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|Abstract Theatre||Westcliff||Essex based theatre company producing high quality productions |
Company Overview Breaking down the barrier between actor and audience. Proving theatre can be adapted to any venue
Description Abstract Theatre is a theatre company based in Essex as was set up in the summer of 2008. Producing plays, musical and pantomimes.
General information Abstract Theatre are always looking for new cast members. If you are interested in auditioning for us contact us email
Mission To bring theatre into the 21st century
|Academy Arts Theatre School||Epping|
6a The Green, Writtle, Chelsmford, Essex CM1 3DU
|Academy Arts Theatre School run performing arts classes in Epping for children aged 3-21 yrs.|
|Actocrats||Shoeburyness||Performing since 1974, producing a panto, full length play and 3 one act plays per year. Meeting on Thursdays at 8 p.m at Friars Community Centre, The Renown, Constable Way, Shoeburyness.|
Andee Byford 01702 306506 email
|All 4 One Theatre Company||Contact email or 07891593089 or 01277 631424 |
|All Saints Players||Hornchurch||Contact: Michael Webb|
Tel. no: 01708 725077 email
Venue: All Saints Church Hall, Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch
Meet: Thursdays, 8 pm
New members always welcome. Experience not necessary, but a sense of humour is. A friendly group established more than 40 years ago. We aim to stage three full length productions a year, ranging from high drama to pantomime and music hall. We have also entered local drama festivals with some success.
Just as tall oaks from tiny acorns grow, so All Saints' Players evolved from small beginnings. Gang shows put on by the Scouts attached to the church fired the ambitions of some performers and so the idea of a drama group was germinated and the seeds sown.
ASPs was formed in 1966 and presented themselves to a responsive audience with "Nine to Five", a play written by a local playwright. Some of that very young cast are still members of the group to this day. Since then, the company has presented a regular assortment of productions ranging from high drama and farce to pantomime and music hall. Comedy has always been a favourite with both audiences and members of the group who have honed their skills in this medium to a high degree of achievement.
Things have not always gone smoothly for the company who suffered a severe setback in 1989 when a fire in the church hall just before the production of a pantomime destroyed a great deal of equipment and costumes. Lighting equipment, hired from an outside source and damaged in the blaze, was not covered by the group's insurance and so a large debt was incurred.
Nothing daunted, they fought back and soon cleared their financial burden and have since gone to possess their own extensive range of stage lighting along with complex switching gear. They also purchased a comprehensive sound system which includes a hard-of-hearing loop so that audience members who have hearing difficulties can enjoy the performance to the full.
The group has entered local festivals with some success. Their first entry was in 1995 when they won the award for best actress at the Havering Arts Council's festival. Set design and costumes have always played a major part in the group's thinking and both have been the receipt of favourable comments and awards by festival adjudicators and audiences. ASPs are lucky to have a home base from which to perform and house their extensive scenery and costume resources. Although the confines of the church hall are sometimes limiting, it does enable the group to present intimate theatre of high quality. Two members of the company who first trod the boards in the church hall have gone on to appear on the professional stage but whilst members are happy to accept demanding roles, the group's aim is to entertain, have fun and please audiences.
Recent productions include - Absurd Person Singular, Idle Hands, Pack of Lies, Aladdin, The Day After The Fair, The Late Mrs Early, Old Time Music Hall, Jack & The Beanstalk.
2 Lower Hall, Great Bardfield, Braintree, Essex CM7
Contact via email
The Bardfield Players have been entertaining residents of and visitors to Great Bardfield for many years now.
We put on two productions a year, around April and November. Our productions range from murder mysteries through bitter-sweet dramas to all-out farces.
New members are very welcome, just turn up on a rehearsal night. Membership is open to anyone who would like to join us, and you get your first year free! Hooray! (after that it's £14 per annum, boo!).
We meet every Thursday evening in the Town Hall, Great Bardfield from 8.15 pm to 10.00 pm for rehearsals.
Every now and again we have been known to pop into the local hostelry after rehearsing...
|Barking Music and Drama||Barking||Barking Operatic Society was started in the 1970s as a Council night school class and was originally called Barking Operatic Workshop. Under the auspices of the former Barking Arts Council, the Group was led by local music teacher Ethel Giles, who was paid by the Council, and members paid night class fees to the Borough. Barking Operatic Workshop put on its productions in local halls and schools throughout the Borough. In 1979, Ethel Giles retired and another Barking music teacher, Carole Cable took over as Musical Director. The evening class was cancelled, but members wanted to continue their interest and formed Barking Operatic Society which was given a grant by Barking Arts Council to help pay for the Musical Director and a pianist. B.O.S. members collected membership fees and organised fundraising events and from the 1980s, were able to stage larger scale productions - usually in The Broadway Theatre, Barking. When Barking Arts Council was disbanded, B.O.S. was told to apply directly to the Grants Section of the Council for funding. This the Group has done ever since and B.O.S. is very grateful for the financial assistance it receives from the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham without which its ability to stage high quality musical productions would be severely curtailed. Carole Cable died unexpectedly in May 1997, but since January 1998, B.O.S. has been fortunate to have Carol Lucas, another Barking and Dagenham music teacher, as its Musical Director. The Society currently has more than 30 members and is now a well established feature of the musical life of the Borough. In November 2005 Barking Operatic Society decided to change its name and as from January 2006 has become... Barking Music and Drama, or...|
Why not join us?...
Barking Music and Drama warmly welcomes new members........
If ever you long to bust into song, Yearn for the chance to get up and dance, As a matter of fact, if you want to act, Then pick up the phone and make yourself known.....
........to our Membership Secretary Judith Lambert on 01708 764200 who will send you membership details, or place your name on our mailing list for future productions, or send us an e-mail.
|Basildon Operatic Society||Basildon||Basildon Operatic Society is an established amateur theatre company based in Basildon, Essex. The origins of the society go back to the 1930s when the organist at St. Mary's Church, Langdon Hills, decided to stage Pirates of Penzance to keep the children in the church choir out of trouble at the weekends. Curiously then known as St. Mary's Athletics Club (!), the society grew over the years to become first Laindon and District Amateur Operatic Society, and then more recently Basildon Operatic Society.|
The society performs in both shows and concerts, currently producing its annual show in late May or early June, and its concerts in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Originally BasOp's shows were exclusively selected from Gilbert and Sullivan's Savoy operas, but these days a good number of musicals are produced too.
