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1812 Theatre Company


Helmsley, North Yorkshire

 

The 1812 Theatre Company is the in-house amateur company of Helmsley Arts Centre, with a rich and varied show history - from Abigail's Party and Much Ado About Nothing to the silliness of The Witches and Oh, Clarence!, as well as musical/comic revues and the annual Christmas show/panto. We normally stage three major productions every year, and two smaller productions in the studio bar.
We are a lively and friendly group and are always looking to welcome new faces. Whatever age, with or without experience, there are many ways you can join in or give us support.
Please contact the Secretary, Jean Sheridan, tel : 01439 772388, email : jean.sheridan111@btinternet.com
Box Office: Tues - Fri 10:00am - 2:00pm
01439 771700
The Old Meeting House, Helmsley YO62 5DW

 

Ackworth Concert Society


Ackworth

 

Dedicated to bringing a wide range of high quality live music to the area, the society organises six varied concerts at various local venues between October and April and has twice hosted visits by the world-famous bass-baritone Sir Willard White.
Contact Name: Maureen O'Neill, Founder & Chairman 01977 705805 email

 

Acorn Theatre Company

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Batley

 

Established 2013 Acorn Theatre Company aims to produce plays, musicals and youth theatre.

 

Act One Drama Studio

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Sheffield

 

Act One Drama Studio has successfully run acting classes and workshops in Sheffield since August 1994. Our goal is to give professional knowledge to our students by employing trained professionals from the entertainment business.
Contact: info@actonedramastudio.co.uk

 

Adel Players

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Adel North Leeds

 

Adel Players is an amateur dramatics society based in Adel, North Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK. We put on three plays a year in our own theatre space
Founded in 1945, Adel Players is a long-established amateur drama group with at present over 40 members. We put on three plays a year in our own theatre space at the Adel Memorial Hall in North Leeds as part of the Adel Sports & Social Club (Adel War Memorial Association).
We are a friendly group with adult members of all ages and from all walks of life. What we all have in common is a shared enjoyment of bringing plays to life for our audiences. We vary our choice of plays so that there is something for everyone - comedies, thrillers, dramas and farces - and many of our audience members have become so loyal that they book tickets before we've started rehearsing the next production!
If you're thinking of joining, why not arrange to come along to see the Adel Players in rehearsal or have a chat with our Secretary about membership?
Contact Bernard Riley on 0113 230 0312 or email membership@adel-players.org.uk
Tickets email tickets@adel-players.org.uk

 

All Souls’ Amateur Operatic Society


Halifax

 

Light Opera; Classical & Church; Musicals;
Age Range: 15 years upwards
Rehearsals: Every Thursday from 7.30pm
The Society was founded in 1962 and until 1984 performed in the All Souls' Church Hall. From 1985 to 1987 we performed at the Marlborough Hall, and since 1988, at the Playhouse Halifax. The rooms which we occupied from 1984 were burned down in 1992 but within a year we had rented an old woollen storage shed and built rehearsal rooms, construction workshop, kitchen and wardrobe area. Unfortunately, this also burned down in 1998, since then, our rehearsals have been held at Stage Door: neither fire was the fault of the society. We are a group of around 100 people, of whom forty or so are performing members. While originating as a Church of England Society, it is now undenominational, but retains a Christian ethos and has made contributions to many charities. The Society makes every effort to fill as many roles as possible from its own membership; only as a last resort are other singers invited to take part. We also aim to manufacture our own sets and prepare our own properties. Our wardrobe try to furnish as many costumes as possible. We have been noted for our effort in introducing little-known works to Halifax audiences. Notable were the local premiers of "La Vie Parisienne", "La Perichole", "The Begger Student" and our millenium production of Offenbach's 'blackbeard'. The overall performance and musicianship of the Society has been widely acclaimed and we strive to maintain a high standard. Emphasising this, is the fact that we have been awarded the "Halifax PLC Shield for the best local performance in 1993 for "The Merry Widow" in 1995 for "La Belle Helene" and in 1997, for "Die Fledermaus". We also do concert performances in which the music varies from spiritual to Grand Opera. Our rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings in Halifax, West Yorkshire,, and are very enjoyable occasions. We are a fun loving society and welcome new members with open arms and an infectious amount of fun and laughter. Although we pride ourselves on putting on a very professional performance in all we do, we do not take ourselves too seriously off stage, and rehearsal nights, although hard work, are a tremendous amount of fun. We rehearse for a few hours most Thursday evenings at 7.30 pm at our rehearsal rooms in the centre of Halifax, to enable us to stage a fully costumed, light opera production every year around about March or April. We also raise the roof with a three evening ‘stand and sing’ concert every October. When we are not rehearsing we love to get together for social evenings at our rehearsal rooms, to catch up, have an entertaining evening and raise a few pounds for our funds. There are no rules to becoming a member -you can come along as a friend and help out building sets, backstage or front of house, just join us on our social evenings, or throw yourself in at the deep end and join us on stage...you do not have to be an experienced singer or thespian...as long as you love the arts , have enthusiasm and wonder if you will take to the bright lights...this is for you...no rules....no qualifications needed............ ...come along for a few weeks and see how you go, no pressure, no obligation. Just come and join the fun and the rest will fall into place. Contact us via myspace or asaos@hotmail.co.uk us with your name and contact details, including a telephone number, and we will get back to you with everything you need to know. Alternatively, if you know a friend or family who are members...just come along...easy as that...we look forward to seeing you soon. ..
Contact janken20@btinternet.com or jeanmurphy@britishwool.org.uk or 07719 652669

