Anniversary show is a sell out for players

Pakenham Players' 30th anniversary performance Sheer Luck Holmes
Pakenham Players' 30th anniversary performance Sheer Luck Holmes
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Pakenham Players’ 30th anniversary performance has proved so popular it took £1,000 in the first two hours the box office was open.

Yet the amateur dramatic group was only started in 1984 to raise money for the village’s youth club, which no longer exists.

Youth club founder Pauline Freeman recalled: “We started it just as a fund raising thing and I wrote a simple script for Cinderella.

“We got two local celebrities as the ugly sisters, which went down well.”

In those days the cast was from Pakenham, but now it attracts members from Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding villages.

The group was taken under the wing of village newcomer Frances Brown, who had amateur dramatics experience and became the players’ producer in the early years.

Frances has now moved away and today’s producers are Barbara Woodgate and Nick Harpur. Pauline, the only founder member left, still gets involved.

“I had a new job there last night,” she said after dress rehearsals. “The spotlight man didn’t come so I had toi climb up there and do it.”

The 30th anniversary production is a humorous Sherlock Holmes spoof called Sheer Luck Holmes.

The production opened on Wednesday and runs until tomorrow at the village hall, but you are too late to get a ticket because the performances are sold out.

“It’s all a quite fun,” said Pauline.