HUGH EPSON and his team have just staged the Javea Players´ Open Day . The event on Sunday 15th October was opened by the councillor for Culture with a toast to the Javea Players´ next 40 years, he said that their contribution to the cultural life of the town is greatly appreciated by his department.
Since their formation by Janet Philips in 1976 the company has not only enjoyed an ever growing reputation on stage but has built, year on year, the back stage facilities and skills that are demanded for the staging of top quality productions. These were on show at their Open Day.
The pinnacle of their achievements is the Players’ Studio Theatre in the heart of Javea Old Town. It is a lovely little theatre, truly comfortable, cosy, hospitable and professionally equipped. Recently improved with more effective air conditioning, new curtain tracks, new drops in the wings, backstage working lights and improved emergency exit.
The Players stage productions demand a bigger stage in Gata than that of their Studio Theatre, they have now built a spacious home for their huge and valuable costume wardrobe and their treasure trove of props. At the Open Day interesting displays of both were on display. The scenery store and workshop, also at Gata, has had the benefit of improvements since their 40th birthday, including a new tool store, a lighting equipment store and a new work bench.
Sunday’s event invited visitors to get involved in all aspects of stage craft – make-up, sound, lighting, singing, acting, even play writing. The Javea Players now have their own playwright in residence, the award winning Phil Mansell. Poor Yorick, his play, will be the Javea Players’ Summer Show next year. Those who had a chat with Phil last Sunday discovered, he is keen to encourage and help budding playwrights.
Visitors very much enjoyed going behind the scenes and there was no doubt that the Javea Players hugely enjoyed their company.