We are an amateur dramatics theatre company whose talented members produce a musical and play each year.
Heckmondwike Players were first formed in 1944 where we performed our very first public performances in the January and March of that year. These were not originally a musical but infact we perfoemd a comdey play, "When we are Married".
It all began as a way of bringing wartime cheer to the local community and raising funds for the Heckmondwike Comforts Fund and the Spenborough Forget-me-not Fund, to help local soldiers fighting in the second World War. The group comprised mainly of old Heckmondwike Grammar School pupils, who came together to bring a little entertainment to Heckmondwike area under the guise of the "Heckmondwike Air Raid Wardens".
Many faces have come and gone over the years but a few names remain in the programmes of today. Courtesy of successive generations treading the boards which their ancestors so proudly walked. One of the names which has become synonymous with the Heckmondwike Players is the Lister family, local baker Dempster Lister was the inaugural president, succeeded by his Daugheter-in-Law Jean and her husband, Rhodes. Jean Lister is still closely associated with the Players even though she officially 'retired' after 50 years service!
We have performed plays and songs from various shows at many venues all over the Spen Valley area and rehearsed in premises in Albion Street owned by Dempster Lister. The rehearsal evenings were events in themselves, with pie and pea suppers, beetle drives and other social evenings in between. It's no wonder that at one time the Players had as many as 231 members!
It wasn't until 1972 that the Players decided to branch out into musicals and we haven't looked back however we also haven't forgotten our roots as we still perform plays to this date....