STage: Peterborough Playgoers going strong at 80!

Peterborough Playgoers rehearsing The Nightingales to be performed at the John Clare Theatre. Pictured are John Moxon, Velma Wilson, ENGEMN00120130430214942

Peterborough Playgoers rehearsing The Nightingales to be performed at the John Clare Theatre. Pictured are John Moxon, Velma Wilson, ENGEMN00120130430214942

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When Peterborough Playgoers Society was founded in 1935, films featuring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were top box office draws at the dozen or so different ‘kinemas’ in Peterborough.

Also at that time, the market was held in Cathedral Square whereas real cattle were to be found in Cattlemarket Road and gathering round a piano in the parlour was likely to be a major source of entertainment.

In the intervening years, much has changed, but the Playgoers are still presenting plays and still welcoming new members.

In this, their 80th Anniversary year, they are presenting not one but three productions at the John Clare Theatre and the Key Theatre, including the classic ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde and ‘The Ghost Train’ by Dad’s Army’s Private Godfrey, actor Arnold Ridley.

Director, Sandra Samwell, said: “We are delighted to be reviving two former successes in this momentous year, but we would welcome both new members and former members of the society to join us.”

Over the next month, the society hope that anyone who would like to act with them, or help backstage, or participate in their many social events in 2015 will come along to a meeting and see what they have to offer.

The first meeting is tonight (22 January) at Bluebell Community Centre, Bluebell Avenue, Dogsthorpe, at 7.30pm and the second on February 5 at the same venue.

If you are interested, contact Sandra on 01733 810367, go to peterboroughplaygoerssociety.com or to their Facebook page for further details.