Ladies Acting Up

The ladies of The Woodland Players bring you three one-act plays in an evening of comedy and drama. From a dysfunctional slimming club to a relationship turned sour to a worn-out radio show, there’s something for everyone.

Production Team

Lighting and Sound — Tom Stone
Prompt — Jenny Newbolt
Costumes — Sharon Wood
Front of House — Anna Johnstone, Laura Sibley, Jasmine Sibley, Rhys Johnstone, Ben Johnstone
Refreshments — Jenny Fitzgerard, Jessica Reed
Box Office — Josie Reed
Promotion & Advertising — Karen Sheppard, Tom Stone

Slim Chance

Jean, the branch organiser of a slimming club, is frustrated by the late arrival of her charges. Even when the motley collection of members have all arrived, it is clear that the slimming aspect of their weekly meetings is the last thing on their minds! The arrival of a new member, together with Jean’s revelation of grim news from the club’s head office, eventually forces them all to re-evaluate their reasons for trying to slim in the first place. Although their resolve is hardly strengthened, they are forced to dream up a scheme that will fulfil everyone’s wishes whilst leaving honour intact.


Written by Peter Gordon
Directed by Tony Winston


Jean — Laura Hesketh
Betty — Becky Shortman
Irene — Tasha Markham
Debbie — Jenny Newbolt
Anne — Liz James
Marjorie — Sharon Wood
Edna — Josie Reed
Louise — Emma Smith

With All My Love, I Hate You


Written by Lynda Marchal
Directed by Geoff Iles


Julia — Karen Sheppard
Clare — Sharon Wood
Receptionist (voice) — Abbie Stone
Jerry (voice) — Tom Stone

Hurrah For Mrs Hickson!

The daily radio show ‘The Mrs Hickson Story’ has aired for many many years, and as much as the stars would like to keep it going, signs are beginning to show of its conclusion. Amid rumors and gossip on how long the show has left to run and what the replacment will be; it’s not until an outsider to the series shares their thoughts on the show that the esteemed actresses realise that the end is a lot closer than they’d like to believe.


Written by Roy Plomley
Directed by Geoff Iles


Joanna — Emma Smith
Ethel Bunn — Josie Reed
Jill Miller — Becky Shortman
Hester Meriel-Quorn — Liz James
Cora Corner — Karen Limmer