KAY played by Chrissie Wenden

“I’m an ex – show girl who worked with Dave in Cromer many years ago. I’ve come to pay my respects …….”

Meet our actors & characters

With only a couple of weeks left until show night we would like to give you a little clue as to who our wonderful actors will be playing in ‘Wife after Death’. Tickets are available by calling Roger on 01206 241048 or at the box office in  Ashes store West Bergholt.

Our Night at The Essex Oscars

September 2019 saw a group of the Orps attend the North Essex Theatre Guild awards, although we were nominated for numerous awards we only succeeded in winning Set Construction & Design for Peter Cox, who is a wonderful asset to our group with his multiple skills in set design, construction, painting, directing and acting! However […]

NETG Nominations

Each year our productions are adjudicated by the North Essex Theatre Guild; they then have a yearly ceremony celebrating the amateur dramatic groups and all they’ve seen. Nominations are sent out prior to the awards night and we are fortunate the have received a great handful this year. Whether we win or loose it is […]

Save the date!

Although we are a few months off production week make sure to save the date now so you are free to come and see our hilarious Autumn comedy – WIFE AFTER DEATH. SHOW NIGHTS OCT 10TH, 11TH, 12TH

About: Wife after death

Our Autumn production is a classic comedy by the playwright Eric Chappell, directed by Mike Poole; here’s a quick synopsis of the play and what you can expect from the Orps in October! ‘Comedian and national treasure Dave Thursby has died, and on the day of his funeral, friends and colleagues gather beside his coffin […]

Autumn Play

Rehearsals have begun! Mike Poole is directing the comedy ‘Wife after death’ by Eric Chappell. The Cast : Debra Hornigold Colin Downer William Groom Lorraine Usher Anne Sexton Make a note in your diaries ready to see this cracking show in October 2019 to round off the Orpen Players 50th year!

Lets catch you up!

Again due to some unfortunate technical problems we have been amiss but hopefully we are now back and keep you updated with all Orps news. SPRING 2019 – THE VICAR OF DIBLEY A complete success! We had 4 wonderful sell out shows. We produced something very different, it was the first time directing for Holly Snowling, […]

Look out for us in the media!

We are advertising EVERYWHERE! Posters are up around the village, in Colchster libraries, shops and in windows all over the place! Soon our boards supported by Boydens estate agents will be up around West Bergholt. We have been featured in Connection magazine, LOOK magazine, The W.B Village Bulletin, we will be in the Colchester Gazette […]


Our wonderful costume dept have recently had a complete organisation overhaul. We have everything you could think of from Dame outfits, panto principals, under water creatures, animals, suits, dresses (of many eras/varieties), shoes, hats, etc etc the list goes on and on! Most of these have been handmade and are all of show quality, we […]