2019-2020 Season

The Thrill of Love by Amanda Whittington

The Thrill of Love by Amanda Whittington

Banbury Cross Players will perform The Thrill of Love at The Mill Arts Centre from 20-23 November 2019.


The play will be directed by Tara Lacey. Audition dates will be announced soon. Tara is an experienced actor, performing both in Banbury Cross Players and Peppered Wit. She also has good experience as director. Tara directed Lovesong and The Memory of Water for BCP. The Thrill of Love is a Gripping drama about Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain.

Tara Lacy director of The Thrill of Love appearing in Game Plan February 2019
Tara Lacey director of The Thrill of Love appearing in Game Plan February 2019

Ruth was a divorcee with a young child to care for. She works in the kind of nightclubs where there’s more than just a drink on offer. The girls work hard, play hard and dream of a movie-star life. Ruth then meets the wealthy, womanising David, a racing driver with whom she becomes obsessed. Fame comes – but not in the way she imagines.

Why does …

  • their relationship end in murder?
  • she plead not guilty but offer no defence?
  • she show no remorse?

Who is she trying to protect?

The Thrill of Love is the first play in our 2019-2020 Season

Read through – 10 Sept 2019
Auditions – 17 Sept 2019 (Members) & 19 Sept 2019 (Open)

Announcement of AUDITIONS for The Thrill of Love


Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale

Nell Gwynn

Banbury Cross Players will perform Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale at The Mill Arts Centre from 12th to 15th February 2020.


London, 1660. King Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, extravagant and sexy. And at Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is causing stirrings amongst the theatregoers.

Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale charts the rise of an unlikely heroine, from her roots in Coal Yard Alley to her success as Britain’s most celebrated actress, and her hard-won place in the heart of the King. But at a time when women are second-class citizens, can her charm and spirit protect her from the dangers of the Court?

Read through – 29 Oct 2019
Auditions – 5 Nov 2019 (Members) & 7 Nov 2019 (Open)

Read about the playwright – https://www.nickhernbooks.co.uk/plays-to-perform/jessica-swale


The Woman who Cooked her Husband by Debbie Isitt

The Woman who Cooked her Husband

Banbury Cross Players will perform The Woman who Cooked her Husband by Debbie Isitt at The Mill Arts Centre from 13th to 16th May 2020.


Kenneth and Hilary have been married nearly twenty years. But as middle age approaches, Ken finds himself in the arms of another woman. At first, Laura appears to be everything that is missing from Ken’s life with Hilary – young, slim, attractive and a vibrant free spirit – but his little fling quickly becomes desperately out of hand. Juggling the affections of two women, his world becomes a tangle of lies and deceit. Ken denies Hilary’s increasing suspicions. Forced to confront the truth he leaves Hilary for Laura. Only one problem – Laura can’t cook.

As time passes, Kenneth mourns the loss of Sunday roasts and haute cuisine, and the comforts of the settled life he once knew. When Hilary invites Ken and Laura over for dinner, he readily accepts, unaware of what delicacies Hilary plans to serve. Told through a series of flashbacks. Highly entertaining exploration of the old adage “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”!

Read through – 4 Feb 2020
Auditions – 18 Feb 2020 (Members) & 20 Feb 2020 (Open)

Read about the playwright – https://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/client/debbie-isitt

The Woman who Cooked her Husband is Banbury Cross Players’ second play of the 2019-2020 season.


Getting Dark by Joe Graham

Getting Dark

Banbury Cross Players have chosen this play to be performed at festivals at Lighthorne and Abingdon in June 2020. Getting Dark will be directed by Terry Gallager.


For six-year old Karen, the world is gradually shrinking and getting dark. Colours that meant so much to her are slowly ebbing away. She needs
artificial light all day and all through the night.

Mum and Dad love her but have a new baby and are finding it increasingly
difficult to cope with their daughter’s condition. They take a
life-changing decision.

Seen through the eyes of adult Karen this play, based on a true story, is a
dark, distressing yet moving exploration of a young girl’s terrifying
descent into blindness.

CAST

  • Karen (plays adult and six year old self)
  • Mother
  • Troll Woman
  • Dad
  • Mr Marks
    Mum/Matron and Dad/School Principal may be doubled

75th Anniversary One-Act Drama Festival

75th Anniversary One-Act Drama Festival

Discussions about how best to celebrate BCP’s 75th Anniversary season were many and varied. In a change to the usual Posh Frocks & Entertainment Dinner, BCP decided to share their delight at reaching 75 years young with the entire Theatrical Community by holding their own One Act Drama Festival – having had such a good time in local festivals over the years.

Banbury Cross Players will hold their 75th Anniversary One-Act Drama Festival from 15th to 18th July 2020. Check back here for more details about companies taking part and the plays.


Are you thinking of auditioning?

Who can audition for a part?
Anyone can audition for any part.

What can you expect during an audition?
Well, it all depends on the Director. Typical auditions involve reading through the play or perhaps some improvisation work.

Don’t feel comfortable with this?
Talk to the Director quietly beforehand – you may glean some ‘winning’ tips!