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 Actor’ award.
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.
Dymchurch Players are incredibly grateful to Magnox for the grant we have received enabling us to purchase a safer and more sophisticated pyrotechnic system for use in future productions. With every bang and flash we will thank you; as will John—our detonator!