Bythams Community Theatre welcomes new members and needs performers, technicians and stage crew. You don’t need experience, just a willingness to give it a go.
The group meets every Thursday evening at 7.30pm in Little Bytham Village Hall.
Contact: Sophie Revell
Tel: +44 (0)1780 410364
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From the Glenside News (May 2011) (added : 09/05/11 : MG)
After the resounding success of The Bythams Community Theatre’s World War II themed Murder Mystery at Little Bytham Village Hall the group has agreed to perform again for those of you that missed it, or those of you that enjoyed it so much you would like to come again! We will be performing at Castle Bytham Village Hall on Saturday 25 June 2011. Tickets are £10 each and are available from Castle Bytham Village Store. It starts at 7.30pm and the ticket price will include a meal. If you did come to the event at Little Bytham and would like to come again, please do, as you won;t know who the murderer is, the story will be different and you may have just as much fun again!
The Community Theatre are also looking for some new members. Is there anyone out there who would like to come and join us? We now meet at Little Bytham Village Hall on Tuesdays at 7.30pm. We don’t meet every week so please give me a ring to check. If there are any 16 to 18 year olds in our villages who would like to have a go at performing then we have some immediate options, please get in touch.
Lastly some advanced news, a date for your diary on Saturday 8 October 2011 we will be performing two short plays by the indomitable Rose Bakker, “One Over the Twelve” and “Working Weekend”. These will again be in Castle Bytham Village Hall. We do need two younger actors for these plays so please get in touch if you are interested.
For further information contact Sophie on 410364 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Murder Mystery Night (added : 06/03/11 : MG)
The Bythams Community Theatre staged their first production, a Murder Mystery Night, on Saturday 13 February 2011 in Little Bytham Village Hall. The event was sold out and enjoyed by all.
The following anonymous letter, from a visitor to and would be resident of Little Bytham, was published in The Glenside News (March 2011) about the event …
“ Arriving as a guest in Little Bytham on Saturday 12 February I found myself invited to attend a village ‘do’. ‘Oh dear’, I thought. ‘amateur dramatics, a plate of sandwiches, trying to look cheerful .. I suppose I can cope with it’
Entering the village hall I found myself quickly transported to 1942: the blackout, decorations, music, costumes, all reminiscent of wartime social evenings. Even as I relaxed into the friendly cheerful atmosphere, the ‘cast’ arrived and the Murder Mystery began.
There was however nothing amateur about the Bythams Community Theatre – a cast of six locals, admiraby prepared and rehearsed by Sophie Revell, who introduced us to a fascinating group of bygone villagers who were nobly continuing the village super despite the death of the vicar in a cycling accident two weeks prevously.
We all found ourselves the backdrop to intrigue, accusation and underlying tensions as The Honourable Grace Dalrymple (the grieving widow) firmly locked us all in, determined we would hear her plea: her beloved Raife’s death was no accident and no one was going to leave the hall until his murderer was revealed!
The hall resonated with shocks, horrors and endless laughter as we set about our task. We identified love triangles, child abuse, drug addictions and Nazi spy cells … but in the end ‘who done it’ really did not matter, we just had a whale of a time thanks to the briliant and inspired work of the Bythams Community Theatre.
Well done all of you … and thank you Little Bytham for your wonderful hospitality. Now I am off home wondering how quickly I can arrange my move to this vibrant community.
p.s. We were all served a truly delicious wartime hot dinner. “
Added : 07/03/11 : MG
Last Updated : 09/05/11 : MG