Chorlton Players - Amateur Dramatics


Chorlton Players are a non-profit making amateur dramatics group based in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, in the UK.

Formerly known as the St Werburghs Amateur Dramatic Society (SWADS), our performance base is at the parish hall, St Werburghs Road, although due to the current popularity of the hall, we usually rehearse elsewhere leading up to the actual stage rehearsals the week before the play. The society has been running for over 40 years and has had its fair share of ups and downs. Thankfully we are on a more solid footing these days, and are looking forward to a bright future and more diverse productions. For example, one of our members recently completed a short film starring members of the society.

We meet every Monday and Wednesday in the basement function room of the SPREAD EAGLE on Wilbraham Road, Chorlton between 8pm and 11pm, but please be aware that we always take a week or so off after a production before re-convening. We do have a 26 membership fee though it is half price for unwaged people and we have a 1 a week subs to pay for hire of our meeting room.

As a member we would really like you to be able to try your hand at doing everything; backstage and front. That means no disappearing if you are not in a play; we still have lighting, sound, stage crew, props, costumes and front of house staff to find. Our current membership stands at about 20-30 members of both sexes ranging from our youngest at 20 years to our oldest who are retired, though our average age is in the 30's, so we are quite a young group.


We try to do at least four productions a year. Plays ranging from classics to comedies to the more unusual, and an annual Panto and a Hot Pot (a sketch show with a theme).

Our season starts in September with the annual Hotpot sketch show, followed by a play at the end of November. Then, at the end of January, we put on our annual pantomime. A few of our pantos have been written by members of the society, and all the stops get pulled for this one. A cast of thousands, smoke, light effects, pyrotechnics, and any technical wizardry the back stage crew can muster. Songs, dance, men dressed as women, women dressed as men. Good clean honest fun.

After that, we stage another play at the end of March.

The final play of the season is at the end of May, and is usually a big comedy by a well known author. We then take a well earned break and start rehearsing again in August for the next play.


Not in the least. After every last night we have a party at someone's house to unwind and anyone who helped in the production in what ever capacity is invited. Aftershow parties are known for going right throught the night! Add to that a Christmas meal, birthdays, weddings, housewarmings, barbecues, the fact that it is Saturday; any excuse for a few drinks and a laugh really. The social side plays a big part.


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