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Residents Association MagazinearrowWinter 2002 - 13


The Broadstone Players were founded in 1906 by Dr. J.C.A.Norman the local G.P. Their early productions were performed in the canteen of the local lavender factory and rehearsed in a converted barn which is still their home today. From early beginnings they have developed into one of Dorset's premier drama societies. Due to the shortage of suitable venues they changed into a touring company taking their productions to other nearby localities like Blandford, West Moors, Wimborne and Dorchester.

At the outbreak of the last war 'The Players' headquarters were requisitioned by the army to be used as a canteen by the contingent of Canadian soldiers that were billeted in the village. So unfortunately the society had to cease activities for the duration of hostilities. In 1946 'The Players' were reformed by the sons of the founder Dr's Bob and Dick Norman assisted by their pharmacist Jimmy James. Since then they have performed in excess of One Hundred and Sixty productions.

The main productions are performed in February, May and November and an evening of One Act Plays are performed in September. The One Act Plays are used to recruit new talent into the society.

The next production is 'Murder in Company' at the War Memorial Hall in Tudor Road from Tues 18th to Sat 22nd Feb at 8pm. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets can be obtained from Jordans Newsagents in the Broadway.

Vic Bussey, Business Manager.

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