Well, to top off a night of fine food, singing, quiz competitions and fun, we were pleased that everyone was sober enough to apply their wit to a limerick competition. It was a close tie between the limerick by Joel and Izzy and the one that Gary wrote - interestingly they had almost the same theme. In the end the venerable jury opted for Izzy And Joel's contribution. In fact we thought the ideal limerick would be a combination of the two. Anyhow, here are the limericks starting with the winners.

 

The problem with finding a rhyme

Is it usually takes a long time.

The trickiest bit

Is finishing it

Because it's so difficult to find anything that really has the right metre or scans properly, do you ever have that problem?

(By Izzy and Joel)

 

I was never so brilliant at rhyming

And I don't have the knack of good timing

The real tricky bit

Is to finish with wit

I'm sure you'll agree.

(By Gary)

 

There's a beautiful girl here called Tess.

At the alphabet game she's the best.

Her birthday is here

So all give a cheer

We won't accept anything less!

(By Meg and Izzy - thanks for choosing to celebrate your birthday with us, Tessa!)

 

We want some fresh faces at improv.

Come see how we make total fools of

Ourselves every Wednesday

Right here, 8pm. Hey!

The funniest thing you could think of!

(by the improv crew - so answer their plea and come along to the workshop!)

 

There once was a girl of the night

Who thought she was doing alright.

But the clients she sought

Weren't the ones that she got -

They were Scottish and just a bit tight.

(by Denis - and believe me, if you're Glaswegian it really DOES rhyme!)

 

I once planned a trip to Peru

While sitting at home on the loo.

Since I don't have a clue

How to get to Peru

I landed in Katmandu.

(by Harald)

 

There once was a drunkard from Brighton

Whose appearance would certainly frighten

All ladies and gents

From England to France

And his name, you have guessed it, is Simon.

(By Tom and Sonja)

 

A woman of ill repute

Exchanged favours with a newt.

They did it and then

They did it again

And the newt said, "Hey, Babe, that was beaut!"

(by Wiebke)

 

There once was a man with a wand

Of whom women were awfully fond.

He waved it about

With a flourish and shout

And got caught in a pond with a blond.

(by Wiebke)

 

An elephant sat on my car,

Which stopped it from travelling far.

The results were quite dire,

It punctured a tyre,

And flattened my poor old papa.

(by Cathy)

 

A friend of mine longed for her bed.

Should I go on the train?" she said.

Oh no, wait a while

And give us a smile

Till our limericks all have been read!

(by Lynda - it worked, Wiebke stayed)

Hi All,

Please send us your limericks to celebrate our 45th anniversary. A prize goes to the best one at the end of the season.

So far the following have been received:

Once you've managed for forty-five years
There's really no reasons for fears,
You'll carry on for much longer,
You'll get stronger and stronger.
Hamburg Players, hooray and three cheers!

Anglo-thespians in Hamburg, I hear,
Are now in their forty-fifth year,
And they're sure to survive
To at least sixty-five,
And won't even stop at Shakespeare.

A thespian group in the North
Were successful in what they put forth.
After forty-five seasons
There are really no reasons
To stop short of the hundred- and-fourth.

All above by Jürgen Schmidt

There was an odd group up in Hamburg
That strangely as a pastime did regurg-
itate plays on stage.
Now it's reached middle age
And still, the crowds go berserk.

By Lexi von Hoffmann

A theatre group, by name the HPs
Their audiences did aim to please
After forty-five years
And countless free beers
They are now amongst Hamburg's must-sees.

By Valerie Doyle

Saturday 23 October saw 60 members turning up at the clubhouse to the annual AGM and to celebrate 45 years of the Hamburg Players. It was lovely to see the mix of old and new faces and particularly nice to see so many members bringing their children.As we are a theatre group (and not a Kegelverein), we asked people to dress theatrically for the occasion and as you can see from the photos in our photo gallery, many heeded the call. (Best costume award, in my opinion, should have gone to Jürgen Schmidt.)

The club house was festively decorated and the pot luck food brought by members exceeded all expectations. (Maybe we should venture into catering, given the existing talents). After a round of drinks members were informed of our very successful last season, which broke many records both in terms of seats sold and income. We also were able to recruit 26 new members and currently membership stands at 160.

The annual cups were awarded this year to Rebecca Garron (Bigglestone Cup for Directing), Jocasta Godlieb (Pathak Cup for Acting) and Ralph Fellows (Waloschek Cup for Services to the Club).

The new committee was elected and consists of Valerie Doyle (Chair), Lexi von Hoffmann (Vice-Chair), Mathilde Berry, Harald Djürken, Cathy Schwerin, Jürgen Schmidt, Henrik Zawischa and our two non-elected members Reni Pathak (Honorary Treasurer) and Sigrid Reuter (Honorary Secretary).

After the birthday cake and buffet we had entertainment from the improv group and singing and I hear the last people tumbled into taxis relatively late. As you can see from the photos, a good time was had by all .

45th Anniversary Limericks

We had invited members to write Limericks to celebrate the occasion and below are those we've received so far.  If you missed the opportunity, do keep those Limericks coming in as a little bird tells me, there may be a prize for the best one - just send them to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jürgen Schmidt

Once you've managed for forty-five years
There's really no reasons for fears,
You'll carry on for much longer,
You'll get stronger and stronger.
Hamburg Players, hooray and three cheers!

Anglo-thespians in Hamburg, I hear
,Are now in their forty-fifth year,
And they're sure to survive
To at least sixty-five,
And won't even stop at Shakespeare.

A thespian group in the North
Were successful in what they put forth.
After forty-five seasons
There are really no reasons
To stop short of the hundred- and-fourth.

Lexi von Hoffmann

There was an odd group up in Hamburg
That strangely as a pastime did regurg-
itate plays on stage.
Now it's reached middle age
And still, the crowds go berserk.

Valerie Doyle

A theatre group, by name the HPs
Their audiences did aim to please
After forty-five years
And countless free beers
They are now amongst Hamburg's must-sees.

 

 

Report written by Valerie

readings
One of the challenges for us as a theatrical society is: how to find good new plays that we like, that are suited to us and our audience and technically feasible at the Theater an der Marschnerstraße. So of course we all read plays and reviews. But reading plays alone can be a bit boring - and you get a much better impression when the lines are read out loud. So we decided to have some fun and meet regularly to read plays in a group.

These play-readings developed into kind of a social event as well. We usually bring something to drink and nibble. A good chance to practise your reading skills, try yourself at different characters, see how a play feels, discuss its merits and spend a nice evening with friends.

We aim as far as possible to schedule a play for the last Friday of each month. Check the news for upcoming readings.

The play readings are open to members and those wishing to join the Hamburg Players. Please contact someone from the club if you are joining us for the first time just to be sure there have been no schedule changes.

 

Do you have suggestions of plays we could read?

Please contact Poppy at plays (at) hamburgplayers.de

 

Location

Hamburg Players Clubhouse
Oberaltenallee 20A
22081 Hamburg

Time

usually last Friday of a month, 7 pm.

Cost

Free (bring your own bottle and/or something to nibble, please)

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