Angie Turner had a vision in March 1988 when she decided to form an amateur dramatics group of local people, family and friends to provide fun and entertainment for the community. From those small beginnings St Mark’s Players have grown and gained a reputation for putting on a good show.
St Marks Players initially performed in St Marks Parish and Community Centre but several years ago transferred to the Mechanics Hall to take advantage of the extra space and the magnificent stage.
Every year the Players put on a Pantomime during February half term, this involves a lot of hard work both on and off the stage. The scenery and props are designed and produced by a dedicated band of volunteers and the results are simply stunning. Unfortunately due to family and work commitments some members of the team have had to leave this year so we are looking for willing volunteers who can carry on and maintain the high standard set by the previous team.
In addition during the summer St Marks Players present a variety show with songs, dancing and comedic sketches. For the last three years this has been known as the Laftas or Longwood’s answer to the Baftas.
St Marks' Junior Players
St Mark’s Junior players continue to flourish and meet every Friday evening at the Mechanics Hall. The children in the group are aged 8 to 16 and are led by a small team of dedicated adult members of the Players. The children have fun, learn to dance, act and sing and develop in performance and confidence.
St Mark’s Players are pleased to have connections with both St Mark’s Church and the Longwood Mechanics Hall. St Mark’s Players continue to grow with new members appearing every year and firm friendships made. If anyone is interested in joining St Marks Players either on stage or behind the scenes please contact Janet Watson,( chairperson) on Huddersfield 460999.
The 2018 Lafta's show will be on the evenings of Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday the 10th, 1th, and 12th and 13th of April 2019
Tickets will be on sale before too long, watch out for further details.