BasOp is unquestionably Basildon's leading musical theatre society.
BasOp can be contacted by the following means:
Contact via email
mail via Society box office:
Tomtit Hall, Tomtit Lane, Woodham Mortimer, Essex,CM9 6TE
|Basildon Players||Basildon||The Basildon Players was formed in 1963, although our roots go back to the late 1950's, and as such we are the longest established theatrical company in the district. f you are over 16, Male or Female, Old or Young want to act or help out behind the scenes then come on - what do you have to lose?|
Contact via email
|Becket Drama Company||Waltham Abbey||Email: info|
We are a well-established lively amateur theatre group that performs three shows a year at Waltham Abbey Town Hall in Essex.
We welcome new members at any time. There's plenty to do backstage, front of house as well as on stage
MembershipThe group is open to anyone with an interest in all aspects of amateur theatre. All you need is a willingness to have fun and muck in. Nobody gets paid and everyone works hard!
We do need children for some of our shows but they must be accompanied by an adult in a parent role.
Annual membership subs are £25 and for unwaged and children are £12.50. They are due in March to coincide with the Annual General Meeting.
Box office enquiries:01992 716112
Membership enquiries: 01992 651779
|Benfleet Operatic Society||Benfleet|
The Appleton School Theatre, Croft Road Benfleet, Essex SS7 5RN
|Details from Rob Gray 01268 751303|
Chairman - Jacky Newman email
Secretary - Emma Mitchell email
Treasurer - Geoff Mingail email
Publicity - Rob Gray and email
Music Coordinator - Sue Kelly email
Stage Manager - Colin Luckman email
Tickets - Dave Sutton email New Members: We are very friendly and welcome new members, whether singing, acting, social, back-stage, or front-of-house etc. We meet each Friday for rehearsals at 7.45pm at South Benfleet Junior School, High Road, Benfleet
Dave Sutton email 01268-692786
|Beyond the Rainbow Theatre Company||South East Essex||The group puts on plays, musicals and pantomimes whilst also fundraising for several charities. We raised over £2600 for charity with just our last two productions. |
New members are welcome. Please contact us at email@example.com
|Blackmore Players||Blackmore||01277 372386|
The Blackmore Players started out in 1969 and have been growing stronger ever since! Join us on stage or behind the scenes. New members are ALWAYS welcome! You don't have to be from Blackmore to join! While the core membership is that of village residents, we have people who have stayed loyal after moving out to Ingatestone, Chelmsford and Braintree, as well as new members from Billericay - and even Saffron Waldon! Members are welcome from anywhere but generally the majority of our members are from the local villages including Doddinghurst, Kelvedon Hatch, Fryerning, Stondon Massey, Highwood and, of course, Blackmore.
We meet every Wednesday in Blackmore Village Hall and rehearsals start at 8pm. We sometimes rehearse on a Friday or Sunday evening, but this depends on the show and the producer.
The postcode of the Village Hall is CM4 0QR.
|Billericay Operatic Society||Billericay||Billericay Operatic Society generally rehearse at Brightside Primary School in Billericay on Friday evenings between 8pm and 10pmbr>We normally put on 2 shows each year in around March and October|
Our performances are held at the Brentwood Theatre, 15 Shenfield Road, Brentwood, Essex. CM15 8AG
Should you be interested in joining our friendly group or wish to contact us with any questions, please contact Jane Martin, Vice Chair/Membership Secretary. (Ideally, via the below e-mail address in the first instance but If urgent, Jane can be contacted on Tel: 07751-923224).email
|Blitzed Theatre Company||Hornchurch||A drama group who occasionally put on shows and sometimes win awards.|
|Bocking Theatre Club||Braintree & Bocking|
Bocking Village Hall, Church Street, Braintree.
|FRIENDLY MIXED AGE GROUP CLUB. WE WELCOME FAMILIES AND SINGLES OF ALL AGES.YOU DONT HAVE TO BE AN ACTOR THERE A PLENTY OF THINGS TO DO INCLUDING PAINTING,SET/PROP,CONSTRUCTION ,LIGHTING SOUND AND COSTUMES. WE MEET FOR SOCIAL EVENTS AND VISIT OTHER DRAMA GROUPS.|
|BOSCATS ( A Musical Group for Children and Young People)||Benfleet||01268 751303|
Benfleet Operatic Society was 50 in 2006 and started a cool new Musical Group
Especially for Young People called BOSCATS
(Benfleet Operatic Society Children's Amateur Theatre)
ehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 6.15pm to 7.45pm, at Benfleet Methodist Church Hall, High Road, Benfleet. (bottom of Vicarage Hill)
Contact Rob Gray via email or phone him on 01268 751303
|Bradwell Amateur Dramatic Society (BADS)||Bradwell-on-Sea|
|Braintree Dramatic Society||Braintree||Help us to make BDS a real part of the community.|
For information on tickets and how to take part you can contact Mary, our society secretary, on 07918181976 email or e-mail Scott, our society chairman
Braintree Dramatic Society was formed in 1928 by a group of enthusiasts who had previously produced plays under the aegis of the County High School Old Pupils Association.
Rehearsal days are currently Mondays and Thursdays,at 8pm, either at St. Michael\’s Church Hall or The Institute Hall, Braintree, Essex.
The Society also arranges trips to local theatres to see both professional and other amateur productions.
If you are interested in joining or have any questions about the Society then please contact our Society Secretary, Mary Watson Mobile: 07918181976
|Braintree Musical Society||Braintree||We are an amateur musical theatre group based in Braintree, Essex, performing two musical shows per year. The Society was founded in 1949 by Jack Cogan who was Music Master at Braintree High School and Choirmaster and Organist at St Peter's Church. A Gilbert and Sullivan enthusiast, the first stage production was 'The Pirates of Penzance' in 1951 which he produced, musically directed and conducted.|
The Society has produced a wide variety of challenging musicals - recently the 100th show, Anything Goes, was performed in October 2007 at the Institute.
