MEMBERS of a popular drama group have been evicted from the village hall where they have performed for 50 years.
The Ullenhall Players - well known for their farce and comedy shows - have been told they will have to leave their home at Ullenhall Village Hall by the end of August.
David Humphries, a Solihull member, has described the bad news as a bolt from the blue and said that the group did not receive a proper explanation.
“The village hall committee were actively involved in helping us to reorganise our set storage facilities, then without warning have sent us a letter demanding we move out completely by the end of August,” he said.
“We have been welcomed to a local venue - which I can’t name at the moment - but it’s sad to leave the old building behind. The problem we’re having is to do with storage - we need somewhere to put our equipment and we think that we will have to start paying rent.”
The 30 or so members of the acting company are worried the extra cost will dent their funds - much of which are donated to charity.
But in the best theatrical tradition, the show must go on and the Players are putting the finishing touches to Business Affairs - a comedy being performed at the Palace Theatre, Redditch later this month.
Following that, the troupe will be weighing up their options - their November show due to be performed at the village hall will have to be staged elsewhere.
The village hall committee could not be reached for comment as the Solihull News went to press.
n To book tickets for Business Affairs call the Palace Theatre on 01527 65203.