December 2017

Gareth Hammond, Chairman of The Bartholomew Players, presented a cheque for £550 to Steve Parrinder of Eynsham Museum Fund as their share of the profits from the Supper night of The Constant Wife on 1st Dec 2017. The money will be put towards building a museum display and put into context the Abbey stones (some of which can be seen in the photograph on top of the library shelves) as well as other artefacts from every period of Eynsham's history, using them to tell the story of the village's past in a way that is accessible to all.

Planning for our next show – The Safari Party, by Tim Firth – is now underway. In particular we are looking for a youngish man (playing age 20’s) to take on the part of Adam. This would suit someone with commitment and some acting experience, who is keen to be part of a talented cast. Please contact Gareth on 07890 970479, or email if you are interested. As usual, there will be plenty of scope for people to help with backstage functions, so all volunteers are welcome. Lighting and sound will certainly be more demanding than usual!


The Constant Wife was very well received with plaudits from critics and audiences alike. Photos and reviews can be seen by clicking on Last production.

October 2017

Rehearsals are well underway for our forthcoming production of Somerset Maugham's The Constant Wife.

June 2017

Gareth Hammond, Chairman of Bartholomew Players, Eynsham, presented a cheque for £330 to Ian Leggett, Chairman of the Bike Safe B4044 Eynsham to Botley Community Path Campaign as their share of the profits from the Charity Supper night of Humble Boy, a play by Charlotte Jones, performed by Bartholomew Players on Friday 19th May 2017. 80 people attended the 2-course supper and play and the money raised through purchasing tickets for the supper and play, raffle tickets, auction prizes and drinks at the bar enabled Bartholomew Players to make this donation for such a worthy cause which will benefit the Eynsham community. Pictured in the photograph (from L to R) are: Ian Leggett, Gareth Hammond, Ros Kent, John Blackie.

Members enjoyed a relaxing afternoon in Gareth & Tessa’s garden for a summer barbecue. Miraculously, the rain held off!


The AGM on Wednesday 28th June will be our last meeting before the summer break.


April 2017

Photos from rehearsals of our forthcoming production of Humble Boy:-


We are thrilled to get recognition from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association: Debi Lisburne Diacon has been awarded best actress in a play for her performance in Relative Values in the district NODA awards and now goes forward as the district’s nomination for this year’s regional awards in June. In addition our set for California Suite has been nominated for the Shinfield Players Scenic Award.

January 2017
Gareth Hammond, Chairman of Bartholomew Players presented a cheque for £500 to James Duncan, Detachment Commander of Eynsham

Army Cadets, as their share of the sell-out supper night profits for our autumn show – Yes, Prime Minister. This money will help fund away days for the group. BP were very impressed by the military efficiency shown by the cadets in helping before, during and after the Friday evening dinner. BP is pleased to continue offering such support to the local community.

December 2016

Over 100 punters enjoyed the meal before our charity Friday night show at Eynsham Village Hall.

Yes Prime Minister proved to be one of our most popular productions - just right for such a politically momentous year.

November 2016

Pictures from the dress rehearsal of Yes, Prime Minister


Photos by Cereta Drewett

October 2016

Rehearsals are under way for our next production to be performed Wed 30th Nov - Saturday 3rd Dec at Eynsham

Village Hall. We shall be presenting Yes, Prime Minister, a comedy by Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn.

This was the scene in the hall this summer when we emptied the green room to have a good sort-out of our costumes props & furniture. How on

earth did so much stuff fit in the green room? We managed to throw out some stuff, give other items to charity shops & put back a load of items hopefully in more order than before so that in future we stand a better chance of remembering what we’ve got & finding it when we need it.

July 2016

Gareth Hammond, Chairman of Bartholomew Players presented a cheque for £320 to Terry Glossop, President of the Rotary Club of Eynsham as their share of the supper night profits for our Spring show -Relative Values. This money will go to local charitable causes, underlying BP’s commitment to supporting the local community.

June 2016

ODN Drama Festival 2016

We are delighted to announce that at the 2016 Oxfordshire Drama Network Festival of One Act Plays at the Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon, the Bartholomew Players' entry of Neil Simon's California Suite - Visitors from Philadelphia was awarded the Colin Dexter Rose Bowl Award for a Special Moment and the David Coates - Punter's Prize Award (chosen by the Season Ticket holders)

The Players repeated their success at Wallingford Corn Exchange One Act Drama Festival where
California Suite - Visitors from Philadelphia won the award for Best Overall Performance and Gareth Hammond and Claire Johnson were nominated for Best Performers.

Congratulations  to the actors (Gareth Hammond, Claire Johnson and Ellina Mikhailova), the Director (Deborah Lisburne Diacon) and all those helping backstage.

