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Atlantic Coast TheatreBarnstapleBox Office: 01271 324242
Axminster Drama ClubAxminster01460220727
email
Rehearsals: Tues and Thurs
Barnstaple Young GenerationBarnstaple01271 342 442
email
Junior Musical Comedy Society - Age Range: 9-21 - Rehearsals: Friday Evenings/Sunday Afternoons
Blackdown PlayersBarnstapleemail
Drama, Musicals - Age Range: 8-80
BOADS

Brixham, DevonBOADS was originally a small group of friends under the guise of \‘The Orange Bubbles\’ but wanted to expand their horizons and so changed their name to attract a wider membership and audience. Their first production was of \‘Pearl the Fishermaiden\’ and Ralph Bartlett was one of the original founding members of the group. The group quickly established itself as an essential part of the community and brought lots of pleasure to Brixham and its inhabitants. The first decade comprised mainly of Gilbert and Sullivan productions but they then branched out to lesser-known works to broaden the horizons of the players and audience members.
The group was well known for their lavish scenery that was designed by Jeffrey Snelson (see the Past Shows section for photos of some of his work). There was one occurrence during the 1951 production of \‘Chu Chin Chow\’ when two gentlemen in the audience actually wagered a bet in regards to being able to walk up the pathway on the backdrop or not. Jeffrey was a professional ex-member of the \‘D\’oyly Carte Opera Company\’ and instilled his professionalism into BOADS. Jeffrey stayed with the society until 1963, \‘The Pyjama Game\’ being his final production.
The Society was the first in the South West to produce a number of shows including Oklahoma (1955), Carousel (1958), South Pacific (1961) and Paint Your Wagon (1972).
Over the years we have had a number of outstanding Musical Directors such as George Dolton, Douglas Hutchings, Dennis Iles, Gerry Vaughan Williams, David Warwick and not forgetting our current man Carl Smith.
BOADS Rehearsal Hall, Cavern Hill, Brixham, Devon TQ5
Contact email 01803 850899
Braunton ProductionsHemyock
BroadsBroadhempston, Totnes, South Devonemail
General and very small group - Age Range: mostly adult - Rehearsals: Wednesday
We are a small but perfectly formed group in a Devon village near Totnes. We do one major production a year, panto or similar, and help raise village funds with one-offs like murdery mysteries. Anyone of any ability and age is welcome.
BATS Buckfastleigh Amateur Theatrical SocietyBuckfastleighemail
Buckfastleigh Drama GroupBuckfastleighBarbie MacKay Chairperson - 01364 642890
Kim Morse Secretary - 01803 866905
Most forms of dramatic productions except musicals. - Age Range: 5 to 105 - Rehearsals: Various
We are always looking for new people to come and join us in any capacity and are proud to welcome new members of all ages.
Budleigh Salterton Drama ClubBudleigh
Coffee House Players


ExeterThe Coffee House Players are a light-hearted, Exeter based theatre group.
As the name may suggest, we like to spend time in coffee shops: rehearsing, performing and drinking coffee. We're also rather fond of pubs.
We have a mixture of members from a variety of age groups and welcome anybody who would like to get involved.
Contact email
Crediton Operatic and Dramatic Society

CreditonMusical, concerts, drama - Age Range: Any - Rehearsals: Wednesday
Contact via website
CODS are always pleased to welcome new members and new friends to the Society.
Performance members.
CODS welcomes new members to join them for their productions.
As with the majority of Societies we are particularly keen to welcome young members. Just contact us and we tell you where and when our current production is taking place. If you belong to another society and wish to join us for a particular production you are more that welcome to come along and join us. As with other societies, you have to be a paid up member to perform!
Dartington PlaygoersTotnesemail
Dartmouth Players

Dartmouth01803 832036
Contact email
Phone: 01803 832036
Plays & musicals - Age Range: 11+ - Rehearsals: Varies
Dartmouth Players is a non professional drama group based in the historical town of Dartmouth, Devon. We produce 2 or 3 productions a year ranging from serious plays to musical and pantomime, mainly at the Flavel Theatre, Dartmouth. Join in the fun and excitement of our creative projects. The Dartmouth Players is a friendly, go-ahead innovative group, often performing original work with technically advanced multi media productions. If you would like to get involved we are delighted to talk to you. We welcome new members for back stage, directing, acting, singing and dancing.
Your community drama group. 1929 to 2010. Enquiries to 01803 832036
Dawlish Amateur Operatic SocietyDawlish01626 865289
email
Musical theatre - Rehearsals: Thursday
DJR School of Performing Arts

