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Current Activities

Due to the four-week lockdown, many of the classes and workshops at the theatre have had to be suspended or cancelled. We look forward to being able to welcome them back in December.

In the meantime, our festive Sofa2Stage project is still running. More details here.

Our well-ventilated dance studio space (with barres and mirrors) and our adapted, ventilated auditorium space are available to hire for professional use. See our Info for hirers for images. Each activity must be fully risk assessed in accordance with guidelines issued for the period 5th December to 2nd December. For further information please contact David King on 01206 530257.

Act V Online

Mondays 30th November, 7th and 14th December from 10.30am to 12noon

'My dearest partner in greatness' - exploring the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth through the language they use

Our theatre workshop for those aged 50+ is back on Zoom. Our next series of online workshops will explore the characters of this famous Shakespearian couple, and their relationship.

Session 1 will explore the characters as individuals, unpicking various monologues and speeches (participants will need to look at speech/soliloquy in advance).
Session 2 could examine the relationship between them.
Session 3 will look at interpretations and performance choices.

Facilitated by Annie Eddington.

The cost for the series will be £20. Book online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/actv/t-roajkv or call 01206 36600 for further details.

Musical Theatre Workshops - for adults!

Join us for an evening class of Musical Theatre performance techniques.

Each socially distanced class consists of a dance warm up, character work or dance techniques and a routine based on the designated musical. Please check the date, musical and class description at the time of booking online. Due to the lockdown we have rejigged the schedule

Fee: £6.00 Over 18's only. Limited places available.

Book online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/headgatetheatre or call 01206 36600 for further details.

Classes are being run by Shannon Hannah, who is currently studying for her PGCE in Musical Theatre as specialist subject after gaining both a BA Honours and Level 3 Extended National Diploma in Musical Theatre.

The following classes and groups have been suspended until the 2nd December


Donovans Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts

run classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday late afternoons and early evenings and are looking to expand their classes going forward. https://www.donovansacademy.co.uk/

Little Stars Theatre Workshops

run classes on a Thursday for children ages 6 to 14. The sessions are fun and exciting, with lots of acting, singing and dancing for children of all abilities. For more information visit: http://www.littlestarsworkshops.co.uk/

Ilaz Dance Company

are launching a new Thursday evening adult tap class. This is alongside their regular Monday, Friday and Sunday classes and they are also looking to introduce some daytime activity for adults, youngsters and possibly some opportunities for those with a learning disability. https://www.facebook.com/ilazdanceco/

Colchester Dynamite Dance

are currently using our rehearsal studio on Saturday afternoons whilst conditions allow.  https://www.facebook.com/dynamiteschoolofdancecolchester/

Young People's drama

KATS (Kids Acting and Theatre Skills) will be returning in September, meeting each Saturday morning 10am - 12noon. This thriving and lively drama group is for keen youngsters from the age of eight. For further details, contact Sarah Young on 01206 851796.

Stagecoach run drama classes at the Sixth Form College. Due to social distancing requirements they needed more space so will be bringing some of their classes to the Headgate on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.  https://www.stagecoach.co.uk/colchester

Wellbeing groups

Yoga Mind Colchester run sessions early on a Saturday https://www.facebook.com/YogaMindColchester

Colchester and Maldon Yoga meet on a Tuesday morning https://www.colchesterandmaldonyoga.co.uk

We also play host to W/W (Weight Watchers) on a Thursday morning.

English and Yoga Classes

Unfortunately, ELAF (English Language and Fun), Dis Donc and City Core Pilates are no longer running classes at the theatre.