About Us


Local Drama Group

Stane Street Players are the local non-professional Drama Group for Earls Colne and Halstead

a Brief History…

The group  started in 1975 when a group of friends in Marks Tey decided to put on a village pantomime. In those days  performances were in the old Marks Tey Village Hall where we had to build a stage before every performance. For many years the members were all from Marks Tey and we put on a number of community type plays with large casts. These included ‘Our Town’, ‘Roses of Eyam’ and ‘Dark of the Moon’ which all revolved around events in a local community. Times changed and, in 1988, we moved to Chappel Village Hall where John Sanders, a founder member,  was in charge of the first panto to be staged there. In 1996 the opportunity came for us to perform in the Empire in Halstead which was a bigger venue and had no resident group.  A number of memorable plays were performed starting with ‘The Wizard of Oz , and including  ‘Allo, Allo’, ‘Ghost Train’ and ‘Noises Off’ which won a number of awards for special effects and Best Production. These days we perform our acclaimed pantos at The Empire but, because some productions do not attract enough audience for such a large space, we use Earls Colne Village Hall for some of our plays. However, plays popular with audiences such as ‘Dad’s Army’ and ‘Fawlty Towers’ and ‘The 39 Steps’ have been performed at both venues. We have also started to use smaller venues such as The Halstead British Legion and Lamarsh Church and we have taken some of our productions into schools. We have performed Murder Mystery Plays to private clubs and parties. See our Past Productions page for a comprehensive list of what we have done in the past and links to archive pictures, publicity, programmes and press cuttings

About us now…

We put on 2 or 3 shows every year including a pantomime, and perform at either Earls Colne Village Hall or the Empire Theatre in Halstead as well as occasional productions in other venues

New members are very welcome, regardless of experience, and we are always looking for people to help backstage, with set construction, lighting and sound, or front of house, as well as those who want to ‘tread the boards’

While we are primarily an adult group, we also welcome younger people who wish to be involved with our Pantomime productions, and occasionally in plays where a child features, most recently in our popular production of the Vicar of Dibley

We are a very sociable group and organise various social events throughout the year for our members, from Theatre trips to visits to local vineyards, eating out and after show events, Bonfire night parties and summer picnics.

Click here if you would like to get in touch or click here if you would like to become a member