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Little Red Riding – in the Hood

Little Red Riding – in the Hood

It’s a Wrap!  The Panto over for another year.  A few memories below.

Publicity in Cleeve

Cool dudes …

You talking to me?

Outside Tesco with the Don and the gang!

I must get to my Godmother’s cottage!

OH NO – It’s the Wolf!

Now here’s what we’re gonna do you wise guys!

Behind me did you say?

Gina Roberts BBC News Mr Prime Minister.

So we do what exactly?

The fabulous cast!! Well done guys.


It’s this way! Oh no it isn’t …




Variety Show a Great Success

The Variety Show in support of The British Legion

We raised a £1,000!

A big thank you to everyone who made it happen.

John would have been proud of us I’m sure.

We are so grateful to the many performers and audience who came along to our Variety Show.             More than a £1,000 was raised for the charity plus more than £90 In the exit collection.

Gerry Prendergast, chairman of the Woodmancote and District Branch,  read out the names of the many young men from Bishops Cleeve (then only a population of 800) who died during the First World War.  The list was long and included young men from the same families.  It was a very moving moment for members of the audience.  Music from the Glos Strings Ukuleles, Rhythm Strings and Cleeve Harmony as well as drama by the Players helped to make this a memorable evening in so many ways. For the show finale there was a minutes silence followed by Poppies dropping down onto the stage.

Thank you to everyone who supported us in other ways; George Lewis for selling our tickets, Danny’s Cafe for supplying the most excellent Brownies,Tony Acres for printing our banner for free, The Parish Council, The Ink Spot, Bishops Cleeve Tithe Barn and Members of the Woodmancote & District Branch of the RBL (thank you Ann for preparing all those poppies!)

Well done everyone!

Here are a few memories …

Anthem for Doomed Youth

Put out those lights!

Backstage musings

Cleeve Harmony

Gloucester Strings Ukuleles

My poor Joe!

Poppies begin to fall …

Rhythm Strings

The Audience

Vinny and Daisy

Preparing the Poppies

Rhythm Strings

Look at our brave boys …

The Standard of the Woodmancote and District Branch of the Royal British Legion.

Two One Act Plays done and dusted!

Above: The brilliant, talented cast and director of All by Myself

Below: The most excellent cast and director of Alright on the Night

Well it was definitely alright on the night and thankfully we were not all by ourselves as we had appreciative audiences on both evenings.  Thanks to everyone involved behind the scene in these productions as without all the back stage crew, catering, Front of House staff and family & friends none of it would have been possible.

Well done all!  Now – what’s next ?

Two One Act Plays in April

Two One Act Plays

The Tithe Barn Bishops Cleeve

Friday 13th April & Saturday 14th April at 7:30pm

Doors open 7:00pm

Bar and refreshments available.

Alright on the Night

by Robin Wilson

Directed by Roly Connolly

The Downcot Players are rehearsing for their latest production but will they be ready in time?  Nothing quite seems to be going according to plan but it will be alright on the night – won’t it?

All by Myself

by Robert Scott

Directed by Hannah Galliers

Larry has been alone on an island after his shipwreck and is on the edge of sanity but he is soon shocked to discover he is not and never has been – alone!

These two contrasting plays are sure to intrigue and amuse in equal measure. 

Tickets £8 from this website (follow the Book Tickets tab on the Home page on the top orange bar or use the navigation bar on a mobile), from George Lewis Footwear in Bishops Cleeve or telepone Brian Paterson 01242 673917

Our 10th Scottish Evening!

Bishops Cleeve Players are proud to celebrate their

10th Scottish Evening

After some discussion and a look back through our posts we realise this is the 10th year of this popular event.  Last year saw a new set of members joining us to demonstrate the dances and join in with the fun – and yes they are our younger members with so much energy it makes the rest of us feel tired just watching them.  There will be the usual combination of music from the Ghillies, dancing for all, jokes told by Brian with his own brand of ‘Scottish’ humour along with piping in and addressing the haggis. All of this served up with delicious homemade cakes and sandwiches and choice of tea, coffee or drinks from the bar. Tickets can now be purchased on line – just go to the home page and click on Book Tickets’ or you can still buy them in the usual way from locations detailed on the poster.

