2018 Plough Play Run Finished

And so the final sing out at Calverton’s Admiral Rodney heralds the end of another mighty fine run of the CRAPPPS Plough Play.

Another year down, another few hundred pounds raised for that most excellent of causes, Nottingham NSPCC. As our players enter recovery and reach for the painkillers, the business of counting the takings from our very special 40th anniversary tour has begun. Soon we’ll be able to report how much you so generously donated.

Thank you for your hospitality, generosity and friendship over the weekend of 11-13 January – it was hugely appreciated.

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Stuff To Do

Organising the annual CRAPPPS Plough Play can be very demanding.

That said, Beelzy’s list of jobs gets weirder every year.

We presume the last item is something to do with his costume.

Best not mention it, heh?

  • The Calverton Plough Play runs this week, Thursday 11 – Saturday 13 January. See our tour list here – we very much look forward to seeing you! 

 

Proper bunch of rogues ‘n’ all

Like a well-drilled military operation or something (really? Ed) the somewhat eccentric gentlefolk of CRAPPPS hit the road Thursday to Saturday this week (11 – 13 January) on their 40th consecutive annual Plough Play tour. Made with lashings of ale and mummery goodness, the play is based on a script first performed in Cropwell Bishop in 1890.

The tour takes in 9 villages, 1 town and 17 shows as per the gig list here, with all proceeds going to the mighty cause that is Nottingham NSPCC for which more than £20k has been raised by the group so far.

This year’s team (in order of appearance) is:

  • Musicians – Paul Cullen, Jill Howard, Andrew Pattison
  • Crew – Dawn Cullen, Jay Reilly, Sandra Reilly

Much thanks to our full supporting cast of musicians and roadies without whom it would all be a bit much, to be fair.

Guess what? You can click on the names linked above for some truly lovely (really again? Ed) pen pictures of our handsome and attractive cast. All biographies have been supplied by the individuals in question (apart from Eddie’s, which we were forced to make up because he didn’t return our emails).

See you at the weekend, mi duks!

Are you a 2018 Plough Play pub?

If you are, huge thanks for opening your doors to us on 11 – 13 January 2018 – your hospitality is very much appreciated. In letting us entertain you, you’re helping to preserve a vital English tradition. Our group has performed a Plough Play every year since 1979, based on a script first written in 1890.

You’re also helping us to raise funds for a great charity – Nottingham NSPCC (for whom we have raised more than £20k so far). To that end, it would be amazing if you could try to get as many people in your pubs to watch us (and donate anything they can afford) as possible.

Every penny you place in our hats and dripping pans goes directly to charity. Every drop of ale we consume on your premises we pay for ourselves.

We’re doing 17 shows across 9 villages and 1 town – Arnold, Blidworth, Calverton, Epperstone, Farnsfield, Lambley, Lowdham, Oxton, Southwell and Woodborough.

If you’re a Plough Play pub, we’re coming to see you on the date and time you see here.

If you’re not a Plough Play pub, we very much hope you’ll bear us in mind for next year (and maybe drop us a line).

Thanks again. See you soon!

2018 Calverton Plough Play – FINAL Tour Dates

January 2018’s CRAPPPS Plough Play is on its way with final tour dates listed below. We’re playing 9 villages and 1 town with 16 ports of call planned. Any changes to the schedule will be posted on this webpage, so check here first if you’re planning to come out to see us.

The 2018 tour will see us undertake our 40th consecutive year of Plough Play performances. The first ever run took place in 1979. Proceeds, as ever, will go to Nottinghamshire NSPCC.

Thursday 11th January 2018

  • Robin Hood and Little John, Arnold – 7:45 pm
  • The Reindeer, Southwell – 8:45 pm
  • The Final Whistle, Southwell – 9:30 pm

Friday 12th January 2018

  • Admiral Rodney, Calverton – 7:15 pm
  • The Green Dragon, Oxton – 7:50 pm
  • The Plough, Farnsfield – 8:20 pm
  • The Lion, Farnsfield – 8:40 pm
  • The Fox and Hounds, Blidworth – 9:15 pm
  • Nag’s Head, Woodborough – 10:00 pm
  • Four Bells, Woodborough – 10:25 pm

Saturday 13th January 2018

  • Gleaners, Calverton – 7:20 pm
  • World’s End, Lowdham – 8:00 pm
  • The Railway, Lowdham – 8:30 pm
  • Robin Hood, Lambley – 9:00 pm
  • Woodlark, Lambley – 9:25 pm
  • Cross Keys, Epperstone – 10:00 pm
  • Admiral Rodney, Calverton – 10:30 pm

2018 Calverton Plough Play – Provisional Tour Dates

January 2018’s CRAPPPS Plough Play is on its way with provisional (i.e. subject to change, folks!) tour dates listed below. We’re due to play 9 villages and 1 town with 16 ports of call planned. Final confirmed tour dates will be announced soon.

The 2018 tour will see us undertake our 40th consecutive year of Plough Play performances. The first ever run took place in 1979. Proceeds, as ever, will go to Nottinghamshire NSPCC.

