Behind the curtain with The Sevenoaks Players

Since 1922, amateur dramatics theatre group The Sevenoaks Players have been performing musicals and plays to the local community.

 

We discussed in depth The Sevenoaks Players with Chairman Alex Dunmore touching on the history, most memorable moments and future goals this wonderful group have…

 

To readers who may not know, can you explain your own thespian background and your role at The Sevenoaks Players?

I’m Alex Dunmore and I’m the Chairman of The Sevenoaks Players. I’ve been with society since 2014 and have been involved in all parts of the group from when I joined. I’ve performed in so many productions since joining but my biggest roles have been in Sweeney Todd, Hairspray and Jesus Christ Superstar.

I’ve been on the committee since 2015 and have held the roles of Social Media manager, head of marketing and chairman.

You have an incredibly rich history dating back to 1922, from your time with The Sevenoaks Players what would you say have been your most memorable moments?

CommunityAd Exclusive - Behind the curtain with The Sevenoaks Players Since joining the society I have countless memorable moments from my time with this incredible group of people. Way too many to mention all here. But some stand outs include stepping out on the amazing Stag stage for the first time whilst playing the part of Anthony in Sweeney Todd.

Working with our amazing committee team to produce a production as soon as possible after COVID. Bringing back live theatre and making a profit.

My biggest highlight has been attending the 100th centenary Gala night that was held at Nizels Golf Club last September. Being with members old and new celebrating this incredible society was an honour.

Panto has been quite a recent thing for The Sevenoaks Players. Our first was part of a 4 show recovering from COVID plan that spanned from May 2021 to February 2022 where we performed Alice in Wonderland. The Panto was a cast, membership and public favourite so we have continued to do one a year. Sleeping Beauty in January 2023 and now Cinderella.

 

You recently held the launch night and audition information for your upcoming Cinderella Winter pantomime, how excited are you for this?

Cinderella is a fantastic pantomime to be involved in and is loved by everyone. The community aspect of this society is what makes us so popular within the community, and Cinderella is no exception.

There’s no rest for us now though as after the Christmas break we are straight into rehearsals for our upcoming production of Chess at The Stag Theatre in May.

 

Are you looking for any members and if so how can interested readers get in touch to find out more?

We are always interested and welcome anybody to join the society. Whether to be on stage, help backstage, set build or just help with the everyday running of this society. The best way to get in touch is via our website www.sevenoaksplayers.co.uk or find us on social media platforms!

 

Do you have any future visions of where you would like The Sevenoaks Players to be in the next 10-20 years?

The future of The Sevenoaks Players is a clear one. Produce high quality entertainment for the people of Sevenoaks for the generations to come. We, like everyone in the theatre industry, are struggling with rising costs and the price of living crisis. But we’re doing all we can to keep ticket prices low and quality high for all our audiences. It’s a lot of work to do this but it’s one that me and my amazing hard working committee members are striving to achieve.

I hope to see a lot of you in May during our production run of Chess.

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