News Archive – Before 2018

News Archive – Before 2018

It’s Behind You NODA Nomination

18 June 2016

We were really excited that our pantomime Aladdin was nominated for the NODA “It’s Behind You” award at the NODA Awards ceremony this year. Our congratulations go to writer/director Kate Hannam for this recognition of her great achievement. This follows on from our previous nominations for best lead in Sweet Charity, best panto for Jack and the Beanstalk.


04 June 2014

The Quay Players are delighted to announce that we’ve been nominated for 4 NODA awards!

Our July 2013 production, Sweet Charity, has been nominated for the Kathleen Oyler Trophy for Chorus Work. Sarah O’Malley has been nominated for the Molly Harle Trophy for the Best Female Character in a Musical or Operetta for her performance as Charity Hope Valentine.

Our December 2013 production, Jack and the Beanstalk has been nominated for the ‘It’s Behind You’ Pantomime Award.

Julianne Palmer Mitchell, who directed Jack and the Beanstalk and will be directing our upcoming production The Addams Family, has been nominated for the Shelly Lemesh Award for the Unsung Hero. In addition to directing Julianne works behind the scenes on our committee as Vice Chair and Social & Fundraising Officer supporting the society and enabling us to put on amazing productions.

Congratulations to everyone involved with these productions. The awards will be announced at the London Region Conference on Sunday 6th July, along with other NODA Awards for our region. Please keep your fingers crossed for us!

For more information about NODA and what it provides for the UK’s amateur theatre community, please visit


03 June 2014

The Quay Players are an SE1-based amateur dramatic group who perform two musical shows a year at The Greenwood Theatre, a 450-seat capacity venue in Weston Street, SE1.

We need a talented director (to work side by side with our very talented musical director!) for our pantomime in January 2015. The panto – Sleeping Beauty – has been specially written for the group by Ian McFarlane a professional West End writer/director, who also wrote our last successful panto, Jack and the Beanstalk.

We are also looking for a director for our July 2015 show – Sister Act – which will also be at The Greenwood.

If you are interested in directing either show and would like to know more about the Quay Players please email in the first instance.

Addams Family audition dates announced.

11 March 2014

Auditions for our next summer show, the Addams Family, will be held on the 11th of March.

The auditions will be held on Tuesday the 11th of March at St. Anne’s Hall, with extra auditions taking place on the 4th for those that can’t make the 11th.

As usual, auditions will be held behind closed doors with our very friendly audition panel of three – including the Director and MD.

The first rehearsal for the Addams Family takes place on the 25th of February. The Musical Director, Mark Smith, will introduce the show, and we will all have a chance to start learning the music for the audition pieces. See you there!

The Greenwood Theatre is a huge success!

22 December 2013

Our first show in the Greenwood was a huge success!

We broke our box office records, the cast had a fantastic time in the spacious modern venue, and most importantly – the audience loved it!

See you there in July for the Addams Family!

The Quay Players are moving house!

31 July 2013

The Quay Players are pleased to announce that our pantomime will this year be performed at a new venue, the Greenwood Theatre near London Bridge.

This is an exciting move for the Quay Players, and comes after a run of successful, sell-out, shows. The stage is much larger and will provide us with greater opportunities to show off how talented we are!


13 June 2013

The Quay Players are delighted to announce that we’ve been nominated for a top NODA award! Our July 2012 production, Beauty and the Beast, has been nominated for the Constance Power Trophy, which honours the ‘society most worthy of encouragement’ within London amateur dramatics societies.
We’re immensely proud to have been nominated for our 15th anniversary production, which fell within the same year that we were awarded charitable status for our services to the local community. Congratulations to the brilliant Director, Julianne Palmer-Mitchell, the fabulous cast and everyone involved with the production.
The award will be announced at the London Region Conference on Sunday 7th July, along with other NODA Awards for our region. Please keep your fingers crossed for us!
For more information about NODA and what it provides for the UK’s amateur theatre community, please visit

Looking for some fun? Laughs? A good time?

25 February 2013

Quay Players have the solution: Join the cast of our upcoming show, Sweet Charity! Featuring such favourites as ‘Big Spender’, ‘Rhythm of Life’ and ‘If My Friends Could See Me Now’, this step back in time to the 60s is set to be groovy, baby! Our three pre-audition workshops take place 26th Feb, 5th and 7th March, with auditions 12th March. With every person in the show having a featured cameo, there really is something for everyone to get involved in – whether you’re an actor, singer, dancer or all-rounder. See our Sweet Charity page for more information on the pre-audition workshops or email us on

Start 2013 with a bang – join the Quay Players for our cabaret!

