The first Wivenhoe Players production in 1969

Wivenhoe Players was founded by Clare Abrahall in 1968

Page created by Peter Hil from information supplied by Jane Cole

The first Wivenhoe Players production in 1969 - The Great Day

In 1968 notices went up in the pubs that Clare Hoskyns Abrahall was starting a drama group.  In spring 1969 they put on their first play “Great Day” by Lesley Storm.  The performances were sold out.

In the “Winslow Boy”, Joy Heasman and Paddy Bane were standing behind the scenery and saw a wire sticking out which they pulled only to hear a loud crash.  A picture fell to the floor on the set narrowly missing Chris Cudmore.

In 2000, at the Brantham one act play festival, Paddy Bane was awarded “best actress” for her part in “Say something happened” by Alan Bennett.


  1.  Clare Abrahall was a well-known character in Wivenhoe in the 1960s. She lived in a house called the Holt at the top of Anglesea Road with her dachshund called Winkle. She was always seen with a pipe in her mouth.
  2.  Phyllis Richardson was Chairman of the Players for a long time during its lifetime.
  3.  The Players folded some time after the year 2000.
  4.  Joan Hickson was President of the Players from its early days until her death in 1998.
This page was added on 23/06/2017.

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