"Sixty Glorious Years"


After 60 years entertaining the people of Penwortham as St Mary's Amateur Dramatic Society, 2016 marks the start of a new era as Penwortham Players. We are delighted to announce that our new home will be at Penwortham Methodist Church Hall, Leyland Road, Penwortham where we have been very warmly welcomed. In October we had a very successful inaugral production as Penwortham Players. "Entertaining Angels" by Richard Everett was enjoyed by our many patrons and friends and gave us great confidence that we will be happy at our new home for years to come. We now look forward to our February play "Over My Dead Body" a Comedy written by Derek Benfield which will be performed on 22nd, 24th and 25th February 2017 and will directed by Philip McLaughlin. "Following his wife's recent death Gerald hopes to spend the rest of his days alone with his memories. But he reckons without his late wife's "forward planning", which results in a series of unexpected events occurring that Gerald had not anticipated. With the help of his daughter and son-in-law, Gerald strives to maintain his independence and keep unexpected visitors at bay. But the recalling of memories revives events from the past that are both funny and sad."

Derek Benfield (11 March 1926 – 10 March 2009)

Was a British playwright and actor. He was born in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, and educated at Bingley Grammar School. As a playwright, Benfield wrote more than 30 stage plays. Benfield had made his acting debut, in Yorkshire in 1948. They were popular in regional venues and with amateur dramatic companies, and were often performed abroad. Beyond a Joke (1979), starring Arthur Lowe, had its premiere at the Shanklin Theatre on the Isle of Wight. Bedside Manners, starring John Inman, had a tour in 1988, and Benfield was still having productions staged in the new millennium. Benfield is best known for his character portrayal as transport company foreman Bill Riley in the UK television series "The Brothers" in the early 1970s. Prior to "The Brothers", he starred as Frank Skinner in the 1970 cult sci-fi series broadcast in the UK, "Timeslip". Benfield’s other television roles included Walter Greenhalgh from "Coronation Street" (1961–69), Albert the Clerk from "Rumpole of the Bailey" (1978–80), "Breakaway" (1980) and "First of the Summer Wine" (1988). Between 1996 and 1998 Derek played the patient husband Robert in the successful TV series Hetty Wainthropp Investigates alongside Patricia Routledge. Benfield once said, "My family are delighted with my success as a playwright, as it helps to prop up my tottering career as an actor.”


Over my Dead BodyFebruary Poster

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Meeting Dates

August 17th 2016
September 21st 2016
October 12th 2016
November 16th 2016
December 21st 2016
January 18th 2017
February 15th 2017
March 15th 2017
April 19th 2017
May 17th 2017 AGM
June 7th 2017 Patrons

Rehearsals every
Sunday and Tuesday
beginning August 21st.

All Meetings and Rehearsals
begin at 7-30pm
and are held at:

Penwortham Methodist Church Hall,
Leyand Road,


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