Thaxted theatre group may close after 58 years of delighting audiences

A LACK of interest has left an amateur theatre group on the verge of closure. Thaxted Chronicle Players has performed hundreds of plays and comedies since forming 58 years ago. However, a struggle to get new talent into the ranks in recent years, combin

A "LACK of interest" has left an amateur theatre group on the verge of closure.

Thaxted Chronicle Players has performed hundreds of plays and comedies since forming 58 years ago.

However, a struggle to get new talent into the ranks in recent years, combined with dwindling audience numbers, has left the group in a difficult situation.

Secretary June Linscott said: "The club has been failing for some time but things are now quite desperate. I can't see a way forward.


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"We've had a real job getting people involved with being players, particularly men,. Audiences have also been in decline which hasn't helped.

"I think it is the sign of the times - perhaps people are just not interested in local theatre any more."

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The group now faces a make-or-break decision on its future at its AGM tonight (Thursday October 1) - it is potentially their last. The meeting, at Thaxted Guildhall at 8pm, is open to all and Mrs Linscott is urging people to show their support.

"I've written an invitation to all 48 people still associated with the group to come along," she said.

"Although people can't vote if they come, we could at least get a perceived level of interest.

"A lot of work has gone into it over the years; we've put on some good plays and had some very talented people.

"It would be such a shame if it were to close - Thaxted would be the poorer for it."

She added: "If we then get a few people involved - perhaps six to 10 committed people to take it on - then it would be worth keeping the group going.

"We need younger blood to take over key positions in the group, but also we're looking at the technical side as well, such as director. Not everybody has to take to the stage."

For more information on Thaxted Chronicle Players contact Alison Howells on 01371 830318 or e-mail alisonhowells@btinternet.com

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