Hartley, PlymouthA Musical Theatre Group for children aged 6 to 18 years.
Run by: David Bailey, Liz Fedrick, Carly Rice, David Hunter and Maggie Lutley
Wednesday rehearsals in term time at Trinity UR Church Hall, Torr Lane, Hartley, Plymouth
Times: 4.30 to 6.30pm.o Saturdays per month from 2 to 5pm.
Fees: £80 per term (which includes rehearsals, insurance and part of your costume fees)
Previous shows include: Guys and Dolls Jr, Titanic the Musical, Disney’s ‘Aladdin Jr’, Way Out West and Disneys ‘Pinocchio Jr’
CONTACT DETAILS: Home: 01752 396054, Mobile: 07958813540, Email: dbaileydjr@yahoo.co.uk
Drama Play

Exeter and ExminsterDrama Play was launched in November 2008 by Kate Dinnin, and offers fun and stimulating drama classes and workshops to children from primary years upwards. The company is running classes after school in Exeter and Exminster, and offers In-School workshops across Devon and Somerset. We also offer bespoke Drama Parties.
Mondays - Belmont Hut, Belmont Park, Newtown, Exeter.
Wednesdays - Victory Hall, Exminster.
Saturday Mornings - Thornlea Building, Exeter University, New North Road.
Classes run in term-time, and are priced at £4.50 per lesson, payable in Half-Term blocks.
For more information, call Kate on 01392 679197 or email
Ermington PlayersErmington01548 830348
email
Pantomime and Comedy Plays -m Age Range: 11 to 65 - Rehearsals: Monday
Estuary Players of Topsham

Topsham and ExeterEstuary Players can boast a long and highly varied list of productions in its 34 years of existence, but its not our track record that's our biggest asset: it's our ambition to do better theatre each time which we feel gives us that edge- the next show is always more important than the last one. We aren't avant-garde, or experimental, but we do believe that only the best writing gives us the opportunity to bring out the best acting, directing and presentation. We don't always rise to the occasion, but we always try. Why not come and join us, and. whatever your interest or skill, you will find a welcoming and supportive atmosphere. You can still check out our track record though by looking through the past shows list to see if you share our taste.
Why not come and join us....
Our members come from Topsham and Exeter mostly, and when we have a show in rehearsal we meet twice a week usually. Please contact us via website, if you have any questions.
Exeter Amateur Operatic SocietyExeterMusicals - Age Range: From 16 years up - Rehearsals: Mondays & Wednesdays
Exeter Drama Company

Exeterformed in 1954 and 'probably the oldest drama company in the city'. We're celebrating our 60th anniversary in September 2014 anyway! We perform 4 plays a year in March, June, September and December that are a mix of comedy, drama, period, thriller, classic etc etc and also do a minimum of 4 'one night stands'!! (Not as shady as it sounds, honest). We have an age range that goes from 10 to 84 and perform in The Shed in Alphington where we are lucky to have full houses for most of our shows. A fun group who work hard to produce high quality entertainment for the paying public. Or so we hope!
Contact exeterdrama@hotmail.com
Exeter Little Theatre Company

Exeter01392 201467
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pantos and plays - Age Range: 12 up - Rehearsals: Wednesday
The Exeter Little Theatre Company was formed in 1954 and was based in Colleton Crescent until 1998 when we moved to our current club house in the Exeter West Quarter. Our club house is easily accessible on foot, by car and on public transport.
We meet on a Wednesday evening for social evenings, play readings, rehearsals and all things theatre. We perform the majority of our plays at the Exeter Barnfield Theatre and we have facilities at our club house allowing us to rehearse, build sets, and meet each week. This includes a wardrobe department, workshop, coffee bar and two rehearsal rooms one of which is large enough to lay out the full size Barnfield stage.
Our youth section is run by a professional drama tutor, her main employer is Exeter City Council and this gives her access to a vast amount of information not to mention her contacts, which can bring great diversity to her timetable. This gives the youth members a varied and far more complete insight into not just drama but theatre as a whole. Their 2008 production was a devised production and included video, animation, choreographed fight scenes and puppetry to compliment the three narrated short stories, which made up the show.
Our membership has a varied skillbase and this allows us to put on shows as diverse as 'Singin' In The Rain' to 'Toad of Toad Hall' and from Pantomimes to Agatha Christie thrillers. We do however need new members continually and would be pleased to hear from anyone who is interested in theatre and drama. A vast knowledge is far from essential but the desire to work as part of team is paramount. Some of the preparation is done by members on their own but during show week the team spirit is generally high.
Exeter Musical Society

