CLUB SPOTLIGHT: Bourne Players hope for impressive productions

Cast - Nicola Dickie, Matthew Coupland, Verity Jackson, Steve Whittaker, Daniel Thorpe, Liz Bond and Clive Hankers
Cast - Nicola Dickie, Matthew Coupland, Verity Jackson, Steve Whittaker, Daniel Thorpe, Liz Bond and Clive Hankers
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BOURNE Players has been delighting audiences with a range of plays since it was launched in 1937.

With a focus on drama, the cast and crew always strive to put on a show to rival professional theatre companies.

As the society prepares to stage its latest production next month, group secretary Nicola Dickie has urged people to consider joining.

She said: “Bourne Players has a real mix of people from age 17 to people in their 80s, with experienced actors performing alongside first-timers.

“We always try to stage plays with a good mix of acting abilities to allow our newer members to learn from more experienced actors and to get to know new people.

“Most of the inquiries we get about the society are from people who are interested in drama, but you don’t have to be an actor to get involved. We have all sorts of jobs people can do from stage management and costumes to just making the tea.”

As well as being on the committee, Nicola has directed plays and performed in them.

She said: “For me Bourne Players has been a very friendly group. Everyone gets on incredibly well and aims to make the productions as impressive as possible.”

The society has won awards from the National Operatic and Dramatic Society over the years.

It stages two plays each year, usually in March and October, with a strong focus on thrillers and drama.

Rehearsals for the October play usually start around July and take place twice a week in Bourne. Soon after the curtain falls, work starts on the March production before the society takes a short break.

Members don’t need any previous experience, just enthusiasm and dedication.

Nicola said: “Anyone interested in joining us should come along to our next play and meet the cast and members.

“It’s a relaxed group and no-one is pushed into doing anything they don’t want to.”

The next production is called Night Watch. It follows the story of a woman who previously suffered a mental illness.

One evening she sees the image of a dead woman sitting in a chair in a building opposite her house, and the play follows what happens next.

To book tickets for the play, which will be staged at Bourne Corn Exchange from October 12-14, or to find out more about joining, visit