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Drama

Theatre groups currently promoting drama in West Berkshire and North Hampshire.

Boundary Players

With a history dating back to 1952, the Boundary Players are well established in the Tadley area.

Our home is based in the 272-seat William Penney theatre located on the AWE Recreational Society site We perform 3 plays per season with a balanced mix of farces, dramas, thrillers and comedies.

New members are always welcome and are able to try their hand in any capacity, be it backstage, technical, set-construction, or...ACTING!

Check our website for further details.

Contact:
Dave Stephenson
Publicity Officer

E-mail: publicity@boundaryplayers.co.uk
Website: www.boundaryplayers.co.uk

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Community of Hungerford Theatre CompanyCommunity of Hungerford Theatre Company

The Community of Hungerford Theatre Company exists "to foster and develop interest and participation in amateur live theatre in the community of Hungerford and the surrounding area".

Starting as the “Town Show” in late 1978, There are now five sections to the company.

The Young Performers - ages 6 to 8 years : one production per year, usually at Easter..

The Hungerford Children's Theatre - ages 8 to 13 years: one production per year, usually in July.  

The Hungerford Youth Theatre - ages 14 to 21 years: one production per year.

The Players - adult drama group.  : one or more production per year. 

The Town Show - annual musical staged every February Half Term in The John O' Gaunt Community & Technical College for more than 30 years!  Recent productions – The King & I, Blitz!, Hello, Dolly!, Flower Drum Song, Annie Get Your Gun, Happy as a Sandbag, Salad Days, Scrooge, Oliver. Everyone from 8 years to 80 is welcome to take part.  No audition required to join the company - but we do have auditions for the principal roles.

Anyone living locally who would like to be involved whether as a performer, in production, costume or set design etc would be more than welcome and should contact either of the following:-

Visit our website at www.hungerfordtheatrecompany.co.uk

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Compton Players

Compton Players has been putting on plays at Compton for over 50 years. We normally have two productions a year, in May and October. New members are always welcome, both for acting and for backstage roles.

Contact:
Helen Saxton

E-mail: chair@comptonplayers.co.uk
Website: www.comptonplayers.co.uk

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Hungerford Theatre ClubHungerford Theatre Club

We aim to produce at least 2 or 3 plays / shows a year. New members always welcome. Monthly newsletter distributed to members. Each member receives his own membership card and welcome pack.

Contact:
Marguerite Seaward
Secretary
Brookfield
Cold Harbour Lane
Marlborough
Wiltshire

Telephone: 01635 511729

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Kennet Amateur Theatrical Society (KATS)Kennet Amateur Theatrical Society (KATS)

Kennet Amateur Theatrical Society was formed in 1966, initially as an offshoot of the Kennet School PTA in Thatcham. Although they became an independent society many years ago, they are still affiliated to the school and stage all their productions in the Hall.

KATS is renowned throughout the Thatcham and Newbury area for their wide range of popular entertainment.

Their busy Schedule means that they are always looking for new members to share the load. If you're interested in joining them, as a performer, musician, in front of house or in any backstage capacity, please see the Membership page on their website www.kats.org.uk.

KATS normally stage three public productions a year. The Pantomime is staged in February, a musical show or play in late summer and a travelling show for local retirement homes in December.

Kittens is their 'nursery', if you've never directed before and would like to try - Kittens provides a forum for you to hone your skills.

Contact:
Mrs Mandy Cole
Secretary
10 Trefoil Drove
Thatcham
Berkshire

Telephone: 01635 869893
E-mail: please visit the website and use the 'contact us' forms.
Website: www.kats.org.uk

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New Era Theatre ClubNew Era Theatre Club

This small, friendly and very successful theatre club was established in Wash Common, Newbury, in 1978. New Era is a theatre club for anyone interested in participating in first class amateur theatrical productions either as a director, performer, technician, back-stage helper or as an audience member.

Share the experience of performing on stage; join the challenge of set-building or the creativity of costume design; enjoy the teamwork in whatever direction your talents take you. You could be an active participant in their future productions, or join for play readings, workshops, theatre outings and a variety of social events.

New Era produces four plays each year and has the good fortune to have its own small theatre which means that rehearsals are held in the same space as performances and the production can have a longer run than most amateur groups achieve. The theatre is on the Andover Road, Wash Common, beside St George's Church.

Contact:
Marian Hatfull
Membership and Communications Officer
New Era Players
196 Andover Road
Newbury
Berkshire
RG14 6NU

t. 01635 47839
Box Office: 07919 916009
email: secretary@neweraplayers.org
website: www.neweraplayers.org

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Newbury Dramatic Society

 

 


We are the longest established dramatic society in the Newbury area, and are always keen to recruit new members who want to act, direct, or work backstage.

Our next major performance will be The Taming of the Shrew at New Greenham Arts in November. The production has been accepted by the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of their Open Stages Programme!

www.newburydramaticsociety.org.uk

Contact:
Ann Davidson
newburydramatics@yahoo.co.uk

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Newbury Youth Theatre

www.newburyyouththeatre.co.uk aims to provide local young people with the opportunity to develop their theatrical skills and interests, explore the arts in general and learn more about themselves as individuals.

Founded in 1983, NYT has at it's heart the mission to focus upon plays which reflect the concerns and issues of young people today and to present these to new and existing audiences in new and exciting ways. In this way the group are tackling contemporary issues which are relevant to their own experiences and the members learn more about themselves as well as making a rich contribution to the town's cultural life. The company has, through this work, gained much critical acclaim locally and across the region.

Meetings take place in The Corn Exchange, Newbury which helps to provide a wide range of activities from weekly workshops and theatre visits, to technical courses, directing and work experience placements.

There are no auditions or restriction on membership apart from a level of commitment from members to support each other, have energy, enthusiasm and a love of theatre.

Contact:
Robin Strapp
Chairman
c/o The Corn Exchange
Market Place
Newbury
Berkshire RG14 5BD

Telephone: 01635 582666 / 07714 987506,  Fax: 01635 582223
E-mail: robin@newburyyouththeatre.co.uk
Website: www.newburyyouththeatre.co.uk

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The Riverside PlayersThe Riverside Players

The Riverside Players are no ordinary theatrical company. Every August, their only yearly performance is rehearsed, staged and performed in just two weeks!

Formed in 1951 by former students of the Central School of Speech and Drama, the Riverside Players have been based at Pangbourne College for around ten years now.

New members are always welcome, whatever aspect of theatre they like, as we run on a very ad hoc basis with company members changing roles from year to year.

Contact:
Jon Goddard
Publicity

Telephone: 0118 984 4166,  Fax: 0118 984 3393
E-mail: riversideplayers@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.riversideplayers.org.uk

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The Watermill Youth Theatre


Our youth theatre is designed to be welcoming and friendly to all, whoever you are, no matter whether you’ve done lots of drama or if it’s all a bit new to you. We don’t hold auditions for places in the youth theatre, but we do ask for commitment and enthusiasm.

Our Junior and Senior Youth Theatres have long been full, but please don’t despair! By joining the waiting list you automatically become a member of the Associate Youth Theatre, which means that you’ll get the opportunity to take part in all sorts of workshops, projects and courses.

Contact:
Heidi Zimmerman
Outreach Assistant
The Watermill Theatre
Bagnor
Newbury
Berkshire
RG40 8 AE

Telephone: 01635 570934
Email: Heidi@watermill.org.uk
Website: www.watermill.org.uk

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