South Bank Players have been operating in the current premises since 1999. Before that we were two separate but closely linked groups – Trident and Osborne Players – both long-standing companies with a wide range of experience and an interest in producing challenging drama of high quality. We are a registered charity and also a limited company.
Our building was originally a scout hall and we still rent it from the Scout Association. Over the past fifteen years we’ve made a number of improvements to the premises, including the installation of lighting and sound systems, central heating, a retractable seating bank and a refurbished kitchen. The hall suits our purposes very well, having a reasonable amount of storage space for sets, props and costumes. Of course, we could always use more space and better facilities, but we feel lucky to have a permanent home.
We have an active membership of about 70, ranging from founder members of more than 40 years standing to much more recent additions to our numbers, and we are a very friendly social group. At the moment we put on three plays a year with other events such as play readings and parties when we can fit them in. We like to strike a balance between plays which are challenging and interesting for our members to be involved in and shows which will also appeal to audiences. All the plays since 1999 are listed in the foyer and commemorated by photographs on the walls.