Amateur dramatics group mark 40 years on the stage

Arsenic and Old Lace
Arsenic and Old Lace
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A Mildenhall amateur dramatics group will mark 40 years of tragedy, comedy and farce by returning to its first production.

The Bunbury Players will perform Arsenic & Old Lace next month, 40-years after it was staged by their predecessors.

Formed in 1972 the players have been entertaining the community since that first production in 1973.

Chairman Darren Mather said: “Over the 40 years many local people have taken part in the shows and enjoyed performing for the community.

“The group is a small friendly group that builds on people’s talents and helps them grow into stronger and more confident people.

“This has helped many of the group go on to bigger and better things, both on and off the stage.”

From humble beginnings when space was given by a local school and materials and costumes borrowed or donated The Bunbury Players now have between 40 and 50 members and stage three or four shows annually.

Although practises may have modernised the group’s mantra has remained the same.

Darren said: “It’s still a traditional thing - the amateur dramatics go back hundreds of years.

“We are all volunteers wanting to put on a really good production for the general public.”

Arsenic and Old Lace is a farcical black comedy revolving around Mortimer Brewster who is struggling to cope with his crazy, homicidal family.

The play will be performed from October 9 to 11 at the Jubilee Centre, Mildenhall.

To see the laughs build up with the body count purchase a ticket from Oasis Beauty, Milpets or