View of The Street Ash

From the Volunteer to the First & Last and many in between – join in

Event on August Bank Holiday: Performance and celebration of the Pubs in Ash.    The New Ash Players are planning to bring to life those lively characters who ran and worked in the many pubs in Ash, when there were over 13 pubs in our village.

The Chequer Inn Ash Society, in collaboration with the New Ash Players are planning an exciting programme for August Bank Holiday weekend  – a wandering performance by members of the New Ash Players, to celebrate the Village Pubs of Ash and those who lived and worked in them. We are pleased to welcome the Ash Heritage group to this initiative as well.

Our very own resident and incredibly talented Scriptwriter, Penny Bernard, who has written New Ash Players Village Pantomimes since 2013, is working on a number of stories.  Penny has also worked with Improvisation groups at the Edinburgh Fringe. As an active member of the local Heritage group, Penny is keen, as we all are that these stories and events reflect the period in which they took place. There is no doubt that some colourful characters lived and worked in our village. Some of whom have an association in some way with your home, when it was a Pub.

At the moment, Penny is preparing a story line for each of the Pubs identified. A few players will act out a scene outside the appropriate venue, most of which are now private homes. Stories and characters are being researched and developed from information available within Historical archives, newspaper articles and from the Dover Pubs website. We have chosen a number of venues from the First and Last at one end of the Village to the Volunteer at the other end.  There are of course a number of venues in between and audiences will move around each venue under guidance, where a small playlet based on the story of the specific pub will be enacted. Players will remain at the venue to welcome and perform for the next group. We anticipate each performance will be about 5-10mins long.

We will be abiding by any COVID-19 regulations for gatherings that will be in force at that time.

At this stage of our planning, we believe the Bank Holiday weekend August 2021 would be an ideal date, but is to be confirmed.

Would you like to be involved? Perhaps you have always wanted to perform or even sell tickets, or just get involved, you will be most welcome!

We welcome your comments and questions. For more information or to chat through this exciting imitative please do not hesitate to contact us on 01304 813010.