Penrith Players

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Penrith Players normally perform at their own home, the Penrith Playhouse, but during lockdown that has not been possible. What they have been doing are play readings every Tuesday, works by Shakespeare, Shaw, Oscar Wilde, some modern playwrights and local writers. They are also planning for when they can reopen. If they are open in the autumn they will be putting on the Hound of the Baskervilles and A Christmas Carol in December. If not these plays will be moved to 2021 along with others cancelled for 2020 and some exciting new projects.The Junior section is also planning for when they can return.

The Players have their 100th anniversary in 2022 and they are already planning for some great events in that year.

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Penrith Players has been part of the Eden Valley Artistic Network (EVAN) and involved in some of its projects such as the Penrith Arts Festival last year. As part of Create to Connect Penrith Players have been putting together a series of performed readings using the people who have attended the Tuesday sessions. The Players are grateful to Create to Connect for their support.

Recorded by Jordan Summers of 1Five Events. The original music for the series was written and performed by Peter Moran. 

Number 47 Bus by Tash Binder


Strangers In Paradise by Kevin France

The second of the Players’ recordings done during the COVID crisis is called Strangers in Paradise, is written by Kevin France and has some excellent actors amongst its cast.

Kevin is currently the chair of North Cumbria Scriptwriters and lives in South Lakeland. Two of his plays won local competitions and have been presented by the Players in the past.

The play deals with how the residents in a West Cumbrian village cope with some newcomers.