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Durham & Birmingham


YOUNG PEOPLE grow in confidence,
Weíre an Ofsted registered drama school in Durham, employing qualified teachers, professional actors and successful filmmakers.
We guide our students on a journey of personal and social inquiry through structured arts activities, culminating in short films made by young people.
Our unique method, developed over 10 years, encourages young people to discover, develop and to celebrate their individuality.
We teach the core values across all our courses of CONFIDENCE, COMMUNITY and CREATIVITY:

We donít assess and we donít stress. It isnít a test. We simply believe in the power of the arts to free us from our fears and transform our lives. More than a school, we are a big family, where all our everyone has something to give and something to learn; where there is a place and a purpose for all; where young people are at the heart of everything we do.
Check out the #act2fam hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to see what our big family gets up to.
"Been a student at A2C for about 5 years now and its given me not only the opportunity to develop and star in multiple films I've made with them but also given me a fantastic community who have developed my confidence, made tonnes of lifelong friends and also lead to paid work with them. Couldnít recommend it more.Ē - Charlie Pearson.
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Acting Up Children's Theatre School

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Gateshead & Wallsend


"Turning the talent of today into the stars of tomorrow"
Training is offered to children and young adults from 3 to 18 years. Pupils can begin Acting Up in Early Stages, these classes are specifically designed for preschool children and take place over a 2-hour period. During this time pupils get a little taster of dance, drama and music. When pupils reach the age of 5 they then study dance, drama and music as separate disciplines and attend over a 3-hour period. Drama focuses on developing confidence and a wide variety of drama techniques. Dance lessons cover a varied sylabus that includes ballet, tap, jazz, modern and street dance. Singing lessons focus on developing pupils vocal range covering a variety of different styles of music. Acting Up pupils are also given the opportunity to take Speech and Drama examinations with L.A.M.D.A and Guildhall of Music and Drama. No formal training is required to join Acting Up just an interest and enthusiasm in performing. Call now to book a free trial session!
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Acting Up, PO BOX 390, Gateshead, NE9 5WR
Acting Up, Dryden School, Shotley Gardens, Gateshead NE95UR
Acting Up, Tyne Metropolitan College, Embleton Ave, Wallsend, Tyne & Wear NE 9NJ


Alnwick & District Choral Society

Alnwick, Northumberland


Founded in 1933, Alnwick and District Choral Society can be traced to the middle of the 19th Century.... and we are still going strong! This year will mark the 75th anniversary of the present Society, although records exist in the Society's archives of concerts as early as 1850.
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Alnwick Stage Musical Society

Alnwick, Northumberland


Alnwick Stage Musical Society produces Broadway and West End musicals and performs in Alnwick Playhouse. Regular rehearsals are at 7.30pm, on Tuesdays, in the main hall of Alnwick South First School, The Avenue, Alnwick.
New members are always welcome in any capacity, from musical directing, producing, stage management, set building, backstage, painting the scenery, making costumes, singing, dancing or even making the coffee! So if you would like to get involved in any aspect of putting on a show or just like hanging out with people who like to dress up and wear make up please contact by for more details.


Alnwick Theatre Club

Alnwick, Northumberland


The Theatre Club was established in 1949, so we have now been in existence for over 60 years, and our members are extremely proud that we are the longest established amateur theatrical group in the town.
We stage three productions each year, two plays and a pantomine, in our brilliant local theatre The Alnwick Playhouse.
Meeting on most Mondays and most Thursdays for rehearsals we are always happy to welcome new members. Experience is not required, just your enthusiasm and if you prefer to work behind the scenes rather than tread the boards there is always a job to be done.
Family entertainment, annual panto
Age Range: 19
Rehearsals: Mondays and most Thursdays
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Arden Theatre

Arc, Dovecot Street, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1LL


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Astravaganza Entertainment



Astravaganza Entertainment are a local amateur theatre group affiliated to the National Operatic and Dramatic Society. We are a friendly group based in Chester-Le-Street and perform the majority of our productions at Stanley Civic Hall. We adapt a professional approach toward our rehearsals and productions and typically produce between two and four major productions each year. Previous productions have included shows such as: "A Slice Of Saturday Night", "One Night Only", "Little Shop Of Horrors", "Time Of Our Lives" and "The Vicar Of Dibley". Astravaganza are always on the look out for new talent whether that be onstage or backstage - we definitely have something for everyone so why not get in touch with us today?! Pop along to one of our rehearsals on a Sunday evening and you would be made most welcome.

