Winsham at Play-Plays, Performances & Celebrations

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Pantomime & Plays
Plays and Pantomimes are a very popular entertainment, and Winsham in the latter quarter of the twentieth century was exceptionally fortunate in having had two very talented Producers and Directors, Stella Abbey and Penny Pargeter, and members of the  community who were prepared to take part in presenting entertainments of different types .

Sadly, but inevitably, as we progress into the twenty-first century, new people become part of the Winsham Players group, and new talent gently slips into the leadership role. A role of the Winsham Web Museum is to ensure that all are remembered.

Following the death of Stella Abbey, and the retirement of Penny Pargeter;  enter Ann Cook  (Stage Left) who  produces an adaption of a play written by Stella Abbey, shortly before she died, in the style of a radio play.  It received an enthusiastic reception in 2017.  Entitled the 'Heir of Heartfelt Manor' it centred on an improbable theme of  misplaced heirs - a light entertainment which was greatly enjoyed, and regarded by many as a wonderful start for Ann Cook, as well as being a tribute to all the work Stella had done in the past.

In January 2018, this was followed by a seasonal entertainment called 'Just Another Day' written and produced by Ann. The Jubilee Hall was filled to capacity for its two night run in early January 2018, and greatly enjoyed..... everyone hopes that it will be the first of many such productions. 

In the index below you will find links that will take you to web museum pages devoted to nineteen productions between 1985 and 2018.

'Just another day'
Written and Produced by
Ann Cook
JAD  'The Heir of Heartfelt Manor'
Written by Stella Abbey and produced by Ann Cook 
Heartfelt 
Stella Abbey passed away in February 2016.
A great sense of loss was felt by the many people who knew her.
A Tribute can be read by  clicking HERE
Stella 'Plus ša change...'

 120th Anniversary of Winsham Parish Council-2014

Written and Produced by
Stella Abbey

 

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Villainy Vanquished
(2012)
Produced by
Stella Abbey
'Sherlock Holmes
in Winsham'
(Diamond Jubilee Event 2012)
Produced by
Stella Abbey
Hempen Homespuns
(2011)
Produced by
Stella Abbey
Plays Hempen Homespuns The Pardoner's Tale
(2010)
Produced by
Stella Abbey
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All's well that ends as you like it....(1991)
Produced by
Stella Abbey
Pilgrims Progress....(1994)
Produced by
Stella Abbey

Betty Hoyt's Ghost (2009)
Produced by
Stella Abbey
Canterbury Tales (2002)
Produced by
Stella Abbey

Cinderella (2004)
Produced by

Penny Pargete
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Under the Greenwood Tree (2005)
Produced by
Stella Abbey
Alice in Winshamland (1993)
Produced by
Stella Abbey
The Mummers  Play (1993)
Produced by
Stella Abbey
The Ring of Time (1999)
Produced by
Stella Abbey
Mak the Sheep-stealer
Produced by
Stella Abbey
The Legend of Winsham
Produced by
Stella Abbey
The Winsham Rebels (1985)
Produced by
Stella Abbey

 

Programmes

Sadly, photographs do not exist for all the wonderful productions that took place. However, sometimes the Programmes that list  Cast members, helpers and other information have survived. Click  HERE to see Programmes....

  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Calamity Annie
  • The Winsham Conquest

 

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