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Temple Bar Dramatic Society


Tadworth

 

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The Black Box Theatre


Woking Youth Arts Centre, Trinity Road, Knaphill, Woking GU21 2SY

 

Box Office: please call 07890 793870 or visit Tickets
The Black Box Theatre aims to provide the highest quality local entertainment, showcasing home grown talent at affordable fringe prices; we host comedy, music, new writing, film premieres, and much much more. Our first season ran from February to July with The Black Box bringing never before seen diverse, dynamic and edgy entertainment to Woking. Giving local talent the chance to create, entertain and inspire.
Based at Woking Youth Arts Centre, The Black Box is an intimate forty seat studio theatre.

 

The Byfleet Players


Byfleet
Byfleet Village Hall, 54 High Road, Byfleet, Surrey, KT14 7QL

 

The Byfleet Players was formed in 1955 in the village of Byfleet, Surrey. We have presented countless shows over the years, and have submitted entries to a number of national drama festivals. Most recently, we have won awards at Woking Drama Festival, Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival, and Leatherhead Drama Festival. We present an annual pantomime which is performed in Byfleet Village Hall, as well as at least one other major production and one or more one-act festivals plays.
How to join us
If you would like to act, direct, play a musical instrument, write drama, build sets, help rig lighting, make sound recordings, help with publicity, make new friends, make tea ... or just further satisfy the curiosity which led you to this site, contact our Membership Secretary on 01372 463 680 and leave a message (which he usually picks up in the middle of the night after rehearsals etc); or email
DRAMA FESTIVALS
This group frequently enters local drama festivals, and we strongly encourage our members to support these events.
Get Involved
If you are interested in getting involved with AmDram why not get in touch. Whether you're interested in acting or working behind the scenes we'd love you to join us. Send an email to or call Wilf Hashimi on 07866 360835.
For 2011 we've a series of monthly play readings. Readings will take place on the first Wednesday of the month in the Heritage Room at Byfleet Library, starting at 8.00pm. The readings will be free for full members of Byfleet Players or just £1 for non-members. Tea & coffee (and possibly wine) will be available. It's a great way to get a taste of AmDram and will be great fun. Contact Colin Washbourn on 07775 516675 or email if you need more info.

 

The Chipstead Players

The Chipstead Players
www.chipsteadplayers.org

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The Courtyard Theatre, Hazelwood Lane, Chipstead, Surrey CR5 3QU

 

The Chipstead Players present shows at The Courtyard Theatre, a converted stable block which forms a 97-seat theatre with full facilities. Originally founded in 1924, The Players were able to purchase their premises in the 1970s and, by virtue of much effort and fundraising by the members, the transformation was completed and the doors were first opened to the public in 1995. Since then, the usual schedule is 6-7 productions per year, some of which are specifically Junior or Youth productions. All current details are to be found on the website: www.chipsteadplayers.org
Box Office: 01737 555680 or Ticketsource

 

The Christopher Singers

The Christopher Singers
www.thechristophersingers.com

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Cheam

 

THE CHRISTOPHER SINGERS are a registered charity and were formed in 1991 by John Steel to give concerts, ostensibly to raise money for charitable organisations and institutions. To date, over £46,500 has been raised, the main beneficary being the Children's Unit of the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton, Surrey. The group have a varied and wide ranging repertoire and have appeared in many local theatres and halls in their fund raising activities including the Courtyard Theatre, Chipstead, the Barn Theatre, Oxted, Archway Theatre, Horley, The Charles Cryer Theatre, Carshalton and the Epsom Playhouse. In Millennium year, critcally-acclaimed fully-staged performances of Edward German's opera "Merrie England" were given at the Epsom Playhouse, Every year, generally in March,The Christopher Singers appear at the Charles Cryer Theatre in Carshalton
For further information or enquiries about membership please contact johnsteel29@yahoo.co.uk

 

The Desborough Players

The Desborough Players
www.thedesboroughplayers.co.uk


Walton on Thames

 

In its 70th year of community theatre, the Desborough Players are looking for new members on stage and behind the scenes.
The group is free to join, no experience needed and a great way to meet new people.
We have a sell out pantomime each year in the Walton Playhouse in addition to presenting plays, comedies and a full social diary. We hold a series of open evenings and play reading evenings throughout the year, so keep an eye on the upcoming events page!

