Friday, August 15, 2008


Wilstead Players is an enthusiastic local drama group started in Wilstead in 1971 and is now one of the most successful drama groups in Bedfordshire. They have won a host of Regional Awards for their one act play "Lear's Daughters" and represented Bedfordshire at the All England Theatre Festival in June this year. One of Lear's daughters was played by Jo O'Loughlin, a Senior HR Manager at Bedfordshire County Council and their Chairman is Pat Britton.

The top photograph shows a Wilstead Players Music Hall production and they also perform a pantomime annually. The 2nd photograph is of me giving a grant to Chris and Mark Haines and Judy Jacobs of the Wilstead Players from my Bedfordshire County Council Community Leader's Fund to buy new audio equipment for the Group .

I am proud to be a Patron of Wilstead Players and my daughter Helen was active in the Wilstead Players as a teenager. Her performance as Puss in Puss in Boots led her into a theatrical career. Helen studied Stage Management at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and worked for two years at the Gateway Theatre in Chester. A Manchester Conference Company headhunted her at the tender age of 23 and now she is a Director of a multimedia conference company.

Wilstead Players are always looking for new younger members especially men, so if you are interested have a look at the Wilstead Community Website or call Chris Haines on 741309.

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