Sharing a passion for magic of theatre in the villages near Bourne

Members of the Ringstone Players during a performance at Edenham Village Hall
Members of the Ringstone Players during a performance at Edenham Village Hall

PERFORMANCES by the Ringstone Players have only been running for four years but the group has built up a strong reputation and a dedicated following in that time.

The group is made up of people from Bourne and its five Ringstone villages - Morton, Haconby, Kirkby Underwood, Dunsby and Rippingale - who share a passion for being on the stage.

Out of the limelight the group also has a dedicated work force who help out with stage management, costumes, make up, props and a host of other jobs backstage and front of house.

Committee chairman Brian Osborne said it was a friendly group which always welcomed new talent and helpers.

He said: “We are always keen to recruit new people who want to get involved in any way they can.”

The group stages two plays each year - a pantomime in January and a play in May or June. Over the summer months it also organises a youth drama programme which helps to attract new performers for its productions.

Ringstones Players is a member of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association and has received high praise from the organisation.

Its 2009 production of Dick Whittington also received the best district pantomime award for district five in the East Midlands.

Mr Osborne said: “It meant an awful lot to the company and especially those who took part in Dick Whittington. Thanks to Noda we have developed a loyal audience.

“When you consider the larger and more established groups that are in district five that were in the running alongside our relatively new group - we are extremely proud of this accolade.”

A read-through and auditions for the next productions, Babes in the Wood, will take place in September. Weekly rehearsals then run on a Tuesday or Wednesday night until the show in January.

Mr Osborne said: “We would encourage anyone who has any interest at all to come and find out more. There are all sorts of jobs that people can get involved with.”

To find out more visit www.ringstoneplayers.co.uk