In addition, from time to time, groups have given concerts, parties, floats entered in the carnival procession and other entertainments provided. Over the years, many of those involved have been whole families and indeed a number of a second generation have followed in their parents' footsteps.
If you would like to know more about our society, please get in touch by e-mailing us via email, or pop along to one of our rehearsals on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm at Braintree Arts Theatre (shows and rehearsals)
|Brentwood Operatic Society||Brentwood||We are always looking for new members to join us. If you would like to take join Brentwood Operatic for their next production please contact our membership secretary, Janet, via email|
Brentwood Operatic Society has been entertaining the people of Brentwood for over 100 years and, in 2005, celebrated its centenary year in style, producing two shows and a large scale concert which took audiences back to the very beginning.
Usually the society produces two or three shows a year, two at the Brentwood Theatre and one at the Queen's Theatre in Hornchurch.We like to produce both well known shows as well as the lesser known. Recent shows have included Me & My Girl, Throughly Modern Millie and the NODA award winning production of Jekyll & Hyde.
Brentwood Operatic Society is affiliated to NODA (The National Operatic and Dramatic Association) and Brentwood Arts Council. The support of the Arts Council and Brentwood Borough Council towards the running of the Society, a non profit-making amateur body, is gratefully acknowledged.
|Brentwood Performing Arts Group (BPAG)||Brentwood|
|Brookside Theatre||Romford||Contact email firstname.lastname@example.org|
|CADOS (Chingford Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society)||Chingford||Box Office and all enquiries to Janet on 02085244380 Adult Group Our friendly society has been in existence for over 65 years. We put on 3 productions per year, musicals and plays, rehearsing and performing in Mornington Hall, The Green Walk, N Chingford, London E4 7EN. Why not come and watch a rehearsal one evening? Just ring Janet to arrange this. We look forward to meeting you.|
Have you a budding star or a drama queen in the house? Is there someone who sings, dances or has a flair for the dramatic? If so the Youth Theatre Group for 12 to 18 year-olds might be just their thing. Classes are held at Mornington Hall on Wednesdays from 19:00-20:00 and the subscription is just £35 a term. The Youth Group performs one or two productions per year which vary in style. From the age of 15 they may also take part in adult shows.The Group is also encouraged to learn in a fun way about the technical side of theatre.For more information please contact Gail on 020 8524 4380 or email.(Please note that due to the rehearsal schedule for productions we cannot take all prospective pupils immediately and you may need to wait a few weeks.)
|CAODS||Chelmsford||We welcome new members both acting and non acting at all times. You are sure of a warm welcome from all. |
CAODS rehearse for shows on Wednesdays and Fridays at the CYGAMS HQ, Meteor Way (off Waterhouse Lane), Chelmsford.
Setting and revision calls start at 7.30pm and music calls start at 7.45pm. In addition to these rehearsals there are some Saturdays during Directors setting. Details of all rehearsal are posted in the 'Green Room' section of the website.
Membership enquiries - Diana Baker via email
|CDOT (Churches Drama and Opera in Thurrock)||Essex||CDOT is made up of a group of friendly and enthusiastic people, aged 16+, who meet to enjoy and perform musical productions. We produce one fully staged performance at the Thameside Theatre each November. Shows alternate between musicals and operettas.Full company rehearsals are held each Wednesday evening at 8.00pm in the Youth Hall at Stanford-le-Hope Methodist Church. In the spring of each year we undertake three or four concerts at churches and village halls in support of local charities. Programmes for our concerts are varied, but consist largely of songs from shows and films. Rehearsals for these concerts take place in winter months thus making CDOT virtually an all year round activity. Regular social events are also organised and vary from year to year depending on the wishes of the Society and the eagerness of the social secretary. It all makes CDOT a great Society to be in. Friendship and camaraderie are central to our success.|
NEW MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME WHETHER TO SING, DANCE OR HELP BACKSTAGE. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MEMBER PLEASE CONTACT HELEN WATTS (MEMBERS' SECRETARY) ON (07770) 404484.or via email
|Chain Reaction Youth Theatre||Dagenham||The Chain Reaction Theatre specialises in creating original entertaining educational theatre projects and interactive workshops that explore issues that young people face in today’s society. The theatre works in schools, community venues, theatres and youth centres in deprived areas of London and Essex and have worked with over 250,000 young people since they were set up 15 years ago. The Chain Reaction Youth Theatre engages with young people and will deliver workshops to explore topics such as anti-social behaviour, knife and gang crime, the community, drugs, alcohol, bullying, healthy living and aspirations.|
|Chameleons Web Theatre Company||Colchester||Chameleons Web is an innovative theatre company based in Colchester, Essex, Weave a web of wonder, weave a web of tales, the skillful Chameleon will discover all she needs inside her web. She will change her colour to fuse the scene and those united in her web will be the ingredients. The magic of the Chameleon will weave through and through, time after time. Follow the Chameleon, she will take you places you never dreamed of and will leave you wanting. Contact us via the website.|
|Chelmsford Opera||Chelmsford||There has never been a better time to join Chelmsford Opera.|
If you like singing or acting or working in production, Chelmsford Opera is the best place to be. We have a very broad range of talent, from trained singers to walk-on members.
THERE IS A PLACE FOR YOU!
Depending on our production schedule, rehearsals generally take place at Great Baddow United Reformed Church on Monday evenings from 8pm to 10pm. There are usually some Sunday rehearsals. The URC is located on the High Street, opposite Great Baddow Library, near the Vineyard shopping centre and "The Blue Lion" public house.