 

The Farnham Shakespeare Company

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Farnham

 

The company was formed in 1992 by a group of Shakespeare enthusiasts with a vision of presenting an outdoor production of one of the Bard's plays in the Farnham Library Gardens for a week's run each summer. The company also ventured out to present plays at the Redgrave Theatre in Farnham, now lost to us, and the Electric Theatre in Guildford. After a successful production of Much Ado About Nothing in the summer of 2003, the Company faltered until the Autumn of 2006, when a few stalwart members of the FSC showed their determination to see the Company up and running again. The FSC now has an enthusiastic committee of nine who are keen to guide it back to its former prominence on Farnham's theatrical scheme. The re-launched Company staged a production of The Taming of the Shrew at the Bourne Hall in October 2007 to enthusiastic audiences. We have subsequently performed The Merry Wives of Windsor there in 2008 and Much Ado About Nothing in 2009.
Contact Information and general enquiries:
enquiries@farnhamshakespeare.co.uk
We hope to see you soon!

 

The Gage Players

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Walton-on-the-Hill

 

We are an amateur drama group that has been producing and performing plays in Walton-on-the-Hill for over 60 years.
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Age Range: 10-80
Rehearsals: Mondays and Wednesdays
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Email: info@thegageplayers.co.uk
Phone: Gill Gibbins (Secretary) on 01737 813 245

 

The Haslemere Players Musical Theatre Group (HPMTG)

The Haslemere Players Musical Theatre Group (HPMTG)
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Haslemere

 

The Haslemere Players stage popular musicals at the Haslemere Hall, winning regular awards from the Southern Region of the National Operatic & Dramatic Association for their productions.
Every production is a genuine community effort that brings together the varied aspects of entertaining people. For every person on stage it takes two people off or back stage to make a show happen. So it isn't just about acting, singing and dancing. Oh no. Every show needs costumes, props, scenery, technicians on lighting and sound, an orchestra in the pit, a production team, front of house staff and, of course, an audience. And yet the list still goes on with local press and radio, sponsors and advertisers. It touches and involves nearly every aspect of the community
So if you thought amateur dramatics was all about the Margot Leadbeaters of this world, think again. And get involved - there's a role for everyone.
Pamela Depledge Secretary 01428 605237
Performances are held at the Haslemere Hall in Bridge Street, Haslemere GU27 2AS.
For general enquiries please contact The Secretary

 

The Lyric Players

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Sutton

 

Producing great musical theatre for 90 years in Sutton and Carshalton!
Founded in 1922, we are an amateur theatre society based in South West London, with rehearsal venues in Cheam and Wallington. We perform in Carshalton and Sutton, usually putting on two productions a year, one around April and one in November. We believe in producing accessible, though not always well known, theatre for all members of the community to enjoy. We rehearse regularly on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 20:00 and 22:15 and usually have several Sunday afternoon rehearsals from 14:00 to 18:00 as each production comes towards the end of its rehearsal period. Our auditions are open to all and new members are always welcome.

 

The Man In The Moon


Guildford

 

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The Mitre Players


South Croydon

 

Ambitious dramatic/musical society, based in Croydon
Plays/Musicals/Pantomimes
Age Range: 10
Rehearsals: Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays
TMWA Clubhouse, Lime Meadow Avenue, South Croydon, Surrey
Alan Bishop: email - 01883 343923:
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The Nomads

The Nomads
www.nomadtheatre.com

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East Horsley

 

Nomad Theatre puts on a wide range of shows from Shakespeare, drama, comedy, musicals to panto. We have a thriving Youth Theatre with classes on Saturdays and Thursdays and their own summer show and studio plays. The story started in 1934 when the Nomads staged their first play, Journey’s End, in the Guildford Borough Hall. From then until 1957, performances were held in local halls and rehearsals took place in various different places – leading to the name Nomad Players.
Contact: Andrew Hamel-Cooke, info@nomadtheatre.com

 

The Octavian Singers

The Octavian Singers
www.theoctaviansingers.org



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Established in 1987, the Octavian Singers have gained a justifiable reputation for achieving high musical standards and producing ambitious and popular musical events in Woking, Surrey and the surrounding areas.
Our repertoire includes a wide variety of music from baroque to 21st Century, madrigals to major choral works.

