The first meeting of the Burton Joyce Players took place in December 1926, when the remit of the group was stated as "to benefit charities, preferably local, and for the encouragement of local talent and social intercourse".
Originally called the Burton Joyce Amateur Dramatic Society, the first production staged by the group was a musical play 'The Geisha' (the story of a tea house). Two productions a year followed, with a bias towards musical plays and operettas, until 1935 when there appears to have been a break until 1950, although the History Society Archives do mention a production of 'Pride and Prejudice' in 1945.
From 1950 onwards, the Burton Joyce Players has staged three productions a year, and from 1967 one of these has been a pantomime. We try to give our audiences a good range of drama, with lots of comedy, murder mysteries, musical revues and occasionally something a bit different, like the world premieres of ‘Independent Street' and 'Eckersley Rising', both written by local authors.
The Burton Joyce Players is a member of Nottingham and Notts Drama Association (NANDA), and every year we enter one or more of our plays into the NANDA Play of the Year competition. This involves an adjudicator coming to one of the performances, followed by a written appraisal of the play. At the end of the year, all the societies involved gather for an 'Oscar' style ceremony, when a range of trophies are awarded. We have been very successful over the years, we have won many Best and Best Supporting Actor/Actress awards, special awards from the adjudicator ('Independent Street' and 'Eckersley Rising'), and winning the coveted Best Play award for 'Don't Dress for Dinner'. We have also entered the NANDA one-
The group is going from strength to strength. Our audiences over the past years have grown, and our membership is strong, however we always welcome new members both on stage and for a range of activities backstage.
We will continue to endeavour to stage high-