Simply contact our Membership Secretary Tina Spivey for more details. A warm welcome awaits. Contact email
|Chelmsford Theatre Workshop|
THE OLD COURT THEATRE 233 SPRINGFIELD ROAD CHELMSFORD ESSEX CM26JT
Box Office on 01245 606505 or online at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres. You can also buy tickets on the night at the Old Court Theatre
For general enquiries relating to Chelmsford Theatre Workshop, contact the Secretary:
Lynne Foster email
For queries relating to the current season, productions or the artistic output of CTW, contact the Artistic Director:
Joe Kennedy email
For enquiries pertaining to membership of CTW or the website, contact the Membership Secretary:
Danny Segeth email
For Technical queries, contact the Technical Director:
Roger Mannion email
For Publicity enquries including advertising, contac the Publicity Manager:
Kelly McGibney email
|Chelmsford Young Generation Amateur Musical Society (CYGAMS)||Chelmsford||Chelmsford Young Generation is a music and drama society for young people ages 8 to 18. Boys and girls work with professional directors to perform two shows each year at the Civic Theatre and the Cramphorn Theatre in Chelmsford. The fact that Young Gen work with professional directors allied with the hard work and dedication from the young people on stage and the myriad of volunteers who help out with the many aspects of putting on a great show, from the wardrobe department through to the set builders and backstage crew allows the society to produce performances of the highest calibre. Being a member of Young Gen gives young people an extremely wide range of life skills. Working as part of a dedicated team of people of all ages from diverse backgrounds, gives the "Young Genners" a unique opportunity to grow in confidence on an individual basis as well as being part of a group that strives, not only to put on tremendous shows but to have fun and develop new skills while doing so.|
Contact via email
|Chiefly Yourselves||Epping/Theydon Bois|
|Chigwell Row Operatic and Dramatic Society (CROADS)||Chigwell||CROADS welcomes new members, of all ages. If you wish to perform on stage or help behind the scenes with set building, sound or lighting then contact our secretary and come along, bring a friend, and join us at The Victory Hall. Catch up with us on Facebook and on Twitter.|
Being an entirely self supporting society, unusual in this day and age, we rely on the continued support and generosity of our patrons.
Croads was established in 1933.
Contact email CROADSchigwell@gmail.com
|Churches Drama and Opera||Thurrock||Mr M. Rawlinson,|
Tel: 01375 678618
Contact via email
C.D.O.T. is an adult Dramatic and Operatic society which has been performing shows at the Thameside Theatre every November since 1972. Although its roots are Gilbert & Sullivan Operettas, such shows are performed approximately every 3 years. We also perform musicals and other shows (e.g. Kiss Me Kate, Half a Sixpence, Guys & Dolls) C.D.O.T. also perform 2 -3 charity concerts per year in March. C.D.O.T. has an enviable reputation for its musical ability and is currently attracting younger members who enjoy the challenges of music, drama & dance within a friendly environment. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evening at Stanford-le-Hope Methodist Church Hall. Anyone interested should contact Stuart Cameron.
|Clacton Musical Theatre Society||Clacton||Chairman: Sam McCarthy 07585440815 email@example.com|
Clacton Operatic Society first graced the stage in 1930 performing Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance. Gilbert and Sullivan musicals continued to be performed by the Society up until World War II.
Following the war the Society began performing some of the musicals we still enjoying staging today. The 1950's saw the introduction of some Rodgers and Hammerstein favourites such as Oklahoma and Carousel. The 1951 production of The Maid of the Mountains saw the first performance of our current President and Honorary Life Member, Edna Mountstephen. Edna has performed many principal roles, most recently as General Cartright in the 2009 production of Guys and Dolls.
Over the years the society has seen several variations to its name which have included the terms "operatic" and "musical comedy". Following a recent rebranding exercise involving the members of the society it was decided that a name change was needed. We felt that 'Clacton Amateur Operatic Society' no longer reflected our style of performance and instead our name should include the word "musical", so on 1 September 2009 'Clacton Musical Theatre Society' was born.
September 2009 also saw a change in the Management Committee. Following 17 years as Chairman, Edna Mountstephen handed over the reins to Vice Chairman, Sam McCarthy.
Even after 81 years of staging musicals, we are still continuing to make history.
As the Society continues to evolve we look forward to what we hope will be a successful new decade for Clacton Musical Theatre Society.
We are always looking for new Members to join our \‘Family\’. Anyone aged 7 and over, any ability can come and join the madness!
If you do not want to be onstage; why not come and give a hand Backstage, Front of House, Wardrobe, Make Up, Props, Sound or Lighting?
Please contact our Membership Secretary for more details, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are a charity that puts on a Musical in June, a Pantomime in January and a variety concert at the end of February. Also our \‘Youth Performers\’ put on a Show in April and a Variety Concert in October every year. We are always looking for members of all ages to join us either onstage, back stage, front of house, helping make scenery, costumes or props. The list of jobs is endless. We also have many Social events that go on throughtout the year. We have a large set of Costumes that we are willing to hire out. We are also always looking to expand our Production Team Database, so if you would like to be our Director, Choreographer If you have some spare time and would like to join us for some fun and laughter, visit our website and complete the contact form. We look forward to hearing from you.
We are affiliated to NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Assosiation), NETG (North Essex Theatre Guild), CVS (Community Volunteering Services) Tendring and NAYT (National Assosiation of Youth Theatres).
|Coggeshall Amateur Theatrical Society||Epping/Theydon Bois|
|Colchester Ladies Circle||Colchester|| email|
|Colchester Operatic Society||Colchester||We are one of the region's oldest musical theatre companies and perform annually to rave reviews. Founded in 1924, the Society has gone from strength to strength and boasts a membership of over 150 people.|
We currently produce two main shows a year - one, two week run in the early year by our members aged 16 and over, and another, one week run by our junior members aged 11 - 23.
In addition we also perform our annual spring concert at a variety of venues throughout Colchester. We are also often in demand at smaller functions such as fundraising events, carol singing and one off performances.
As well as a strong COS membership, our junior members group, known collectively as 'CO2' (Colchester Operatic Society Second Edition) is incredibly popular and the Society prides itself on the number of young people who have gone on from CO2, through COS and on to form successful careers within the theatrical industry. Many of these are currently performing on West End stages and on your TV screens!
Nevertheless, the dream of a future career in theatre is not a pre-requisite for joining the Society - for many of our members it is being part of an exciting theatrical project that interests them. Whether your forte is acting, dancing, singing or assisting in other aspects of the production, there is something for you in COS.
In addition to our on-stage activities, the Society hosts a number of social events throughout the year. These range from quizzes and workshops to formal dinner-dances, summer BBQs and much more.
