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Martyr’s Players is an amateur community theatre group based at St. George’s Parish Church in New Mills.

We are a friendly, inclusive bunch who meet to read plays, rehearse, and work towards staging plays, reviews, and nights of entertainment.

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NOTHING BUT THE ROOF

Wriiten by local Playwright, Adam Colclough

Tuesday 9th to Saturday 13th July 2024

St. George's Parish Hall, Church Lane, New Mills, SK22 4NP

 
NOTHING BUT THE ROOF is a comedy-drama about three friends in 2016, who find themselves in the same place at the same time. That place being the rooftop of a block of flats.
 
Although NOTHING BUT THE ROOF deals with issues of grief, debt, unemployment and the uncertainties of life. At its core, beats a heart which is in essence, a story about friendship.
 
Written by local playwright, Adam Colclough
 
*Contains Adult Themes and some strong language. Age 15 +
 
NOTHING BUT THE ROOF first premiered at POYNTON PLAYERS theatre in March 2017, for a three-night run. Then a one-off performance at the SCOUT HUT in Sutton Macclesfield, at the end of October.

The play was then chosen to kick off the Powerhouse Plays season at HOPEMILL THEATRE in Manchester the following year as part of their birthday celebrations.
It was almost eighteen months after HOPEMILL, that the schedules of all those involved with the production, were able to come together once more to showcase this play. I had a three-week tour booked in around local amateur societies but then Covid happened, and we all know the rest.
 
REVIEWS FROM THE CRITICS AT HOPEMILL:
“This is an important play which raises some interesting points about modern Britain and one that should be seen by as many people as possible, it will certainly make you laugh and offer some food for thought…” MATT FORREST for Opening Night Review.
“…Captivating with its twists and turns as each character evolves throughout the evening, with friendship at its core. This story is heart warming and thought provoking…”
 
KATIE LEICESTER for Number 9 reviews.
“…Nothing But The Roof appears to be a promising and innovative piece of theatre that rather unusually pitches the menacing discomfort of a thriller against a razor-sharp script. Acknowledged as still being in the embryonic development stage, this is a show that already represents an original welcome change from the usual outputs of conventional theatre world.” THE GM REVIEWER.
 
COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE MEMBERS
“Awesome in both script and direction. If you get the chance, go see this production. Very strong cast. It deserves to go further than local…”
 
“Saw NBTR in Macclesfield. It was superb. You really felt you were living the emotions with each character. Really well acted. Great job.”
 
“Fantastic, funny, poignant and well written play. A really enjoyable night out. Highly recommended.”
 
“One of the best plays I saw this year. Great writing and strong acting full of emotion, comedy and issues.”
 
“This is an exceptional play…both funny and thought provoking. A must see!”

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Who we are...

We are social and friendly group who meet weekly to read a chosen play, possibly one which we are planning to stage in the future, and everyone will get a chance to read a part. We will also have some fun and take part in drama games and activities for us all to get to know each other and ‘break the ice’.  Refreshments will also be available throughout the evening.

What we do...

We meet weekly to read a chosen play socially, possibly one which we are planning to stage in the future, and everyone will get a chance to read a part. We will also have some fun and take part in drama games and activities for us all to get to know each other and ‘break the ice’.  Refreshments will also be available throughout the evening.

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How do I join?

Just pop along to any of our sessions and see what we get up to.

If you are interested in joining, we kindly ask that you fill out the registration form which is available to download and print below and list any medical or allergy information that you think we should know about so that we can keep these details safely on file.  There is also a section on the form regarding permission to use photographic and video images for advertising purposes.  Please indicate your preferences on the form and hand in the completed form to one of the group leaders when you come along to the first session. Forms will be kept safe.

The group is initially open to over 18’s with the view to open it up to younger members once the group is established and we have the provisions for chaperoning etc.

Our Past Productions


The Vicar of Dibley - November 2021

A Comedy Duo (Jim Jam & Last Tango In New Mills) - July 2022

Kindertransport - Ocotber 2022

Two - June 2023

Bedroom Farce - May 2024


Check out our past production photo galleries by clicking on the images below...

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