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  The Mitre Players is the dramatic society of the Old Boys of

Trinity School of John Whitgift.

(The Trinity Mid Whitgiftian Association).

 

We are a very friendly and sociable society, presenting 4 or 5 productions a year in a wide variety of venues, including the prestigious Minack Theatre on the Cliffs near Lands End and the Shaftesbury Theatre in Dawlish.

 

Putting on a show not only requires people on stage, but also involves a great deal of hard work behind the scenes. We design, build and paint our own sets, find and make our own props, make many of our own costumes and use "in house" musicians whenever possible.

 

We would welcome any new members, so if you have any aspirations to act, sing, dance or play a musical instrument, we would like to hear from you. If you prefer to remain out of the spotlight, building scenery, lighting, painting, making costumes, making props, doing "Front of House" or simply would like to make tea for the team, we would still like to hear from you.

 

Most of our rehearsals take place at the Trinity Mid Whitgiftian Association Clubhouse in Sanderstead. The bar facilities at the clubhouse lend a social and convivial atmosphere to our rehearsals and all members are encouraged to use the facilities at Sanderstead as often as possible.

  

If you would like more information, please contact our Membership Secretary: Julia Ascott via this link

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  Current Committee Members

 
Chairman
Alex Greenslade
 
Secretary
Diane Jones
 
Treasurer
Alan Bishop
  
Additional Members
Julia Ascott
Julia Gibbs
Jamie Heath
Charles Marriott
Vicky Watkins


Additional Posts
 
Theatre Club Organiser
Colin Warnock
 
Box Office Manager
Krissi Perry
 
Membership Secretary
Julia Ascott
 
Newsletter Editor
Dave Price
 
Press Liaison
Lesley Bates
 
Publicity
Position vacant
The Early Years

 

Prior to leaving Trinity School, Croydon in July 1972, Martin Tyrrell , Colin Warnock and Tony Britten became involved in the Croydon Students Music Group's touring production of Stravinsky's A Soldier's Tale. Tony asked Anna Zemla to do the costumes and here she met Warnock and Tyrrell for the first time.

 

As their swan-song at Trinity, Tyrrell and Warnock masterminded the Trinity School Variety Performance, enlisting a cast of hundreds that included the school rugby team, the Trinity Swing Band and girls from nearby Coloma Convent Grammar School. This involved a variety of sketches and musical items choreographed by Andrew Thompson.

 

On leaving school, the friends felt the need to foster their thespian inclinations. Thus, they enlisted the support of Tony's father, Gerald Britten and Alan Swaffield and in March 1973, Trinity's Sandison Room hosted a revue by these recent Old-Boys who wished to reform the Old Mid-Whitgiftian Drama Society (which had lain dormant since the 1950's) - The Mitre Players.

 

Included in the cast were Stuart Duff, Janet Stimson, Martin Tyrrell and Tony Britten - who spent the majority of one sketch asleep in a teapot. Audience members at this revue included John and Gillian Bartle, Alan and Heather Sexton, Gerald and Pat Britten, Alan and Joyce Swaffield and other senior members of the Old Mid-Whitgiftian Association (OMWA).      

                          

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