Husthwaite Players

Husthwaite has a long history of amateur dramatics, at least as far back as 1947 when villagers competed in the Yorkshire WI drama competition in York.

Interest was re-kindled in 2004 when Richard Wood moved into the village.  On seeing our old village hall, he was inspired to direct Cinderella, the pantomime, drawing-in a cast of twenty five, supported by fourteen backstage crew, everyone living in the parish.  That set the trend up to the present day:

Year Play Director Village Hall
2004 Cinderella Richard Wood Old
2006 Jack and the Beanstalk Richard Wood Old
2008 Aladdin Richard Wood Old
2009 When we are Married David Pike Old
2011 The Hypochondriac Richard Wood Old
2012 It Runs in the Family Mary Hill Old
2014 Drovers Road Robin Walton New
2018 Cinderella Richard Wood New
2019 Hay Fever Lottie Alexander New
2020 Wind in the Willows Richard Wood New
2022 A Christmas Carol Lottie Alexander New
2023 Treasure Island Mike Wells New
2024 A Midsummer Night’s Dream Lottie Alexander New

The technical resources for our early productions in the old village hall were quite limited.  For instance, the stage lighting used domestic light bulbs and security flood lights.  However, the shows were great fun and always played to a near full house.

The move to the current hall in 2014 came with a vast improvement.  We now have a flexible modular stage and professional stage lighting and sound systems, but the ingenuity and dedication of the cast and crew are still the same.  Husthwaite is blessed with some very talented people.

Our plays are produced by Husthwaite Village Hall.  Husthwaite Players, as we like to call ourselves, is one of many activities provided by the hall, for the benefit of anyone who wishes to be involved.

We are always on the lookout for experienced amateur actors of all ages, but also those with no experience who would like to give it a go.  This also applies to anyone interested in working backstage.  A big production needs so many skills:

Set design, construction and painting Graphic design of posters and programmes
Stage management and scene shifting Publicity and advertising
Costume sourcing, alterations and fitting Ticket sales
Props collecting and organising Photography and videography
Make-up artistry Front of house and bar
Lighting planning, rigging and running Health, safety and safeguarding
Sound enhancement, sound effects and music Management and finance

If you would like to be involved in our next production in any way, please speak to:

Sheila Mowatt  868196 or Mike Wells 868398