The Castle Players are a diverse bunch of people who all have one thing in common, a love of theatre and performance. Everyone is welcome. There is a mix of ages, professions and talents within the group which is what makes being part of it so unique. If you want to make friends doing something you love, this is the place for you. 

Each month we'll be interviewing a couple of current members to give you more of an insight into what it's like to be part of the group. 

Castle Players Member - Janey Caldbeck (Jan 2017)


I joined the Castle Players a year ago but it feels like a lot longer! I had moved back to the area after having lived in Cornwall for a while and was made to feel welcome from the very beginning - and absolutely loved my first experience of being part of the crowd in the summer production of Twelfth Night. The rehearsal process was made huge fun for everyone, regardless of whether or not you had a speaking role. But the clinching moment for me was stepping in to the cast tent for the dress rehearsal night - it was like walking into a Toulouse-Lautrec painting - I felt like I’d stepped into another dimension where the weird, wonderful and magic happens... It reminded me how much I love story telling and theatre as an expressive art (having not been involved in it much since leaving university).

I was given a fantastic opportunity to be part of the Oliver Twist ensemble for this year’s winter touring production where I got to play a tragic heroine, a slatternly scullery maid, die twice and wear a top hat! I have learnt so much about the whole performance process - you get to learn a lot of skills that go way beyond acting - being adaptable, thinking on your feet, responding to an audience, but most of all the importance of working with and supporting everyone else, and for me that epitomises the spirit of the Castle Players and what makes them something you want to be part of.

Castle Player Member - Dawn Trevor

I was first introduced to the Castle Players in July 2013 when I moved to the area. I came to see A Midsummer Nights Dream in the grounds of the Bowes Museum and was captivated! I was brave, not knowing anyone at all, and went to the open meeting for The Merry Wives of Windsor. From then on I have made great friends and been involved in the summer production of Twelfth Nightthe Winter Tour of Pride & Prejudice and I even had a go at directing a play myself, Black Comedy. 

Being an ex-teacher and now running our family business, I enjoyed getting to grips with the workings of the Castle Players and am now the team leader for the Artistic Programming Committe and a Trustee. I can't wait to get involved with the next summer production of Macbeth and am secretly hoping there will be many men in kilts!