Wilstead Players’ Newsletter


By the time this Newsletter is circulated the train from ‘The Railway Children’ will have been and gone!  So, if you came to one of our performances, we hope you enjoyed the play or if you helped in any way, we are very grateful to you.  As usual a huge amount of work went into the production and we are grateful to the actors and the production staff for that and we are greatly indebted to Andy Calvert, our Director, who worked so hard with the large cast.


Casting for our autumn production has been completed and our Director for this play, Alice Grandidge, assisted by Jez Knowles, has drawn upon lots of acting talent from the Bedford area so there will be several new faces appearing on the Wilstead stage.  Although welcome, this is significant in that there are no newcomers from our village and the locale.  Where are you, Wilstead thespians, or those of you who harbour a desire to appear on stage and need a gentle push?  This play ‘The Lady Vanishes’, is a comedy/thriller which is a sparkling new adaptation from the original novel on which was based the very successful and popular Alfred Hitchcock film starring Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave.  We will be performing the play on Friday and Saturday, the 18th and 19th October.


In the very near future we are intending to embark on a series of ten Drama Sessions for Young Players aged between seven and fifteen.  At the time of writing dates, times and venues are still being discussed.  So, if this appeals to you please keep a look out on Facebook and our website to find out what is going on.  You can contact either Charlotte Minards on 07886 695151 or Pete Tanswell on 01234 740782 to register an interest.


Our Friends at Stewartby – Stewartby Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (SAODS) – are celebrating 100 years of the Women’s Institute with an event at Stewartby Village Hall on Saturday and Sunday, the 18th and 19th May.  Tickets are £16.00 and will include a two-course meal.


In addition, for those Gilbert & Sullivan fans, SAODS will be performing ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ from the 19th to the 23rd of November.  If anybody should be interested, there will a singalong on Thursday the 30th May, workshops on the 3rd, 6th and 10th June, with auditions for the main parts on Thursday, the 13th June.  All these activities will be held at 7.30 pm in Stewartby Church Hall.  For tickets contact boxoffice@saods.org.uk or telephone 07557 670703 or for further details of both events visit the website www.SAODS.org.uk or telephone Carol on 01234 767618.


Finally, our Annual General Meeting is booked for 7.00 pm on Sunday, 16th June in the Small Hall.  All are welcome to attend this short Meeting.


Hopefully, we may see you at the Annual General Meeting or at our forthcoming productions.



Colin West

Chairman/Secretary – Wilstead Players

01234 743752

colinjohnwest4@gmail.com         

April 2019