April Newsletter

Welcome to the April newsletter. 2018 has been a busy year so far!


January saw the Forum put on our annual panto, ‘Peter Pan, The Pantomime. This year it was directed by Jill Hyde and Jill Dady. This was very well received and almost full house audiences for each performance.

We welcomed lots of new faces into this production, and we very much look forward to working with you all again.

We were very excited to have the opportunity for us to work in Partnership with AJ Gibson and students from her performing arts school, Act 1 Performing Arts.  The personality of the young people and variety of choreography added so much energy into the show.


At the end of January we held our annual AGM.  This was well attended and during the evening a whole myriad of topics were raised and discussed.  I have attached the minutes to the end of this newsletter for your information.

Summer Festival

One of the topics discussed at the AGM was the possibility of performing a series of short act plays in the Bourne End library as part of the local summer festival community events.  One of our long standing members, Rick Accastello, agreed to hold a number of open evenings to explore ideas on which short act plays to perform.  During the process of trying to organize this event, it became apparent that logistically this was going to be quite difficult to co-ordinate, not least because the summer holiday season caused quite a challenge for securing the venue and member availability.

Therefore, I am sorry to inform you that the committee have decided not to go ahead with this, but instead, focus our energy on the following 2018 performance events….

Downtown Crabby – Murder Mystery evening with supper (12th May)

Wendy Keeble has directed a very talented bunch of lovely people in this Edwardian ‘who done it’!  The evening will be great fun, and requires audience participation.  There is a 2 course supper included, therefore why not come along, bring your family and friends, and join us for a fun filled evening.  Please see the flyer attached for more information, or contact Wendy or myself for details.

Forum Players 50th Anniversary Celebration evening

Wow, 50 years, can it really be?!  Yes!  Tracey Huxley & Jill Hyde have very kindly put forward ideas for our variety performance to celebrate 50 years of Forum Players.  The evening will be a celebration of production such as pantomime, old time musicals, Farndale Farce and many more.  Wach this space for details of upcoming information evenings and reading or potential material for this show.  In the menatime, if you have any questions, please contact Tracey, Jill or myself.

And then there is….Panto!

Whilst it may feel too soon to think about our next pantomine production, there is a lot of planning required, which leads me to open this out to you as members.  If anyone has ideas for our next pantomime, a script to submit to the committee for consideration, or you would like the opportunity to try your hand at Directing etc, please get in touch.  We will announce a date for script reading sometime in July, and this will be an opportunity for members to discuss ideas.

That’s all for this month!  More exciting details to follow in my next communication.

Enjoy the sunshine that has been ordered for the rest of this week!

Your Chairman

Kerry Hudson

Dates for Your Diary

• May 12th – Downtown Crabby, Murder mystery evening with 2 course dinner.

• June – Forum Players 50th Anniversary show (information evening, date to be confirmed)

• July – Pantomime ready (date to be confirmed)

• September – 50th Anniversary Show

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