Now that the evenings are starting to draw in and the first of the Sunday evening dramas are luring us to the sofas, we can take heart in the prospect of watching some of our own homegrown dramas this autumn.

First up is the Copthorne Players in Little Shop of Horrors at the Chequer Mead. I went along to their last production, Old Tyme Music Hall, and it was quite simply entertainment at its best. It was uplifting, professional, authentic and yet still original. The cast were all superb and, after reading some of their resumés, I was surprised that half of them hadn’t actually been in The Bill. One of the younger cast, who I recognised from Act One Beginners was frankly hilarious – a comic genius in the making, and many others are either training in theatre arts or have a wealth of acting experience. All this talent in our humble village is coupled with the informal and somewhat traditional atmosphere that only a village production can create. I was particularly blown away by a tongue-in-cheek sketch of a very cherished, homegrown marrow that would be big enough to make all eyes water at the Flower and Produce Show! This October the Players are even going one giant leap further in their horticultural expertise with a life-sized Audrey. I’ve seen the photos and I can’t wait!

Then in November there will be another step back in time and a chance to relive the days of Doris Day with a production that is new to the village hall and promises another professional afternoon or evening of entertainment. A must-see for those who are Doris fans, and all on our doorstep. So step out this autumn and go and support something real and local in the next few weeks leading up to panto time!