Wombourne Players
Wombourne Players
Extract taken from the Silver Jubilee Programme
Dunstall - Wombourn
1947 Players 1972

"Twenty-five years ago a group got together to rehearse and perform a play. As they arrived through the door of Christ Church Parish Hall, Dunstall a script was thrust into their hands and they were cast and soon named themselves The Dunstall Players. Conditions were hazardous in the extreme: a hole in the roof causing the choice of their first play "Dover Road" about wartime bomb damage. The Green Room for changing costumes and making up was a coke heap back stage. Members gave up sugar and tea coupons from their Ration Books to provide the audience with refreshments during the interval.

Dunstall Players marched forward, at first with little skill but 150% enthusiasm and performed no less than 43 plays and three revues, also winning the First Round of the Kidderminster Drama Festival with "Down To The Seas".

A performance of "The Sacred Flame" was rendered memorable when, in answer to a line spoken by one of the cast, "Isn't chasity a narrow view of goodness?", the vicar, who was also President of Dunstall Players, sprang to his feet and dramatically and indignantly shouted "No".

This incident made headlines in the Express & Star and also as far afield as Australia.

In January 1965 demolition threatened the Church Hall and the Dunstall Players moved lock, stock and props to Wombourn and became the Wombourn Players.

It is interesting to note that Peter Watkins produced both "Firsts": at Dunstall with "Dover Road" and at Wombourn with "A letter from a General". Two more founder-members of Dunstall Players, Joan Potts and George Powis, are active members with Wombourn Players with other Dunstall members as Patrons, Honorary Members and Members.

We have performed 22 plays since we came to Wombourn and we have won the Express & Star Trophy with "Tom Jones" and the Ernest Whesker Plaque with "My Three Angels".

In our present home we have good facilities, with a modern stage, first class rehearsal rooms, a large scenic workshop in which to build our sets, and a costume and property department, and last but not least, the wonderful support of our friends, you the audience. Thank You!"
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