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RARE Productions Ltd, 23 Gosforth Close, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 1RB
THE UK'S LARGEST YOUTH MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY
We are an amateur youth musical theatre company, for children and young adults from local areas, and produce full shows on real stages.
Andrew Burton and David Marriott formed RARE Productions in August 2002. Having worked respectively in the entertainment industry and professional theatre, they have put their extensive knowledge to good effect producing musicals for children and teenagers.
RARE Productions is a Youth Theatre production company. We have an open audition policy for every show, meaning all our shows are cast from the auditions.
Contact: Phone: 01767 681049 E-mail: email@example.com
Founded in 1943 as the Sharnbrook Players, the Sharnbrook Mill Theatre Trust owns its own theatre on the banks of the Great Ouse. Although it’s officially a charity it is run as professionally as possible and offers its own bar, rehearsal room, costume and props department as well as a newly installed and updated surround sound system.
Each year we mount 2 musicals, two plays and a professionally run Youth Summer School. Places on the Summer school are proving so popular the age range has been extended up 18, but get in touch soon as places are limited!
Membership is open to all. If you would like to appear on stage or help backstage or with the 101 jobs that have to be done, you will find us a friendly group.
We try to make our year of events as varied as possible.
Contact: 01234 781210
Email this group by using the contact form on their web site.
Showco Bedford was originally called Bedford Amateur Operatic Society and has been performing in Bedford for over 60 years
Currently we perform two musicals at year at The Place Theatre, Bedford where we also rehearse on a Monday and Wednesday evening.
Contact Chris Ingley
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Silsoe Village Hall, Silsoe, Bedfordshire MK45 4DY
Silsoe Drama Club was founded in 1971 and has since produced over 113 different shows.
Renowned as one of the best amateur dramatics clubs in the region, SDC produces a varied programme of musicals, serious drama, family shows and the occasional grand spectacle.
For our members, we provide a fun hobby where you can meet new people and make friends. Firmly established as part of the life of the pretty Mid-Beds village of Silsoe, SDC usually performs in Silsoe Village Hall, but occasionally we have been lucky enough to 'do the Bard' in the fab setting of Wrest Park, and we hope to stage further productions in the park in the future.
We have two or three productions a year, usually one in the run-up to Christmas, one around Easter, and maybe a summer one too. Most of our productions are open to all, in fact we especially welcome new members at auditions. Our audition dates will be published on our website, or you can contact us to find out more.
Contact: 07977 740 953 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Square Drama Circle is a successful amateur dramatics society based at the Square Methodist Church in Dunstable. The group contains members across a wide age-range who work closely together to bring theatre to the community. The group was established in 1976 and has been going strongly ever since, putting on an average of two plays and a pantomime each and every year.
Recently we have started annual christmas revues which have gone down extremely well and summer schools for younger members of the local community where we guide and teach a group through creating and performing a show.
We are always glad to welcome new members. We gather on Monday and Thursday evenings at the Square Methodist Church Hall from 8 to 10pm. Whatever your talents there is a job for you - acting, music, directing, producing, stage crew or scenery painting to name just a few!
Use the e-mail addresses provided below for contacting our webmasters or members of our commitee.
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Chairman (Keith Turton) - firstname.lastname@example.org
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Social Commitee (Jonathan Mills) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you can send us any comments you have using our online e-mail form.
Founded as a school society in 1951 our first production was Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance", a show that has been performed several times since. The Society now performs a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta every November, a staged concert in April or May and occasional concerts by request to support local charities, churches and associations. We have long established links with Stewartby United Church with weekly rehearsals being held in the church hall. Over the years some members have gone on to sing with leading opera companies and during this period there have been a number of different producers and musical directors. All the productions are given in the village hall in Stewartby, fully costumed and always accompanied by a full orchestra right from day one. In 2008 and 2012 the society won prestigious awards for that year's show. We welcome new members or if anybody would like to come along to see what we do please contact us.
The Swan Theatre Company (previously The Bradgate Players) can trace its origins back to the 1940\’s. The renaming of the company came from a desire to change artistic direction and to inject a fresh input to the local theatrical scene. The newly named company aims to produce quality and exciting theatre and specialises in recent West End successes but also endeavors to present a balanced programme catering for all tastes and ages.
When the opening of The Place Bedford was first announced in 2001, Swan Theatre Company were one of the first groups to commit to using the venue giving Bedford Players Trust, the arts trust which established The Place, the confidence to proceed with the venture. Swan’s production of ‘A Day in the Death of Joe Egg’ was the first full scale production at the Place in January 2003, and many exciting and challenging productions have followed including "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead", "Miss Julie", "Talking Heads", and "Journeys' End" to name but a few. The Place, being a very flexible space, has enabled the Company to continue its policy of new and challenging productions presented in as a professional way as possible.
As a club, Swan are always looking for new members to get involved in any aspect. Interested people should contact the secretary.
Contact via email@example.com or 01234 269519
Tads are a friendly group who are fortunate enough to have their own 75 seater theatre here in Toddington.
We are happy to welcome new members in all capacities - not only as actors,but as backstage crew,set designers,prop-makers or administrators et al.
