Our Latest Production - Spotlight Express

Newsletter June 2024

Welcome to our June 2024 on line Newsletter

Less than 20 tickets left for either Spotlight Express performances

“A fast-paced showcase of talent, where an hilarious one act play meets musical interludes and comedic skits”

Performances 28th & 29th June

Produced by Steve Burton – and directed by Jackie Bingham

Buy tickets here!


call our telephone booking office 0333 666 3366 – Monday to Friday 9.00am to 7.00pm and Saturday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Chet Valley Summer Fair 6th July

We will be having a stall at the fair. Please come and say hello. To members, if you would like to help on the day, please email [email protected]

Panto 2025

Our next pantomime in January 2025 will be The Pied Piper.

Produced and written by Steve Burton and directed by Jackie Bingham get ready for jokes about huge suspicious-looking sausages and plenty of rodents!

Audition dates will be announced in due course via our newsletter, website, social media and word of mouth!

Social Event Roundup

We met for drinks and chat at the Angel, Loddon. It was a great opportunity to catch up.

A big thank you to Sam for organising it!

Latest show

Treasure Island Panto 24

Written and produced by Steve Burton, directed by Jackie Bingham, with musical direction from Alan Cant and choreography for Funky Feet dancers by Miss Vicky Codling.

Here are a few more images:

More details including reviews and lots of photos from the production

Musical Direction

Our Musical Director Alan Cant makes a massive contribution to our pantomines.

Apart from playing the keyboards including generating sound effects, he helps us pick the music and “Loddonise” the lyrics so that they fit the characters and the production.

Whilst everything is rehearsed down to the finest detail, having Alan being able to respond spontaneously to things that happen in the performance makes such a huge difference.

We are greatly indebted to him for everything he brings to our productions!

Current Show

Spotlight Express - 28 & 29 June 2024

Building on the success of last years Variety Show, we return to variety again this year. Compered again by Maureen Larkin and Anthony Bunting.

Spotlight Express is in two Acts.

Act One is an hilarious play called “The Last Bread Pudding”. Written by Nick Warburton

The committee of an amateur dramatic group are meeting to discuss a new play written by one of its members. What could possibly go wrong?

(The play contains moderate adult language, that may not be suitable for children under 16).

Act Two is a variety show  packed full of music, dance and comedic skits, some familiar, some new ones.

There are less than 20 tickets left for each production.

£10 for Adults (16 or over)
£5 for Children (Under 16)

Buy tickets here!

Local Theatre

Theatre Royal

Whats on now and coming up


101 Dalmations – The Musical – 9th – 13th July – Tickets here

Silence! – The Musical  – 24th – 27th July – Tickets here

The Maddermarket Theatre


Seagull Theatre 

What’s on

Marina Theatre

What’s on

Players Theatre

What’s on

Wisbech - The Secret Garden


The National Scene

Loddon Players have been members of NODA for many years. We get support for many issues including legal and welfare matters.

NODA nationally run events such as summer schools and training workshops.

Click here for their 2024 programmme

NODA in the EAST

NODA has a regional structure and we fall into that area in NODA East Region 6.

Our representatives normally visit us to watch and report on our performances – here is their report for Mother Goose which has just won their Best Panto Award 2023!

Their latest review is of Treasure Island 2024

Maureen's Moments

Previous productions & players

Our oldest and most celebrated active member – Maureen Larkin briefly looks back at one of her favourite pantomimes performed at The Lecture Hall, George Lane.

Panto 2000 – January 2000

“Based on an idea by Jennie Futter, produced by Ann Turner, it was a compilation of scenes from previous pantomimes.

I was so delighted to team up with Derek Loyd.

Derek and I appeared togther in the second ever pantomine in 1977 and we played alongside one another for many more before Derek “retired”. It was so lovely to be together again for one last time!

We reenacted one of our most notable scenes, he playing forest warden Cyril Clump teaching myself and Melvin Frankland about woodland ways and species!

The script was based around four favourite pantos – Cinderella, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, and Robinson Crusoe – linked togther to produce a show of great colour and laughter!

Here is our archive page for 

Panto 2000

Latest News

Recent activities of our dancers and performers


How to join
Classes – Timetable


We are proud to say that Funky Feet students are all working hard in classe.

Social Diary

Upcoming Events

Over the coming months our Social Secretary Sam Bailey will be organising various events. Most will be open to members and their accompanying partners and some will be open for younger family members as well. (see note below).

We will be holding regular monthly social meets ups around the area.

All current members will receive an email each month with a link to the newsletter. It will also be available to read on our website.

Due to our current production there will be social events involving cast, crew, and front of house. In view of that our next stand alone event will be in August. See our July Newsletter for the details!

Email us below if you are likely to attend this meet up event.

(Note – if you have received this via an email link, you are on our membership list and are entitled to attend these events).