Hello and welcome to the Dedham Players website. The Dedham Players is one of the leading local amateur theatre groups drawing on the Colchester, North Essex and South Suffolk regions. We produce 2 to 3 productions a year and always strive to present an interesting variety of shows and display lots of local talent.
Summer may be over, but there is still time to join The Dedham Players beside the seaside!
‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ by Richard Bean is a fast-paced comedy with lots of madcap run-around humour. The play is closely based on the classic Goldoni farce ‘The Servant of Two Masters’ (which some of you may recall was performed by The Dedham Players as an open air production in 2002). Bean sets the play among criminals in early 1960s Brighton both local wrong’uns and a few villains hitting the coast from London.
The plot? Well, a woman dressed as her dead brother - who has been murdered by her lover - has to marry a girl who thought the object of her arranged marriage was dead so she was free to marry her true love, an actor; but now her dead betrothed seems to have sprung back to life - or has she (I mean he!)? All will become clear!
And in the midst of all this misdirected love is the servant, Francis, the one man of the title. Always hungry, always looking to make money and with an eye for the ladies, he may not be the brightest button in the box, but he has a good heart.
‘One Man, Two Guvnors’, starring James Corden, was a huge hit at The National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway.