Boston Playgoers Society
Boston Playgoers is an Amateur Dramatics Society based in the market town of Boston, Lincolnshire. Founded in 1928, the group has a long tradition of producing plays to the highest possible standard. The society puts on three productions a year and these range from TV comedies such as Fawlty Towers and 'Allo 'Allo, to more serious classics such as An Inspector Calls and Wuthering Heights, including everything in between such as farces like Don't Dress for Dinner and lighter comedies such as Inspector Drake and the Time Machine.
Boston Playgoers is affiliated to NODA and has enjoyed much success on a regional level at the NODA awards, winning several times and being nominated most years. Our most recent success was in June 2019, winning best play in our region for 2018's Love from a Stranger, directed by Jo Warrick. This made it two years in a row for both the society and Jo, as Habeas Corpus also won the year before!
The group has also taken part in Skegness Playgoers' Play Festival at the Embassy Theatre in Skegness. This is an opportunity for members to perform on a larger stage and the society and its members have won numerous awards over the years.
Five years ago, following winning Best Play at the Skegness Play Festival, the group were runners up at the All Winners Final in Devon with their rendition of Conor Mcpherson's The Weir, set in Ireland, and Rachel Rowett came away with a trophy for best actress in the awards ceremony.
In July 2017 the group took the one-act play Last Tango in Little Grimley by David Tristram to the Hunstanton Drama Festival in Norfolk, and won the trophy for best production. Additionally, one of the cast, Jo Warrick, won the award for best supporting actress. All four cast members were nominated for acting awards. We won the Best Production award again in July 2018 with Where the Mushrooms Grow (written by member and local playwright Kei Bailey). Daniel Poulson, Abby Johnson and Rachel Rowett were also all nominated for acting awards. We were delighted to win Best Adult Production for a third time in 2019 with Clever Clogs, again written by Kei Bailey (who also won Best Original Script). Daniel Poulson, Jo Warrick and David O'Brien also won acting awards
2018 was a big year for the society - we celebrated our 90th anniversary. We staged an Agatha Christie thriller - Love From a Stranger - in November 2018, following the success of The Hollow (also by Agatha Christie) when it was performed by the Society in February 2016. We were delighted when this play went on to win NODA's award for best play in our region in 2018/2019. There was also archive material on display at Blackfriars showing the history of the last 90 years of Boston Playgoers’ productions, and a 'reunion' for past and present members in October 2018.
This enthusiastic group of actors, directors, technicians and props and backstage crew in Boston fully intend to drive the society forward into the next 90 years, whilst maintaining their strong and vital affiliations to NODA and to Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre.
Please browse the site to find out more about past and current productions. We are always looking for new members, whether you want to tread the boards, build set, direct or just help out backstage you will be given a warm welcome.
If you are interested in joining Boston Playgoers you can contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. To subscribe to our mailing list and get notifications of our AGM, any EGMs, auditions and upcoming productions, click this link.
Chair - Rachel Rowett
Treasurer - Lucy Taylor
Secretary - currently vacant
Committee - Paul Gibson, John Lingard, Jo Warrick, Julian Warrick, Colette Buchanan-Grey, Kei Bailey, Daniel Poulson