The Executive Committee (made up from elected members of the Society) also produces a quarterly newsletter 'StageStruck' which, as well as our website, keeps members informed of events that are planned and reviews of past activities.
Keeping in touch or finding out information has never been so easy - our website covers everything you need to know about the Society, and our Contacts page is designed to give you the details of people to ask any burning questions!
Your level of committment to the Society can be as little or as much as you want - many of our non-acting members prefer just to help out during the run of a show, whilst our performing members abviously commit a significantly greater amount of time to evening rehearsala and the occasional weekend rehearsal.
Whatever your age and ability, Colchester Operatic Society offers challenging, rewarding and above all FUN activities for individuals, couples and entire families in Colchester, with an emphasis on musical theatre.
Get in touch and find out how you can get involved!
Mike Spurgeon: Chairperson email
Liz Thorne: Secretary email
Norman Ryan: Treasurer email
Mark Fincham: Business Manager email
|Colchester Theatre Group||Colchester||Contact via email|
We meet to rehearse on Mondays and Thursdays at the Bunting Rooms in Essex Street (behind the Playhouse Pub) and we usually perform at the Headgate Theatre, Chapel Street North.
Our activities include:
Three major productions, cast by audition
Rehearsed readings cast by director’s invitation
Workshops - open to all members
Various social events including a summer picnic, quizzes, theatre outings etc.
|Columbine Youth Theatre||Walton||Contact via email|
Fax: 01255 672008
Address: Columbine Centre, Princes Esplanade, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. CO14 8PZ
|College Amateur Operatic Society||Essex||Since 1976, the Society has also presented ad hoc performances of Old Tyme Music Hall and themed revues and concerts. These have been first presented at the College and then taken to other venues at the request of different organisations. The majority of these performance are for charities and, as costs are forever rising for our own main productions, we are more than pleased to be able to offer our time rather than money to good causes.|
WANT TO HELP?
We are always grateful for support back stage and front of house.
If you would like to assist, please contact us...
Or simply come along...
Rehearsals for all our productions take place at:
Waltham Forest College, Forest Road,Walthamstow E.17 4JB
on Tuesday (principals) and Thursday (chorus) evenings 7.30pm - 10pm
Doreen Harding (Chairperson) 020 8539 9474 or via email
Box Office: 020 8553 4466
|College Players||Hornchurch||Contact: Lindsay Hollingsworth |
Tel. no: 01277 263896
Contact via email
Venue: Various local halls
Meet: Mondays & Thursdays 8 - 10pm
We perform an annual pantomime at various venues during January and showcase original one-act plays in Drama festivals in East london & Herts. A full length production is presented at the Brentwood Theatre in September/October each year.
|Danbury Players||Danbury Village Hall, Main Road, Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex||Danbury Players is a highly respected amateur dramatics group for the village of Danbury, Essex. Currently we put on two productions annualy, a Pantomime and a summer production. We are also proudly affialated with NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association).|
We are always on the lookout for new members, both on and off stage. So if you are looking to join our group, then please look at our membership enquiry page
musicals, pantomimes and drama!
Age Range: 10
Tuesday Evening 7:30pm - 10 pm and Sundays 5- 8 pm
|Dovercourt Theatre Group (DTG)||Dovercourt||Dovercourt Theatre Group (DTG) is a friendly, award-winning amateur drama group and has been active in the Harwich area since 1974. We are affiliated to the National Operatic and Dramatic Association. DTG is a self-funded company consisting of over 20 members with a range of skills from acting to costume making. We perform several productions a year in a range of local venues. Our past performances include plays, musicals, pantos and Shakespeare. We also enjoy regular social and fund-raising events at our studio behind Harwich Magistrate’s Court. For more information and to join our company, please visit our website|
Dovercourt Theatre Group aims to produce at least two plays per annum and is essentially a chamber theatre, playing to members of the Friends of Dovercourt Theatre Group in its own studio. Membership is open to those 16 and over and vacancies exist in all departments.
Contact c/o 73 Garland Road, Parkeston, Harwich, Essex CO12 4PA - email
|Dragon Theatre Company||Ilford||Contact via email or 07960 676180|
Kathy Mead email
When we began we were called St Cedd's Players, named after the church hall in Goodmayes, Essex, that was our base for 23 years; it was in 1998 that we moved to our new home, St George's Hall in Gants Hill, and changed our name to Dragon Theatre Company.
Over the years we have grown into a thriving company, permanently striving to achieve higher standards, but remaining a friendly and supportive group with a strong social base, always happy to welcome new members whether they're hoping to participate on-stage or off.
Dragon Theatre company is a great theatre group. Usually put on 4 productions a year ranging from a summer musical to a seasonal pantomime.
New members are always welcome and of all abilities.
If you are the kind of person who does not shy away from a crowd?
If you are the type of person who sings along to your car radio or even whilst doing chores?
If you are the type of person who likes to tread the boards and recite play writing?
Then this is definitely the group for you.
Please contact via email or call on 07879 334 657.
Please do visit the website where you will get a great feel of what our group is all about.
|Dunmow Players||Great Dunmow||Have you ever watched a stage production and thought "I'd like to do that"? We'll soon be auditioning for our next production and previous experience is useful but not required, so if you'd like to join us, or if you know someone else who would like to take part, just download, print and fill in the application form below.|
And even if you're not keen to actually appear on stage, we're always looking for people to help backstage with roles like scenery painting, costumes, make-up or sound & lighting - just fill in the application form and tell us about your talents!
If you have any further questions about The Dunmow Players, or would like more information about any of the topics found here on our website, please contact Decia, our secretary:
Phone: 01371 874073
Contact via email
|Dynamite Drama Company||West Mersea||Email: info|
Members of National Association of Youth Theatres
Youth Entertainment, Film, Drama & Performing Arts Group
Dynamite performs two full shows per year, one full Musical Play and a Members Show plus outings and other media, dance & singing workshops throughout the year.
Rehearsals & Classes at; St John\’s Hall, Melrose Road, West Mersea.
Wednesday\’s 6pm to 8pm and Friday\’s 6.30pm to 8pm.
Dynamite shows are perform at the following venues.
