In September 1995, under the leadership of Julie Nicholson, around 80 people from the Horfield area began work on a ‘one off’ production of the hit 70s musical, ‘Godspell’. In February 1996 Horfield Parish Productions’ cast of 27 performed to packed houses and received sparkling reviews.
Following an invitation from the Bishop of Bristol, Barry Rogerson, the group gave its final performance of ‘Godspell’ at Bristol Cathedral in September 1996. However, high levels of energy and commitment remained with many members of the original cast and production team.
Horfield Theatre Company
The Theatre Company was formally launched in December 1996, when we performed a selection of song, dance, comedy and drama and since this time we have gone from strength to strength. In line with our constitution, we delight in providing our membership opportunities to develop their performing talents and backstage skills. More importantly, we are about enjoying drama.
We aim to stage at least one major production every year and have already successfully performed a variety of musicals and plays. Our productions have included ‘Fiddler on the Roof’; ‘Macbeth’; ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’; ‘Season’s Greetings’; ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe‘; ‘The Pajama Game’; ‘Importance of Being Earnest’; ‘Rumours’; ‘Bad Girls – The Musical’ and many others.
In addition, we aim to stage regular entertainment and our membership has enjoyed variety shows, youth productions, poetry readings, open air Shakespeare, ‘Murder Mystery’ evenings, have entered the Avon One-Act Drama Festival, including ‘First Class Lives‘, which was written by the cast and very favourably received.
Although our primary aim is to provide accessible drama and entertainment for our supporters in the Horfield area, we have completed two very successful runs at the Alma Tavern. We also performed the play ‘Father and Son, Son and Father’ in Wells Cathedral and at the Henbury Festival. In October 2010, the group successfully presented ‘Bad Girls – the Musical’ at the Olympus Theatre, Filton.