Mummers Play is a ‘Roaaaaring’ Success!


Last Sunday Bocking Theatre Club brought the tradition of the Mummers Play to life at Stisted Fete with their brilliant rendition of George and the Dragon. Mummers plays are a traditional, fun form of theatre dating back hundreds of years and this action-packed production was one of the highlights of the fete.

The enthusiastic and very colourful group of actors grabbed the audience’s attention from the beginning, who were encouraged to hiss, boo, and cheer as the action unfolded. The highlight of the show was the wonderful, colourful dragon, created by Carol and Doug Felton and Jean Baker, which swept through the audience before going into battle with George.



Open air theatre is very challenging for an actor as not only do the actors need to project their voices and physical gestures but timing is also of the utmost importance. The group achieved all of this and gave some fantastic character performances.

The only disappointment was the rain which prevented their second performance. Not only were the cast disappointed but a great many audience members who had missed the earlier performance. We are looking forward to revisiting this play at a later date!

Gimson One Act Play Festival – Winners!


For yet another year running, Bocking Theatre group have excelled themselves at the local Gimson One Act Play Festival. On Sunday 4th June, theatre groups from around Essex gathered at Notley Village Hall and performed to a packed audience as well as adjudicator, Mary Williamson.

Bocking scooped Best Production for their presentation of ‘World Premiere’ by Charles Mander. Best Actress went to Jean Baker and Best Supporting Actress went to Jan Peaston. The adjudicator praised the fast pace of the comedy, and the portrayal of the characters.

Bocking Theatre Club were the host club for the event this year and congratulations must be given to all the members of a great team who put together such a well organised and enjoyable Drama Festival.

The adjudicator, Mary Williamson said that she had very much enjoyed the entire Festival with the variety of plays and thought it was of an extremely high standard. She also said it was good to see the encouragement of young performers.


Well done to the whole cast and crew for their success!

NODA win for Snow White and the Seven Dwarves



On 9th April, the annual NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) Awards for the Eastern region took place at Burgess Hall in St Ives, Cambridge, and Bocking Theatre Club scooped , for the second season running, ‘Best Pantomime’ for the 2015-16 season for their production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which was Produced and Directed by Margaret Surrey.

Presenting the award  the adjudicator, Ann Platten, congratulated Margaret and the entire cast and crew who had worked so hard on a production that was so ‘professional’ and ‘gave the audience a real Panto feel’.

She highlighted outstanding characters such as Queen Caligula ‘played brilliantly by Anne May’ and the Dame, played by John Ellson, for ‘instant rapport with the audience, both adults and children alike’ and described the costumes (Jean Baker) as ‘some of the best I have ever seen’ and that ‘pleasing choreography’ (Sam Conway) and ‘good company numbers’ (Sue Edwards) added to the overall excellence of the show.


Club Secretary, Pru Page, accepting the award


Terry Surrey, Club Chairman said ‘Bocking Theatre Club’ are delighted to accept this award for the second season running. It was a fantastic team effort, so much hard work goes into each production, from those on stage, the production team, backstage crew, the costumes department as well as front of house, and it is great for it to be acknowledged’.


Here’s to our next production in spring 2018!’

Home Grown Play wins at Gimson!


On Sunday 12th June, Bocking Theatre Club entered the annual Gimson Festival, this year hosted by the Kelvedon Junior Players at The Institute in Kelvedon.  The Gimson Festival was founded in 1982 by Wickham Bishops Drama Club in memory of their late President Brigadier Bill Gimson.  The Festival is held every year, and clubs from all over Essex come and enter a one act play, no longer than 45 minutes long.

This year, Bocking Theatre Club entered ‘Poetic Justice’ written by one of their members, John Hughes, a play about a group of merchant bankers whose greed causes their own downfall, in a series of hysterical events.

The play was well received, with lots of belly laughs from the audience, and the judge (Mike Poole) scored the club well. Speaking of the play, he said it was ‘a real gem, well written good story with well-defined characters’. He said that ‘The acting was consistent without a week link, some of the notable ones were Nigella the boss’ daughter, what a bitch! Monty, an older member of the trading team, who thought he could keep up his end by out drinking the younger members, but ending up the only one with a hangover, and Eric the computer whiz; lovely, laid back and full of dreadful jokes’

The club received four of the seven available awards, which was a huge achievement for the cast of 11.


Best Actress – Sam Conway (won jointly with Pauline Roast from Wickham Bishops Drama Club)

Best Actor – Richard Cooper

Best Supporting Actor – John Hughes

Best Stage Presentation – John Page (Director)

Bocking Variety Spectacular is a big win for Children in Need!


Last November, Bocking Theatre Club held “Bocking Variety Spectacular” to raise money for ‘Children In Need’.

Barclays Bank kindly agreed to match any funds raised on the night, which was a huge bonus for the charity. Thanks to the amazing generosity of the patrons and Barclays Bank, a huge £7375.16 was raised. This has been donated to the national ‘Children in Need’ appeal which is really changing and enhancing the lives of thousands of disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK.

This month, Barclays presented the cheque to the club. In full costume were Anne May, John Ellson and Sam Conway, who are all preparing for their upcoming panto, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (running 17th-20th Feb at Bocking Village Hall). Also present were club members Pru Page and Jean Baker. Barclays staff Vanessa Mawdsley (Branch Manager), Jane Chimes (Assistant Manager) and Andy Homles (Business Manager) were delighted to be able to present such a substantial amount for such a worthwhile cause.

Bocking Theatre Club would like to thank Barclays Bank for their generosity and helping make the event such a huge success!