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|ActOne Theatre Group||Oldham & Saddleworth|
37, Church Road, Uppermill, Saddleworth, Oldham. OL3 6DS
|Telephone: 01457 870300|
Act One is a leading Independent Theatre School offering the very best in Acting, Singing & Dance training in Oldham & Saddleworth. The company was formed in 2002 by Rebecca Wood, a Theatre graduate with a passion for musical theatre. From humble beginnings - there are now in excess of 80 students taking part in one of our specialised classes. All our students take part in spectacular Summer Musicals and a Christmas Pantomine each year, performed in their local area. There is also the opportunity to perform on the Main Stage at the Oldham Carnival each June. Children join Act One for very different reasons - some because they are born performers who need a vehicle for their talents, others because they are shy and need to build on their self-confidence. We welcome both into our warm, friendly and supportive environment. Our sessions are relaxed and fun and our results are highly professional. The children give their best because they are enjoying what they are doing and building a love and respect for the theatre.
|All Saints Musical Productions||Manchester||All Saints Musical Productions is based in Eccles, Manchester and performs shows regularly at The Lowry in Salford Quays although our members come from all over Manchester to be in our shows.|
Rehearsals are held at Eccles Liberal Club, Wellington Road, Eccles, M30 0NP on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm
We're always searching for new talent to join us on stage or help out behind the scenes. Check out our Events page for information about future get-togethers. If you would like further information about how you can become a member or participate backstage, please contact our membership secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Apple Players||Leigh, Greater Manchester||Email: email@example.com|
Annual Pantomime, Musicals
|Artful Playground||2 Dinting Avenue, Manchester, M20 1DB||Artful Playground is an educational theatre company. We use a range of dramatic arts disciplines as tools to enhance subject learning, build confidence and develop better social interaction between young people.|
We will tailor make a drama workshop for your school based on your chosen topic. Our workshops offer an alternative approach and introduce practical ways of learning.
Our weekly Musical Theatre Classes are for those who love musicals and would like to sing, act and have fun all at the same time whilst continuing to improve performance skills.
Our next intensive course is a four day Easter course at Waterside Arts Centre. It'll be a fun mix of dancing, acting and singing culminating in a variety performance.
Contact email Telephone : 0161 438 2021
|Ashton Operatic Society||Ashton-under-Lyne|
|Barton Theatre Company||Eccles, Salford||Contact via email firstname.lastname@example.org|
Barton Theatre Company is a non-profit making organisation. We pride ourselves on producing highly professional plays for our local community and enjoy ourselves in the process.
The group has been around since the early 1970s and a lot of people have come and gone in that time. We normally produce about 3 or 4 productions in a season usually culminating in a seasonal play or pantomime. Our season runs from January 1st to December 31st.
We meet on Mondays and Thursdays at 8:00PM in rooms over Smiths Restaurant, Church Street, Eccles and are always keen to gain new members. So come along and have a look how a production is put together and maybe join in.
|Cabarade||Manchester||The group is different to other "Am-Dram" groups and societies in the sense that we do not concentrate on one particular show per season.|
Rather, we create a cabaret style show, showcasing acting, singing and dancing mixed with a high degree of comedy.We like to twist things up a little !
Leading roles only exist if required, and when required we like to rotate who takes them, this way we eliminate any "favourites" syndrome. It also allows for greater diversity within each project, the members can set their own goals of what they would like to acheive, and the teachers are tasked with preparing each member to acheive that goal.
Supported by professional industry teachers, each rehearsal and performance really does have a professional edge and quality about it. Our teachers have worked extensivley in the cabaret arena both with professional and amateur groups previously, all reaching a high degree of success on every level.
The members of our group are over 18yrs of age and are from every walk of life imaginable. What they have in common is their sense of fun and 'no frills' approach to rehearsals. So you won't find any "ego's" pushing to take the limelight, it truly is a friendly group affair where the members support each other. Many new friendships have been created
|Canterbury Players ADS||Flixton||Age Range: 18+|
Rehearsals: Twice weekly for approximately ten weeks before a production.Canterbury Players Amateur Dramatic Society began in 1949, as part of the Parent Teacher Association of Davyhulme Primary School, Canterbury Road, Davyhulme. We are now based at Davyhulme (Wesley) Methodist Church, where we have a lovely 'theatre.' We put on plays twice a year and performances usually run for four nights - Wednesday to Saturday. If you'd like to join us, we're always on the look out for new members - actors, backstage, front of house, social etc. Do take a look at our website if you'd like to know more!
|Celesta Players||Didsbury, Greater Manchester||for more information please email |
|Chorlton Players||Chorlton-cum-Hardy||The Chorlton Players are a non-profit making amateur theatre group based in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, in the UK.|
Established in 1963, and formerly known as the St Werburghs Amateur Dramatic Society (SWADS), our performance base is at the Church Hall, St Werburgh's Church, St Werburgh's Road, although due to the current popularity of the hall, we rehearse elsewhere leading up to the actual stage rehearsals on the week before the play. The society has been running for over forty years and has had its fair share of ups and downs. Thankfully we are on a solid footing these days, and we often undertake some more diverse productions. For example, a few of our members have made some short films starring members of the society. These can be found on our YouTube channel!
