Following four nights of staging the popular
'Allo 'Allo to a full house every night in
June 2012, Dymchurch Players presented a
cheque for £3000 to Cancer Research UK.
"We knew the
play was going to be popular but to perform
to 150 people every night was brilliant. It
was a shame we had to turn people away.
Everyone was given a ploughmans in the
interval and with their generosity towards
the raffle we were able to give a
substantial amount to charity"
The Players decided all the profits from the
performances should go to Cancer Research
after hearing of one of their member's
Mark Head who has been a member of Dymchurch
Players for 23 years since the age of 14
played the part of the Italian Captain
Bertorelli and was elected Chairman of the
group at this weeks AGM. More fund raising
events are being planned by local groups in
Click on the 'Allo 'Allo cast button
to see individual images.
Dymchurch Players started up in
1984 as a result of a meeting called by Diane Essen, a Parish
Councillor, who felt that as Dymchurch
now had a new Village Hall it would be nice to have a drama group
using the stage.
The first meeting was attended
by nine people who formed the caretaker committee, they quickly
arranged fund raising events to collect money to add to the £35
given to us by the previous Dymchurch
Players that had been run by one of the Vicars of the local Church.
An evening of entertainment
followed when on the 7th December 1984 two one act plays
were presented., one by the Junior section “As Good As New” and the
other by the adults “There’s No Business’. Two of the adults acting
in that play are still on stage and are currently to appear in a one
act play in 2009.
Since that date the group has
gone from strength to strength having presented over the years full
length plays, an annual pantomime, variety shows and even a Mummers
play for the Day of Syn. On one occasion
we were asked to present a Mummers play
about Guy Fawkes at the
Shorncliffe Barracks for which we were
paid money! The Group has also entered various Kent Drama festivals
with one entry going through to the finals at the
Gulbenkian Theatre and winning the ‘Best
There are still two of the
original founding members in the group together with many other long
serving members. We now have a healthy membership and a very large
number of junior members.