27 December 2012

The Quay Players begin preparations for our first show of 2013 – the Quay Cabaret – on Tuesday 8th January at St. Anne’s church hall, Thorburn Square, SE1. The cabaret will feature songs from musicals and beyond, and at our first meeting back on Tuesday 8th January, the co-directors Ian McFarlane and Mark Smith will teach us some of the group numbers. On Tuesday 15th January, auditions will take place, with aspiring soloists singing a song of their choosing that they’d like to perform in the show. Anyone is welcome to attend the first meeting, so come along and see if you’d like to become a Quay Player in 2013.

Are you a know-it-all? Come and show off at the Quay Players’ quiz night!

29 October 2012

The Quay Players are holding their second pub quiz night on Saturday 17th November, hosted by the incomparable MC and Quizmaster, Tom Scambler. Come and show off how much you know about such varied and useless topics as the Inventions of Florence Nightingale and the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber! There is a maximum of 6 per team, it’s £3 to enter, and there will be competitions and prizes on the night. All members and non-members are welcome, so put the date in your diary and prepare for a fun-filled evening where – who knows – you might just learn something! The evening will be held at St. Anne’s church hall, Thorburn Square, SE1 from 6pm – 10pm.

Banish those rainy day blues with the Quay Players’ Autumn Fete

22 October 2012

On Saturday 27th October, 2012, the Quay Players are holding an Autumn Fete for the local community. The Fete will be held at St. Anne’s church hall, Thorburn Square, SE1 from 11am – 3pm. The fete will feature games, face painting, gifts and bric-a-brac stalls, photographer to take children’s portraits, and a café with homemade cakes. With something for all the family to enjoy, it’ll be a fantastic day, and we’d like to invite all Southwark residents to get involved! Raffle prises donated by our friends at New Cross Sainsburys, Surrey Quays Tesco and The Yellow House Bar & Grill!

Check us out on podcast

20 June 2012

Check out our Musical Director, LeFou and Cogsworth promoting Beauty and the Beast on the Disafterdark podcast:

Sweet Charity for Summer 2013

30 May 2012

We are pleased to announce that our summer 2013 production will be Sweet Charity. Rehearsals are likely to start early in the new year so if you would like to take part, please register your interest by emailing In the meantime, don’t forget that you can come and see our production of Beauty and the Beast from 11-14 July in Dulwich or take part in our panto, Cinderella Ella Ella.

Roll up, roll up for the dance and movement workshop

1 March 2012

Following the success of recent performance workshops, the Quay Players have announced a dance and movement workshop to be held on 31 March from 10:00-14:00. Designed with a wide range of abilities in mind, the workshop will explore different styles of dance, culminating in a routine. The workshop is free for members of the Quay Players to attend, and £5 for non-members. To sign up for the workshop, please book your place by emailing

Beauty and the Beast cast announced

1 February 2012

The Quay Players are delighted to announce the cast of our upcoming show, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The team of directors were faced with some tough decisions due to the high standard of all auditionees, but eventually managed to cast what will be a fantastic show. Read more about the show or book your tickets.

A masterclass in acting through song

25 January 2012

The second of the Quay Player’s professional workshops to be funded by our Southwark Community Fund award was a masterclass in acting through song. The workshop was led by Onur Orkut, lecturer in acting at LIPA.

Each attendee was given one-on-one tuition in which they could explore the acting and vocal techniques needed in order to make a song believable for an audience. The workshop was a great success, with members and non-members alike raving about how useful the techniques were – and how emotional they felt both singing and watching others perform!

The West End comes to the East End

21 January 2012

The Quay Players were granted a Community Fund award from Southwark council, allowing us to hold performance workshops for the local community. The first of these was a West End workshop, led by Mark Dickinson whose professional theatrical credits include Disney’s High School Musical (original UK cast), The Drowsy Chaperone (Novello Theatre, London), Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre, London), Beauty and the Beast (Original cast).

The free workshop gave the Quay Players and attendees from the local community a chance to experience what a real West End rehearsal is like – from breathing and improvisation exercises, to staging a song from Beauty and the Beast using the original West End choreography.

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