Established in 1945. Merged into Riverside Players of Sunbury April 2020
The Shepperton Players are a long-standing amateur theatre group (originally founded as Shepperton Amateur Dramatic Society), who have been entertaining locals since their first performance in 1945 (“Love in a Mist” by K Horne) at the Shepperton Village Hall.
Shepperton Players, along with other local groups and in partnership with the local council, redeveloped a derelict factory into what is now the Riverside Arts Centre (RAC), an excellent all-round facility and venue for many arts groups in the area.
The development of the Arts Centre was an enormous undertaking, with voluntary labour largely providing the building, engineering, plumbing and decorating.
The RAC opened in 1983 with Shepperton Players’ first production there being “The Fire Raisers” by Max Frisch. Since that time, the RAC has been developed extensively, most notably with the addition of the former bank premises next door being converted into what is now “The Studio”, another wonderful and versatile space used by a multitude of arts groups.
For many years, we staged popular open-air Shakespeare (directed for 30 consecutive years by Mary Fitzhugh) and other outdoor performances. Sadly in recent years it has become impossible to continue with the open-air productions.
Every two years (since “Aladdin” in 1971) we put on a pantomime production. These are enormously fun, usually have a huge cast, and invariably involve everyone in the group in some capacity. Our most recent panto – “Sleeping Beauty” – was a big commercial success. We normally stage 4 productions each year, and we usually move straight from the performance of one to the rehearsals for the next (sometimes even overlapping) so there is always something going on.