 

ALTCO Community Theatre Company


Leeds

 

We are a Leeds (West Yorkshire) professional theatre company who specialise in community-based Theatre-In-Education performances. These take the form of both workshops and performances in local schools and community centres, tec

 

Apex Players


Sheffield

 

Apex players are now in their 39th year. They were formed in 1973 by Pat Musselwhite and Barbara Markham. Apex Players are a small drama group based in Sheffield, friendly and always looking for new members. We have two productions a year in one of the Sheffield Theatres.
We meet once a week at The Cross Scythes pub on Derbyshire Lane in Woodseats. We meet every Monday from 7.45 - 10pm. If you wish to come along, don't hesitate to contact us. cwboydell@hotmail.com

 

Austwick Community Players


Austwick Parish Hall, Main Road, Austwick N Yorks, LA2 8BJ

 

The Austwick Community Players is a local group of volunteers who organize the annual event in Austwick Village known as the ‘Over 65’s Supper and Entertainment Evening’.
Every year, on the first Thursday in March, the food committee organizes, prepares and serves a supper, free and by invitation, for all residents of Austwick, Wharfe, Feizor, Eldroth and Lawkland who are aged sixty five and over. The occasion is held in the Austwick Parish Hall, and is followed by a theatrical production, which is written, produced and performed by The Austwick Community Players. Funds are raised for this annual event from two further public performances of the show, other fundraising events and from a number of donations, generously given.
Our group has a long history. In 1966, the Women’s Institute first took the initiative to put on this annual event. The group as it now stands took on a separate identity in 1989. In 2002, it was a proud prizewinner in the ‘North Yorkshire Village Ventures Scheme’, a competition sponsored by Yorkshire Rural Community Council to recognize village projects that serve to benefit their communities. This award was a great tribute to those who have contributed in every way to the group over the last thirty nine years.
Contact 01729 824537, mail@redhouse1.co.uk

 

Avon-Greyfriars


Doncaster

 

Avon Greyfriars is one of the longest running drama groups in Doncaster and we put on theater performances twice yearly at the Doncaster Little Theatre.
FANCY JOINING?
Many plays we would like to present require a larger cast than we have available in our small group. Having more members means we would be able to present a wider range of entertaining and challenging productions.
If you have always fancied ‘treading the boards’ why not give us a call? We would be delighted to welcome you and will give you all the encouragement and support you need to experience the ‘Buzz’ of being onstage.
Of course, if you feel acting isn’t in your blood then there are several other areas of theatrical life you can become involved in. The backstage crew play as large a role in a production as those on the stage, in many cases being the factor that the play revolves around. Lighting and sound for example can provide the perfect atmosphere for a play, while stage management are crucial in making sure things run smoothly and quietly behind the scenery. No matter what the role, it is always relavent to the production as a whole. Do you feel you could fit the bill?
We are always grateful for any help with our productions.
Contact: Andrew Leverton | phone: 01302810270
email: andy_leverton@hotmail.com

 

Barnsley Amateur Operatic Society


Barnsley

 

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BATS - Batley Amateur Thespian Society

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Batley

 

We are an Amateur Theatre company who have been performing shows in Batley since 1913. We currently do shows at Batley Town Hall.
Contact: 07792634360
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Bedale Dramatic Society


Bedale, North Yorkshire

 

We perform one act and full length plays twice a year.
Age Range: 18
Rehearsals: These vary due to people’s commitments and the play that is being performed. Usually Tues, Wed, Thurs are the days, only twice a week.
Bedale Dramatic Society is a group of dedicated people in Bedale and surrounding areas who put on one - two performances per year in Bedale High School. They also have club nights and you can become a member or friend of the society.
Contact: lsimpson@orangehome.co.uk
Phone: 07855411694

 

Bear Necessities Amateur Theatre Group


Newland United Reform Church Hall, Beverley Road, Hull (between Brooklyn Street and Vermont Street), East Yorkshire

 

We are a friendly, welcoming amateur dramatic society based in the Centre of Hull.

