The BTQ Players are a group of amateur dramatists and patrons of the Hart, Eastbourne.
A close group of friends, who meet regularly to gain acting and stage experience while raising much needed funds for local charities.
Over the years we have raised from donations in excess of £20,000 to boost much need funds for local charities: Sussex Beacon, The Hart Hardship Fund , Tuesday O’ Hara Fund, Macmillan Nurses, Chestnut Tree Hospice and Demelza Hospice Care for Children to name just a few.
George, who is affectionately known as the BTQ (Bitter Twisted Queen), a name which evolved way back in the mists of time and like Dr Who, is now, the last of his kind. Many of our scripts have been written by him, whilst he had an out of body experience. What else could explain just one show with the Merry Men, Terry Wogan and a Eurovision Song and Dance Competition!
Jon Clark is a local teacher at St Andrews school, educated at Hampden Park Secondary School and University of Brighton. Another stalwart of the Hart players Jon has had many lead or major parts in shows such as The Producers, Little Shop of Horrors, Rocky Horror picture Show, Mama Mia, Connie and Carla ,Bombshell and The Birdcage as well as various Pantomimes.
Karen Poulton works at the Conquest Hospital, educated at Eastbourne Grammar School and University of Brighton. Karen has now been with the Hart Players for a few years appearing in various Pantomimes and more recently Bombshell.
Maz Carty works for BAA, educated St Marys High School,Croydon. Maz has been in
Pantomimes, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Connie and Carla and Bombshell. A very adaptable and fine actress -even as a man! One day we may even get her in a dress!
David Robbins works as a store manager for O2, educated Tunbridge Well’s Grammar School for Boys and University of Brighton. David was an original member and appeared in Mother Goose and was brought back from retirement for Connie and Carla. David was one of the Belles of the Ball and now also does fundraising shows as Lucy Furr.
Paul Heathfield-Jones works in Podiatry for the National Health Service, educated Luton Sixth Form College and University of Brighton. Paul appeared in one of our earlier shows, the Wizard of Oz, then moved back to Luton. Now returned, he starred in Connie and Carla as one of the Belles of the Ball and we are sure you will now be seeing more of him. In 2014 Paul produced and directed his first panto for the Players, Cinderella 2.
Emma Head is a full-time housewife and mother of three boys, educated at Priory School, Lewes. Emma has also appeared in: Little Shop of Horrors, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mama Mia as well as various Pantomimes.
Jo Crompton works at Eastbourne District General Hospital, educated at Ratton School and University of Brighton. She joined us a few years ago and had the opening song in her first show Rocky Horror Picture Show and then one of the leads in Connie and Carla as well as her memorable performance in Bombshell.