Thursday 11th January 2018

  • Robin Hood and Little John, Arnold – 7:45 pm
  • The Reindeer, Southwell – 8:45 pm
  • The Final Whistle, Southwell – 9:30 pm

Friday 12th January 2018

  • Admiral Rodney, Calverton – 7:15 pm
  • The Green Dragon, Oxton – 7:50 pm
  • The Plough, Farnsfield – 8:20 pm
  • The Lion, Farnsfield – 8:40 pm
  • The Fox and Hounds, Blidworth – 9:15 pm
  • Nag’s Head, Woodborough – 10:00 pm
  • Four Bells, Woodborough – 10:25 pm

Saturday 13th January 2018

  • Gleaners, Calverton – 7:20 pm
  • World’s End, Lowdham – 8:00 pm
  • The Railway, Lowdham – 8:30 pm
  • Robin Hood, Lambley – 9:00 pm
  • Woodlark, Lambley – 9:25 pm
  • Cross Keys, Epperstone – 10:00 pm
  • Admiral Rodney, Calverton – 10:30 pm

Boldly Gone.

He’ll always be remembered for being the consummate master of ceremonies, effortlessly keeping the most raucous audiences under control with a smirk on his face and a pint in his hand.

Mind you, he’ll also be remembered for the dodgy raincoat and wellies and for gurning uncontrollably whenever he sang The Molecatcher.

Former Ribboner, Recruiting Sergeant and, latterly, our rather brilliant Bold Tom for the last 20 or so years (*), Mister Barry Nyblen has decided to retire from CRAPPPS.

We’ll miss our Baz terribly. His playful (but ultimately ruthless) treatment of hecklers has been the stuff of Plough Play legend. His knack of spotting the potential for a gag in any situation has kept all of us on our toes – because sometimes the gag has been squarely on us.

His respect for the wonderful tradition our group seeks to uphold has provided example and inspiration to numerous newer members (including me, coming into the fold somewhat nervously in 2007).

For all of the above, and for his effort and contribution over many long and laughter-filled years with CRAPPPS, sincere thanks and appreciation to our Barry are due. It won’t be quite the same without him.

Here’s Barry as the Ribboner in a BBC radio interview in 1996.

And here are some photos of him, arsing about.

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(*) = we’ve never been that good at record-keeping.

Beelzy x.

CRAPPPS Record Fundraising Haul!

Okay. We’re fashionably late with this news, but nonetheless very proud to announce a record-breaking CRAPPPS fundraising total of £1,356.34 for charity this year.

Nottingham NSPCC benefited to the tune of £1,024.29 from our Plough Play exploits back in January, with the Alzheimer’s Society picking up £332.05 from April’s run of our St George’s Play.

  • Psst! Are you a former cast member of the CRAPPPS Plough Play, or been otherwise involved with the group in the past? Guess what? Our play is turning 40! We’re planning to celebrate in 2018 and would love to hear from you. Please send a message to us via the form on the website’s ‘Contact’ page.

 

2017 Calverton St George’s Play – Tour Schedule

We’re very happy (indeed, delighted) to announce that we’ll be hitting several fine Nottinghamshire hostelries on Saturday 22 April 2017 with the seventh annual CRAPPPS St George’s Play.

Advertised times are (as ever) only a guide, allowing for leisurely pace of travel between venues proportionate to rate of ale consumption. If you have any difficulties recognising us, you’re already beyond help. For everyone else, we’ll be the colourful gurning shouty people wearing ridiculous costumes at the following boozers of renown:

Saturday 22 April 2017

  • Robin Hood, Lambley – 3:00 pm
  • Woodlark, Lambley – 3:45 pm
  • Nags Head, Woodborough – 4:30 pm
  • Four Bells, Woodborough – 5:30 pm
  • Gleaners, Calverton – 6:30 pm
  • Admiral Rodney, Calverton – 7:30 pm

This year’s collection will be in aid of the wonderful cause that is the Alzheimer’s Society. Please therefore bring out great wodges of cash with you and donate generously when the dripping pans come round. Also, remember to cheer loudly at that dead funny bit where St George stands on the dragon’s cobblers.

See you in the pub!

  • Psst! Are you a former cast member of the CRAPPPS Plough Play, or been otherwise involved with the group in the past? Guess what? Our play is turning 40! We’re planning to celebrate in 2018 and would love to hear from you. Please send a message to us via the form on the website’s ‘Contact’ page.

We raised a grand. Oh get in.

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It’s not a sophisticated way of raising money, dressing up in ridiculous costumes and waving dripping pans at punters to fill up with coins. But it can be really effective, especially when people are so flipping generous and pubs are so brilliantly supportive.

The fantastic news is that the 2017 run of the Calverton Plough Play raised the princely sum of £1,024.29 for the mighty cause that is Nottingham NSPCC. Takings include funds raised from the 10 village, 17 performance run which took place 12 – 14 January, our appearance at Lowdham’s Cider, Perry and Juicing Festival at the end of last year and online donations made on the CRAPPPS JustGiving page.

barry-nick-400x300It’s the first time since 2012 we’ve raised more than a grand on Plough Play takings alone. The fundraising effort this year is made even more special by the fact that 17 official shows were played in 2017 compared with 21 in 2012. This means the pubs are plugging us wonderfully and customers are coming out in force to see us. Long may that continue, say us.

Plaudits this year go to the Fox and Hounds (Blidworth) at which the largest individual collection was received (£114.53) and to the Old Green Dragon (Oxton) and Admiral Rodney (Calverton) who were second and third respectively.

Thank you so much for your hospitality and generosity. We look forward to seeing you in April for St George, and in January 2018 for Plough Play 40.