About the Malford Players
Founded in 1986, the Malford Players was originally made up of villagers who were interested in putting on light-hearted comedies and thrillers. Over the years, these have been interspersed with weightier offerings.
The Autumn 2001 production, Blinded by the Sun, is one of the more serious plays we have attempted.

Interesting and challenging past productions have included the open-air adaptations of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and of Sheridan's The Rivals; Noises Off, which required the whole set to swivel for the centre act; our own adaptation of The Wind in the Willows loosely based on the Alan Bennett interpretation; a 1920s Cinderella; and an ambitious medieval mystery/morality play, Return to Paradays, which was staged in the round at the local church.

More recently we have been staging open air Shakespeare and restoration plays designed to make the best of some of the outstanding gardens of Christian Malford. Our latest was the Comedy of Errors which will be reprised at Great Chalfield Manor near Melksham in September 2013.

The group has always encouraged a fluid and open membership. The chairperson is the current director, with a changeover on average every six months, and there is no committee structure, but instead a system of Post-Play Meetings when every group member is entitled to attend and participate.

There have also been many different directors over the years, with new aspirants encouraged to have a go. There are usually two main productions per year, generally in the village hall, which has been extensively renovated over the years and which seats 105.

We also run social events for our own members, such as play readings, always including an annual barbecue and Christmas party. The membership list at present comprises some 50 people from a radius of some 10 miles and some of our loyal audience travel from Bath or Bristol.


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