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Eydon Players Amateur Dramatic Society

of the village of Eydon, South Northants. UK

Eydon Players, a brief history

The present Eydon Players is by no means the first amateur dramatic society in the village. There are various groups mentioned in the history of the village hall, the last being Eydon Players in 1974. After several successful productions, this group disbanded.

A new group of enthusiasts put on the pantomime, Robinson Crusoe, in 1989. Fired by their success, they founded a new Eydon Players and set about raising funds. The first event was in September 1990, the fund-raising revue The Serpent Club, followed in December by the pantomime Red Riding Hood. Since then, the Players have continued to provide the village with plays, musicals and pantomimes. Follow the link to the Archives file for details.

The Village Hall

Built in 1926, the village hall is the home of the Eydon Players. The stage is a temporary structure and has to be built from the floor up for every production. Fortunately, lighting grid, bars and wiring can be left in place.

Seating capacity for performances is limited to 75.

A work party setting out the stage frames
Building a box set

Above: Setting out the stage frames and platforms


Left: Building the framework for a box set. In this case, "Breath of Spring " in 1994

The Membership

Membership of the Players is open to anyone over the age of seven. Our members mostly come from Eydon itself and the surrounding villages. Numbers vary from year to year, but hover around a total of fifty, some being children or teenagers.

Who runs the society?

The management of Eydon Players rests with a Committee elected at the AGM, which is held in June. Officers of the committee are the Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary. The Treasurer and Secretary are elected at the AGM, but the Chairman and the membership and social secretaries are elected from within the committee.

One of the main responsibilities of the Committee is to decide future productions, approve the Director and appoint a Producer, who manages the individual project. The rest of the production team is put together by the producer. The budget for a production is worked out by the producer, but has to be approved by the Committee.

The Committee Members 2022/23