Main Show ~ Lakeside Theatre at Essex University, Colchester.
Members Show ~ Waldegraves Holiday Park, West Mersea.
Tel: 07547096913 for information
Website coming soon but Facebook group available
New members always welcome from age 8
|Early Doors Productions||Chelmsford||Raising the bar for unpaid theatre. Contact email@example.com|
Early Doors is a Production Company co-founded in the early part of 2010 with the view to produce the best possible in 'amateur' theatre entertainment at very reasonable prices. Choosing clever, demanding yet enjoyable pieces, EDP are extremely proud to announce the sell-out of their first venture 'No Sex Please, We're British!' in February 2011, 'The 39 Steps' in September 2011 and a 3 out of 4 night sell-out for 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' in February of this year. They have just completed their run of 'The Pink Panther Strikes Again!' which received very encouraging reviews and are now pondering their next bar-setting extravaganza for 2013. This could see something a little bit special happening for the team. . . keep checking out 'What's in The Wings'!
|Echo Theatre Company||Brand new theatre company. Contact via website|
|Eastbury Players||Barking||THIS GROUP NO LONGER IN OPERATION!!!!!|
The Eastbury Players are a new amateur operatic and dramatic society specialising in musical theatre. We are based at Eastbury Manor House in Barking, Essex. We perform around the borough of Barking and Dagenham and also in our neighbouring borough, Havering. We are interested in performing a wide variety of musical styles and hope to perform something to suit all tastes. Our membership ranges from 20 to 70 years of age, from students to headmasters!!! We are always keen to welcome new members, over the age of 16, either on stage or off.
So, if you can sing, act, dance or can do anything you think will help us and you want to join in the fun with the Eastbury Players just send us an e-mail via our website
|F.A.M.E. Theatre||Kingsway Hall Theatre, Harwich, Essex||Further details can be found at our website|
|Forest Musical Theatre Company||Loughton||We are an amateur theatre company that performs musicals, cabarets, old time music halls and plays on a regular basis. We rehearse every week on Tuesday and Wednesday in Loughton, Essex and we would be delighted to hear from you if you are interested in auditioning for us.|
If you’d like more information about becoming a member contact our Membership Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Any other queries should be directed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Frinton Musical Theatre (FMT)||Frinton|
|Futures Community College||Southend-on-Sea||DANCE, DRAMA, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS|
Southchurch Boulevard, Southend-on-Sea SS2 4UY
Tel: 01702 415300 Fax: 01702 584611
|Greville Theatre Club||Great Dunmow||The Greville Theatre Club is an amateur drama group based in the North West corner of the county of Essex, England. We produce 2 major productions per year, each Spring and each Autumn, which we perform in the beautiful Barn Theatre in the village of Little Easton, just a few miles to the North of Great Dunmow.|
Contact via info email
|Guildonian Players||Harold Wood Methodist Church Hall, The Drive, Harold Wood, Romford, Essex, RM3||Susie Faulkner 01708 782118 or email|
Box Office 01708 762822
Guildonian Players have been performing plays for 60 years! We usually perform 3 full-length plays each year, plus an entry to the Havering One-Act Festival, and a pre-Christmas entertainment for the Methodist Church. We are a drama group, not a religious group - so don't come expecting religious plays or crusading evangelism! We meet every Wednesday at 8pm at Harold Wood Methodist Church Hall, The Drive, Harold Wood, Romford, Essex.
|Harlow Theatre Company||Harlow||Contact via email email|
When the Theatre Company was founded, it was agreed that there would be a constitution written that would establish and clarify what the Company was about and what it strived to achieve. The main points are as follows and have not changed to this day...
1. To promote, improve, develop and maintain public interest in and appreciation of all aspects of theatrical performance, dance and music by the presentation of public performances, recitals, reviews and workshops and by such other ways as HTC, through its committee, shall from time to time determine;
2. To encourage individuals to undertake and maintain an active interest in and study dramatic performance and technical theatre production skills, to provide the opportunities for participation in public performance, and to cherish the excellence in all these aspects, by the establishment and maintenance of a programme of regular amateur theatrical productions, based at Victoria Hall Theatre and the Harlow Playhouse, and by such other ways as HTC, through it\’s committee, shall from time to time determine;
3. To establish and maintain HTC as a focus point for amateur theatre in Harlow and the surrounding areas;
4. To promote tolerance and understanding of diverse theatrical traditions and interests, to broaden theatrical attitudes and horizons, and to recognise and compliment the work of other associations with similar objects;
5. To foster and maintain good relations between HTC and the management of both the Victoria Hall Theatre and of the Harlow Playhouse.
|Havering Music Makers||Havering||Havering Music Makers are a Musical Theatre group presenting shows and staged concerts. We cover a wide range of musical styles; recent shows include "Oklahoma!", "Sweet Charity", "The Matchgirls", "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", "Half a Sixpence", "Jack the Ripper", "Guys & Dolls", "Carousel", "Salad Days", "Mack & Mabel", "Crazy For You" We're always happy to hear from new members, both on and off stage. We currently have around 50 members; some have been with the society for twenty years or more while others are just taking part in their first show. As always, new members are welcome in all categories, from the back row of the chorus to leading roles. If you'd like to know more, or want to join, you can phone Louise on 01708 738193 or email join or Louise or call Marilyn on 01708 762256 and we'll be in touch right away. If you give us a phone number we can call you.|
As always, new members are welcome in all categories, from the back row of the chorus to leading roles.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE ISN'T NECESSARY -
BUT ENTHUSIASM AND COMMITMENT ARE.
We rehearse mainly on Thursday nights at St Cedd's Centre in Romford. So get in touch and come down and meet all of us, see what you think and then join us for our next show!!
Box Office on 01708 762256, e-mail tickets or ORDER ONLINE via the website
|Headgate Theatre Productions||Colchester||Box Office 01206 366000|
|Heath Players||Hatfield Heath, near Sawbridgeworth||Heath Players are a friendly, informal group performing localy and in competition. We have a hard earned reputation for excellent productions, winning both local and national drama festivals. If you are in the Herts/Essex borders and fancy stretching yourself as an actor or backstage then please contact us.|
Mainly Contempory but no set agenda.
