Please excuse our lack of modesty but we’ve just won the Maidenhead Drama Festival‘Out of the Flying Pan’ won the Best Play, Best Short Play and Adjudicator’s Award for JJ’s superb sound track.  This is after winning Best Actor awards in the Totton and Henley festivals and being runner-up at both of these.

Our other festival entry, ‘You Tell Me’ won awards for Best Youth Actor, Best Supporting Actor and an Adjudicator’s Award.

You can see ‘Out of the Flying Pan’, along with ‘You Tell Me’ and ‘Halfway up the M3 on the Way to Basingstoke’ at Durley Memorial Hall from 26th to 28th May. Don’t miss it! Tickets available online (no booking fee), or email boxoffice@bishopstokeplayers.uk, or phone 07871 006551.


When we were founded 75 years ago, our predecessors presented short plays in and around Bishopstoke as part of their fund-raising activities for the National Children’s Home (now Action for Children).

Then, forty years later, we began entering plays in one-act drama festivals, a hugely enjoyable activity which we continue to this day.

We’ve rarely presented these as a standalone production but, in our anniversary year, we thought we’d show you what we get up to with these plays, hence ‘Ones’.

Fresh from their success in the Totton, Henley and Maidenhead drama festivals, we’ll be presenting ‘Out of the Flying Pan’, a satire by David Campton, and ‘You Tell Me’, a family drama by Peter Yates (note: there is some strong language in this play).

These plays have won a number of awards at several drama festivals in the region, culminating with ‘Out of the Flying Pan’ being runner-up at both the Totton and Henley festivals and winning the prestigious Maidenhead Drama Festival, so you can be sure of an evening of quality entertainment!

To complete the evening’s line up we’ll be presenting ‘Halfway up the M3 on the Way to Basingstoke’, a comedy by Barry Kitchen which we presented at drama festivals several years ago – a ‘play that goes wrong’, which left its audience in stitches back then and we see no reason why it should not do so again!

So come and join us at Durley Memorial Hall (Durley Brook Road, SO32 2AR) from 26th to 28th May at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 (£8 for under-18) and are available online (now with no booking fee), or email boxoffice@bishopstokeplayers.uk, or phone 07871 006551.

As with all our plays, proceeds are donated annually to Action for Children


We’re collecting copies of all our old programmes since we were founded in 1947.  We’re almost there but are missing programmes from six plays.  We’d love to complete the set so if you know of any of these old programmes from Bishopstoke YLU Players or Bishopstoke Young Leaguers Union (our old names) – maybe found lurking during a house clearance? – please do get in touch as we’d love to make a copy:

  • 1948 ‘Lights Out at Eleven’
  • 1953 ‘Family Drama’
  • 1955 ‘Happy Days’
  • 1957 ‘Half Holiday’
  • 1962 ‘A Basinful of the Briny’
  • 1964 ‘Home for Christmas’

All the programmes we do have, along with a myriad of photos, posters and more, can be found in our Past Productions gallery.  Please do have a browse!


Bishopstoke Players is an amateur drama group based near Eastleigh, Hampshire. We present three full-length plays each year, generally in January, May and September, and perform in one-act drama festivals throughout the south.

We were founded in 1947 to raise money for Action for Children and since then have presented over 200 dramas, comedies and pantomimes, raising thousands of pounds for charity.


Following the closure of Bishopstoke Memorial Hall, pending demolition and replacement with a new community facility, we will be performing in a variety of venues until hopefully we can return to Bishopstoke.

Click on the map above for more details.


Bishopstoke Players are proud to have donated the proceeds from our plays annually to the charity Action for Children (formerly known as the National Children’s Home) since we were founded in 1947. Why not take a look at their work and maybe see if you can support them as well?


Our Patrons are our premier league of supporters! For an annual subscription Patrons receive a reserved seat at each of our productions.

If you would like to become a Patron, please contact us.


Are you just itching to get up on our stage to show us what you can do? Or would you prefer to take a backstage role? Or maybe you simply want to be part of a show but don’t know exactly what?  Just pop along and meet us to find out more.


For information about the best shows in amateur theatre in our local area check out the Hampshire Local Theatre Guide



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