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The Award Winning

Trinity Players

Amateur Dramatics Group

Winners of the Pantomime Alliance of Leicestershire

Blue Balloon award for best pantomime 2018

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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".

33 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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      Tony Parratt reviews  Dick Whittington for the Hinckley Times.                      Two Good Fairies lent extra magic to this super show

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At long last panto is back. Oh yes it is! And with a bang, as the award winning Trinity Players took to the stage to present Dick Whittington. But this was a panto with a difference! Why? Well there were two good fairies in this plot - at least later in the run, there were. Linda Smith as Fairy Bow Bella ensured the magic happened in its usual pantoland way, but when talented Grace Conant, who was playing Alice Fitzwarren, became ill midway through a Saturday matinee performance, Shakira Emery stepped into the breach, despite only watching as a spectator the night before, and carried on for the rest of the run. The plucky lass, who luckily is a drama student, coped superbly to carry it off with aplomb, armed only with a script in hand to ease her through. None of this detracted from a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable show, where there were laughs galore, great songs and lively dancing. Sasha Hewins-Kane excelled in her role as Dick, the lad out to make his fortune on the gold paved streets of London, while Janine Conant played her employer Alderman Fitzwarren. The hilarious Mark Deer as Sherry Trifle and Jayden Broomer as his son Jack formed a fine comedic duo, while Francine Gardner was a very believable Shadow, Dick Whittington's cat. Evoking plenty of Boos and hisses was Sefton Winslade as conniving King Rat, aided by his rat pack of Deano (Maureen Quittenton), Sammy (Richard Gurney), Martino (Marnie Michaelis-Parratt) and Junior (Joel Henderson). Steering the whole ship along was Fiona Gurney as Captain Rock Ee and Liz Haigh as First Mate Chips. Adding flavour to it all were Sally Whiston as Salt and Amy Tyrell as Pepper, while bringing in the exotic were Kaye Leadbetter as Sheik Onnit and Joshua Matheson and Charlie Hill as Donna and Shish Kebab respectively. One slight quibble was that at two and a half hours some of the younger members of the audience may have found it a little too long, but in a cast of all ages, everyone had their chance in the spotlight and earned the very well deserved applause they were given.

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NIGHT OF ENTERTAINMENT TO CELEBRATE 30 YEARS OF TRINITY PLAYERS

Murder, mayhem and laughs at group's anniversary stage show

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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.

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Our next play is Mixed Nuts by local playwright Wayne Roberts

        7th - 9th April 2022

Please do not attend if you have any Covid-19 symptoms