HISTORY

Saffron Players was reformed in December 1980 after a break of 15 years. Its aim was 'to bring live theatre to the town and to give young children their first experience of live theatre’.

 

One of the first plays they performed was Blythe Spirit by Jack Turnbull who was the father of Martin Turnbull of Harts. Two of our life members Parma Jacobs and her husband John Jacobs met (and subsequently married) at this play.

 

To raise money to fund a Mixed Bag Review the group held a jumble sale. The play was held in the Corn Exchange which is now the Library. Life member and committee member John Byatt directed the review and is the only original member of the reformed group to still be performing.

 

The Town Hall had held 2 pantomimes by the Exchange Players in an effort to rejuvenate pantomime in the town. Saffron Players then took over this mantle and the first pantomime was Mother Bumphrey’s Amazing Adventures written by John Brooker in 1986. Children in town were asked to design a poster with a robot which was then recreated and used in the pantomime.

 

Saffron Players performed in many festivals in the Sawston and Cambridge areas and won many awards. They won 2nd prize performing After Midnight, Before Dawn, out of 20 groups in 1983.

 

Saffron Players is a family, of all ages, with members taking on active roles directing, producing, performing, set designing/building, creating props, providing choreography and assisting backstage and front of house.

 

The committee is run by people from all walks of life, who give many hours of their own time throughout the year.