Christchurch Drama Group

Our History

Christ Church Drama Group

The group was formed in 1981 from members of Christ Church, Wickford after some of the founding members had performed several biblical plays in the Church, for the congregation.

The first effort that was attemped was a Pantomine, Cinderella, performed without a stage.  A stage was then built by the men of the group and the following year a review was put on which went under the title of ‘The Four Seasons’ and it was decided to open to the public of Wickford as a whole. It was such a resounding success that it was agreed that the group would put on further productions and eventually either a revue or a Pantomine were performed in the winter and usually a week of two or three plays in mid-summer.

In order to keep the costs down, the scripts for the winter shows were written in-house and all the costumes were made by some very talented ladies in the group.  The scenery too was made in various garages around Wickford.  Also more the members of the group were local folk from outside the church and many children found themselves treading the boards alongside the adults. Eventually the Drama Group’s fame spread abroad and the audience began to come from a more widely spread area.  There was a regular attendance of people from places like Basildon, Billericay and Rayleigh and there was even a coachload of regulars from North London.

Although it was hard work it was enjoyable, especaily on the rehearsal nights which were expectantly looked forward to by the cast.

Unfortunately time began to catch up on the stalwarts of the group and it was found that younger replacements were not coming forward to replace them and eventually it was decided to wind up the group.

The final show was in February 2005 to the regrets of both the members of the Group and of their audiences.

Members of the public still remark upon the fact that they miss what used to a regular entertainment in the local area.

CHRIST CHURCH DRAMA GROUP PRODUCTIONS

 

1982Cinderella
1982 Easter Story
1982Revue – “On Stage”
1982The Other Wise Man
1983Too Much of a Good Thing

The Dear Departed

1983The King’s Breakfast

Rescue of Fairy Blue

The Four Seasons (Revue)

1983Christmas Spirit
1984The Inn at Bethlehem
1985Aladdin
1985Good Form

As Good as New

Bonny Johnny

1986The Pied Piper
1986Continental Customs

Chambers of Commerce

1987Pot Pourri (Revue)
1987It’ll Be Alright on the Night.

Goose Chase

1988London Pride (Revue)
1988Her Grace will be Here.

Not to Worry.

1988The Five Dolls
1989Robinson Crusoe
1989Clara’s on the Curtains.

Queer Street.

The Price of Steak.

Mixing with the Right People.

1990Tutti Fruitti

The Sleeping Cutie (Revue).

1990Home is the Hunted.

Inside Out.

1991Oz as it Really Woz.
1991A Marriage has been Disarranged.

A Slight Misunderstanding.

1992 Rolling Round the World (Revue).
1992Ladies, This is War.

Bus Stop.

1993Pinnochio.
1993None the Wiser.

Duck and Mr. Drake.

1994Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
1994A Fishy Business

Blush Pink.

1995Dick Whittington.
1995No Production – Auction held instead.
1996Jack and the Beanstalk.
1996Orange Blossom,

Mum’s the Word.

1997Cinderella.
1997Charade.

The Miasma in Mostyn Mews.

1998The Memory Box – Revue.
1998Housekeeper Wanted.

A Lovesome Thing.

1999Robin Hood.
1999A  Domestic Episode
2000A PETER PANtomime
2000The Tea Dance
2000The Headless Body
2000From Five to Five Thirty
2001Mother Goose (1st bought in Panto Jim Sperinck).
2001Costa Del Packet
2001Split Ends
2002Red Riding Hood
2002After I’m Gone
2002Mrs. Methusalah
2002Sketches, Crossed Wires, Dorothy Perkins, The Film Projectionist.
2003Puss in Boots
2003Green for Danger and Where Every Prospect Pleases.
2004Pied Piper
2004June Plays cancelled
2005Old Father Time and the Magic Pendulum

 

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