Trinity Players Amateur Dramatics Group were formed at Trinity church hall, Hinckley in 1989. Our first production staged was a comedy called " Here we come gathering".
32 years on and our family friendly group has gone from strength to strength, still incorporating original members, their children and grandchildren as well as many new faces along the way.
We perform three productions a year, with our adult members staring in our April play and cast members of all ages appearing in our pantomime in December and our variety night in June, much to the joy of all involved.
Rehearsals are held on saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings, and everyone is welcome to come along to join us.
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A night of murder, mayhem and laughs were the perfect ingrediants for a packed night of entertainment, as Hinckley's Trinity Players celebrated their 30th anniversary in style, writes Tony Parratt. The award-winning group, whose ages range from six to 76, hosted a fun packed revue, with various sketches and playlets illustrating their talents. Deftly compared by Andy Johnson, it was introduced by its founder Linda Smith, who welcomed the packed Trinity Hall. She then went on to feature in "The Art Gallery". Where she led her friend around and commentated on the paintings.But when people wandered into her space, they assumed she was the official guide and took her every comment as expertly based. And as they left, they even left her a healthy tip! But not before several comic moments and exchanges had taken place. Next up was a mini panto, Oh yes it was in flaming June! This was performed by the younger players in Red Hot Cinders, which was a mini version with wicked step sisters and Prince Charming in tow, The audience responded with all the oohs and aaahs and urged along the narrator, who speeded up the action, it proved a real winner. the main event was a three-part murder mystery "Who Killed the Pop Star"? This was set in the mid-80's during the glamour pop period, with twin brothers staring in the hit group Wha-hey! One was talented and moody, who wrote all the songs, while his sibling was good looking, dynamic, charming, but lacking in intelligence and creative abilities. Over a period of time , we meet managers, ex teachers, disgruntled singers who claim they have been ripped off and ex-girlfriends all with an axe to grind. And when Derek Thompson, the creative part of the group is found mauled to death by a tiger in his recording studio, the audience and Detective Leather (Liz Haigh), are left to find the murderer who set the beast free. Needless to say, several clues were missed by most of us, but it was a fascinating riddle well written and acted. Another original and highly entertaining item was "D is for Murder" where every word started with the letter D and was very reminiscent of one of the old Two Ronnies sketches. Along with some well-chosen songs, this celebratory revue demonstrated the whole spectrum of the Players abilities which gave it a lovely community feel, where all ages revelled in a night of good old-fashioned fun.
All the usual ingredients for a festive panto were on display as the award winning Trinity Players brought their hilarious production of Jack and the Beanstalk to the stage last week. And leading the laughs as the outrageously blousy Dame Trott was Sefton Winslade, whose cheeky inuendos and sly asides had the audience in stitches. Also adding to the hilarity werethe ever more outrageous costumes and dresses worn as the show went on. And aiding him all the way in the laughter stakes were Matthew Smith and Travis Merry as the Brothers Grimm, who are really evolving into a cracking double-act as they gain more experience and maturity. Youth was really to the fore in many of the principal roles, with Jasmine Merry excellent as Jack Trott, the lad who sells his cow for some beans and her fine singing voice came to the fore in several numbers. Grace Conant matched her in the acting and singing stakesin her role of Lucy, daughter of Baron Tightfist and Jack's love interest. Bruce Grant as the evil Baron soon had the audience booing and hissing his every evil intention to extract ever greater sums of money from his subjects, while Janine Conant as his wife proved his ideal partner.Sometimes even for seasoned panto audiences characters turn up who are not quite what you would expect. And the addition of five brownies who entered the hall at the start of the show and then came in at odd times was to be honest baffling; but most of the audience semmed to accept this, so perhaps it was just me! When Christian Badcoe appeared as Robin Hood it seemed quite acceptable he would be there! Once again, as one of the younger players he showed great potential and was ably supported by Sophie Purcell as Lucy's friend and maid. Sam Hicks as the 'Giant' turned the name on its head, when he appeared, but what he lacked in stature he more than made up for in gravitas and he was a scary 'Giant'. Liz Haigh as Fairy Moonbeam kept proceedings going along, backed by a fine chorus and dancing youngsters, while credit must also be given tothe costumes and scenery changes which were slick and carefully managed. All in all, another top=notch show and a vital Christmas cracker, carefully created under the direction of Andy Johnson.