Join us and join in
Have you ever wondered whether you could act on stage? It might seem a daunting prospect, but you might be surprised by what you can achieve and what fun it is.
There are many reasons to join us. Maybe you'd like a change from the routine of your day-job and you'd like to get out of the house rather than watch TV or spend your time on social media sites. We can offer a pastime that is challenging and exhilarating, with lots of teamwork and friendship. Or maybe you're a budding actor or a professional, or a student of drama or stagecraft, or simply want to meet new people and socialise. But you don't need to sign up immediately and pay a membership fee. Come and watch our productions and rehearsals, and see what sort of things you'd enjoy doing. Read for a part in a forthcoming production or come along to the casting reading and just watch. As with many amateur drama groups, we always need more young and middle aged men, in particular, to fill the acting roles.
The well-known actor Hugh Grant has commented on amateur dramatics in this way:
“I often have a moan about acting as a job when I’m doing interviews,” he says. “It’s partly because film acting is a bit slow and dull, and partly because I can’t quite bring myself to spout the usual stuff about how wonderful the experience of making whatever film it was has been. But amateur acting was always a genuine pleasure. I had a real laugh doing plays at school and university. I genuinely loved the performing, the excitement, the bonding, the romances with the girl playing Masha, the cast parties, the bitching, everything. It’s an experience that I’d heartily recommend to anyone who’s curious and hasn’t yet tried it.”
Have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Pinner Players Theatre Company actively welcomes new members of any age from the nearby area or far afield. If you enjoy the theatre then you are welcome to join. The subscription is £20 for full members and £10 for student members (as at 2017).
No formal experience or training is necessary - just enthusiasm and a love for the theatre. Other than acting we need help in the following areas for a typical production:
• Set Build and Decoration, Carpentry
• Sound and Special Effects
• Costumes and Props
• Stage Management
• Front of House
• Bar/Coffee Stall
• Sales of ices and programmes
• Prompt for the actors
The roles are interchangeable and if you act on stage you will usually be encouraged to get involved in most of the other roles as well. No previous experience is necessary. So, if you think you would like to become involved in any of these aspects - and more - please come to our play readings or rehearsals, or contact us for more information.
Casting, rehearsals and production
In reality, most of our members have full time jobs or full time responsibilities outside Pinner Players, so it is important to understand the commitment involved - in particular in being a cast member, which may mean rehearsals twice a week for some. Below are some video clips which show the various stages that took place in our production in 2012, Entertaining Angels.
How we cast
We cast in September, November and February. Casting is always based on who is right for the part - whether they are a member or not.
Casting readings take place in Pinner Village Hall from 8pm. Our next casting reading will be shown on our home page, in November, February and May.
We rehearse every Tuesday and Friday at Pinner Village Hall from 8pm through until 10.30pm.
There is also a fully licensed bar so please come along to any rehearsal and watch or simply enjoy a drink with the cast and crew.
Set build and technical
We stage three productions in a year - in February, May and November - and there is so much to do and enjoy off the stage.
The set build is a a particularly busy time and we always need creative - and handy - people to get involved!