 

Bel Canto Choir

Bel Canto Choir
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Mexborough

 

Bel Canto Choir is an amateur mixed-voice choir of 30 members based in Mexborough,South Yorkshire. The choir was formed over 25 years ago by Barbara Senior (Trinity College London, Examiner) and reunited many of her former pupils and colleagues at Wath Grammar School, many of whom continue to sing together today.
Our normal rehearsal arrangements are Sunday evenings in school term-time.
Venue: Parish Church Hall (opposite church), Church Street, Mexborough. 6.00pm – 8:15pm with extra rehearsals if needed before concerts. Tea, Coffee and biscuits are provided during the break.
We would be interested to hear from any prospective members who are capable and experiences singers, motivated by performing choral music well, and who feel they would be suited to the nature of the choir. You will be invited to attend a couple rehearsals on a trial basis and then invited to join as a member should you enjoy your trial period.
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Beverley Musical Theatre

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Beverley, East Yorkshire

 

An amateur operatic society based in Beverley.
They meet weekly on Wednesdays at Beverley Rugby Club, Norwood, Beverley. Beverley Musical Theatre (formerly Beverley Operatic Society) perform Musical Shows, Pantomimes and concerts in Beverley, Hull and the surrounding villages. The East Riding of Yorkshire is fortunate (or unfortunate?) in having a large number of amateur operatic and dramatic societies. This means that competition for the attentions of the theatre-going public is intense, and consequently the standard of the performances is very good.
Beverley Musical Theatre is no exception. Based largely in Beverley itself, the society performs at various locations including the New Theatre in Hull, the Beverley Memorial Hall, the Middleton Hall at Hull University and the Longcroft School Hall in Beverley. A recent departure, however, has been to go ‘on tour’ with a series of concerts in surrounding villages, featuring a wide variety of songs from the shows as well as songs which we just like! There may be any number of concerts in a year, but generally we perform one main musical show in May/June and a pantomime in November/December.
The company also enjoys a lively social programme including our Annual Dinner, barbecues, barn dances, theatre trips, treasure hunts and of course the usual parties (any excuse!). There’s always plenty to do even when we’re not rehearsing for shows.
For more information email: info@beverleymusicaltheatre.co.uk or visit our website

 

Beverley Theatre Company

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Beverley, East Yorkshire

 

The company was formed originally as the Beverley St Nicholas Players in 1946 by a group of amateur theatre enthusiasts, and for the next 36 years they staged several productions each year in their home at St Nicolas Church Hall.
In 1983, the Players moved to the Beverley Memorial Hall, and changed their name to the Beverley Theatre Company. Since its formation, the company has staged nearly 200 productions including several successful touring plays. The Beverley Theatre Company in now one of East Yorkshire's foremost amateur theatre groups. We are grateful for the support we receive from all our patrons and in particular our audience.
If you are interested in becoming a member, require further information about the company or our upcoming productions please email: thebeverleytheatrecompany@gmail.com

 

Bilton Amateur Dramatic Society


Bilton

 

Bilton Amateur Dramatic Society comprises a small but enthusiastic group of people who love performing live plays. We have our very own little theatre which seats an audience of 110. We perform a minimum of two plays per year to a faithful and supportive following of about 400 people which means each play is performed for a four night run, Tuesday through Friday. The theatre is located between 17 and 19 Main Road, Bilton on the eastern outskirts of Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. To find us, leave the city centre and travel eastwards along the Holderness Road. At the end of the dual cariageway there is a roundabout with the Swiss Cottage public house located between the second and third exits. Take the third exit and about 50 metres past the pub you will see our sign in the garden of no.19 on the left (see map below). The driveway between the two houses leads to the theatre - we also have a car park! The Society meets every Monday and Wednesday evening at 8 pm. These evenings are almost always taken up with rehearsals for a forthcoming play but, if you are looking to join the Society, then you are welcome to come and meet us all whether we're rehearsing or not! A friendly welcome is guaranteed! We actively encourage youngsters in Amateur Drama and to that end we also run a Junior Section which meets every Monday evening for the age 7-12 group and every Wednesday for the 13 and over group between 6pm and 7.30pm.
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Box Office telephone Steve Dale 01482 812750

