New Message from BCP’s Chairman regarding 2019/2020 Season

2 July 2020

Well, July is upon us and I for one have absolutely no idea where the last three months have gone! A flurry of reading, gardening and walking, but certainly not doing anything approaching Amateur Dramatics!

I’m sure like me you are all worried about the future of our theatres both nationally and regionally and have no doubt been on the receiving end of many refunds recently, as you watched helplessly the many cancellations that were occuring. At the present time The Mill, Banbury are not hosting live events until at least the end of September. The whole building remains closed although we understand that a small staff returned to work this week.

The future of our November production is therefore still unknown and until we have more information, we are unable to proceed with any plans. We will of course update you as soon as we have any news.

However, Banbury Cross Players are far from quiet! For those of you with Facebook, we continue to post a Tuesday Night video with varying themes. Please take a look if you have not already. If you are able to set up the famous ‘Zoom’, then Linda Shaw hosts a weekly live get together at 7.15 on a Tuesday, everyone welcome including past members! If you would like to join please contact us using the ‘contact us’, details on this site.

If any of you have any further ideas for socialising within BCP under lockdown conditions, then please let me know.

We continue to look at scripts and are presently discussing the possibility of some ‘live’ online play readings and short performances.

Hopefully, it will not be too long before we hear about theatres/art centres beginning to open again, and as soon as we do you can be assured that Banbury Cross Players will be back! Rejuvenated, re-envigorated and ready to go!

Until then, take care of yourselves and your loved ones

Liz Riley


30 March 2020

Due to the Covid-19 virus, BCP have had no option but to cancel the rest of our Season – particularly disappointing as this was our 75th Anniversary. 

This Season has already been challenging for BCP with the re-schedule of The Thrill of Love because of the floods at The Mill in November.  We do hope you were able to see Nell Gwynn

BCP’s Management Team have taken the decision to re-schedule The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband to February 10 – 13 2021 and our 75th Anniversary Festival to 14 – 17 July 2021.  The fourth production in the Season will be decided by the team in April this year and will be one of the plays from our Shortlist – details of which can be found here on the BCP website.

We hope you are all staying safe and well, and look forward to normal theatrical service being resumed as soon as possible!

Liz Riley
CHAIRMAN


BCP Update (for Members) 5 April 2020

Hello everyone

I do hope that you are all staying home and following instructions?  For most of us, staying at home is extremely hard!  We are so used to meeting up with each other on a regular basis that the present arrangements feel strange and I will admit  to beginning to feel a little stir crazy.

However, these strange times will not last forever and so our BCP thoughts begin to turn to when we can at last meet up again.  It is clear that this is not likely to be any time soon.  Our AGM in May will not happen.  Consequently, we will be unable to vote for new members of the Executive committee, nor to vote for my successor.

Because of this, the Executive committee and myself have decided to leave the current arrangements in place until September.  Therefore I will remain as Chairman, Chrissie Garrett remains as Vice Chair and all current Executive members remain in place.  

The AGM will be rescheduled to September, date to be confirmed.  These arrangements will be reviewed during August and we will confirm the date of the AGM then.

Please don’t hesitate to keep in contact with me and the committee by emailing or on facebook. Although we are not meeting up, we are still here, and getting bored! It would be lovely to hear from you!

Take care and let’s look forward to September!

Liz