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Thame theatre group looks back at its 75 years

The Thame Players are celebrating their history and growth in a new book

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 8:00am 26th July 2020. 3-minute read.

Thame theatre group looks back at its 75 years

The history of Oxfordshire's Thame Players is being shared in a new book. 

The Thame Players have been looking in their history over the last 75 years in 'Thats Entertainment'.

Dozens of pictures showcase past performances as well as testimonials from member past and present and local figures.

John Long has been a member for nearly 40 years, and says it is important they continue their connection to the community:

"The history of the Thame Players goes back to the last world war. Our first performance was a chairty performance in aid of the soldiers. It was the first performance under the name 'The Thame Players' and that was in 1944.

"We are the only theatre, the only purpose built theatre you might say, the only cinema in Thame... We bring in another 30 or so outside artists of one kind or another.

"The theatre is now a very thriving hub in the community.

"We being in local junior groups and do charity performances still and we very much like to think of ourselves at the very heart of the community."

The first 40 years were already catalogued by a member Bob Norman in 1984.

This has been expanded upon to include the origins of the theatre, which began as a church hall. 

The book also looks at the more recent years with John using his own knowledge since he joined in 1982. 

He hopes that the history of the Thame Players can be enjoyed by a range of people:

"We certainly believe anyone interested in the history of Thame could benefit from this book, the community is so supportive of us and we do our best to be supportive of the community. 

"I think it is not only a good nostalgic record for those who have been around but for new members they too can see how the whole society developed from humble beginnings to the thriving drama society we are today. 

"We are in very difficult times we have not had a performance in the theatre since mid march and the prospect is still quite far off as the current advice given is only for professional theatres."

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