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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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.
“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.
“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!”


Every Brilliant Thing

by Duncan Macmillan 

with Jonny Donahoe

Wednesday 18th to Saturday 21st September 2024

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

"Every Brilliant Thing" by Duncan Macmillan is a heartwarming and poignant one-person play that explores themes of mental health, depression, and the power of human connection. The story follows a narrator who, as a young child, begins compiling a list of everything worth living for to cheer up their mother who is battling depression. The list includes simple joys like "ice cream" and "staying up past your bedtime." As the narrator grows up, the list evolves and becomes a tool for coping with life's challenges. Through a blend of humour and profound insight, the play invites the audience to reflect on the small pleasures that make life beautiful and the importance of hope and resilience.


The Martyr's Players are supporting 'The Tomorrow Project'.  
The Tomorrow Project is a confidential suicide prevention service set up to provide both suicide crisis and bereavement support in response to the needs and concerns of our local communities.
We will be sharing some of our ticket sales with the charity and there will be opportunity to make a donation to the charity during the performance.
You can visit the charity website by CLICKING HERE 

This production will also be part of New Mills Festival 2024.
New Mills Festival is a community festival in New Mills, High Peak, a small mill town nestling at the foot of the Kinder Plateau. The Festival is fuelled by community spirit, supported by volunteers, businesses, artists, performers and creative thinkers. Our Festival started in the mid 1990’s by the head teacher at the local secondary school who wanted to bring together the many groups and organisations in the town as a celebration of community, culture and arts.
It worked!  
New Mills Festival Website


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.


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...