Tettenhall Amateur Players (TAP) was conceived in time honoured fashion by five friends (Deborah Frost, Jo Timms, Emma Blacker, Jane DeVille Almond and Brendan O’Malley) over a bottle of wine in a pub! Any ‘luvvie’ worth their salt needs that ‘star-struck ambition’, an irresistible need to show off and the all rewarding camaraderie of theatre; these qualities always act as a magnet for like minded extroverts looking for something to do!
Years of combined amateur and semi-professional experience, ‘greenhorn’ enthusiasm, plus the desire to create something new and theatrical in Tettenhall led to the formation of Tettenhall Amateur Players (TAP) in April 2013, and it amazed the original five that there was plenty of curiosity from would-be actors, actresses and people wanting to join!
Four years on and the Group has trebled in size attracting both ‘newbies’ and seasoned actors. Our first full length play was “Kindly Leave the Stage” by John Chapman which we performed at King’s School in Tettenhall Wood. Improbable Fiction by Alan Ayckbourn and The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow were performed the following year. We then moved venues and put on “Don’t Dress for Dinner” by Marc Camoletti at The Hayward Theatre, S Peter’s School in Compton. Our autumn production was another French classic, “A Flea in Her Ear” by Georges Feydeau. With five plays under our belt we decided to put on a more edgy and adult play, “Dinner” by Moira Buffini. This was followed by a Ray Cooney farce, “It Runs in the Family” and “Whodunnit” by Anthony Shaffer. Keen to try something different we performed “Murder, Margaret and Me” by Philip Meeks at The Crown Joules pub in Codsall in May 2017.