Our Stories : Maxine Brundle

“Hi I’m Maxine Brundle, I came to the players last autumn (2017) and was lucky enough to gain a role in the panto, I had a fab time play one of the three fairies. Before Orps I was part of the Guildodian Players in Harold Hill where I understudied and had the privilege of a few […]

2019 – Our 50th Year!

2019 will be the year the Orps celebrate 50 years of entertaining the local area with plays, music halls and pantos. We are in the planning stages but would love your input. As our loyal members/audience we would like to hear what you feel would be great on our stage – what would you want […]

Our Stories : Frank Barker

“I joined the orpen players just under 4 years ago – the main reason was that although I had for about 12 years done little bits a pieces for other groups none of them did Panto and that’s what I really wanted to try. Having joined the group I realised how lucky I had been […]

Our Stories : Pam & John Grant

“John and I were founder members of the group in the Summer of ’69 (as the song goes!). John preferred to man front of house and make props for the plays. I think I have been involved in many differing capacities over the years from performing, to chairperson, to tea server. I loved performing in […]

Our Stories : Lorraine Usher

“Hi I’m Lorraine, I joined the Orpen players purely by accident nearly 5 years ago. My son was asked if he would like to audition for a pantomime and seeing how much fun he was having, I wanted to give it a go. So my first ever panto had me as a sultans wife, a […]

NETG award nominations

The Orpen Players have the North Essex Theatre Guild attend their productions and adjudicate. They assess all areas such as FOH, set design, lighting, costumes, music, acting, directing, costumes etc. Each year the NETG hold an awards evening in which all groups they have attended productions for are piped against each other in the hope […]

How do you remember your lines?

Actors are often asked how they recall their lines and movements; well every answer will be different. Many actors run lines with family/friends. Others read out loud, some record themselves others make notes and highlight lines or sometimes stage directions too – there are numerous techniques. A couple of pictures of our actors current scripts show […]