April 2016

Our latest production - Relative Values by Noel Coward - was a great success. Here  are extracts from what the critics said:-

This was a first class production with a wonderful set - designed by Steve Ashcroft - which was completely in keeping with the period and setting of the play. .. Felicity, Countess of Marshwood...wonderfully characterised by Deborah Lisburne Diacon.  This was a very demanding and wordy role and Deborah’s diction and projection were very good...Mrs. Dora Moxton (Moxie) the Countess’s personal maid and confidante was played very convincingly by Mary Brennan ... wonderful comic timing and facial expressions made this a standout performance...Felicity’s friends and neighbours Lady Cynthia and Admiral Sir John Hayling were played deliciously by Lesley Robinson...and the ever dependable and talented Gareth Hammond... Steve Ashcroft was perfectly cast as the all-seeing and dependable butler Crestwell... The housemaid, Alice, was played beautifully by new-comer to the group Eloise Sheffield... The Earl of Marshwood - Nigel - Felicity’s son was played very well by the ever dependable Joe O’Connor...Laurence Tuck gave a good performance as The Honourable Peter Ingleton - Felicity’s nephew...Claire Johnson was a joy to watch as the over-the-top and flamboyant Hollywood actress, Miranda Frayle... Don Lucas, Hollywood movie star and long standing love interest of Miranda, was played by Ed Miller who gave us a convincing portrayal of this laid-back and self-assured character... The production was well staged and .. very polished... 

Rob Bertwistle, National Operatic & Dramatic Association

Deborah Lisburne Diacon gets to dispense some choice lines...and dominates several scenes...Laurence Tuck... is composed and debonair as Felicity’s nephew Peter, while Ed Miller makes an impressive debut as the boozy movie idol Don Lucas - his sparky scenes with flamboyant actress Miranda (Claire Johnson) are arguably the highlight of this comedy... Eloise Sheffield as maidservant Alice has an all-too-brief chance to flirt breathlessly with the rangy Hollywood star... if one face stands out, it is perhaps that of Felicity’s put-upon maid Moxie (Mary Brennan)...Her scenes with sardonic butler Crestwell (Steve Ashcroft) are a treat... Joe O’Connor keeps a stiff upper lip as the countess’ decent, if slightly dim, son Nigel; Gareth Hammond is gruff as an admiral... Lesley Robinson is amusing as snobbish Lady Cynthia...Co-directors Laurence Goodwin and Denise Santilli have assembled a cast with energy and strong comic timing.

Paul Stammers, Eynsham Online

What a set! The curtains opened to reveal the Library of a country house, with everything in keeping with the style and period.

The Butler, Crestwell, (Steve Ashcroft) was delightfully crusty and formal, which was maintained throughout. He was particularly officious to the long-suffering Parlour-maid Alice (Eloise Sheffield), who gave a steady performance....Moxie (Mary Drennan) the Lady’s-maid was delightfully, simply played and a good foil to Crestwell... Felicity, Countess of Marshwood (Deborah Lisburn Diacon) was a tour-de-force, having the lion’s share of the dialogue and on stage for what seemed 90% of the time...She had good comedy timing and looked right for the part...Sir John and Lady Hayling (Gareth Hammond and Lesley Robinson) were both stately in their support roles of neighbouring aristocracy. Peter Ingleton, Felicity’s nephew (Laurence Tuck) was solid and dependable in his role of peace-keeper in the madness of the household. Nigel Marshwood (Joe O’Connor) was the testy one, being very defensive of his new American, film star fiancée, Miranda, in the face of opposition from his mother... Miranda (Claire Johnson) maintained her American accent well and gave a very believable performance, looking stunning in her costumes. ... Don Lucas (Ed Miller)...played Miranda’s happy-go-lucky, lovelorn, ex-boyfriend with gentle charm and maintained his character well.

Nigel James, Oxfordshire Drama Network

March 2016

Members of the cast for the forthcoming production of Relative Values

Photos by Cereta Drewett

February 2016

Bartholomew Players support Bartholomew School English Students

The Bartholomew Players, Eynsham’s Amateur Dramatic Group, presented the English students of Bartholomew School, Eynsham with a cheque for £341 as a share of the profits from the Supper night of their performance of California Suite by Neil Simon in November 2015. 

Debi Lisburne-Diacon of Bartholomew Players said, “We always aim to collaborate with local groups for the Supper night performance of our plays. We were particularly pleased to work with the students from Bartholomew School since they were a great credit to the school with their helpful and professional manner.”

Catherine Hartley (Acting Deputy Head of English at Bartholomew School) said, “The money will enable us to take members of the school to the Globe Theatre to see Macbeth, a set text that is in this year’s GCSE exam syllabus.”

Receiving the cheque in the photo are (from L to R):

Beatrice Holt, Debi Lisburne-Diacon, Fern Hinton (Head Girl), Imogen Parker, Denise Santilli (Bartholomew Players)

January 2016

Rehearsals are underway for our Spring production which will be Noël Coward's comedy Relative Values