Kirdford Players



Kirdford Players was formed in February 1974 when a small group met to discuss putting on a play in the Village Hall and in May that year Sailor Beware became the first of 86 productions with which this group have entertained Kirdford and the surrounding villages. The first meeting of the Players was on 26th June 1974 in Sorrell House and 26 members were enrolled.

Since then membership numbers have gone up and down, we have had some great successes and some not so great, we have performed in the Hall, on the village green for the Jubilee in 2002, outside pubs, through the streets of Petworth; we won a drama competition in 1981 (the Barns Green Festival) and have raised thousands of pounds for charity with our raffles and our Mummers tours at Christmas time.

The Players have put their talents to many different types of entertainment: we have done pantomimes, comedies, farces, youth productions, variety shows, religious plays, tragedies and costume dramas but have never attempted Shakespeare or a musical. We have acted in the round and on stage. Occasionally in the past we struggled to find enough members to put on two productions a year but for many years now Kirdford Players has been able to stage a panto in January and a play in summer. In the early days we rehearsed at Kirdford Growers, now we have the use of the much improved Village Hall.

Our membership comes from Kirdford, Ifold, Plaistow, Wisborough Green, Petworth, Fittleworth, Balls Cross, Billingshurst, Portsmouth and Australia and we are always happy to welcome new members, (preferably local).

Throughout our forty years of performing we have had the unstinting support of the people of Kirdford and nearby villages who have tolerated some fairly dodgy singing, rude language, wobbly scenery and forgotten lines – not all in the same production fortunately – and have laughed and wept with us and encouraged us to continue the tradition of Amateur Dramatics in this little part of Sussex. Thank you and stay with us for our next forty years.


Sally Marsh
January 2014