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.
This Season - Exciting times to be had!
Market Street West,
Our first play took place earlier than usual, in October at Preston Playhouse - see the video above. A fabulous production!
We, as a group, are really enjoying the experience of producing plays in a bigger theatre, and we hope that you, our loyal audience, will continue to come along and support us, just as you have always done!