An amateur drama group from Mildenhall will celebrate its 40th anniversary next month by returning back to its beginnings.
The Bunbury Players will stage a three-night run of their first ever production Arsenic and Old Lace, at the town’s Jubilee Centre between October 9 and 11, to commemorate its landmark achievement.
The play, a farcical black comedy, revolves around Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic who must deal with his crazy homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, while debating whether to go through with the promise of marrying the woman he loves.
“When we started talking about what production to do to celebrate the groups 40th anniversary all the committee decided that it would be great if we could stage the first ever production put on by the group,” said Darren Mather, chairman.
“We have got a great cast and rehearsals are going well so we are looking forward to staging a top production.”
Since staging their first ever production back in 1973 at the former site of Riverside Middle School in the town, the group has seen many of aspiring actors and actresses pass through their doors on to better things, a tradition of which Mr Mather hopes to see continue for years to come.
“A lot have people have come and gone through the doors over the years and moved on to bigger and better things. It really has been a good launch pad,” said Mr Mather.
“We have had one person become a dance teacher, while another is now working on cruise ships. Hopefully we can continue to keep producing these kind of success stories.”
Although the club, which took until November 1973 to adopt the name of the Bunbury Players, is now in a healthy state, things have not always been plain sailing.
But Mr Mather believes the dark days are now long behind the group with everything looking very much on the up.
“When I took over as chairman there was calls to close the group but I was determined not to let that happen,” said Mr Mather.
“We now have between 40 and 50 members and the group is stronger than ever. As long as the public keep supporting us we will continue to carry on putting on productions to entertain them.”