Who we are and what we do
Founded in 1992, the Phnom Penh Players is a community group that comes together to produce and perform a range of theatre productions every year.
We aim to entertain theatre audiences, who share the same passion as us, while donating the proceeds from our productions to local charities and causes.
A committee that is elected by members every year governs us. The membership is continually evolving and attracts a diverse range of people from around the world, living in Phnom Penh, with a wide range of acting and production talent. We are all volunteers donating our time and energy for free to create memorable productions that give something back to the local community. It’s also encouraging that more and more Cambodians are getting involved in our productions, helping us reach a wider audience who finds the western style of performance art new and exciting.
Our repertoire is varied and allows space for innovation across the performing arts spectrum. From classic plays such as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth, to original works devised in Phnom Penh, such as Missionaries, Mercenaries and Monsters. We also produce an annual Christmas pantomime, and more recently musicals, like the Rocky Horror Show.
The Phnom Penh Players provides a space for creativity, whether it’s acting in productions or helping out backstage with the various production roles. If you’d like to join us and get involved in community theatre please get in touch via our facebook page or website phnompenhplayers.org.
Phnom Penh Players – Theatre is our passion
“I love plays. I love Players. Well, the Phnom Penh Players. I have been part of the Phnom Penh Players since 2012 but they have been established long before that. They have actually been around for 26 years! It was founded in 1992 by Vicky Rodgers with the ultimate mission of entertaining while simultaneously giving back to the local community.
Early productions comprised of pantomimes and dinner theatre but current plays to strive to tantalise the audience through adaptations of classics, such as A Street Car Named Desire and more modern untraditional plays such as Missionaries, Mercenaries and Monsters.
For me, when it comes down to it, it’s a little bit of an addiction: the audience, butterflies in my stomach, the challenge of becoming a character, the bond of creating something with so many people is amazing.
Through all of this come the friendships that surpass the test of time and distance. Some of my best friends have come from the Players, people who I consider my family. But at the end of the day, it’s not about me. It’s about giving back in a way that a single person generally could not do acting on his or her own. It’s about strengthening hope, it’s about supporting others, and it’s about trying to make our little patch in the world a little better one play at a time.