We meet every Monday and Wednesday in the downstairs function room of the SPREAD EAGLE, Wilbraham Road, Chorlton between 8pm and 11pm, and we'd be glad to see anyone who fancies becoming a new member. We usually stop for a break around 9.30pm, where we can have a pint, a chat, and a chill. Please be aware that we always take a week or so off after a production before re-convening, so sometimes we won't be there.. check the website for when our productions are taking place. We have a £26 membership fee to cover hall and costume hire etc, although it is half price for unwaged people.
The Society Always Welcomes New Members!
We need dedicated backstage crew, and front-of-house volunteers, as well as budding actors, so if you have an interest in any part of the process of putting on the show, get in touch... it's not all about acting, it's about making friends and having a laugh!
Our current membership stands at about 30-40 members of both sexes ranging from our youngest at 18 years to our oldest who are retired, though our average age is in the 30's, so we are quite a young, and often somewhat irreverant, group.
Unlike many groups, we do not hold auditions, and cast entirely on merit.. ie. how well you read a part at the time. Being in the society for five years is NOT a pre-requisite to landing a lead role!
What Do We Do?
We currently stage five productions each year. Plays ranging from classics to comedies to the more unusual, and an annual Panto and a Hot Pot (a songs and sketches show with a theme).
Our season starts at the beginning of the year with our annual pantomime in late January. A few of our pantos have been written by members of the society, and all the stops get pulled for this one. A cast of thousands, smoke, light effects, pyrotechnics, and any technical wizardry the back stage crew can muster. Songs, dance, men dressed as women, women dressed as men. Good clean honest fun.
After that, we stage a play at the end of March, followed by our "Hotpot" show at the beginning of June. (Hotpot shows are a collection of sketches, songs and variety, all tied together with a theme...)Our summer play then takes place in late August, followed by another play in late October.
All Work and No Play Then?
Not in the least. After every closing night, we have a party at a kind (or unfortunate!) volunteer's house to unwind, drink copiously, dance about and be silly, and anyone who helped in the production in whatever capacity is invited. Aftershow parties are known for going right through the night! Add to that fundraisers, an annual Christmas party, birthdays, weddings, housewarmings, barbecues, Halloween, the fact that it is Saturday; any excuse for a few drinks and a laugh really. The social side plays a big part.
If you are interested, email us via our website or email@example.com, or just turn up at one of our rehearsals, and introduce yourself... we don't bite!
|Chuckles Comedy||Salford||Stand Up Comedy Workshops for the people of Manchester, 18+ We run 5 workshops a year. Based at The Kings Arms, Salford.|
You will learn to be able to see humour in life’s stressful situations and experience a more effective fun approach to life. Over six weeks, the course will guide you through the process of becoming a stand-up comedian, from writing your first piece of material to your debut performance.
The course covers:
Comedy writing techniques
Discovering your comic attitude
Examining Stage Persona
How to generate ideas
Developing performance and public speaking ability Stage Technique
Liam Jones - Ego Chuckles Manager
|Denton West Amateur Dramatic Society||Denton|
|Droylsden Little Theatre||Droylsden|
Droylsden Little Theatre, Castle Close, Droylsden, Greater Manchester, M43 7AS
|We're a friendly bunch here at Droylsden Little Theatre, and there are plenty of jobs to keep all our members occupied. If you want to have a go a treading the boards, that's great, but if performing isn't for you, there's still lots to do, for example:|
There's a lot of work behind the scenes when putting together a production; there's Props, Continuity, the Stage Manager, Lighting and Sound. If you've not done this before, don't worry, we can show you what to do.
Fans of makeover shows: this is for you! Our sets can range from Dr. Frankenstein's Gothic castle, to the Prime Minister's office at No. 10. If you know how to use a paint brush, you'll be very welcome.
Front of House
This is a great way of meeting our audiences, and finding out what they really think. Each performance requires a House Manager, bar staff, and raffle ticket sellers.
Our postal address, telephone number and email addresses are below. Please note that as the theatre is a charity organisation run by our members and volunteers there may not be anyone at the theatre during the daytime to answer the phone so please leave a message and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. The best time to get an answer is often in the evening between 7.30 and 9.30pm when we are rehearsing and getting ready for our next production. The phone will be answered in the evenings on the weeks of our productions.
You can use the form below for general enquiries and feedback or if your query is regarding a specific subject please send an e-mail to the appropriate address given below.