ExeterEAOS (Exeter Amateur Operatic Society) was formed in 1904 and is Exeter\’s oldest amateur Society. Our first production, \’The Pirates of Penzance\’ was staged in 1905 at the Royal Public Rooms in London Inn Square and was such a success it was decided to stage another show in December that year but this time at a much grander venue, Exeter\’s much loved Theatre Royal which could seat 900 patrons. Shows continued here for one week every year until 1916 resuming again in 1920 and continued until the outbreak of the second world war in 1939.The first production after the war was \‘Merrie England\’ in 1946.Productions continued every year at The Theatre Royal until 1962 when sadly it was demolished.
For two years the Society presented shows at St. Georges Hall in Market Street until a new home was found at the Savoy Cinema just across the road from the old Theatre Royal and in 1965 opened with \‘Oklahoma!\’ one of the most popular post war shows and playing to an audience of 1900 per night.
In 1969 the Society presented \’The Gondoliers\’ as a second show at the recently opened Northcott Theatre. The Society then returned to the ABC as it was then called for a further three years until it was also demolished.
\’Pink Champagne\’ was the choice for the Society\’s opening at the Northcott Theatre in 1973 and it is here we have presented shows every year since. We also use the Barnfield Theatre to stage a concert or second show usually in November.
At this years Annual General Meeting (AGM) the idea was proposed for a name change. The majority of members voted in favour of this and from July 2009 we shall be called 'Exeter Musical Society' or E.M.S. for short. We are hoping to hold some events to relaunch ourselves, so watch this space!
We have a proud history and tradition in Exeter and are the only amateur society in Exeter to stage musicals with a full orchestra at a professional theatre the next one being \‘Anything Goes\’ 2010. We employ an outside Director, Choreographer and Musical Director and aim to present shows to the highest standard.
Of course we always need new members to keep the Society alive and thriving, whether acting, singing, dancing, backstage or just to support, if you feel like \’ having a go\’ then feel free to contact us.Chairman (Josiah Carrier) - Chair
Secretary (Heather Macan) - Secretary
Marketing (Adrian Fox) - marketing
Gadzooks Theatre Company

19 Norton Avenue, Plymouth, Devon PL4 7PEemail: info
Sam
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Age Range: 16 - 106
Rehearsals: Workshops are first Sunday of every month and rehearsals are currently Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays (subject to change)
Gadzooks Theatre Company is a fresh and exciting not-for-profit theatre company producing work in the South West region.
Our aims are to create innovate theatrical works, take chances and reflect and include our community
Email: Jane Grayston Jane
Gadzooks Theatre Company aims to offer a creative environment to produce excellent theatre for our society.
No other not-for-profit theatre company in Plymouth is as truly democratic as Gadzooks - with every single member having the right to propose and vote for the plays that we perform.
We will always endeavour to offer a safe and creative environment for our members to work in, in order to create the best theatre that we possibly can. Gadzooks is prepared to take risks to perform the plays that others may steer clear of.
For more information or an interview, contact the Chair, Sam Grayston on 07739 021915 or email
Get Changed Theatre Company

OakehamptonGet Changed based in Okehampton Devon was founded in 1995 with just 7 people…….over the years it has increased in both size (now over 20 participants and still growing) and the complexity of performance.
Get Changed works with adults with learning disabilities and mental health problems using role play and performing arts techniques to develop life skills and confidence, promote social inclusion and empower people to realise their full potential. Our work is led by our participants and is designed to inspire, entertain and educate public audiences.
Our mission is to raise the profile of the disability community and change public attitudes towards those with disabilities by creating and performing high quality arts projects.
Our vision is to increase awareness of the problems faced by people with learning disabilities and leave something striking and of lasting value within the community.
If you would like to get involved with Get Changed or discuss anything regarding the charity please contact us on the details below
Philippa Tarr – Secretary and Trustee
Telephone: 01363 82535
get.changed@yahoo.co.uk
Weekly Support Co-ordinator
Penny Marten-Smith pennym@hotmail.co.uk
Get Changed meets each week at the Okement Centre main hall, North Street, Okehampton EX20 1AR (from 6th February 2013) on a Wednesday from 10.00 am -4pm.
Get Changed welcomes new members (whatever your ability) aged 16 and upwards.
FourthwallPlymouth / Launceston / LiskeardContact fourthwall@btinternet.com
Contemporary Drama / Touring / Education - Age Range: 16+
Heybrook PlayersPlymouth01752 707684
email
Farces, Dramas, Comedies & Pantomime - Age Range: 3-93 - Rehearsals: Tuesday evenings, Friday evenings & Sunday afternoons

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