The Victory Players: Balcombe’s Community Theatre

Home grown theatre, made in Balcombe

We are a local drama group, formed in 2004 after a community based production of “Oh! What A Lovely War” at the Victory Hall.

Victory Players’ members share a passion for creating theatre, and we come together when we can to produce plays, musicals, and less-traditional events — for the Balcombe community. We’d love to welcome new members; join us on Facebook and find out what we’re doing next.

With some outstanding talent, creative teams and dedicated people, we’ve been able to perform some truly varied productions, including major musical theatre like “My Fair Lady”, serious drama such as “A Man For All Seasons”, and popular comedies “Noises Off” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

The Victory Players also pop up with what we call ‘Small Victories’ such as our Murder Mystery dinner nights, and we have provided entertainment for social events and village celebrations such as the Queen’s Jubilee, and a Where’s Wally game at the Village Fete.

Our last major event before the pandemic was a wine tasting quiz in November 2019, hosted by Charles Metcalfe, featuring a cast of dubious characters. We celebrated our return recently at the 2021 Fete, with a temporary rebrand as ‘The Victory Pirates’ — seven fearsome characters in search of recruits for a treasure hunt challenge.

Please contact Chairs Jane Horrell or Helen Savage-Butcher to find out more.

News: John Humphries

We were very sad to learn of the passing of John Humphries last month. John joined us for two of the Victory Players’ earliest musical productions in the mid-2000s — Gilbert and Sullivan’s short comic operetta ‘Trial by Jury’, where he played the judge who settles the court case by marrying the plaintiff himself, and then two years’ later returned for our production of Sullivan’s ‘The Zoo’ — as Mr Grinder, the disapproving father of another bride-to-be

John was a talented character actor and a fine baritone, perfectly and memorably cast in those two roles by our director Douglas Wragg. He was also a very lovely person to perform with — I enjoyed singing alongside him and have as many fond memories of our fun rehearsals as I do of his wonderful comic performances.

On behalf of everyone at the VP, our condolences to Audrey, and to John’s friends and family

Jane Horrell, Co-Chair, The Victory Players, September 2021