Welcome to the New Exciting Cardiff Players
80 years of entertaining audiences in Cardiff
the Cardiff Players has changed
We are now a really exciting outward-looking group that is even
more welcoming to new members and new ideas
The Story of Last Year (2013)
Last year was great for the Players. At the end of April our production of "Albert" won the Glamorgan Festival with Peter Stickler & Christopher Johnson jointly winning the Best Comedy Performance. We qualified for The Wales Final of One Act Plays in Newton in May and came very close to winning but also receiving the Best Presentation Award. In June at The Glammies Awards Night both our productions, "Hound of the Baskervilles" and "Glorious!" were praised but with "Glorious!" being nominated in every category. Wonderful performances by Bella Kemble and Peter Stickler were rightly rewarded with the Best Actress & Best Actor Awards. Well done to all those who took part in those productions, on and off stage and particularly the directors Peter Stickler for "Hound", Juliet Lake for "Glorious" and Liz Rimmer for "Albert".
Congratulations also to Pete Stickler and his cast and team for a great production of "Much Ado About Nothing" although suffering (and we did), from a heatwave during the run, it was a good second attempt at a Shakespeare for the group.
Cardiff Players stage a World Amateur Premier
"The Thrill of Love" (staged at the beginning of October) was a great success with very appreciative audiences including the author Amanda Whittington. The cast and crew were a little nervous when they knew that she was coming to see them perform her play (It had only just finished it's West End run and we were the first group to perform it). They were delighted, however, by her very positive comments and enjoyed an evening in her company after the Thursday night performance. Director Juliet Lake can be very proud of another quality and innovative production for The Players
Then in December
We staged "A Christmas Carol" adapted and directed by Geoff Lake. This was first staged in a completely new venue, The Garth Olwg Centre in Church Village (just below Pontypridd) and then at our theatre the week after. It was real Christmas Family Show, with a cast and crew of nearly 30 people. There were lot's of difficulties with this show over rehearsal space and we even had to cancel the Saturday Matinee (accidental double booking!). But, in the end everyone pulled through (including 3 young children, who joined us for this production) and produced a great show which the audience loved.
Then after the Sunday Matine, we all went to The Earnest Willows for a great Christmas Dinner and lot's of fun. It was wonderful to see over 50 members gathering together to enjoy each other's company.