Photos from last year below:

Dave and St Andrew

Addressing the haggis

Some other members of the Ghillies – Alistair, Tony and Gillie

The Laird from the Isle of Aaron.

Demonstrating those dances was energetic to say the least…

The Gay Gordons

The pie-eyed Piper – a deserved refreshment!

Leaving Treasure Island

Thanks to everyone who came to see us at the Barn and thanks to the cast, the band and all the crew backstage and front of house who made it such a success.  What a team.

Here are some more memories:

Oo-er Mrs!

Stop blinking for goodness sake – you must be used to this by now.

Oh the concentration.

Busy dressing room.

Ready to go!

Horatia in the Admiral Heyho


The Band are nearly ready. How brilliant were they!









Do you think this is my colour Mr Poopdeck?


Relaxing in the interval.








Well done everyone.




Farewell to Treasure Island me ‘earties.


We’re off to Treasure Island!

Ahoy there me hearties! 

Come aboard the Hispaniola and join us on a voyage to

Treasure Island

Adapted by Tracey Rogers

Follow the unfolding tale of Jim Hawkins and his dear old mum Horatia, landlady of the Admiral Heyho Inn, as they journey aboard the Hispaniola to find Captain Flint’s gold, silver and fabulous jewels on Treasure Island. Meet the villainous pirate Long John Silver and his cutthroat crew. Can Captain Polly Flint and her shipmates stop the dastardly pirates in their tracks? Will the map lead them to the treasure? Come aboard and join us on our voyage of adventure, fun and silliness at

The Tithe Barn Bishops Cleeve.

Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December at 7pm and Saturday 2nd at 2:30pm.

Tickets £10 adults and £5 for children (14 and under)

Available at George Lewis Footwear, Bishops Cleeve or ring 01242 673729.

Bar available for both evening performances.

Tickets also available by contacting us by email:

Curtains Up!


Comedy Music Dance

Saturday 30th September

7:30pm at the Tithe Barn Bishops Cleeve

The Players are supporting a fundraising event at the Tithe Barn Bishops Cleeve on Saturday 30th September.  Come and join us for an evening of entertainment: music from Salty Dog, A Capella singing from Cleeve Harmony and comedy from the Bishops Cleeve Players.  There will be an opportunity to join in with some dancing too – what’s not to like?

Tickets £10 from George Lewis Footwear or through our email:

Treasure Island Update!

Treasure Island

a pantomime by Tracy Rogers

Directed by Brian Paterson

Friday December 1st at 7:00pm

Saturday December 2nd at 2:30pm and 7:00pm

at the Tithe Barn Bishops Cleeve

Adults: £10 and Children (14 years and under) £5

Tickets £10 from:George Lewis Footwear Bishops Cleeve

or email:

Come and join in the fun me ‘earties!


The Ruby Curse is lifted – Nemesia Moriarty captured!

The Curse of the Rajasthani Ruby is lifted and Fanny Golightly realises who she really is! 

If you didn’t see our play in April 2017 at the Tithe Barn in Bishops Cleeve here are a few  more photographs taken at our dress rehearsal – these ones are in colour too!

I have the Ruby – I have the power!

Cooee ducks!


Come quietly – I have men in the street so you can not escape!

Is there a secret message there?



Out of my way Rozzer or I’ll stick ‘yer! (OK so this one is black and white)

The lads down at The Bell.

What marble is to the Sculptor – education is to the mind!

We want the Ruby of course!

The Cast

They left me on the steps of an orphanage.

My dear Lady – come in and recover your equilibrium.

Now – we don’t want any of those things people speak into – they speak back!




Always got time for the law Inspector!










It’s that turban again!

Oh you don’t know who she is do you?

Where is Holmes when you need him?