Rectory Homes Supports Thame Players Theatre

Rectory Homes Renews Sponsorship of Thame Players

Tuesday 24th April 2018

Rectory Homes, the Haddenham-based developers and builders of fine quality homes, are renewing their sponsorship of Thame Players. The sponsorship, extended for a further year with a review in 2019, follows Rectory’s previous three-year sponsorship of Thame Players which ended in March.

Thame Players Theatre Company is an amateur theatre group and registered charity which is run entirely by volunteers. Thame Players have been successfully staging their own high-quality productions as well as a varied range of guest shows for almost 75 years.

Rectory Homes, a privately-owned house builder founded in 1991, has established a reputation for delivering homes of outstanding quality, and also for engaging with the local communities in which their houses are built.

Rectory Homes’ sponsorship of Thame Players has two strands. One relates to creative development, enhancing productions through the addition of special effects such as musical accompaniment and lighting, as well as the hire of authentic costumes and props. For example, Thame Players’ highly ambitious outdoor production of Macbeth in 2016, set in the original period, would have been difficult to stage without the benefit of Rectory’s funding. The popular Christmas pantomime has also benefited through the addition of spectacular special effects.

The other strand relates to improvements to the theatre, a former church hall. More than 100 years old, it was converted into a theatre by Thame Players over 40 years ago. Rectory’s support has enabled Thame Players to fund long-term technical improvements, such as back-screen projection which achieves special effects and scene changes more effectively and rapidly than previously possible.

Future improvements include the installation of a new internal acoustic door (co-funded by South Oxfordshire District Council), a redesign of the theatre frontage (with additional sponsorship from other sources), and improvements to the side access. On the creative side, Rectory’s contribution will help Thame Players host celebrity appearances, often requiring sizeable fees, and build in special effects for forthcoming productions such as Oh, What a Lovely War! (September).

Simon Vickers, founder and chief executive of Rectory Homes, said, ‘We are delighted to have been able to help Thame Players, a gem of an asset to the town of Thame, and we’re looking forward to continuing to support them over the next year. We take sponsorship at a local level, through the enhancement of community facilities such as arts and sports provision, very seriously’.

Pat Shepherd, chairman of Thame Players, said, ‘Rectory Homes have supported us magnificently over the past three years. Their generosity is highly appreciated and we look forward to continuing to work with them. Rectory’s support, advice and encouragement are tremendously valued and, by sponsoring Thame Players, Rectory are also contributing to the diversity of arts and entertainment provision in Thame’.

 

Rectory Homes Help Thame Players Fund
Stage Projection Equipment

Wednesday 15th March 2017

Rectory Homes, Haddenham-based developers and builders of fine quality homes, are making a major contribution towards the purchase of state-of-the-art stage projection equipment for Thame Players. This investment is part of their three-year sponsorship of Thame Players, the amateur theatre group and registered charity which has been staging quality productions in Thame for over 70 years.

The new back-screen projection equipment will be used to achieve rapid special effects and scene changes which would otherwise be impossible without entailing multiple laborious set changes, adding a professional touch that will bring excitement and special magic to future productions, from plays to pantomimes.

Rectory Homes’ sponsorship of Thame Players, currently in its second year, consists of two strands, one related to creative development, the other to capital improvements of the former church hall, which is over 100 years old and was converted into a theatre by Thame Players nearly 40 years ago. This year, Rectory’s contribution is not only enabling Thame Players to achieve special effects through the new stage projection equipment, but also helping them fund musical direction and choreography for their forthcoming production of Honk, the award-winning musical based on the Hans Christian Andersen story The Ugly Duckling. By sponsoring Thame Players, Rectory are also contributing to arts and entertainment provision in Thame.

Rectory Homes, a privately owned house builder founded in 1991, has established a reputation for delivering homes of outstanding quality, and also for engaging with the local communities in which their houses are built. As Simon Vickers, founder and chief executive said, ‘We are delighted to be supporting Thame Players, a gem of an asset to the town of Thame. We take community support very seriously’.

Pat Shepherd, chairman of Thame Players, said, ‘Rectory Homes have already supported us
with sponsorship of two open-air Shakespeare productions, Much Ado About Nothing (2014) and Macbeth (2016), as well as contributing to the funding of other productions and celebrity appearances we would otherwise not be able to afford. Their generous sponsorship over three years is very much appreciated and we look forward to continuing to work with them on our creative programme and building and technical projects. Rectory’s support, advice and encouragement is tremendously valued by all of us at Thame Players’.