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BACstage Productions

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Berwick, Northumberland


All things Drama & Performing Arts
A theatre company established and run by Year 13 Berwick Academy Performing Arts students


Beaconsfield Operatic Society

Blyth, Northumberland


We welcome new members - if you are interested in singing, dancing, juggling* or fire-eating*, or even if you'd rather remain in the shadows and be one of our vital backstage crew such as props, wardrobe or stage hands,
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Berwick Operatic Society


Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland


Berwick upon Tweed and District Amateur Operatic Society (now known locally as Berwick Opera) was founded in 1920 when the world was recovering from the First World War
We are as strong a Society as ever and regularly welcome new talented, young members, which auger well for our future. Whatever you age and in whatever capacity you would like to join us in, you can be assured of a very warm welcome indeed.
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Community Centre, Palace Street East, Berwick upon Tweed, every term time Wednesday from 7pm.


Berwick upon Tweed & District Amateur Operatic Society

Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland


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Billingham Players

Billingham, Cleveland


The Billingham Players are a Registered Charity, No. 515721
The Billingham Players
The Billingham Players were founded as a social group attached to the ICI works in Billingham. For years, we performed at the Synthonia Club, before moving to our current home at the Theatre Upstairs. There is no such thing as a typical Billingham Players production, and we hope to come out with something for everyone, whether you're looking for comedy, drama, musicals or whatever.
The Theatre Upstairs
The Theatre Upstairs has been our home since the late Seventies. We have no fixed stage, allowing us to be adventurous with our sets and seating arrangements - regular audience members never know what to expect when they walk through the auditorium doors, as our seating is rarely arranged the same way for two shows in a row!
We can fit around 100 audience members into our auditorium, although this varies according to the exact seating layout required for the performance. However the auditorium is layed out, our little theatre gives a wonderful, intimate feel to our productions.
The theatre is managed and staffed entirely by the Billingham Players, and everybody from the costume department and technical crew to our bar staff and building maintenance people are volunteers from the society.


Bishop Auckland Theatre Society


Bishop Auckland, County Durham


Our aim is to continue to provide live theatre to the local community. Bishop Auckland Theatre Society perform at least twice a year at the Eden Theatre, Bishop Auckland Town Hall.
The group formed in 1932, and was then known as the Bishop Auckland Little Theatre Club; members would hold meetings in their homes, until the first formal meeting in 1939.
In 1991 we changed our name to Bishop Auckland Theatre Society.


Blyth Music and Theatre Company

Blyth Music and Theatre Company


Blyth, Northumberland


Blyth Music and theatre Company is an amateur musical theatre group. The company is based in Blyth Northumberland and has been formed for 51years. The company also has a choir and a small group know as Melodia which performs local concerts.
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CAOS - Chester le Street Amateur Operatics Society

CAOS - Chester le Street Amateur Operatics Society

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Chester le Street Amateur Operatics Society, performing fabulous musical theatre since 1903


Caprian Theatre Company




Formed in 1964 by a group of enthusiasts and named Caprian Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, they produced their first musical play, Salad Days, by Sandy Wilson in 1965. The chosen venue for this production was the Gateshead Little Theatre, the only purpose built theatre in Gateshead. To this day all of the musical productions have been performed in this venue.
The then Society became affiliated to the National Operatic and Dramatic Association, NODA, and due to the geographic location was assigned to its Northern Area.
Many of the musical productions are claimed to be Northern Premier productions being the first time that the shows were presented by amateurs in the NODA Northern Area. It was always intended that musical productions (although not a constitutional requirement) would wherever possible be chosen from the list of shows which were suitable for a small cast and venue and not from the list of popular shows so often presented by the other larger Societies in the area. This principle has always been adhered to although some of the shows that were produced eventually became popular enough for the other larger Societies to present.
The first pantomime presentation was Aladdin in 1967 at the little Theatre. Three more pantomimes were to be presented there until it was realised that the venue was too small for such productions. Seating capacity of only 180 was not enough to satisfy the demand by patrons and with such a small capacity it was difficult to recover costs with the subsequent risk of running a show at a financial loss. The larger venue of the now demolished Heathfield Senior High School was the venue for the first production outside of the Little Theatre, Red Riding Hood in 1972. Since the following year all pantomime productions have taken place at the then Gateshead Girls Grammar School now named the Dryden Centre.
The Society name was changed in 2006 to the Caprian Theatre Company.
The Company is also affiliated to the Gateshead Arts Association, an arts umbrella body representing the interests of performing, visual and literary arts organisations within the Borough of Gateshead.


Castle Theatre Company

County Durham
University College, The Castle Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RW


We are the official theatre company of University College, Durham. Castle Theatre Company is one of the oldest theatre companies in Durham, and one of the few college companies who recruit talent from across the whole University. Set amidst the grounds of Durham's beautiful and ancient Castle, the company has produced theatre of the highest quality for nearly three decades, and will continue to do so for years to come.