We like to hear from our members or the general public with any suggestions or feedback so please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Droylsden Little Theatre, Castle Close, Droylsden, Manchester, M43 7AS
Tel: 0161 370 7713
General enquiries - Jean Nicholson: email
Ticket enquiries - Peter Larkin: email
Marketing enquiries - Claire White: email
Membership enquiries - Hazel Phillips: email
|Edgefold Players||Walkden Methodist Community Hall, Memorial Road, Worsley M28 3AG||0161 702 8708|
Want To Act ?
Good with a hammer or paintbrush ?
Fancy Directing ?
Does sewing costumes or making props take your fancy ?
Happy to make the tea , take the tickets or call the actors ?
OR ......MAYBE YOU'D JUST LIKE TO SEE A PLAY !
Whichever you want - email us ( we're based in Walkden in Salford )
|First Stage Theatre Company||Manchester||Neil McDonald: Production Manager 0751 301 0460|
|Greater Manchester Drama Federation||Greater Manchester||Contact via email|
Organisation promoting all aspects of Amateur Theatre in the Greater Manchester region.
The Greater Manchester Drama Federation (GMDF) is recognised as one of the leading associations representing amateur theatre in the North West of England.
The GMDF is a registered charity, Registration Number 517020. The GMDF's affiliated network alone makes it one of the largest regional organisations of its type and it's Full Length Festival, is probably the largest drama festival to be held in Europe. We also hold a long established, annual, week long, One Act Festival.
IF YOU WISH TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT TAKING PART IN AMATEUR THEATRE PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE NOT A PERFORMING COMPANY - Click here to see our members who will be happy to hear from you.
|Guide Bridge Theatre||Audenshaw||Contact via website|
|HATS Theatre Group (Amateur)||Stretford||Anita Partridge: email 0161 748 5040 or Secretary|
HATS THEATRE GROUP is a small and enthusiastic amateur theatre group based in Stretford, Manchester.
The Group has been performing for the local community since the 1970s. Over the years we have presented comedies, farces, dramas, murder mysteries, one-act plays and pantomimes.
Minimum age for membership is 16 years and we are always happy to welcome new members whether you are interested in treading the boards or working behind the scenes, in lighting, sound, stage management or front of house.
We also enjoy numerous Social activities.
Membership costs just £15 per year.
YOU WILL FIND US EVERY THURSDAY EVENING FROM 7.30pm at ST HUGH OF LINCOLN PARISH HALL, STRETFORD
|Heald Green Theatre Company||Heald Green||Located in South Manchester on the boundaries of Heald Green and Gatley in Stockport, Heald Green Theatre is an amateur company that has something for everyone. If you are in search of a good value night out then we offer a full programme of plays throughout the seaon. Or, if participation is more your thing then we welcome membership from people of all ages and experiences wishing to get involved in acting, directing, backstage work and front of house activities to name but a few.|
We operate two youth groups, The Academy and Next Generation, which cater for children between the ages of 8 to 21 years and offers them the chance to gain experience of stage craft within a working theatre from experienced performers and staging/technical crew whilst also making new friends and developing new skills.
Activities you can get involved in:
Front of House & Bar
Adult membership costs £40 per annum and includes a season ticket. Youth group subscriptions cost £30 per annum.
For membership enquiries firstname.lastname@example.org
Box Office email@example.com
|Helen O’Grady Drama Academy||St Helens, Warrington, Widnes, Runcorn, Wigan||Join the most popular Drama classes in the world. Our classes help students aged 5 to 17 yrs: Develop confidence, Feel good about themselves, Meet new friends. Children will take part in: Dress up days, Mime, Movement, Speech, Plays, Presentations, Fun drama games, Improvisation, Script work, and bring a friend days. Most of the classes are taught by the Principal. All teachers are CRB checked. Act Now FIRST LESSON IS FREE! |
Contact 0844 562 4190
|Holy Rood Stage Society||Swinton||0161 793 7708|
|Hyde Festival Theatre||Manchester||Contact via email|
The Festival Theatre in Hyde, Greater Manchester is home to several amateur groups in the area whose combined efforts mean that in one season there can be as many as eleven or twelve productions ranging from drama to musicals, from dance to pantomime. It is the only live theatre venue in Hyde and in recent years there have been performances of La Cage Aux Folles, The Accrington Pals, Return To The Forbidden Planet, Peter Pan to name but a few. For more information about the individual societies who use this theatre please visit our links page.
|In Yer Space||Manchester||Contact via email|
|Lees Street CC AMDS||Higher Openshaw||We rehearse on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7:30pm at Lees Street Church Hall Theatre, Lees Street, Higher Openshaw, M11 1NW.|
We are very lucky to be able to rehearse in the venue, and on the stage, where we perform our shows. During the year we perform a variety of shows, such as pantomimes, plays and variety shows.
We are always looking for new members who would like to perform in shows or help backstage.
You can email us firstname.lastname@example.org , find us on Facebook facebook.com/LeesStreet or check out our website.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Contact via email email@example.com