St George’s Players

We are a community theatre group and were formed in 1934. Now over 85 years later we still produce two full length plays a year, plus readings, showcases and more. And our playwriting group has started writing short plays for us to produce.

How it works

Every member of the Players is a volunteer, everyone is welcome – no experience necessary! – and all proceeds are invested in future productions.

Where it happens

Rehearsals and plays usually take place at St George’s church, Vancouver Road SE23 2AG. But we have also made use of (and recommend) The Honor Oak and the Blythe Hill Tavern.  And we are now holding online events, including readings and full productions.

The committee

Our work is overseen by our committee. Like every member of the Players, they are volunteers.

  • Chair: Stephen Gaskell / Mark Harrington
  • Vice chair: Katrina McLeay
  • Secretary: Shelley Brownlee
  • Treasurer: Paul Buckenham
  • Communications: Marcus Ware
  • Playwriting: Uli Wilfer
  • Social Group: Emily Warburton-Brown
  • Location Coordinator: Sacha Duchamp
  • Archivist: Kiran Khan
  • Honary Lifetime Committeeship: Ian Cooper
  • Production coordinator: Ali Corradini

A bit of history

Our first production was Nothing But the Truth by James Montgomery. Since then we have staged hundreds of performances, from Charles Dickens’ much loved A Christmas Carol to Daphne De Maurier’s haunting Rebecca and Mike Leigh’s excruciating Abigail’s Party.

In 1952 we were the first amateur group to produce The Holly and the Ivy, fresh from the West End. We have even tried our hand at pantomime, marking our Diamond Jubilee with Cinderella in 1994.

Recent productions include The Hound of the Baskervilles in 2013, Arsenic and Old Lace in 2014, Rope and Stepping Out in 2015, Oh What a Lovely War in 2016 and Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None in 2019.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we were forced to take a year out of being on stage, but this hasn’t stopped the group. 2020 was one of our busiest years to date, with online readings, as well as a collection of monologues and a full Online production to complete a tough year for all of the theatre world.