Located in North Somerset, the sleepy village of Wrington nestles at the foot of the Mendip Hills, and is home to a surprising number of aspiring amateur actors, directors, and sundry theatrical technicians.
The village’s original drama group, the Wrington Players was founded 70 years ago in 1948. That sterling troupe of amateur devotees managed to keep going for 14 years until 1962 when, through lack of support, they finally gave up the ghost, after highly acclaimed performances of Patrick Hamilton’s famous Victorian melodrama, Gaslight.
A further nineteen years were to pass before the phoenix rose from the ashes as Wrington Drama Club, the brainchild of Echo Irving. Since 1981 a large number of people, both on and off the stage, have come and gone, having made their particular contribution to the Club’s history. Others are still hanging on in there and, despite the inevitable “politics” and the myriad problems faced by all such local societies, the Club has thrived and survived long enough to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2006 and its 30th in 2011. Somewhat surprisingly for a club whose raison d’être is drama, both occasions passed without any great fuss or celebration.
We put on two productions a year, a play in Spring, and a musical or pantomime just after Christmas. Details of our next production can be found here.
Our past productions have covered the gamut of theatrical production from Ayckbourn classics to one act plays, through pantomimes jointly produced with Wrington Youth drama to The Scottish Play. (That’s literally The Scottish Play by Graham Holliday, not the one we mustn’t mention.)
In addition we hold regular play readings, theatre workshops, quiz nights and theatre trips. Take a look at our events page for more details.
We’re always on the lookout for new members – if you don’t fancy treading the boards, there are plenty of other ways to get involved – from helping with make up, making props or just keeping the cups of tea coming! We’re a friendly bunch, why not join us!