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The Octavian Singers rehearse at St Dunstan's Church, Woking on Tuesday evening in term time from 8-10pm. To audition please contact us at theoctaviansingers@gmail.com or by calling Laura on 01483 232232. We welcome applications from experienced singers, and it is necessary to have reasonable sight-reading skills.
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The Oxted Operatic Society


Oxted

 

The Society Was "born" in 1947 - an offshoot of the Oxted Evening Institute, under the aegis of Frank and Norah Sowerby.
Its first production - "The Yeomen of the Guard" was presented in 1947 to mark the reopening of the Barn Theatre after the Second World War. It was presented under the name of "The Oxted Singers" but this had become Oxted Operatic Society for the second production - "The Mikado" - in 1948.
For the first ten years, the Society performed only Gilbert and Sullivan operettas with one production each year. However, by 1957, audience numbers had dwindled and the finances were dangerously low. The Musical Director, Len Maynard, proposed a change with a musically demanding opera - "Hugh the Drover" but this was not supported by the membership and was abandoned.
It was essential for the future of the Society to stage a show that could be cheap to dress and stage, with all costs kept to a minimum. "The Lilac Domino" was chosen and this proved to be a turning point in the Society's fortunes, from which they have never looked back. Only one other show has ever been cancelled since then, that was "State Fair" in the year 2000.
Up to 1963, only one show each year had been performed - in that year "Free as Air" and "The Mikado" were produced, with two again in 1965. From 1971 onwards, two shows each year became the custom. To date (2006) the Society has presented 105 shows. The society has been gratifyingly successful over the ensuing years with consistently good audiences and it has enjoyed a reputation for the quality of its productions, as evidenced by six NODA awards.
For many years, the Society has been able to cast its productions within its membership, which has always been the cornerstone of its casting policy. Undoubtedly the success enjoyed by the Society owes much to having its home at the Barn Theatre and appreciation of this has been shown over the years by much financial support of the theatre. Typical of this was the sponsorship by the Society of 35 seats when the theatre was re-seated in 1991.
The Society is well supported by a growing membership, now standing at 72 adults and 26 junior members, together with an enthusiastic body of Patrons and Vice Presidents totalling 120.
Chairman: Peter J Reed 01883 625731 chairman@oxtedoperatic.co.uk
Secretary: secretary@oxtedoperatic.co.uk

 

The Oxted Players


Oxted

 

The Oxted Players were formed in 1946 under the name of the Student Players, the name being derived from the fact that the members were 'students of drama'. To keep up with the times, the Society changed its name from the Student Players to The Oxted Players on 1 January 2000.
The Society is a member of The National Operatic and Dramatic Association. We have successfully competed against other theatrical societies in the Southern Counties Drama Festival for short plays and have received many awards for acting, direction and presentation. In 2010 our Young Players won Best Youth Play for the fourth time in a row and also were Festival Runners Up for the third time running.
Our junior membership is large, primarily because of the interest in pantomime and the week long summer workshop which we run in August, overseen by David Rowan. We also have a full length Young Oxted Players’ production every other year. There are also some opportunities for youngsters to help on the technical side of productions.
We are very fortunate to have the Barn Theatre as our home where we can both rehearse and perform. The equipment available to us is extensive and our productions are enhanced by the charm and character of the theatre, which opened in 1924 and has recently been much improved.
As with most Amateur Dramatic Societies, we are supported by a stalwart band of helpers who steadfastly turn out to set build, paint, crew and generally assist on the production side but further help is always very welcome. We are keen to encourage new members to become involved both on and off stage and details of how to join can be obtained from the Membership Secretary, Elinor Nelson, on 01883 716566. (Please see separate list of productions for details)
Chairman: June Brown 01883 714460 chairman@oxtedplayers.co.uk
Secretary: Sheila Branson 01883 717488 secretary@oxtedplayers.co.uk

 

The Performance Group


Croydon

 

