Drayton Players - Oxfordshire

Players Resurrected


What a delight it is to have the Drayton Players back in business!

The choice of ‘Busy Body’ by Jack Popplewell for their first play for some time was truly inspired; a ridiculous, brilliant, unbelievable yet hilariously-funny comedy whodunnit.

The usual suspects were on stage in the village hall of course, with Anton King as Richard Marshall apparently rising from the dead, Mirja Boyd as his wife having affairs with nearly everyone and Mike Davies as the apparently innocuous but inherently evil Robert Westerby. David Fardon as the flu-ridden Superintendent ‘arry’ Baxter is new to the Players and did an excellent job, especially in Act 2 when he was even more convincing.

But if they were the stars, then Jayne Henderson as Mrs Piper, the real busy body, was a superstar. She was absolutely fabulous and I don’t think Julie Walters could have done it better. Accent, emphasis, facial expression, gestures were all perfect for the part and Jayne turned a good show into a really memorable one.

Jean Hager as prompter had some work to do, but that almost made it more enjoyable; village entertainment at its very best!

We’re so lucky to have them based in Drayton.


Derek Pooley