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Group History

The Community Players

Neos Productions

New Eltham Pantomime

 

Initially founded under the banner of "The Methodist Players" in 1963, the group changed its name some time later to "The Community Players" as it was felt that "The Methodist Players" might restrict some individuals from joining.

 

The Group originally comprised some dozen or so enthusiastic thespians and our premier production, in 1964, was "Here We Come Gathering", chosen simply because we could cast it and the set was minimalist (an empty cottage) We went up-market and ambitious for our second production, "The Diary of Anne Frank" and went overboard with the set - having four rooms on-stage all visible at the same time.

 

Since these early beginnings, we presented a wide variety of plays from farce to the classics and tried to cater for every taste.  The Group had a faithful group of Patrons (approximately 50 in all) who supported us in all our productions and social activities (Quiz Nights, Murder Mystery evenings etc.).  From a very small Church Hall seating about 80 at a time, we progressed to a Community Centre in the heart of New Eltham where a "full house" (some 220 people) was frequently achieved. In 2014 we celebrated our 50th Anniversary with a performance of the classic Jane Austin Novel 'Pride and Prejudice' Click Here for a list of the community players past productions.

 

In 1971 members of New Eltham Methodist Church were seeking a fundraising idea to raise money for some new stage curtains. After some discussion a few brave souls volunteered to put on a New Year pantomime. Decades later, under NECP the New Eltham Pantomime is still a thriving tradition providing entertainment to the local community and continuing to raise funds for the church and the community centre.

 

Click Here for a list of the New Eltham Pantomime Groups past productions.

 

 

 

 

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Click here for a list of NEOS's past productions.

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