Free Spring workshops

We are excited to be holding some free workshops this Spring for anyone who wants to get involved in our Mayfield Community Play, which will be taking place in October.  We hope to see you there…


If you would like to perform in our play as an actor, musician or singer come along to a pair of workshops either in Mayfield or Five Ashes. The workshops for performers will be lead by Stephen Israel (director) and Sophie Watkiss (assistant director).

There is also a special one-off workshop for parents and children.





Come to workshops 1 and 2 at Mayfield Memorial Hall on

Tuesday 20th February 7 to 9pm  AND 

Tuesday 27th February 7 to 9pm


Come to workshops 3 and 4 at Skippers Hill School, Five Ashes on

Monday 26th February 7 to 9pm  AND

Monday 5th March 7 to 9pm


You and your children can come to a special workshop at Mayfield Primary School on

Monday 12th March 5 to 7pm




Behind the scenes

If you would like to help behind the scenes (for example, making costumes or props, or with lighting, tickets, publicity, etc) then come along to the first of one of our pairs of workshops. These workshops will be lead by Jo Compton (costume) and Elaine Horwood (props). 

Come to Mayfield Memorial Hall on

Tuesday 20th February 7 to 9pm


Come to Skippers Hill School, Five Ashes on

Monday 26th February 7 to 9pm 


Final workshop

For everyone wanting to be involved in our Community Play there is a final get together at St Dunstan’s Church on

Monday 19th March 7 to 9pm

before we set off on our journey.




What else is planned

Over the next few months our writer, Suzi Hopkins, will be meeting with local people to gather ideas to develop the story for the play as well as carrying out research into local history sources. She plans to complete a first draft of the play by the end of May. Stephen and Suzi will also be liaising with musicians and filmmakers to explore how they will contribute.

There will be a further series of workshops to help develop the script each Monday in June and workshops to help make props and costumes planned for September and early October. The main rehearsals for the play will start on bank holiday Monday 27th August and run right up to the first performance on 24th October 2018. There will be 5 performances of the Community Play from 24th – 27th October, with 4 shows at 7.30pm and a special matinee performance on Saturday 27th October at 2.30pm

Any questions

In you have any questions or want any more information then:


Or get in touch with Stephen, who will be leading the workshops:



  1. Melissa Dalyanci

    I am looking forward to coming along – I have a theatre trip on 27th so will hopefully attend the two Skippers Hill ones instead of the Mayfield.I presume you will let us know if it is in main hall etc.

    • admin

      Look forward to seeing you at Skippers Hill and we’ll update the post with all the details nearer the time
      all the best, Jo Compton
      Mayfield Community Play Steering Group Chair

    • Hi Melissa,
      The workshops at Skippers Hill will be in the main hall (ie.The Gym as I think it is known).
      Really looking forward to seeing you.
      Warm regards
      Stephen Israel
      Director of the Mayfield Community Play

  2. Mike Farrall

    Hi Stephen
    Jo Compton has emailed me directly. I have done a lot of Theatre both indoors and out, both locally and abroad over the years.
    Can you please tell me a bit more about the story of your proposed Mayfield Community Play

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