Have you ever desired the dream, sought out the spotlight? Or just wanted to be the best at something? Most of us have, but what is it we’re really chasing? And will it be the dream we wanted?

On a reality television show, six remarkable – and remarkably young – geniuses are competing for the coveted Golden Brain trophy and the title ‘Britain’s Brainiest Child’. As the contestants battle it out round after round, the pressure mounts, the spotlight gets harsher, and each is faced with questions they were never expecting. Who will win and who will lose?  And what exactly does winning mean anyway?

“Bright. Young. Things.”, by Georgia Christou, is a funny, fast-paced play about identity, truth and the challenge of finding out who you really are. It is, in turns, funny, thought-provoking and poignant, and will keep you guessing to the end in this fast-paced take on the wacky world of reality TV. Pete Burton directs the fantastic cast, which includes many of our talented younger actors (as well as some old faces returning to Bishopstoke Players!).

Performances are at Durley Memorial Hall from Thurs 16th to Sat 18th May at 7.30 (doors open 7pm). Tickets are £12 (£8 under-18s) and are available at (no booking fee) or via our ticket line 07871 006551 or email

As we are proud to have done every year since 1947, proceeds will be donated to the charity Action for Children.

The running time for this production is expected to be around 100 minutes including interval.


A massive thank you to everyone who supports us by watching our shows!

Not only are they great nights out for you but they also enable us to support our charity Action for Children, which we have supported every year since we were founded in 1947.

Here we present a cheque for £1,000 to a representative from Action for Children after the Thursday performance of ‘Dirty Dusting’ in September 2023.


We love taking part in one-act drama festivals across the region, and in 2023 were delighted to again receive recognition for our work.

In March, Cameron Caws won the Best Adult Actor award at the Totton Drama Festival for his role in ‘No Easy Road’ by Peter Yates, while director Beth Bowers received the Adjudicator’s Award at the Maidenhead Drama Festival for the same play.

While in October, at the Woking Drama Festival, Lizzie Sellars won The Desmond Holt Memorial Cup for Best Youth Actress for her roles in ‘Tremulous’, by Le Wilhelm, and ‘For the Taking’, by Peter Yates, while ‘Tremulous’ won the Adjudicator’s Award, “for keeping hope going”, reflecting the content of that play.

Congratulations to all involved!!!


If you are interested in getting up on that stage and showing us what you can do; taking part in one of our drama festival plays or our full-length productions, please do get in touch!


We’re proud of our heritage and are collecting copies of all our old programmes since we were founded in 1947.  We’re almost there but are missing only 3 programmes, all from the 1950s.  We’d love to complete the set so if you know of any of these 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 of them:

  • 1953 ‘Family Drama’
  • 1955 ‘Happy Days’
  • 1957 ‘Half Holiday’

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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