Age Range: No set age but would obviously be according to part and any licence/performance issues.
Rehearsals: Rehearsal days are agreed between director and cast.
|Hutton Players||Hutton||An amateur drama society for the Brentwood, Shenfield, Hutton and Billericay area. We are a fairly small group so there are always plenty of opportunities to be involved either performing, directing, working with scenery, costumes etc, assisting with lighting and sound, or working back stage.|
We produce 2 plays a year at the Brentwood Theatre - one in March and one in November. During the production week we have a technical session on Monday, and dress rehearsals Tuesday and Wednesday. Performances are on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening.
In the run up to a production we rehearse twice a week on Monday and Thursday in Shenfield near the station from 19:45 to around 22:00. We typically have 20 rehearsals including the performance week for a production.
If you are interested in finding out more about us please send an email with any questions to: email
Please also let us have some idea of your experience, particular interests, playing age etc..although experience is not a pre-requisite.
|Hyperfusion||Essex||Please email for information pack or write to Hyperfusion Ltd, PO Box 216, Saffron Walden , Essex, CB10 9DW|
Hyperfusion runs a theatre training company on Saturdays. For more information please call Lynne Baker on 07939645359
|IODS Productions||Ilford||We are a friendly amateur dramatic group based on the north east London/Essex border in a town called (not surprisingly) Ilford.|
The Ilford Operatic and Dramatic Society was created in 1919 at the end of the First World War, having started life as the 'Ilford Social Club' as early as 1890, performing operette at the Town Hall and the Ilford Hippodrome Theatre. Ilford Operatic and Dramatic Society performed both musicals and plays at the Town Hall from 1919 until 1974, interrupted only by the Second World War. In 1975, with a production of Orpheus In0020The Underworld, the newly built Kenneth More Theatre became our new home and this is where we still enjoy performing today. Since 1919 we have performed two musicals a year and at least three musicals a year since 1992, following the formation of a Youth Group in 1991. IODS Youth\’s first musical was The Boyfriend, in March 1992.
Rehearsals are held twice a week, from 7.45pm - 10.00pm on Mondays and Thursdays at The Broadway Theatre, Barking. We also rehearse on some Sundays in the lead-up to a show.
Auditions for New Members are held on a normal rehearsal night (Monday or Thursday) and are usually scheduled immediately following a production to enable New Members to join right at the start of rehearsals for the next show. Potential new members will be asked to perform a singing audition in front of a small committee. The song should be of your choice and something to suit your voice. We have an accompanist available if you have sheet music. Anyone wishing to join as a dancer will also be required to do a small singing audition but should also prepare a short dance routine and will be assessed on their dancing strength.
Contact via email
|Ingatestone & Fryerning Dramatic Club||Ingatestone||Ingatestone & Fryerning Dramatic Club (IFDC) is an amateur dramatics organisation located in Ingatestone, Essex. We have been producing plays and comedies for over Sixty years. Performances are held at the Ingatestone & Fryerning Community Club Theatre located in the picturesque village of Ingatestone.|
We invite you to look through our web site, where you can find out more about the Club, its people and productions (both past and present).
We hope you will find the site of interest and we would be delighted if you were involved in our future programme of shows.
Our Club is primarily based on having fun and we think this is reflected in the enthusiasm shown by all who participate.
If you are interested in joining our friendly club, please email us, using the link below, or call Jennifer Godwin on 01277 355423, leaving your name and address. Jennifer will give you details of our rehearsal schedule and related particulars.
|Ingatestone Musical and Operetta Group||Ingatestone||The Ingatestone Musical and Operetta Group (IMOG) is based in the picturesque village of Ingatestone in Essex, which is between Chelmsford, Brentwood and Billericay. Though not large, it has one of the best and friendliest musical and operetta groups in the County.|
IMOG has been in existence for more than 40 years and is affiliated to NODA. Over this period, we have staged over 80 musicals and operettas. There are about 30 members of all ages in our Group and we perform two musicals each year and also put on several other concerts and social events.
We are always on the lookout for new members , including singers, dancers, actors, back-stage and "front-of-house" helpers. You are welcome to join us any Tuesday evening at the Ingatestone Community Centre Theatre. It\’s a great opportunity to meet new friends and perhaps start a really rewarding pastime. For more details about our membership & Friends of the Society (FOTS), please call Lilian Hunter on 01277 352360 or click here to email her for further information.
For information info
|Kelvedon Players||Kelvedon||Kelvedon Players have been providing amateur drama in Kelvedon for over fifty years. A wide range of play styles have been produced over the years with everything from pantomime to comedy, farce, drama and musicals.|
With three or four productions each year, we are continually on the lookout for new members whether to act or to provide technical support.
Productions and rehearsals are held in The Institute, High Street, Kelvedon.
Details of forthcoming auditions etc can be found in the Newsletter.
If you would like to find out more about membership or what's happening at Kelvedon Players, contact us by email
|KYDS||Tiptree||KYDS Youth Drama Society (formerly Knights Youth Drama Society) was founded on 4th March 2009. KYDS Youth Drama Society is based in Tiptree, Essex. Our registered address is 23 Maldon Road, Tiptree, CO5 0TN.|
The aims of the society are:
- to educate the public in the dramatic and operatic arts, and to further the development of public appreciation and taste in the said arts;
- to build member's skills in areas of communication, confidence, teamwork and creativity;
- to educate members in various drama and theatre based skills;
- to offer easy access to the arts for the local community.
KYDS Youth Drama Society is a member of the National Operatic and Dramatic Society and the North Essex Theatre Guild.
KYDS are always on the look out for new members, interested in getting involved in the society. We are currently looking for new members from 11-21 that are interested in performing in our April production.