Joining a drama group is great way to get to know other people locally, and to focus those creative skills you've been hiding away.
We put on three main productions per year, meet twice a week (usually Mondays & Thursdays) and have a youth section TADS Teens.Come and join us.
Contact our Chairman Chairman@tadstheatre.org
Turvey Amateur Theatrical Society – affectionately known as TATS, staging dramas, musicals, comedies, whodunnits & revues since 1979.
We always welcome new members so if you would like to be involved with your local am-dram group, either on stage or behind the scenes and whether you’re eight or 80, please get in touch by calling our membership secretary Rosemary Gentry on 01234 881637.
The Conquest Players
The Conquest Players are a very small group with members of 11 years - 84 years old, we have been going for 21 years this year and we usually meet in Houghton Conquest on a Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Please see contact details below for meeting location as this is currently subject to change.
(children must be accompanied by a responsible adult). We are always looking for new members, whether you can help on and/or off stage. If you can act, sing, play a musical instrument, do some magic, help with scenery, or just want to feel involved by helping to make the tea you are most welcome to come and join our small group of players.
We put on one or two shows a year including an annual pantomime which we usually stage in March.
Did you take drama at school and wish to take to the stage again? Do you find you never get the chance for bigger roles? We are quite flexible and always try to find suitable parts for everyone. If you have talent, we will find it!
For further details contact Brenda Hartley - Tel. 01234 740482 or email - firstname.lastname@example.org
07950 923051 or 01234 401460
Secretary:- Caroline Forrest-Holden 07714 750822
The Country Players were formed over 30 years ago in November 1977 and since then we have usually presented three productions each year - plays, pantomimes and occasionally revues and old time musicals. We currently have about thirty full members plus helpers.
Most productions are held at Wootton Village Hall, Church Road, Wootton, Beds. We have also presented productions at The Place theatre in Bedford. Rehearsals are held in Wootton most Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm.
Mrs Pat Baskerville 01462 623959 email or 07950 923051 or 01234 401460
The Players meet at the Settlement in Letchworth Garden City most Monday and Wednesday evenings from 8pm for rehearsals and build scenery on Sunday mornings. An adult education group, there are no requirements for entry except enthusiasm and commitment.
3 Full length plays and 3 One Acts are produced each year together with social events.
Our stage is well equipped for sound and lighting and audiences are regularly 300 over the three nights we perform. Please ring the Secretary, Pat Baskerville, for a chat if you would like to know more.
Our small group offers you the opportunity to do as much or as little as you like, from producing or directing a panto to knocking up some set for a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon, or carrying a few props across the stage.
We\’re eager for anyone and everyone to come along and get involved. We’re not pretentious luvvies, we’re not scary or intimidating - we’re just a group of local villagers, enthusiastic about having a laugh.
If you feel the same way, then the Totternhoe Players is for you!
Interested, then contact the membership secretary email
Call Keith : 0844 8844505 or 07595 053251
Email us : Keith@up-stage.co.uk
Up-Stage is an award winning theatre company in Bedfordshire. We run regular youth drama clubs as well as adult plays by new writers. We also promote local arts events and run workshops and summer schools
We are proud to be members of NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association)
We are proud to be registered with the NAYT (National Association of Youth Theatre
We run youth sessions in Barton on a Thursday and a Saturday, and in Ampthill on Mondays.
We currently have a few vacancies in all of our sessions....please call for details
We are a thriving Male Voice Choir, based in Luton , Bedfordshire. The choir was started in 1943 during WWII by employees of Vauxhall Motors in Luton.
Westoning Players are a very sociable, friendly amateur dramatic group with members from Westoning and surrounding areas of Bedfordshire. The group was formed in 1975.We perform two or three productions a year, striving to include as many members as possible on stage and off. We are fortunate to have a pool of committed, skilled and willing members who are keen to be involved in all aspects of theatre-craft.
Everyone is welcome to our weekly club nights on a Thursday evening at 7.45pm in Westoning Village Hall. (We meet then whether or not we are rehearsing for a production). New members are always welcome. Just come along one Thursday evening; we will make you very welcome. All members and patrons receive a regular newsletter called Backstage Chat.
Based in Wilstead, a small village 5 miles south of Bedford. We have a membership covering ages 8 to 70+ (Adult members 15, Young Players 30 & Patrons 35) The Patrons scheme aims to support the Players but also allows privileges such as priority booking, reserved seats for productions and access to Wilstead Players social events. Wilstead Players meet in the Village Hall for rehearsals on Sunday and Wednesday or Thursday evenings. We put on three high quality amateur productions per year and a one-act play, which is entered for local festivals. (Bedfordshire (Haynes), Luton, Cambridge, Welwyn and Letchworth.) Productions include drama, comedy and a pantomime, which usually involves large numbers of children. We have established a good reputation, on the one-act festival circuit, for quality productions. We are currently building up a regular Young Players group catering for ages 8 to 16 years.
Our social programme includes an annual barbecue, a Patrons' cheese and wine evening and a Village quiz. We also hold a series of play readings during the summer months.
Box Office: Wilstead 01234 406065
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