St George’s Players

We are a community theatre group and were formed in 1934. Now 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.

The committee

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

  • Chair: Stephen Gaskell
  • Vice chair: Ian Cooper
  • Secretary: William Miller
  • Treasurer: Paul Buckenham
  • Communications: Uli Wilfer & Marcus Ware
  • Performances: Shelley Brownlee
  • Playwriting: Rob Smith
  • Readings: Katrina McLeay & Florence de Schlichting
  • Social Group: Kitty Jansz
  • Design: Mark Harrington
  • Production Coordinator: Natonia Ennis
  • Archivist: Kiran Khan

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.