Meet the cast

….. Not everyone is comfortable with sharing their details on such a public forum, but here are some words from some that are…

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DSC_0294small.jpgCame along as Maisie S’ mum and got sucked in to doing chorus roles! and makes exceedingly good cakes!

'Mac' McWilliams

DSC_0308small.jpgJamie’s Dad and he makes us some top quality props. Cajoled into appearing as the Medicine Man in 2017′s panto Robinson Crusoe and The Pirates, where he delivered a ‘tour de force’ performance!


DSC_0271small.jpgwith the group since 2014 first appearing as a fairy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but with acres of previous experience on the biards, Anna has distinguished herself with a powerful performance as Bella in Gaslight and the title role in Robinson Crusoe and The Pirates


Bill.jpg- has been involved with SSP since about 2000. Usually only does backstage but was tempted onto stage twice – as a bishop in the Group’s 2001 production of Course Acting Strikes Back and as a German officer in 2007′s Dad’s Army (Don’t tell him Pike!)


DSC_0336small.jpgour Treasurer since 2007, and whilst never performing on stage Gill provides indispensable help backstage, front of house and generally keeping the SSP bandwagon rolling.

Carol P

DSC_0300small.jpgAnother fresh face who joined us for the 2014 Panto. She loved playing a wolf and dreams of being a fairy godmother (in a Panto?)


DSC_0312small.jpgI’ve been doing drama for various drama groups for over 50 years and they say practise makes perfect!!
Been with SSP for 13 years
I enjoy all the parts I play but my favourite was the musical The Matchgirls with Little Waltham drama group.


DSC_0310small.jpgAssures us that despite his youthful looks he has been acting for 25 years with various groups, and he joined SSP last summer to do his dream role of Chris in All My Sons. Julian is our social secretary.


First trod the boards with St Marks infants CoE school, Godalming as the eponymous Peter the Reject Eater (no, me either!) For the last 7 years a mainstay of our pantomimes for, often appearing in a frock, & most recently a fetching poodle outfit! His unforgettable moment was in a production of Murder on The Nile, when his gun failed to go off and he had to go ‘BANG’ into the wings (not for the first, or last, time!!) Martin feels dramatic self-actualisation will only come when he has played Falstaff ….or Mr Mistoffelees….035.JPG


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Barb Willoughby

DSC_0316small.jpgBarb has been involved with drama and SSP since 2005. Her favourite role to date was Mrs Fox, Corporal Jones love interest in Dad’s Army and she also enjoyed the Char Ladies Dance Group which featured in one of ur shows to everyone’s amusement and amazement.

Heather Barton

DSC_0313small.jpgDoing drama for 23+ years mostly with SSP. Heather is our Vice Chair and Chair of Future Productions Committee. Her dream future role – Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter. Her unforgettable moment in a production – As Julia Price in Arnold Ridley’s Ghost Train, smashing a window and then watching her blood dripping onto the stage. Luckily, as it came at the end of the Act, she was patched up during the interval.

Jackie Parish

DSC_0337small.jpg- with SSP since 1990. Joined SSP for Hickory Dickory Dock when Colne Valley Theatre Group were out of action while Earls Colne Village Hall was being refurbished! Our  liaison with the Empire theatre and responsible for H&S and Child Protection. Her favourite role was Sybil Fawlty, as she got to hit Andy Barton with an umbrella and to verbally abuse Duncan!!! She would like to be Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly!!!

Dorinda Meekings

DSC_0304small.jpghas been performing since the 1960’s and like her husband Alan, has been with SSP for 28 years. Dorinda is a versatile actress, ut most importantly, keeps us supplied with tea coffee and biscuits during rehearsals. Her favourite role was Dotty in Michael Frayn’s ‘Noises Off’ and se still has nightmares about the time she was left all alone on stage unexpectedly in our production of ‘Robinson Crusoe’

Lesley Brennen

DSC_0303small.jpgActing for 7 years, with SSP for 3 years, Lesley looks after SSP Publicity. Her favourite role has been Kate Keller in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. Her unforgettable drama moment was performing in “Animal Farm” in Lamarsh Church, which was plunged into darkness by a power cut.  Decamping to the Village Hall, also in darkness, and in true “The show must go on” style, continuing by torch light in coats and gloves.

Phil Parish

DSC_0329small.jpgOur tireless Technical Director

Nick Mason

DSC_0306small.jpgHas spent many years pursuing his interest in amateur dramatics with several local groups. Favourite acting roles have been as The Rev. ‘Streaky’ Bacon in ‘Racing Daemon’, The Colonel in ‘Journey’s End’, Kevin in ‘Outside Edge’ and Captain Alberto Bertorelli in ‘’Allo ‘Allo’ Has also enjoyed directing ‘Abigail’s Party’ and ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. Nick is a devotee of the 39 steps films.

