Welcome to The Clarence Players’ website.
The Clarence Players, Belfast, is one of Northern Ireland’s oldest and most successful drama groups.
They were formed in 1931 as the Dramatic Art Section of CIYMS (the Church of Ireland Young Men’s Society). Their name derives from the hall where they first performed — The Clarence Place Hall in May Street, Belfast — hence The Clarence Players.
They’ve been appearing at Drama Festivals, Summer Theatre Seasons and Belfast’s famous Group Theatre for over 50 years with plays such as Michael MacLiammoir’s Ill Met By Moonlight (1957); Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (1962) and A View From The Bridge (1990); Alan Ayckbourn’s How the Other Half Loves (1982); Brian Friel’s Translations (2004) and Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman (2018).
Key For Two
We’ll be holding a Casting Reading for our Summer Theatre production – Key For Two, a comedy by John Chapman & Dave Freeman – on Thursday 30th March at 8.00pm in CIYMS.
Our association with Last Tango in Derriaghy ended on a high in Ballymoney last night. Both Ballymoney Festival and their knowledgeable audience appreciated our visit and thoroughly enjoyed the story as it unfolded before them. Congratulations to director Des Loughridge, cast and crew. A great way to bow out.