Arts organisations, clubs and associations

compiled by
Newbury & District
Arts Association


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.

Dave Stephenson
Publicity Officer

Community of Hungerford Theatre Co.

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.


Compton Players

Compton Players has been putting on plays at Compton for 70 years. We normally have two productions a year, in May and October. New members are always welcome, both for acting and for backstage roles.

Helen Saxton

Kennet Amateur Theatrical Soc. (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

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.

Nina Hopkinson

Kennington Amateur Dramatic Society

We are an amateur society based in Kennington, Oxfordshire performing plays, pantomimes and musical concerts with a member base of around 70 people of all ages.

We are now into our 35th year of delighting audiences and are always on the look out for new members to join us and expand the group.

Check out our site for information on how to join, how to book tickets for our shows and information on past productions we've staged!

Peter Biggs

Kennington Rd

01865 730353

Mortimer Dramatic Society

The aim of Mortimer Dramatic Society (MDS) is to bring a professional standard of theatrical entertainment to our audience - and to have fun doing it

Founded in September 1950, MDS staged its first production on the 12th–13th January 1951 Painted Sparrows by Guy Paxton & Edward V. Hoile. Since then we have staged three performances each year MDS and are still at it at the grand old age of 63.

The society has about 40 members, roughly divided into thirds – actors, production crew and administration.

Of course it takes more than just actors to create the magic of theatre. For every actor who appears on stage there is an army of unseen people, just as talented and just as creative, who also get just as much fun out of a production as those "Luvie, Artistes types" do. Find out if you would like to join in and contribute your talent to making our shows a night out to remember.



27 Croft Road
Mortimer Common

0118 933 1328

New Era Players

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.

Marian Hatfull
Membership and Communications Officer

New Era Players
196 Andover Road
RG14 6NU

07919 916 009

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.

Ann Davidson

Newbury Youth Theatre

Newbury Youth Theatre 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.

Robin Strapp

c/o The Corn Exchange
Market Place
RG14 5BD

01635 582666 / 07714 987506

The 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.

Jon Goddard

0118 984 4166

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.

Heidi Zimmerman
Outreach Assistant

The Watermill Theatre
RG40 8 AE

01635 570934

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