The original Drama Group was formed in 1981 to raise funds for the Village Hall and has been producing pantomimes and variety shows ever since. It was renamed The Otterbourne Theatre Company in 2019.
The first production in ’81 was the pantomime “Dick Wittington”, performed in the old village hall with the cast drawn solely from existing committee members. Over the next few years the group expanded to include other residents of the village and surrounding areas. Variety shows were added to the summer programme.
In 1986 the new Village Hall was built with help from the lottery fund and this enabled the group to reach higher standards of production over the following years. All improvements were funded by ticket sales and this benefited all users of the complex. The hall today has a superb sound and lighting system together with on-stage facilities such as “flying” scenery. Further general improvements to the hall are planned for 2020.
The Otterbourne Theatre Company has had great success in recent years at the Daily Echo Curtain Call Awards receiving multiple nominations and winning in four categories:
Best Musical Director
Best Performance in a Pantomime
Best Costumes in a Variety Show.
The Company continues to go from strength to strength and is always looking for new members in all age groups. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings and Sunday afternoons.