In addition to this, we are looking for volunteers that would be interested in being involved with other aspects of our productions, such as technical, backstage, costumes or publicity. You can phone us on 07954 229869 or email via website.
|Kytes||Brentwood||Kytes was formed in 1980 by a small group of like minded individuals. The primary objectives of the Group were, and still are, to perform contemporary drama, which both challenges the cast, but also entertains the audience.This can be evidenced in some of Kytes' more recent productions; Closer, Amadeus, A Passionate Woman and Don Juan In Soho.|
A desire to put on shows of the highest quality has always been at the heart of everything we do, and, as a result, the Group has been successful in attracting some of the best acting talent to its ranks. Over the years, we have won many awards for our work, and we are currently on the crest of a wave, having won the Brentwood Theatre award for best production of a play for the second year running. The Brent awards review all productions taking place at The Brentwood Theatre over the course of a year, so to be voted best play two years running is a fantastic achievement, of which we are all very proud.
Our group is continually growing both in membership and ideas for new shows, new writing and new and exciting ways of presenting challenging theatre.
Come join us. Chances are you're needed and don't even know it. Whatever your job there is an array of jobs and talent needed behind the scenes from set building to make up to costume design to photography to sound and lighting design.
Membership enquiries: email
Box Office Enquiries: email
|La-De-Da Theatre Company||Romford|
|Leigh Operatic & Dramatic Society (LODS)||Leigh-on-Sea||The Society was formed in 1915 as a result of a concert party organised during the First World War, and was originally known as the West Leigh Operatic & Dramatic Society.|
The Society expanded and in 1917 became known as the Leigh Operatic & Dramatic Society. Within two years the Society’s success and increased membership made it necessary to move from the original Clarke\’s College in London Road to more commodious premises at Elm Hall.
In 1922, after many sleepless nights and committee meetings, LODS decided to take the ambitious move to the Ambassador\’s Theatre in Tylers Avenue, opening with Gilbert & Sullivan\’s 'The Gondoliers'.
In 1932 a move to the first-class facilities at the Southend Hippodrome led to the production of 'The New Moon' in 1934. That magnificent show was generally acknowledged as the finest amateur production ever given in the town and created a sensation upon its initial performance. The advent of the 'talkies' necessitated a move to the New Palace Theatre, then back to the Ambassador\’s in 1936, but returning again to the Palace in 1938. Over the Second World War the Society had to scale down its productions but continued on by regularly giving first-rate revue type entertainment to the troops around the county.
The first post-war production was 'Wild Violets' at the Palace in 1946. Ours is a record of which we feel justly proud. We have presented shows ranging from grand opera to the avant-garde (including three world amateur premieres) as well as countless entertainments for charitable organisations.
Today LODS continues this tradition, always ready to take a risk in order to offer something new, something exciting, but above all something entertaining.
|Lightnin' Drama Group||Rainham||We offer all members the following levels of innovation:|
To participate in Lightnin’ productions and presentations of drama, music and dance at venues from theatres to school halls.
Develop their skills as actors through training and continuously growing confidence.
Help to direct and choreograph.
Discover new abilities through role plays and improvisation.
Learn about costume, set design, stage management, lighting and sound systems.
Pursue academic routes in performing arts.
Box Office 01708 522245
General Enquiries 07870 911029
|Lindisfarne Players||Southend-on-Sea||Lindisfarne is always looking for new faces, so if you’re interested in any aspect of the company - acting, directing, stage-managing or set design - come and get involved! Email the chairman Steve McCartney at email@example.com|
|Little Theatre Company||Westcliff||The Company was formed in 1948 by a dozen or so enthusiasts, most of whom had some experience on the amateur stage, and was originally called The Little Theatre Club.|
The original intention was to present shows in a modest way for charities, but within a few months it was learned that, owing to a cancelled booking, it was possible to hire the Palace Theatre, Westcliff, for a week. And so, in December 1949 the first LTC production was staged 'No No Nanette'. Since then, the company has presented 107 musicals and 33 plays. We have records of over 1000 members, many of whom have gone on to pursue a professional career in theatre and entertainment: these include our Patron, Gemma Craven, Mark Cotgrove (aka Snowboy) and Lee Mead. Always keen to try new things over the years, we have presented 3 UK amateur premieres plus numerous regional ones, and in the process we have won 12 NODA awards.
We\’re always looking for new members. So whether your forte lies on stage, backstage or even making costumes, there surely isn\’t a better way to make so many friends and most of all have fun!
If you would like to be part of the Little Theatre Company, please contact our membership secretary Doreen Goodfellow on 01702 349277 or email
|Little Waltham Drama Group||Little Waltham||Email: contact|
Come and join us!
We are always on the lookout for new members. There are any number of activities in which you can get involved even if you don't fancy actually treading the boards.
- Musicians, especially piano, keyboards, guitar
- Stage management and backstage help
- Make up
- Front of House
- General Assistant and dogsbody
- Do nothing but like to come along and watch (beware that's how we all started off!)
|Loughton Amateur Dramatic Society||Lopping Hall, Loughton||For membership or any other enquiries please call; 02085089635|
LADS was formed was formed on 6th January 1924. It's founders wished to establish a "village society" with the aim of presenting plays with 'genuine dramatic worth'. Eighty-five years later, the LADS are still going strong. Loughton can no longer truly be described as a 'village' but one thing has remained constant - that original aspiration of 'genuine dramatic worth'. LADS has about 60 members of all ages. We perform and rehearse at Lopping Hall, conveniently situated in Loughton High Road, just a few minutes walk from Loughton tube station. We produce four plays a year, ranging from classics by Shakespeare, Shaw and Arthur Miller through favourites such as When We are Married, Rebecca and Hobson\’s Choice to the latest contemporary drama. The LADS are proud of our reputation for presenting plays fresh onto the amateur circuit and so we always keep an eye on potential new releases. We were one of the first amateur companies to produce The Madness of George III, Steel Magnolias, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Amy\’s View and Proof .Why not join LADS? We're always pleased to welcome new people. Or perhaps you'd just like to come along to one of our events. For more details concerning membership, please contact our Chairman, Andrew Rogers, Tel: 020 8508 9635 email
|Loughton Operatic Society||Loughton||HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO APPEAR ON STAGE ?...|
COME AND JOIN IN THE FUN!!!
Loughton Operatic Society continues to seek and welcome new members, whether it be to perform on stage, assist with backstage, front-of-house or administrative duties, or as supporters joining as Associate Members.
IF SO.... ring our Membership secretary, Lionel Abrahams on 020 8550 6392
or email us at info for more information regarding membership
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