An introduction to the group
Scaplen's Community Players is a local, historical theatre group that focuses on storytelling, drama and music.
Scaplen's Community Players is a local, historical theatre group that focuses on storytelling, drama and music. Our mission is to bring together local people from diverse communities to better understand our local history and shared culture.
Our main aim is to have fun doing the things we enjoy. As well as being involved in rehearsals and performances we also offer the opportunity take part in our activities. We aim to provide equality of opportunity for our members and wider communities to learn new skills or enhance existing skills in all aspects of theatrical productions, through the provision of workshops, informative talks, play, readings and demonstrations.
Our current plans...
We have a lot happening this year. Our new meeting and rehearsal venue is at The Grasshopper, 139 – 141 Bournemouth Rd, Parkstone, Poole and we meet on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm.
Our next play ‘Unbroken Bonds, A Woman’s War’ will be performed at The Grasshopper on 6th June and The Black Cherry Theatre on 7th & 8th June 2024.
Dates for your diary:
January 23rd - Launch Evening 2024
January 30th – Reading the play and meeting the playwright.
February 6th – Working with the script. Group work and improvisation
February 13th – Auditions and casting
February 20th – First Rehearsal
Our previous performances...
What the reviewers said...
"These community events really encapsulate the passion that our community has for our heritage and it’s very touching that the volunteers have given up their own time to share their knowledge with us"
(Scene One Plus) Chelsea Ball 2019
"I had no idea what to expect from a lovely Sunday afternoon at Scaplen’s Court but I had a wonderful time. The play I saw Produced by Carole Allen (who also took part), Directed by Jo Puttick and written by Don and Katy Nutt with advice from Jenny Oliver and Jo Puttick was such fun that you could not but enjoy yourself. There were sixteen players who were all excellent and brought to life the times in Poole in 1623. The play started and finished with a song, which I must admit I joined in with. I thought Don Gent as Narrator kept us all interested in the plot and held things together very well. The costumes were just right for the times and enhanced the production. Everyone’s accent was excellent from start to finish, no mean feat. I expect by now you will have guessed that I thoroughly enjoyed my super afternoon out with the Scaplen’s Court Players. Such a shame they can’t do it all again next week"
Lyn Richell, Dorset Theatre Reviews, 30th June 2019
Our second production: "Elizabeth Hyde" - performed at Scaplen's Court in 2021
It’s November 1688. William of Orange has landed at Brixham and is marching to London to claim the British throne. But James II won’t go without a fight. There is vital information that Mary, William’s wife, must get to him. In steps Elizabeth Hyde.
Click on the W to read a review of the play by Scene One Plus
Our third production: "Woodes Rogers" performed at Lighthouse Poole in 2022
Woodes Rogers and the end of the golden age of piracy (1718 - 1721)
This is the programme from when the play was performed...
...and its review
"This was the first production by the Scaplen’s Court Players that we have attended and we look forward to seeing them again in the future"
Philip & Julie McStraw – Scene One Plus