The members of both Shepperton Players and Manor Players voted overwhelmingly to merge the two societies as a new group called Riverside Players of Sunbury. A Steering Committee is working to bring about this merger during the spring of 2020 whilst ensuring that historical traditions and the ways of operating of both groups are preserved
As part of the merger process members of both groups were eligible for recognition at the recent Shepperton Players Awards Evening.
The winners were:
Best Actor: Matt Markham (Arsenic and Old Lace)
Best Actress: Olwen Holme (Arsenic and Old Lace)
Best supporting Actor: Billy Reynolds (Arsenic and Old Lace)
Best supporting Actress: Shayla Ash (The Hollow)
Best Director: Carrie Millinger (Arsenic and Old Lace)
Backstage Award: James Ford Bannister (for his work across several productions)
Houlding Award: James Ford Bannister ( for his outstanding work in every capacity for Manor Players)
Congratulations to all of them and to the many good nominees.
April 2020 - Amy‘s View by David Hare
July 2020 - Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett
Autumn 2020 - 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow and John Buchan
January 2021 - Old King Cole by Geoff Buckingham
Spring 2021 - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Willis Hall
Summer 2021 - Thunder Rock by Robert Ardrey
In addition there will be plays entered into the Spelthorne and Runnymede Drama Festival in October of each year.
Play reading sessions and workshops are in the early stages of planning and there will also be a planned social programme.