Kim Richardson

DSC_0327small.jpgHas loved the stage since she was a tot, taking part in dance shows from a young age. She studied performing Arts at Braintree College and has been a member of Colne Engaine Amateur Drama group and the Thurrock Players, performing in pantos and festivals. Her first role for SSP was Maggie in ‘Cheshire Cats ‘(affectionately known as the Pink Play); and she has performed as both comic and villain in the last 2 SSP pantos, as well as providing the glamour in ‘Trivial Pursuits’.

Kim was nominated as ‘rising star’ by the Halstead Gazette in 2014

Roger Hearne

DSC_0343small.jpgHas been on the amateur stage since he was 16 and has played many roles over the years, many of whom have been military men. They include General Boothroyd in ‘Lloyd George Knew my Father’, Major Pollock in ‘Separate Tables’ and Sergeant Wilson in ‘Dad’s Army’. Recently appeared as Colonel Von Schmelling in ‘Allo, Allo’,  John Profumo in ‘Christine, The Musical’ and Captain Von Trapp in ‘Sound of Music’. He is also rehearsing the role of Coach Dumber in Footloose.

John Sanders

DSC_0287small.jpgA Founder member of group.  Directed a number of pantos for SSP and Fingringhoe Drama Group. Amongst other directorial credits are ‘Donkeys Years’, ‘Bed Full of Foreigners’,’ Cheshire Cats’, ‘Two and Two make Sex’, ‘Saturday , Sunday, Monday’ and ‘The Golden Pathway Annual’ for SSP and ‘Relative Values’ for Shoestring Theatre Group. Acting roles include The Common Man in ‘Man for all Seasons’, Captain Mainwaring in ‘Dads Army’, the ‘director’ in ’ Noises Off’ ‘for SSP and The Inspector In ‘Gaslight’ for Lexden Parish Players

Alan Meekings

DSC_0317small.jpgAlan and his wife Dorinda joined SSP in 1987 and performed together in ‘Flare Path’ in Marks Tey. Since then they have appeared in many plays and pantos for the Group. Favourite roles include ‘Bernard in ‘Season’s Greetings’ which he did on two separate occasions, Grandfather in ‘There Goes The Bride’ (for which he won a Theatre guild comedy award) and Selsdon Mowbray in ‘Noises Off’ which was a Best Production winner for SSP. In panto he has recently been seen as the surly Herald in ‘Old King Cole’ and this year teamed up with Dorinds again as the Baron and Baroness in ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.Alan has also directed a number of plays including ‘Outside Edge’’, ‘Suddenly at Home’, ‘Visiting Hour’, Edge of Darkness’ and  ‘Wife begins at Forty’ and most recently, ‘Dirty Dusting’

Jamie McWilliams

Jamie in ‘Trivial Pursuit’



My name is Jamie McWilliams  I would like to take a minute of your time to tell you all about my first year with the Stane Street Players. After seeing some of their productions and fully enjoying the pantomime with my family and watching the cast on stage enjoying themselves I thought that’ll do for me!  In 2013 I finally got up the courage to ring and ask about joining the group – so glad I did because all the members are a great bunch, not just to work with but socially as well. My first play was Trivial Pursuits, where I played a bit of a TV nerd. Then I played a ladies man in a school reunion murder mystery and in the same year I played a coke sniffing musician in Robin Hood and his Merry Menace. 2014 I was in my first pantomime as a cowardly guard. Thanks to the Stane Street Players  2013/2014 will be a memorable year.

If you have a desire to tread the boards a phone call to SSP is as good a start as any. Looking forward to working with you!

Vicki Shreeve

My first Panto was in 1997, so that’s 16 pantos I’ve appeared in & I’ve loved every one!

I’ve played chorus right through to principal boy but my favourite ever role was playing “evil” Pariah this year in Old King Cole.

By day I’m Deputy Manager in a Children’s Nursery so my theatrical side often comes in handy!

During my time with SSP I’ve acted, been backstage, in charge of props, front of house, bar staff so maybe a spot of directing will need to be on the cards next ……….. just to complete the circle!

Duncan McCubbine


I’ve been with the Group since 1988, originally as Technical DSC_0282small.jpgDirector

In the past (25 years +!) I have  been involved in around 60 productions and have acted, directed, stage managed, been a committee member  and Treasurer and I was Chair in 2009 and 2010

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed playing Dame in Pantomimes, writing (in collaboration with Mark Bonsor) Jack and The Beanstalk, Directing Dad’s Army and best of all, playing Basil Fawlty in our production of Fawlty Towers

My most recent role was Old King Cole in the 2013 Pantomime production of the same name

My ambition has been to direct ‘All My Sons’ by Arthur Miller, and I was lucky enough to realise this in October 2014. Now for my next challenge….