John Peel Theatre

The Little Theatre at the Heart of Wigton

Our Next Production:
A Midsummers Night's Dream

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President: Melvyn Bragg



Our Facilities:

Proscenium arch theatre

90 raked seats

Wheelchair access

Induction loop

Licensed bar

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Special thanks to Phil Martin (son of founder member and past chair Jack Martin) for all archive material and notes.

Duet for Two Hands
February/ March 1960

This play had a rather longer life than previous productions. The club performed it later in March 1960 at Her Majesty’s Theatre Carlisle. A big step up for this small town group! In a following post I will also record Jack Martin’s guest appearance for Brampton Players in the same play later in the year.
Another puzzle appears on the back of the WTC programme in that there was a performance of three one-act plays held for “World Refugee Year 1960” in St. Ursula’s school hall two weeks later. WTC performed “The Four Marys”. I have no other record of this production. Does anyone else? St. Cuthbert’s girls’ club and the Friend’s school drama club also performed.
Phil Martin

Saturday Night at the Crown
April 1960

That was my debut. Just short of my 20th birthday. Really enjoyed working with all of them over the years.
Joe Grainger

Sailor Beware
October 1960

Duet for Two Hands - part 2
November 1960

Part 2 of the “Duet For Two Hands” story - when WTC loaned one of their thespians as a substitute to the Brampton Players - November 1960.
Phil Martin