Our New Officers

Our 2021 Chairperson Ann King, and Treasurer Richard Graham have decided to stand down and Group Eight would like to thank them for all their hard work and for keeping the group together whilst Covid made things so difficult for us all.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) elected a new Chairperson Alan Campbell and Treasurer Jennie Razzaq. We all wish them luck in their new roles and thank them for taking on the challenge.

We do not currently have a Secretary and we will be encouraging people to consider taking on the role before we have an Exceptional General Meeting (EGM) later in the year.

The new Chairperson Alan Campbell has sent this message to all members:

“Hi folks Just to say that its an honour to be the new Chair of Group 8. Some great points were raised at the meeting last night, and all will be looked at. I welcome Jennie as the Treasurer, taking over the role from Richard, who has decided to hang up his acting and accounting boots for the moment.

There are a few things we do need to sort, and it is a challenge for everyone.

Firstly, we need to elect a group secretary, I’ll arrange an EGM for this express purpose in the coming weeks. So if you want to do it, give me a shout and I’ll try to explain some of the duties. But it is necessary.

Secondly, we also need someone to be the Director for the 2022 Panto, in December. We can organise some script readings, Ideally we would like one selected well before May, and preferably before Lesley’s Dancers show in March so we can advertise well in advance.

Then the third and biggest challenge…. Group 8 needs more active members, we are at a bare minimum at present. So each and every active member should attempt to bring in at least one new person we do interesting and challenging plays and pantos, with many places for both acting and non acting. We do have a wealth of talent within our small numbers, so lets make expanding the group base one of those.

And finally huge thanks to Ann and Richard, for their sterling work during the toughest couple of years of Group 8’s existence. Keeping it together during times when it would have been easy to just let go, pulling together a wonderful panto, and bringing the group together and on stage again. The stage door will always be open and welcoming to both of you.

I look forward to the months and years ahead. “

Bunch of Amateurs will be back

Having had to cancel this show part way through rehearsals last year Group Eight hope that 2022 will see Ian HIslop and Nick Newman’s excellent play being performed at Hackleton Village Hall.

More news will be posted here once the Director has started rehearsals early in the New Year.

Little Red Riding Hood

Group Eight are pleased to have finally got back on stage and had a great time performing Paul Reakes f Little Red Riding Hood. Thank you to all who came along and supported us!

Best Wishes,
Group Eight

Bunch of Amateurs is Postponed

Sorry! We have had to cancel the scheduled performances of A Bunch of Amateurs due to take place on Thursday 24th JuneFriday 25th June and Saturday 26th June at Hackleton Village Hall. All those who booked tickets online via Ticket Source should receive refunds to method you used to pay in the near future.

The team involved in the production are sad that they had to make this decision but after the Government failed to lift the Covid lockdown on June 21st the team met and decided that as they would have to present the production under the current guidance for shared community facilities it would not be practicable to proceed. This is because complying with the guidance would spoil the theatrical experience for both audience and cast.

Although we have had to cancel the planned performances the production team is determined that the play will be presented at a later date. Rehearsals had been going well, and everyone thinks that the play is a good one. We now have to contact the agency licencing the play to see when we can move our license to. Keep an eye on this website, Facebook or the Parish Mag and we will let you know when we have new dates. These are likely to be early in 2022.

In the meantime Group Eight hope that the lockdown is released soon so that we can get on with getting a pantomime on stage in December. More news on that later in the summer.


AGM Postponed

Group Eight normally has its AGM early in January but we have decided to defer the AGM this year until we can all meet physically. The Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer have all agreed to remain in office until a date when we can all get together in person.

See our new YouTube Channel!

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we had to postpone both Spring and Christmas Productions this year.

However, fear not!  In order to fill this void, we have been busily working away in the background and have been getting together via Zoom also in order to find ways to still entertain you from afar.

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new YouTube Channel, which you will find here. We created this at the start of October and we have already posted some videos there and have many plans that we will be putting into action very, very shortly and have the following topics to work with…What could possibly go wrong.

We have been busy posting readings, songs and playlets which are all well worth a look.

Rehearsals for our Spring Play ‘Bunch of Amateurs’ written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman will be getting under way on Zoom soon. The play will be directed by Alan Campbell.

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Why not join us?

Within the Group there is a lot of talent in all areas of drama production. But there is always room for new members to join our friendly, sociable group of young, and maybe not so young, people seeking recreation through drama.

Areas you might like to get involved in are: On Stage, Backstage, Set Build and Design, Costume, Sound and Lighting, Front of House or Promotions and Ticket Sales.

Anyone who is interested in joining or would just like to know more about the group can contact the group by any of the methods listed on our Contact US Page here on our website.

Why not watch our video?

Group 8 – Recruitment Video

New Stage extensions!

Thanks to the generosity of Hackleton Parish Council, South Northamptonshire Council, and the Hackleton and District WI we can now announce that we have been given grants which will largely cover buying new stage extensions to replace the boxes we built many years ago and which are beginning to wear out.

During the current lockdown starting this project is going to be a challenge, but we hope to get the work underway as soon as we can.

Thank you from Group Eight to all those involved in granting us the funding for this work.



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