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The Playmakers

The Playmakers
www.theplaymakers.org.uk

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Mytchett, Camberley

 

We are a group of enthusiastic amateur performers in Mytchett, Surrey.
We meet on a Monday evening at The Mytchett Centre and welcome new members.
We produce two major performances each year including an annual pantomime.
Our group supports a different local charity each year.
If you are interested in joining the Playmakers or would like to know more information please contact the Chairman by email chair@theplaymakers.org.uk
Box Office: boxoffice@theplaymakers.org.uk

 

The Savoy Singers


Camberley

 

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The Show Choir


www.surreyshowchoir.co.uk

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Banstead, Dorking, Woking

 

The Show Choir gives people the opportunity to sing their favourite West End and Broadway songs!
If you love singing - whether you are a confident singer...or a little nervous, then you've come to the right place! The Show Choir is an exciting new choir giving you the opportunity to have fun learning to sing fabulous songs from Musical Theatre!
CALL ON: 01737 652099, 07957 928099 OR EMAIL INFO@SURREYSHOWCHOIR.CO.UK

 

The Tadworth Players


Tadworth

 

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The Wintershall Choir



St Cecilia Studio on the Wintershall Estate, Bramley, Surrey, GU5 0LR

 

Do you enjoy singing? Do you have an inner thespian that’s itching to strut the stage?
Then you might like to consider joining the Wintershall Choir.
You may have heard of the Wintershall Nativity play—it runs every year on the beautiful Wintershall Estate on the outskirts of Bramley. Thousands of people come to see the play each year and the other biblical plays that Wintershall puts on throughout the year, including a Passion play that goes up to Trafalgar Square.
Now for the first year, instead of hiring a choir to sing in the Nativity play we are growing one from scratch.
It is open to those of all faiths and none.
We sing a broad range of music throughout the year, from popular songs with a thoughtful message and fun songs from the musicals, to sacred classical music and gospel, and in the Autumn term we focus on music for the Nativity play.
I would love to welcome enthusiastic singers to join the Wintershall Choir where I provide direction on singing technique. There are opportunities for soloists. I provide recorded rehearsal files as well as scores, so don’t be put off if you can’t read music, but it’s important to be able to sing in harmony. Perhaps you don’t know if you can do this yet—come along and find out!
The choir runs from 6.30pm (for tea, biscuits and chat) with the rehearsal starting at 7pm and ending at 8.30pm. Latecomers are very welcome!

Looking forward to hearing from you,
Rachel
Wintershall Choir
Thursdays, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Please contact me, music director Rachel Musgrove on 01483 565554 or email rachel@musgroves.us
For further information on Wintershall, please see www.wintershall-estate.com

 

The Young Nomads


East Horsley

 

The most exhilarating and talented youth theatre group in the South East, the Young Nomads offer a fantastic atmosphere whether for fun or to progress on to the professional level. The Young Nomads youth theatre group also greatly encourages participation in other local activities with other organisations, such as drama festivals, disability workshops and charity functions.

 

The Young Playmakers


Mytchett, Camberley

 

The Young Playmakers is aimed at those under the age of 16 who would like to act on stage. Susan Freke, a long-standing member and past chairperson of The Playmakers, mentors the Young Playmakers and they have proved a star attraction in many pantomimes and summer plays.
Pantomime, festivals, plays, variety nights
Age Range: Under 16
Rehearsals: Monday (fortnightly) 6:45pm-7:45pm (Sunday 11am-2pm for Pantomimes)
Productions:
Short Play in June, usually written by a member of The Playmakers
Pantomime in January, sometimes written by a member of The Playmakers
WHY NOT JOIN US?
We are always looking for more volunteers. If you’d like to join our friendly “family” group, get in touch with the Chairman
Visit the website for contact details

 

Theatre Workshop Coulsdon

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Coulsdon

 

