SSP Presents – Old King Cole!!

The Stane Street Players performed Old King Cole for the 2013 annual panto at the Empire Theater at the weekend falling at the end of January. 

The group donated a share of any profits to Macmillan Nurses. Jackie Parish chose this particular charity by way of a thank you for all the help and support she and her family received so from the off we hoped to make as much profit as possible.

We had a lot of positive feed back and  we were delighted to perform such and entertaining piece.

Here’s a quick recap of the story!!

After the king decides it is time he found a wife, the town’s women, including royal cook Dotty Dumplin, are queueing up to audition for the role of Queen.

But Old King Cole has his heart set on Dotty’s daughter, Debbie Dumplin. Unfortunately Debbie has already fallen in love with the king’s aide Florian.

Meanwhile, King Cole’s evil brother Peski and wife Pariah are conspiring to unseat him from the throne, with help from a magic pool which reverses the ageing process and turns Old King Cole into Young King Cole. 

Halstead: Busy weekend for pantomime performers

Check out some words and pictures in the Halstead Gazette!




*Some content taken from our friends at the Halstead gazette 


Posted in Past productions | Leave a comment

Dad’s Army

A popular favourite – our first play produced in both the Empire Theatre Halstead and Earls Colne Village Hall

The following went out in the programme:-

When, as a group, we decided to do a production of Dad’s Army, I was delighted, because for me, it was a way of paying homage to two sets of people. Firstly our forebears, who answered the call of their country to the best of their ability at a time of national and international need, and secondly a fine cast of veteran actors who brought to life the work of Perry and Croft with such fine ensemble playing in my youth.


I have been delighted by the way the cast and crew of the Stane Street Players have risen to the many challenges and obstacles of this production.


Following in the footsteps of professionals whose portrayal of a role is engraved on the heart of the audience can be daunting, but all of the cast, who have varying levels of experience, have thrown themselves into their characterisations wholeheartedly. Our challenge was not simply to try and copy the way it was done, but to preserve the character while interpreting it within the personality of the actor now playing the role. My huge thanks go to the entire cast for their work.


It is not only about capturing the characters though. Unless the look and feel of the period are accurately portrayed a huge part of the production is at risk. So my thanks go to those of the team who have worked tirelessly to source the costumes and props necessary to convey the authentic atmosphere of the piece. I think that at the outset we had never envisaged how much the body shape of the British people has changed in some 60 years. Our valiant servicemen of the Second World War were, shall we say, of less substantial frame than their modern day successors. It is fair to say that we have had to conduct                                                                         a Global search to source these uniforms!!


Finally I wish to thank all those involved in front of and behind the scenes for the significant commitment in time they have given to put this show on. We all have busy lives and problems and diversions which arise unexpectedly to interfere with our plans. I truly appreciate the efforts all have made to ‘keep the show on the road’ while dealing with these.

As an amateur dramatic group, we put on productions for two reasons, firstly to explore and stretch our abilities as actors, directors, or problem solvers, and also to provide entertainment to those who support us by coming along to watch. In this production we have certainly done the former, the only judges of our success at the latter will be yourselves.

I hope our production of Dad’s Army will bring back happy memories and a smile to your faces. Enjoy!


Duncan McCubbine

See all the photos here in our gallery

Posted in Past productions | Leave a comment

Way back when…



The Stane Street Players originally formed in Marks Tey and first performed Snow White and the Seven Big Dwarves in the local parish Hall where they performed for.



Here we performed 12 pantomines and other plays including old favourites such as Toad of Toad Hall.




The 13th pantomine, Sinbad the Sailor, was held in Chapel Village hall and followed with many more memorable plays such as Confusion by Alan Ayckbourn and Outside Edge.



 Click here to see a gallery of old pictures

Posted in Past productions | Leave a comment