 

Bingley Little Theatre


Bingley
Bingley Little Theatre, Main Street, Bingley BD16 2LZ

 

Involve yourself in Bingley Little Theatre, undoubtedly one of the most successful amateur theatre groups in West Yorkshire. With an annual turnover running well into six figures, a membership of around 400 and an oversubscribed youth theatre group, perhaps we should consider renaming ourselves Bingley BIG Theatre!
New members are always welcome and we currently have vacancies for people of all professions and trades including builders, joiners, painters, electricians, secretaries, receptionists, caterers, bar staff, tailors, seamstresses, artists, designers, props people, beauticians, musicians, writers, readers, computer buffs, teachers, trainers, photographers and, oh yes, actors.
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Bingley Amateur Operatic Society


Bingley

 

We have presented Musical Theatre in the town since 1921.
Each year we present a Stage Musical in November and a Pantomime in the Spring.
We are always keen to recruit new members
All members are entitled to audition for a part in our productions as principals, chorus or dancers or contribute to the many activities which support a successful show.
Our membership secretary can be contacted on
Telephone 01274 562988
If you wish to audition for a show contact the Casting Secretary on
Telephone 01274 615918 or in either case email

 

Bingley Gilbert & Sullivan Society
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Bingley

 

Bingley Gilbert & Sullivan Society perform an operetta once year and other events throughout the year.
Contact: bingleygilbertandsullivan@gmail.com

 

Bite My Thumb

Bite My Thumb
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Leeds

 

Founded in 2004, Bite My Thumb are the regional theatre company that consistently defy expectations.
For more than a decade, they have built up a very special reputation, creating an impressive body of work - tackling works from household names like Ben Elton and Woody Allen and northern classics by Gober, Russell and Cartwright. Other productions have seen them pushing boundaries with Anthony Neilson and Joe Penhall's "in yer face" movement and taking on the greatest dramatist ever, William Shakespeare.
Often putting their own stamp on established works they play to great critical acclaim from both their audiences and the press. Bite My Thumb's mesmerising performances and powerful productions have led to them become an award winning company with a loyal audience who keep coming back for more.
We are always happy to hear from people who would like to be involved and hold open auditions for all of our shows. So if you fancy acting with us, please contact us, we'd love to hear from you.
To contact Bite My Thumb please send an email to bitemythumb@live.co.uk

 

Bradford Arts Theatre Company


Bradford, West Yorkshire

 

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Bradford Catholic Players

Bradford Catholic Players
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Bradford

 

The Bradford Catholic Players is a long-standing well established and respected Amateur Dramatic Society based in the Bradford Metropolitan District.
Our Society is run by a committee of twelve; six officers comprising Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Business Manager, Publicity Manager, Technical Director plus six other members.
The objectives of our Society are to educate members in the musical, dramatic, performing and expressive arts; promote the spiritual life of the members; and further the development of the public appreciation and taste in the arts; to assist such charitable institutions and charitable purpose as the Executive Committee shall, from time to time, determine.
Membership of the Society is open to ALL who are in sympathy with these objectives.
Contact our Secretary, Anne Copley: secretary@bradfordcatholicplayers.co.uk
Contact our Treasurer, Nick Carroll: treasurer@bradfordcatholicplayers.co.uk
Contact our Membership Officer, Christine Walker: membership@bradfordcatholicplayers.co.uk

 

Bradford Youth Players Seniors


Bradford, West Yorkshire

 

Box Office: Book online via the BYP website, online, or email tickets

 

Bramham Drama Group

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Leeds, West Yorkshire

 

