THE GAGE PLAYERS – Amateur Drama Group


Hello everyone, I hope you all had a good Easter and managed to dodge the showers. For this newsletter I am going to focus on our spring activities.

Key updates

The AGM on the 27th of March went well and the Minutes will be due out shortly.  I was delighted to be officially nominated and voted in as Chair of the Gage committee for 2024 – thank you!

Volunteer Vacancy – Is there anyone who would like to take on the role of Secretary? The Gage is in urgent need of someone with office experience and an interest in the theatre to take the minutes of the committee meetings (held via Zoom), and to help with other administrative tasks.  If this interests you or any of your friends, please email 

Annual Subscriptions – It is also the time of year for annual membership subscriptions.
Annual Subscriptions are £20 for adults and £10 for under 16s.
Payments can be made directly to the The Gage bank account:

Bank: Barclays
Account Name: The Gage Players
Sort Code: 20-29-90
Account Number: 00396907

As a reference, please use your surname followed by your first initial. (e.g SMITHJ)

If you do not have internet banking, you can make your payment directly at a bank or please send a cheque made payable to “The Gage Players”, to the address below.

Key dates

Please make a note of the dates to see our brilliant cast of actors perform this funny and at times touching comedy. It presents two generations of The Nightingales, an eccentric performing family in the 1950s, who appear to have more drama at home than during any show!

Lesley Crowther-Smith is directing our production of The Nightingales by Peter Quilter.   Performances will be at 8pm on 25, 26, 27 April 2024 at the Riddell Hall, Walton on theHill. Tickets will be £12.50 from the box office  or phone 01737 812703.

Front of House – Beryl will be wanting as much help as possible, so any volunteers will be very welcome to help – bar, raffle, programmes, and coffee/teas, etc. 

Set Construction – Martin will also need help to put up and dismantle the set.

To help for either or both of above roles please contact

The Gage will be manning a bottle tombola stall at the Walton May Pageant held on Saturday 18th. May. Please save and donate a bottle (s) – the more money we make the more wonderful productions we can put on. To give everyone plenty of time to collect all kinds of bottles,delivery dates for bottles will be given at the next newsletter.

I haven’t forgotten our informal Poetry and Prose evening – the next one will be held on 22nd May and If you would like to be with us, please contact us at for the link to join our Zoom get together.                                                                        

Spring Dates for your diary

  • The Nightingales by Peter Quilter – at 8pm on 25th, 26th and 27th April at the Riddell Hall
  • The Walton May Pageant on Saturday, 18th May
  • Poetry & Prose evening, 8pm via Zoom on Wednesday 22nd May

We look forward to seeing you at one or more of the above events.

Best wishes,


Chair, Gage Committee



List of Past Productions


We have regular quiz nights at a local pub: watch this space. Please contact The Gage at if you would like to rise to the challenge.



The Gage Players is registered as a charity in England and Wales (no 286837)

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7 thoughts on “THE GAGE PLAYERS – Amateur Drama Group”

  1. I am interested in attending Molly’s Calling in November.
    Also can you please inform me of your scheduled plans for, ideally, face to face Poetry/Prose or via Zoom.
    I have written over 100 poems and several prose/ short stories.
    Nothing published but I’m a keen amateur with good feedback from other poets, friends, family.

  2. Please can you give us a short synopsis of Molly’s Calling so we can decide whether to come? Thank you

  3. I have a butler’s costume inc. bowler hat & a policeman’s costume but no helmet & a selection of hats belonging to my late husband which I would like to donate to you if you would be interested.

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