About Us

The West Horsley Independent Players The West Horsley Independent Players (TheWhips) were formed back in 1948, originally as the Drama section of the local W.I. All age groups are represented in our membership of over 100. Local resident, Jeremy Miles is our President. We are proud of our reputation for staging entertaining and technically ambitious productions. In the last few years we have performed French farce, classic whodunit, pantomime and a premiere of Dads Army on Stage. We have produced The Winslow Boy, Summertime, the Sacred Flame and Gaslight at the Electric Theatre Guildford (see our Archive section for pictures). We stage two shows per year in the Spring and Autumn and every two years (next in January 2019) the hugely popular pantomime. There are also two separate groups known as WHIPS Youth Theatre, The Young Whips and Whippets, for teenagers and younger children. The Whips support both local and national charities with proceeds from our shows. Rehearsals are held within Horsley and performances are held in the West Horsley Village Hall which is transformed into a theatre using our own modern lighting and sound equipment, seating an audience of 130. The Whips are members of GATA (Guildford Amateur Theatre Association) and NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) Along a 500 yard stretch of The Street in West Horsley you will find all the facilities and locations needed to make up our thriving dramatic scene. The Coach House, our very own two-storey scenery store, workshop and paintshop. A paradise for craftsman. West Horsley Village Hall, where most of our productions are staged. Over the years we have developed a system for rapidly transforming the hall into a fine 130 seat theatre using our own modern lighting and sound equipment. Located at The Street, West Horsley, KT24 6DD.The King William IV, The Billy to the WHIPS – is our watering hole, after rehearsal and set-building sessions, and for special social events – any time in fact. From time to time we also perfom at the Electric Theatre in Guildford and a variety of other local venues. We also rehearse and hold auditions in The WheelHouse (West Horsley) and the Canterbury Rooms, St Martins Church, (East Horsley).

Whips Committee From June 2018 our Committee members are as follows;

Chairman Colin Bailey
Secretary Clare Punshon
Treasurer Frances King
Vice Chairman Barabara Firth
Whippets Manager Julia McClung
Member Margaret Pearce (Costumes)
Member Jan Hudson (Publicity)
Co-Oped Member Jack Griffith(Coach House
Member Iain Macfarlane
Member Neil Fuller
Member Margaret Brazier (Child Protection Officer)

Our President is Jeremy Miles


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Contact Us

Tel: 01372 457501
Box Office: 01483 284141 Email: membership@thewhips.org.uk