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Current Activities

While we are not able to open for performances, the building isn't lying idle. We have a wide range of performance and wellbeing groups using our spaces, with room for more if you have a need for a town centre venue. See our Info for hirers.


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/

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.

Headgate Young Company is a brand new venture for those aged 16 to 21. Stalled by the lockdown, we hope this may start in the winter.

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

Alongside the existing yoga classes we now have a Pilates group using the theatre.

City Core Pilates are running Mat Pilates session on Saturday mornings https://citycorepilates.com/

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 Classes

ELAF (English Language and Fun) is run by volunteers and aimed at residents for whom English isn’t their first language, they will take place on a Thursday from 10am. Booking is essential.

Dis Donc are running French and Spanish classes again at the theatre.

For these classes contact us via the Box Office on 01206 366000 or tickets@headgatetheatre.co.uk and we will pass your details on.

Act V

Plans are being made for our theatre workshop for the over 50’s to return this Autumn. To register your interest or for more information contact us on 01206 366000.