2013 Sept – Newsletter


The September 2nd meeting of Trinity Players’ committee, held at Farrar Street and attended by Paul Taylor, Dale Rivers, Anne Prew, Barbara Parkinson, Ian Harley and Peter Horner, opened with the sad news of the death of Ray Crossley, a stalwart of Barnsley Am-Dram life over many years.

Items of business included:


The committee agreed to exercise its powers of co-option allowing invitation of special members as and when required.


Anne reported that she had posters and flyers available for the society’s October 16-19th production of Mike Harding’s ‘Not With A Bang’ at the Lamproom Theatre and hoped members would make suitable use of them. Members are asked to book their own tickets as soon as possible (Lamproom box office No. is Barnsley 200075), encourage family and friends to do likewise and generally publicise the event via Facebook etc.

Props still required for the production include a fur hat, a Silver Cross perambulator or similar (circa 1983 or thereabouts) uniforms and weaponry used in the same era by Britain’s territorial army. The brief is that the fur hat should be of a type then worn by a working-class British woman circa and which could be mistaken for a cat when on a chair; the pram should also be the type used at the same period. While it is hoped the uniforms can be acquired from stage-hire outlets, Ian was instructed to use t’Chronicle for an appeal for the loan of the pram should TP members not come up trumps. Anyone able to help should contact John Ryall or any committee member.

Set-building is to start shortly and Neil Barham would like to hear from anyone able to help. A team is also required for the vital task of transporting the set and erecting it at the Lamproom on Monday and Tuesday, October 14th and 15th.


Bob Willerton has said that he is willing to direct the society’s fifth pantomime but is willing to stand aside if anyone else particularly wants to take charge. Anyone wishing to do so should contact any committee member as soon as possible.

The second and third weekends in January were identified as the most suitable and the production under consideration is ‘Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood’ which originates from the same writing stable as previous productions. There are about 20 adult parts (more men than women unfortunately) plus parts for children as the ‘babes’ and citizens.

John Parker is currently reviewing it and will produce a cast list, scene analysis and suggestions for script alterations.


Members agreed headings for a re-draft of the society’s constitution which will be looked at individually at later meetings before being presented to members at the annual meeting


Trinity’s very own Phil Johnson is playing Captain Peacock in the classic ‘Are You Being Served?’ at Penistone Paramount from September 26-28 and it is hoped that members will support him en bloc. Please contact Peter Horner stating which night(s) you’re ‘free’ for ‘I’m free.’ The booking will be made in line with the majority vote.

Peter also reported that ‘Kes’ is being performed in Derby on October 5th. The cost is £20 including coach travel but with an early start – leaving Barnsley at 11.30am. Unable to attend himself, Peter says he will try to arrange tickets for others but only 50 are available across the patch and are therefore only available on a first-come basis.

Building work at their home means that Peter and Geoff are unable to host any kind of ‘Harvest Moon’ event this October. They will, however, be at the Wagon and Horses and would be more than happy to see members there.


Paul reported that 24 polo shirts with the TP logo have been ordered by TP members. A further seven, of differing sizes, have been ordered as spares.


The committee agreed to ask members whether they would consider joining with other groups at dinner dances (the type staged by Ardsley House and Welcome Inn hotels) in the run-up to Christmas rather than booking a Christmas meal exclusively for themselves.

Either way, will members please make their views known to Peter, preferably by September 14th? The target dates for a social are as Wednesday or Thursday of the first or second week in December.

Suggestions for suitable venues would also be appreciated.


The next meeting will take place on Thursday, September 26th at Dale’s home. The committee can be contacted at committee@trinityplayersbarnsley.com