orpen hallThe Orpen Hall West Bergholt

The Orpen Players were formed in 1969 and have been presenting local theatre to the Village of West Bergholt for the past 50 years! In that time we have established a reputation for presenting quality productions and our recent pantomime was sold out.

We are based at The Orpen Hall in West Bergholt and meet every Monday and Friday evening during our theatrical programme during which we aim to produce three shows a year during the autumn, winter and spring seasons. The winter show is always a pantomime that is presented over two weeks at the end of January and beginning of February. This is always a very communal production with lots of members from the very young, to those of a ‘certain age’ and is often the opportunity for our younger members to gain valuable experience. The autumn and spring shows are often a mixture of drama and comedy and more often than not adult cast.

We are a very friendly and growing group, with members from all around the Colchester area and are always pleased to welcome new members, whatever your interests or expertise!   See the ‘Get Involved’ page for getting in touch!

The Committee

We have a very active and hardworking committee which aims to continually progress the group forward socially, financially and dramatically. Over the years we have continually improved our resources and capabilities, including a brand new lighting system, new special effects equipment and are currently improving the stage itself.

The committee are:

Debra Hornigold -Chairman

Colin Downer – Vice Chairman and Publicity

Catherine Streatfield – Membership and Social Media

Richard Streatfield – Secretary

Roger Milne – Treasurer

Frank Barker 

Mike Poole – Continuity