CATS Youth Theatre Group

Co. Durham


The group is open to all young people aged 8 - 11 years to join.
The young people play crazy games and learn to Dance , Sing , and Act , ( or improve on their present skills ).
The CATS perform 2 Musical Productions a year. They rehearse Fridays , 6.30pm - 8.30pm.
Situated in Shildon, Co. Durham , the CATS has members from all the surrounding areas in it. The young people choose their Musical Productions , and so far have performed -- Annie, Mary Poppins, Oliver, The Disney Show, The Wizard Of Oz and many, many more . Interested ?

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Centre Stage

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County Durham
Eaglescliffe, Cleveland


Centre Stage North East is the regionís premier stage school and theatre group. Established in 1994 as a way for children and young people to be involved and acquire a love and appreciation of the performing arts, CSNE stands now as Sunderlandís longest established and most successful Stage School as well as offering the best value in the area by far.
CSNE endeavours to offer the highest possible level of tuition and production values while recognising the need to have a friendly, family atmosphere within sessions.
For more details on becoming a member of Centre Stage or further information on upcoming productions, please feel free to contact us:
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Centre Stage

Shildon, County Durham


New members always welcome!
Shildon Centrestage will soon be celebrating our 10th aniversary of producing shows at the Civic Hall in Shildon. We are always trying to expand the group so new members are always welcome.
We have two groups, Centrestage(15+) and our younger group, The Tearaways (under 16s).
Centrestage: Thursdays 7.30pm - 10pm at the Civic Hall, Shildon.
We are now looking to the future and believe that we at Centrestage need to enhance our image and add more music to our shows. To help with this we are on the look out for new members who can sing and dance, or even both.
We at Centrestage also need many people to work behind the scenes. Backstage crew, Wardrobe, Scenery and Front of house people are just a few of the area's that we need people to help. Well we can't all be treading the boards.
The younger group, The Tearaways, which are now a Theatre and Dance group, meet at Sunnydale Comprehensive School.
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Centre Stage North East
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Centre Stage North East was established in 1994 as a way for children and young people to be involved and acquire a love and appreciation of the performing arts and stands now as Sunderlandís longest established and most successful Stage School as well as offering the best value in the area by far.
CSNE endeavours to offer the highest possible level of tuition and production values while recognising the need to have a friendly, family atmosphere within sessions.
Covering all aspects of theatre - drama, singing and dance - Centre Stage has built up an enviable reputation as well as an impressive back catalogue of achievements including professional film, TV and theatre work.
Centre Stage now also offers an opportunity for people of all ages with Community Cast Shows which allow everyone, regardless of age or experience to participate in our productions.
Centre Stage is also proud to offer professional private singing tuition and speech & drama and musical theatre classes - working towards LAMDA qualifications.
For more details on becoming a member of Centre Stage or further information on upcoming productions, please feel free to contact us
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Cheese & Crackers Ltd



Cheese & Crackers deals in theatre and film as well as being a comedy club. We will be doing at least 3 productions a year alongside an annual fundraiser and monthly comedy events. If your interested in getting involved in one of our events or productions as a performer, get in touch
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Chester-le-Street Theatre Group

Chester-le-Street Theatre Group

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Chilled Productions

Hexham, Northumberland


We produce new writing, rehearse and perform two shows a year... we have space for actors, producers and anyone who'd like to be involved...


Chopwell Drama Group

Tyne & Wear


Meets every Wednesday 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Chopwell Community Centre.

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Darlington Operatic Society
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Darlington, County Durham


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DarlingtonOS have long been the leading North East theatre society, producing quality musical theatre for over 60 years. They are now raising their public profile with the launch of an all-new website. Julian Cound, marketing manager, has been leading the re-design project over the last 4 months. He said: As well as giving the website a clearer and more modern design, we wanted to make it more user friendly which meant completely overhauling the site structure. Popular sections such as how to book tickets have been given far more prominence, while an entirely new gallery area has been incorporated to showcase images of past productions. We have also added more ways to contact the society in the shape of on-line forms as well as giving more information about the annual donations we make to local charities which is an important side of the Society that is often overlooked. An e-newsletter has been created to keep audiences up to speed with news from the society including future show choices and special ticket offers. People can sign up for this newsletter quickly and simply on-line. Society Chairman Ian Whitfield added: The growing importance of e-communication means that it is essential for us to have a cutting edge website. The clear and dynamic image presented by the site supports and demonstrates the way we want to engage with our audiences in the future. Updates to the site will be instantaneous with the new site having itís own built in Content Management System. Julian added ďThe CMS will allow us to update the site quickly and easily ensuring information is always fresh and relevant. We also hope to bring online ticket purchasing to the site in the near future. The Society is going through a huge change in terms of its marketing and this new site will be the main shop window for DarlingtonOS.Ē


