The Clarence Players

Present Productions

Zoom 1Zoom1.2

On Thursday 4 June we had the first of two very successful Zoom Play Readings — Don't Dress For Dinner by Marc Camoletti.

Reading 2

The second reading on Thursday 6 August was Funny Money by Ray Cooney.

We're greatly indebted to Andrea Brown who organised both readings.

Plaza Suite

A third reading, again organised by Andrea, on Thursday 10 September was Plaza Suite by Neil Simon

Improv 1Improv 2

On Thursday 1 October we had a great evening of improvisation organised by Andrea Brown.


On Thursday 29 October we had a Hallowe'en Spooktacular — an evening of readings and improvisation superbly organised, once again, by Andrea.


Our Three Act festival production is Tina Howe’s Painting Churches, directed by Frances Hastie.

It tells the story of Mags Church, a young painter just launching a successful art career in New York, who returns to the Boston home of her aging parents with a dual mission: to help them pack up their house for their move to downsized, elderly living, and to paint their joint portrait for her important upcoming one-woman gallery show.


You can also catch Painting Churches at the following festivals:

Ballymoney — Thursday 5 March 2020

Larne — Thursday 12 March 2020

Newtownabbey — Monday 16 March 2020

Portadown — Tuesday 17 March 2020

Bangor — Wednesday 18 March 2020

Ballymoney Festival

Congratulations to Stephen Connolly on his Best Actor and Best Moment of Theatre awards and to Dorothy Wiley for her Acting Certificate.

Larne Festival

Congratulations to Stephen on yet another Best Actor award. Overall we came third.

Although we opened Newtownabbey Festival, it subsequently closed as did Portadown, due to the coronavirus outbreak. Bangor had previously taken the decision not to run.



Our One Act festival production is Hugh Leonard's The Last of the Last of the Mohicans, directed by Des Loughridge. It can be seen at the following festivals:

Moira Festival on Saturday 26 October

Bangor Festival on Thursday 7 November and

Newtownabbey Festival on Friday 8 November.

Moira Festival

Congratulations to Des Loughridge and the team on winning the ferstival.

Congratulations also to Con McAlister and Stephen Emmerson on their Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor awards.

Bangor Festival

The company came third in the Open Section.

Newtownabbey Festival

We took second place in the Open Section and third place overall. Con McAlister received the award for Best Actor.

Northern Ireland One Act Drama Finals


Congratulations to Con McAlister on his Best Actor Award and to Alan Marshall on gaining the Adjudicator's Award for his set. Congratulations too to Lorraine Stevenson for her Best Actress nomination and to director Des Loughridge and the team for coming second overall.