Following our highly successful pantomime at The Waterman’s last year (Dick Whittington), St Faith’s Players are returning with our magical production of Aladdin. Join us for a fun-filled adventure as our hero bids to save the beautiful Princess Jasmine from the clutches of the wicked Abanazar. Expect all the traditional panto ingredients – toe tapping tunes, a laundry-full of laughs, loads of audience participation – and a very, very badly behaved panda. A great show for all ages.
Performance dates: 29th Nov – 1st December evenings @ 7.30pm. Saturday matinee at 2.30pm on 1st December.
‘The Ghost Train’ was written by Arnold Ridley who is probably better known nowadays as Private Godfrey in the long running, often repeated TV series, `Dad’s Army’, than as a playwright. The play was first produced in November 1925 and had a very successful long run in the West End and in 1926 it was transferred to Broadway. It is the most well known of the thirty or so plays he wrote through his long career.
This will be St Faith’s Players second production to be staged at the Watermans Art Centre, `Dick Whittington’ was presented in the theatre and proved very popular with everyone involved, including the audiences, so the group will be back there at the end of November with another traditional family Pantomime. ‘The Ghost Train’ requires a smaller, more intimate space so Studio 1 is ideal.
The action takes place in November 1925 in the small General Waiting-room at Fal Vale, a wayside station on the South Cornwall Joint Railway, during one evening. The story of the ghost train is well known to the local villagers who avoid the station on dark wintry nights……
Panto, Christmas and New Year celebrations are now done and dusted.
Below is a short message from our brilliant director and a message to the group via Andrea. It seemed everyone loved the Panto, many saying it was the best we’ve ever performed. More pictures can be found on the gallery page (or click on Dick below)
Dear St Faiths Players member
I am writing to congratulate each and everyone of you for your contribution in making the production of Dick Whittington such a success.
St Faiths Players all work together as a happy family team. So thank you to all the departments backstage, lights and sound music costumes,front of house ,publicity. Chaperones and of course the fine group of performers.
It was a real team effort to celebrate the 40th anniversary.
I enjoyed working with you all. I hope you agree the hard work produced a great result
Hi everyone I had a lovely day at work on Monday. So many children from St Paul’s went to the panto and all loved it. The assembly must have done a good job !!! I even got a bouquet of flowers from a staff member who went and said we gave her one of the best nights of her life. I had a blast thanks everyone.
A huge thank-you to everyone who came to Brentford Market on Sunday to sing on top of the bus, to promote this years panto. Dick Whittington. Tickets are on sale via The Waterman’s box office
The bus was kindly loaned by Adam Shailes, Adam is President of the Brentford Chamber of Commerce and MD of redroutemaster buses. Thanks to his team for organising and to Julia Quilliam for the market space.
by Christine Ryan in 2008 and updated by Penny Vincent in 2017
A great traditional family panto presented by St Faith’s Players at the Watermans Theatre.
Be prepared to cheer on our handsome hero and his clever cat, Tom. Boo and hiss at the evil scheming King Rat and laugh at the outrageous antics of Bertha the cook.
St Faith’s Players is Brentford’s only local theatre group and this year is celebrating its fortieth anniversary and is now a registered charity. Over this time many local people of all ages have taken part in a variety of productions.
We are always seeking new members and whether you would like to be on stage or help behind the scenes, you will be made very welcome.
When you book for a group of 10 you get one ticket free of charge – this is only available when you book through the Box Office.
Casting is already underway, but it’s not too late to take part. Come along to our next rehearsal on Sunday 10th September, 2.15pm – 4.45pm. At the Mission Hall Community Centre, Mission Square, TW8 0SD
We are extremely pleased to announce that we will have a new Director for this very special year – Alan Ward – he’s a `Brentford Boy’ who studied dance, drama and film and went on to a professional career in education. He was the Director of the Celebration Theatre Company at St Paul’s and specialises in Musical Theatre. At the Beck Theatre he directed the Heston & Isleworth Gang Shows with over 150 children and adults so he’s used to crowds!
There is something for everyone, from chaperoning the younger cast members, set painting and ticket sales to costumes and security, choreography and props, dramatic acting to slapstick comedy! So please come along, we are anticipating an outstanding, exciting, colourful and professional production with opportunities for everyone to take part.
The performances will be at the Watermans Art Centre on Thursday 30th November, Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December (matinée and evening)
Dress Rehearsal on Wednesday 29th November.
Rehearsals take place on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings
Sundays -2:15pm – Mission Hall Community Centre, Mission Square, TW8 0SD
Wednesdays* – 7.30pm – Clifden Road Methodist Church, Clifden Road, TW8 0PB
*Evening rehearsals are generally for the senior cast members