from this site.
Market Street West,
Covid-19 has been a game changer! 2020 will be the year that we will all remember and it will be talked about and perhaps taught to pupils in history books in the years to come.
Covid 19 has certainly turned our normal drama calendar on its head. We, as a group, are itching to return to treading boards and entertaining audiences at The Playhouse in Preston. And to this end we can assure you that as soon as we are able to do so, we will be there. In the wings. Ready and waiting for the cue.
We hope that you will be there too!