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The Portchester Players' Hampshire Theatre Group


Welcome to The Portchester Players


Born in the lounge bar of a smoky pub in the early 1960s, Hampshire theatre group the Portchester Players are celebrating more than 50 years in the business. Two of its founder members are still involved in the group today.

The group is quite family orientated and there are one or two Players families who have produced third generation Players! We have also had several members move into the professional world - both front and back stage - and we always keep an avuncular eye on their exploits.

Until very recently, our home was the Portchester Community Centre but we have recently moved to the Ashcroft Arts Centre in Fareham.

Over the years, the group has tackled pretty much all forms of theatre, but we initially became well known for our Pantos and Music Halls. We now also enjoy putting on a wide range of plays and the occasional musical.

Very active in Hampshire amateur theatre, the Players usually enter the annual Totton Drama festival, which is the first round of the All England Drama festival - http://www.aetf.org.uk/frames.html.

Whilst we have won at Totton several times, we had particularly successful years in 2004 and 2006 where, in both cases, we made it right through to the semi-finals in both cases and won a clutch of awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director. We are very proud to represent the best of amateur theatre in Hampshire.

The years roll by, people (and audiences!) come and go but we like to think that the Players will soldier on for at least another 50 years. If you have never seen a PP production - why not come along and see us soon? See our productions page for more detail or join our mailing list, so that we can always keep you informed.

Thank you for visiting us - we hope you find something to interest you. If you think of anything else we could add, please
e-mail us. See our contact page for details.

We welcome contact from you whether you are just interested in finding out more about amateur dramatics groups or actually want to join our Hampshire theatre group. Plays from our Hampshire theatre group are wide ranging and range from drama to comedy. We are sure that you will find an area that interests you.


Tel: 01329 519125 Email: kay.sumpner@ntlworld.com

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