High Street has two drama groups, both always open to new members.
Harp Theatre is the church’s in-house drama group, regularly performing in and around the church premises to both congregations and general audiences alike. As well as evening full-length Christian based productions, many of which are penned by our own members, we also perform street theatre, service sketches and fund-raising comedies.
Recent productions include The Journey, a travelling performance of the Christmas Story around the church premises, and The Way Of The Cross, a series of Easter monologues.
High Street Players
High Street Players have been entertaining people for over seventy years with regular productions every Spring and Autumn in the Church Hall. All kinds of plays have been performed from comedies to dramas, old favourites to the less well known. Membership is growing and is made up of people of all ages, some who just like play readings, others who help back-stage and of course people who like to act.
More details can be found at www.hsplayers.org.uk
St Hilda’s Fete
Around the world events are being held to commemorate 500 years since Martin Luther pinned his 95 theses to the door of a church. But what did these changes mean for ordinary people in England? In celebrating this event do we ignore the feelings of confusion, pain and hope felt by those affected?
Mike Lees’ latest production focused on the fictional town of Lower Clayton and how the faith and relationships of the villagers were affected when their new Priest brought reformist ideas to the village. Each character tries to do what is right and follow the ‘true’ faith, and yet divisions soon form which are heightened by tragedy.
The performance took place outside St Nicholas’ Church on Saturday 15 July 2017 and those who attended said the play raised many questions which they were still pondering the next day. Why do we go to Church? Is it more important to be theologically accurate or to comfort those in need? Can a Cambridge educated Priest learn from an illiterate woman? Why do we judge our faith as being better than another’s?
Perhaps the most important message of this play is that we should be slower to judge and quicker to listen.