The history of a drama group extends back at least 70 years, but the current group has its origins in 1980, and has continued to stage productions every year since then.
The group has at least 50 members ranging in age from very young (5 or 6 years old) to more mature members.
We try to stage at least two productions usually in the Village Hall, one of which is an annual pantomime in December, but often have an additional one in the summer months.
There is a Junior Drama section of school-age members which meets occasionally during the year and often provides junior parts for the pantomime. Our junior section has provided inspiration for some members to study drama, theatre or related subjects at University, whilst others have joined national drama companies.
Current group members include teachers of drama, dance, professional lighting technicians, writers and TV/Film directors, but just as important are the many members who have jobs outside drama, but who bring enthusiasm (and talent) to all aspects of the group.
The Drama Group is not just about the actors, singers and dancers on the stage, but relies on a few members who provide support by way of lighting and sound, music and special effects, set and scenery design/build, publicity and ticket sales, make-up, props and costumes, stage management and prompts. Most of these backstage crew members receive little recognition for their efforts, but without them there would be no productions.
Outside of rehearsal/production time we enjoy trips to the theatre, and other social events, including fundraising for equipment. The Community fund has generously agreed to donate to updating equipment in 2012 including lighting and sound.
The Drama Group is keen to encourage new members both on stage and in backstage roles, not least because each year a few of our members leave or retire. We would especially encourage younger people in their teens, 20s and 30s to become involved.
The group meets to rehearse on Wednesdays and Sundays ahead of a production but backstage crew undertake work on other days as required. There is an annual membership fee of just £5 per person or £10 per family which covers insurance and some hall hire. There is no need to have experience, just lots of enthusiasm. We will find a role for you off or on stage.
Anyone interested in joining the group can contact current members of the drama group or telephone Christine Suddaby (Drama Group secretary) on 01937 849455. ‘Like’ our Facebook page here.
Contact: alison@thepassiongroup.co.uk

 

BrassNeck Theatre

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Yeadon, West Yorkshire

 

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We strive to develop and get the best out of every one of our members, while maintaining a fun atmosphere during the rehearsal period. Our social team work all year round to stage events, which create a comfortable and friendly atmosphere within cast and crew which only adds to the quality of stage productions.
At the core of this, BrassNeck Theatre is a team. We welcome any new members to audition for a new show, or to be part of our exceptional backstage crew. We often design and build our own sets (again often praised by local media), have a live band for every musical, and have a dedicated lighting team, all of which create BrassNeck Theatre’s professional theatrical experience.
Feel free to email the team at info@brassnecktheatre.com
Box Office: boxoffice@brassnecktheatre.com

 

Breakthrough Productions


Wakefield & Leeds, West Yorkshire

 

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Bridlington Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society


Bridlington

 

Last year over 1,000 pairs of feet trod our boards. And for each person on stage, there were nearly as many helping out behind the scenes – from cleaners to costume makers to set builders.
And we’re always on the look-out for like-minded folk to share in our dream.
If you’ve got a talent for acting and/or singing we hold regular auditions for new cast members. We’re particularly interested in encouraging younger people to get involved. So if you’ve ever sat through The X Factor and thought, ‘I could do that’, give us a shout.
Contact Bob Downing on 01262 601006 for more information

 

Brighouse Theatre Productions

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Brighouse Civic Hall, Bradford Road, Brighouse, HD6 1RW

 

Each year we produce a Musical, Pantomine and carol concert to a very high standard.
Brighouse Theatre Productions is a member of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association. Founded in 1899, it is the main representative body for amateur theatre in the U.K.. It has a membership of some 2,400 amateur/community theatre groups and 3000 individual enthusiasts, staging musicals, operas, plays, concerts and pantomimes in a wide variety of performing venues. It aims to help amateurs achieve the highest standards of best practice and performance. We're currently looking for new members to join our company.
If you are interested in being involved with Brighouse Theatre Productions please contact Lynn Taylor, tel. 01484 719689
Booking enquiries email info@brighousetheatre.co.uk 01484 402435

 

Burley Community Theatre Group


Burley-in-Wharfedale, West Yorkshire

 

Burley Community Theatre aims to offer high quality drama to children (10+) and adults of all ages when it launches in February 2009.
Burley Community Theatre shall be offering a wide variety of drama services which include drama games, improvisation, role play reading, staging pantomimes and plays, and broadcasting short films on social networking sites, such as Youtube, My Space and Facebook.

 

Burley Theatre Group

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Burley-in-Wharfedale, West Yorkshire

 

Burley Theatre Group is a local amateur theatre group which puts on around three shows a year
We perform mainly in the Queens Hall, Burley in Wharfedale, a West Yorkshire village between Otley and Ilkley. We depend entirely on the skills and efforts of local people, not just for acting talent, but for the many other roles needed for the show to go on. We hope to welcome new members whether you want to act, help out with costumes and stage management,or help out front of house.
Pam Leach (Joint Chair) -01943 864018 email- pamleach@hotmail.co.uk
Jo Robinson (Joint Chair) -01943 862607 email- josephine.robinson@virgin.net
John Wise (Membership Secretary) - email-johnnywise6@yahoo.co.uk

 

Buttershaw St Paul's

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