Dauntless Theatre

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North East


Dauntless Theatre is an award winning company based in the North East of England. Managed and run entirely by young people, Dauntless performs annually at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival.
If you would like to find out more about Dauntless theatre, whether it be our history, our shows or how you can get involved, then just send us an email at: or visit one of our social media pages:


David Ducasse Performers

South Shields
BOLDON COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, New Road, Boldon Colliery, Tyne & Wear, NE35 9DZ




Day8 Productions


Albrecht House, Camperdown Industrial Estate, Killingworth, NE12 5US


Musicals, Plays, Youth Shows, Youth Academy
Age Range: Minimum age is 4


Denton and Westerhope Dramatics



This new drama group, is looking for adult actors and writers for future productions. We meet on Friday evenings at Westerhope Community Association in the West end of Newcastle. Everyone is welcome.
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DMD - Born2perform.
DMD is DramaMusicDance for 10-18 year old students. We focus upon offering quality tuition in each of the 3 disciplines whilst allowing students to develop their social skills, self confidence and self esteem. We run 10am-1pm Saturdays at The Picture House, South view, Billingham. First session is free and second is half price (£4) classes are £8 per week or £40 per 6 thereafter. There is no registration fee or audition. Participants will get opportunities to perform in local venues and will get full support and advice from tutors to help them progress their career should they so wish. We plan to expand our age range gradually.


Drama Club
Steve Halliday Productions



Steve Halliday Productions is all about Drama! We aim to increase confidence and inclusion in children and young adults through drama and the performing arts. We believe that drama can educate, inspire and develop confidence in young people through fun workshops.
We are a company who love to be dramatic. We offer Drama Clubs, Drama Parties, School Workshops and Drama in a Day
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We are based in Low Fell in Gateshead but deliver all over the North East. Our Drama Clubs are in Gateshead and soon to be in Newcastle.


Dryburn Theatrical Workshop

Dryburn Theatrical Workshop

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Chester-le-Street, Durham


If you are interested in joining our group, or have any queries or information you would like to share with us, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us through the appropriate contacts listed below:





We are a small local society with a proud history of musical productions and pantomimes spanning 50 years.
\'Kiss Me Kate\' marked 50 years since our first production "Lilac Domino".
Otto Wicht who sadly passed away in 2009, was a founder member along with David Young our Honorary President.
We have been awarded a Queens Award for our work with youngsters in the community.
We rehearse regularly on Thursday nights at Southfield Centre, Duns and always give newcomers a warm welcome whether they want to sing, dance, act, do lighting or sound, make-up, scenery -whatever!
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Durham Dales FOPA



2015 - Inaugural year, in association with Everyone's Theatre Company


Durham Musical Theatre Company

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Darlington, County Durham


We are always happy to welcome new members of all ages.
We usually perform two shows a year which initially starts with singing rehearsals for a couple of months on a Tuesday evening then we move onto the floor rehearsals when the director sets all of the scenes.
Floor rehearsals lasts several months and is usually once a week on a Tuesday to start with escalating to several times a week as the show approaches.
To join you will need to pass a singing audition which can be any song of your choice or one that we have been learning for a show.
Once you have successfully auditioned and paid the membership fee you are then eligible to audition for one of the principal parts in the show or remain as part of the ensemble.
The audition for one of the principal cast usually comprises of a short section of the script from the show, a song from the show and if dancing is a part of the role then also some movement assessment with the choreographer.
If you would like to speak to someone about new or existing membership please contact the Production Secretary
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Durham Opera Ensemble

Durham Opera Ensemble

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Durham Opera Ensemble (DOE) is a student opera company regularly showcasing some of Britainís finest student musical talent in and around Durham University.

Durham Opera Ensemble stages three operatic productions each year suitable for young voices with our performances housed in a variety of locations in Durham.

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Durham Shakespeare Group


North East Sacriston, County Durham


We meet in The Old Church Sacriston on Monday nights from 7.30pm to 9.30pm with a break for refreshments and socialising. This year we are reviving our production of Twelfth Night and learning The Tempest from scratch. This is a very friendly club at which new members are always welcome. No experience is required. Plays are learnt between October and January and performed ad hoc throughout the next one or two years for any group that wishes to hire us, or for our own friends. Acting is done "in the round" with the audience on two or three sides in whatever space is available at the location, so always a bit of a challenge that adds interest.

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Durham Youth Theatre



Durham Youth Theatre is a lively and fun Musical Theatre for youngsters aged 7-18. Rehearsals are on Saturday mornings between 11.00-13.00 hrs at Belmont Parish Hall, Broomside Lane, Belmont, Durham DH1 2QR. The sessions are led by fully qualified teachers and are both educational and enjoyable for students. Durham Youth Theatre puts on two fully staged performances each year including one Musical production.
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