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March 20, 2019

The University of Kent Players present a live recording of The Maltese Falcon, a staged radio play performed outside in the Eliot Cloisters, University of Kent Canterbury campus.

In this noir classic, detective Sam Spade gets more than he bargained for when he takes a case brought to him by a beautif...

February 25, 2019

After a successful script read-through, it is with great excitement that we announce our next radio play…

In this noir classic, detective Sam Spade gets more than he bargained for when he takes a case brought to him by a beautiful but secretive woman. As soon as Miss Wonderly shows up, trouble follow...

February 8, 2019

We are running a script reading evening on Tuesday 19th February 2019 to test out a possible script (or two) for our next radio play. We will be using the Eliot senior common room: https://www.kent.ac.uk/timetabling/rooms/room.html?room=E.SCR.  The room booking is from 5-8pm but the script reading w...

December 2, 2018

So, the inevitable day arrives when the final performance has taken place, the costumes are hung away and the props have been returned to their owners.  The day after that final performance is always one of mixed feelings.  Officially known as the ‘Post Show Blues’ a range of emotions tend to appear...

December 2, 2018

A big thank you to everyone who came to see The University of Kent Players perform a staged radio play of The Scarlet Pimpernel. 

During the French Revolution, a mysterious English nobleman known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel, snatches French aristocrats from the jaws of the guillotine. Armed with on...

November 29, 2018

Nothing quite prepares you for the chaos of the production week of your performance. You are aware that it will be a “bit crazy”, and you have done as much in advance as possible. You have learned your lines diligently (sure, we have our scripts in a radio play, but we are obviously perfectionists),...

November 27, 2018

Radio dramas were once the most popular form of entertainment and were usually broadcast as live performances. The staged radio plays performed by the University of Kent Players aim to recreate the entire experience- from actors performing to a foley team creating sound effects such as swimming pool...

November 26, 2018

For the theatre-goer, there is nothing quite like the anticipation that builds during the final week before the long-awaited theatrical performance. You have bought your ticket, read the synopsis, looked through the cast list, and begun to construct a mental picture of just what you expect when the...

November 21, 2018

I know it has been said many times already, but, my gosh the radio plays are FUN!

In the six weeks so far leading up to performance night, I can’t count how many times I’ve burst into uncontrollable laughter. Nor how many times our poor director has sat with her head in her hands waiting for us to re...

November 12, 2018

As Assistant Director on the Scarlet Pimpernel, there are so many tasks that it’s my job to wear many hats while keeping plates spinning! Vicky’s blog beautifully outlined the creative decisions that are made even before a production has begun and the process throughout a production. But more than t...

November 8, 2018

I joined the University of Kent players a few years ago as a props master. Since then I have worked back-stage on numerous productions and enjoyed the hustle of being backstage. However, last year I was enticed into acting with the University of Kent Players first staged play, the Philadelphia Story...

October 30, 2018

The University of Kent Players are proud to present a live recording of The Scarlet Pimpernel, a staged radio play set during the French Revolution.

Following the success of their first staged radio play, the Players will be taking the most elusive of characters, The Scarlet Pimpernel, to France and...

October 30, 2018

The main thing I can say about being a member of the Foley Team is… it’s FUN!!

I have been involved in a number of productions over the last couple of years as part of the Marketing Team and as Prompt, both of which were behind the scenes. With the Players’ first Radio Production of The Philadelphia...

October 23, 2018

It’s that time of year again for the radio play! I’m looking so forward to the Scarlet Pimpernel.

What I like about the radio play is it’s just something a bit different. The retro feel and cabaret-style puts the audience at ease and creates a festive atmosphere. It’s fun.

Having the audience on your...

October 16, 2018

For a director, a production always starts a lot sooner than you think!

After weeks of preparation, research, script readings and arranging, getting to the auditions feels like reaching the top of a steep slope.  Casting is always so difficult for a director, having to chose who fits into which role...

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