Something of our history

The St John’s Drama Group has been in existence for nearly 40 years. We have hard records dating from 1970 and reasonable accounting records from 1984.

During 1970-2 we were under the leadership of Mr Ted Bennett who owned and was the head at St Michael’s Private School at Whitecross. There was a momentary hesitation in the group’s development when Ted moved away to Worcester. We produced an Old Time Music Hall in October 1974 and then an Easter Play with the choir in May 1975 and an Advent Play in December of that year.

Since then we have performed at least two productions per year. These have ranged from Pantomimes to Religious Dramas and from Sketches to full length plays and everything in between. In addition a number of our members have taken part in wider public performances such as the two Passion Dramas put on by Churches Together in Hereford and it’s forerunner The Hereford Christian Council. Some of our members’ names have also appeared in the programmes of other Drama Societies in the area.

A list of our productions since 1970 is given below.  These have generated an income of several thousands of pounds. As well as being self-sustaining (with, of course, the support of the church) we have been able to donate a total of more than £26,000 divided between St John’s church and nominated charities. These latter are nominated by members at our AGM each year.


Our Past Productions


 1970

 Aladdin

 1989

The White Sheep of the Family 

 2004

Four Acts and a Ploughman's 

 1971

 The Importance of Being Earnest

 

Carry on Reigning

 

 Rumpelstiltskin

 1972

 Prince Stefan and the Magic Spell

 1990

Blithe Spirit 

 2005

Don't Utter A Note 

 1974

 Old Time Music Hall

 

Dick Whittington

 

A Christmas Carol 

 1975

 A Play for Easter

 1991

Busybody

 2006

Hewers of Coal 

 

 The Prophesy - An Advent Play

 

A Christmas Carol 

 

Red Letter Day 

 1976

 Lord Arthur Savile's Crime

 1992

Alice in Wonderland 

 

Village Capers 

 1977

 The Family

 1993

A Murder is Announced 

 2007

Jesus, My Boy 

 

 And This was Odd

 1993

Goldilocks 

 

The Pied Piper of Hamelin 

 1978

 The Monkey's Paw

 1994

Passion Drama 

 2008

The Passing of Cleverclogs  

 

 The Clouded Crystal

 

Pinnochio 

 

No Weeds for the Widow 

 

 Babes in the Wood

 1995

Tell me the Stories of Jesus

 

Old Time Music Hall

 1979

 The Woodcarver

 

Aladdin 

 2009

Tell me the Stories of Jesus 

 1980

 Seaside Follies

 1996

Tomb with a View

 

Beauty and the Beast 

 

 Mystery at Greenfingers

 

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe 

 2010

Dad's Army

 

 The Passing of the Third Floor Back

 1997

Sugar for the Inspector 

 2011

Last Scene of All

 1981

 Murder at the Vicarage

 

A Waiting Game 

 2012

 There's money coming to you 

 

 Paul

 

Sleeping Beauty 

 

 Murder at the manse

 1982

 The Wedding of the Year

 

Jack and the Beanstalk 

 

 Cinderella

 

 Cinderella

 

The Night Before Christmas 

 2013

 Meals and Wills

 1983

 Tell me the Stories of Jesus

2000

 Pools Paradise

 2014

 St. David's Day Miscellany

 

 Love from a Stranger

 

 Midsummer Night's Dream

 

 Midsummer Miscellany

 1984

 Passion Drama in High Town

 

 Cinderella

 

 Hans Christian Andersen

 

 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

 2001

 Wanted. One Body

 2016

 The Fourth Wise Man

 1985    

 An Inspector Calls

 

Singing Dancing Carpenter 

 

 England and St George

 

 Let's All go down the Strand

 2001

All at Sea 

 

 

 1986

 When We are Married

 

The Brothers 

 

 

 

 The Wizard of Oz

 2002

The Telephone Never Rings

 

 

 1987

 The Paper Chain

 

Golden Wedding

 

 

 

St. John's Goes West 

 

Mother Goose

 

 

 1988

The Vigil

 

 Too Soon for Daisies

 

 

 

Ali Baba

 2003

An Upstairs Downstairs Christmas