Theatre Workshop Coulsdon (TWC) is an amateur theatre group based in Coulsdon, Surrey who bring 3 productions a year to the masses of Surrey. TWC rose from the ashes of the Coulsdon branch of Croydon Youth Theatre Organisation (CYTO) in 1970, and 40 years later, still going strong. We pride ourselves on our track record of innovation and experimental work, having staged over 30 completely original productions, either home-grown, adapted, or written specifically for TWC. Original or not, all our productions tend towards the bold, exuberant, colourful, and generally larger than life. In another innovation, in 1993 we first took a production into the open air - to what seemed at the time the fairly improbable surroundings of the beer garden of our local, The Woodman Public House, in Woodmansterne, Surrey. In 2010, we moved our 40th anniversary summer production and all subsequent to the larger grounds of Coulsdon Manor Hotel, in Old Coulsdon, Surrey.
Owing to the pressures of life, work, barn dance calling and younger members leaving for university, TWC are always on the lookout for new members, aged 15 or over. TWC is unlike other amateur theatre groups. For one thing, we are very informal, with a simple philosophy: To aspire to the highest possible standards in every aspect of our productions - but never at the expense of sacrificing our own enjoyment! In other words - we take our material very seriously, but we don't take ourselves seriously at all! TWC has a strong social tradition, with many activities away from the plays themselves, with many parties, as well as giant water pistol fights, hog roasts, and quite a lot of trips to the pub! Another highlight is our annual Christmas awards dinner at which the Theatre Workshop Artistic Talent (or TWAT) awards are presented not just to the best actor and actress, but also in such notable categories as Biggest Ham and Worst Cock-up. These coveted awards are unofficially known as ‘The Donalds’, in honour of the late, great (and sometimes very cruel!) Donald Madgwick, theatre critic of The Croydon Advertiser.
If you would be willing to share and develop your talent with us, you are warmly invited to drop into Coulsdon Community Centre, Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon, CR5 3BE on any Monday or Wednesday evening from 8.15pm to 10.00pm. Would-be actors and stage crew, (not to mention volunteers to assist with wardrobe, sets, etc.) are very welcome - experienced or otherwise. Open auditions take place in September for the Christmas production, in early January for the Spring production and in late March or early April for the Summer. Go on, give it a try.
Contact via website or email contact@twcoulsdon.org.uk
Box Office BoxOffice@twcoulsdon.org.uk or 07709266728

 

Thorpe Players

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Runnymede

 

It's amazing how often people ask what goes on behind the scenes at a drama group - and even more surprising to see their reactions when they find out that we're are not all luvvies that talk about theatre every waking minute.
Back in 1953 Frank Muir decided to put his considerable talents into forming an amateur drama group based at the Thorpe Village Hall. All the members were local people who enjoyed performing. Although none of the original members are with us today, many are long standing (some for over 30 years) and several are second generation Thorpe Players. One of the reasons that people stay with the group is its friendly, almost family-like atmosphere, where everyone pulls together to put on a production and, most importantly, ensure that we have fun doing it.
Over fifty years later, with many of our members coming from outside Thorpe, the aim of the group is still the same - to enjoy our acting, each other's company and to make sure that the audience enjoys our productions. We still perform two major productions a year at the Village Hall, but have now expanded our calendar to include Drama Festivals, Quiz Nights, One-Act Supper Evenings, Murder Mystery Evenings and numerous social events.
Many people think that you have to be an actor to join an amateur dramatics group. Not true, there is a lot more to running a group than the productions themselves. We also have a busy social calendar, write some of our own productions, need a committee to ensure that group is properly run and, of course, to manage our financial matters. It is relatively easy to recruit people who want to act, but far more difficult to find people who would be more interested in the technical, production or management side of the group.
If you either have, or would be interested in developing, any of these skills, then Thorpe Players would certainly be interested in hearing from you.
Box Office: 07923 583295
boxoffice@thorpeplayers.co.uk
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Membership Enguiries
membership@thorpeplayers.co.uk
General Enquiries:
01753 860518 or kait.hole@googlemail.com

 

THP


Dorking

 

01306 881717

 

Tilbourne Players

Tilbourne Players
www.tilbourneplayers.org.uk

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The Tilford Institute, Tilford nr. Farnham, Surrey GU10 2DA

 

We are an active local amdram group, and put on two or three full-scale plays per year.
We are always keen to welcome new members.
Contact: secretary@tilbourneplayers.org.uk

 

Torch Theatre Company


Sutton

 

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TRI-ADS


New Malden

 

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T. W. I. T.S.


Godalming

 

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