Western College Players were originally known as The Co-operative Players, having been formed in 1929 in answer to invitation from The Education Secretary in The Co-operative record. WCP were forced to cease all productions during the Blitz of World War 2. But were reformed under the leadership of Harry Roberts, the current Chairman's grandfather, in 1947. He was the regular director until 1962. In 1964 Bill Stone took the reins. It was during this period that our most famous ex-member Angela Rippon appeared in many productions. Bill was a regular director until 1990, when he directed the regional premiere of the classic back stage farce 'Noises off'. In 1987 ex-local television presenter, Jill Nicholas, became Chairman and held the position for 23 years- until Gareth took the helm in time for our 80th anniversary year. The company continued to be supported by the Co-operative society until they abolished their community fund in recent years- the company are currently no longer in receipt of any funding.