Headgate Theatre Productions

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2018 programme

Playhouse Creatures

Playhouse Creatures by April De Angelis

Roles and Audition Notes

About Headgate Theatre Productions

Headgate Theatre Productions was established to ensure that there was a wide range of drama productions at The Headgate, and as a means of generating revenue to continue to run the building facility. The intimate space of The Headgate lends itself to small cast plays – but having said that, there have been productions with over 12 people in the cast and a box set!

Headgate Theatre Productions is rightly proud of its growing reputation, reflected in positive audience feedback, the extensive nominations and awards received each year from the local press critic and the North Essex Theatre Guild, and the fact that our actors and creative team have fun in putting on a range of challenging and interesting drama.

We put on a pantomime each year, and then aim for 4 or 5 other drama productions. Ideally these should help to fill gaps in the year when other groups are not performing, but inevitably the availability of directors influences our programme! For the four or five “other drama productions”, we would look to have an annual programme which included a “classic” play, a play with “popular” appeal, a challenging or topical play, and possibly a play with appeal to a specific audience segment (including any text from school syllabus selections). The over-riding requirement however, is that we maintain excellence in our production values and deliver top quality productions to be enjoyed by our patrons– whether that be a well-known piece or something new.

If you want to find out more about acting or directing as part of Headgate Theatre Productions, or if you are interested in volunteering for technical support (lighting, sound, stage management), then contact David or Dawn King on 01206 530257, or email dawn66king@gmail.com

Headgate Theatre Productions - 2018-19

Auditions for The Browning Version (May 2019) are complete. Information about the auditions for Playhouse Creatures is set out below.

Information on our other planned productions for 2019 (The Vicar of Dibley – October 2019 directed by David King and Bug – November directed by Will Parrick) will be available in 2019. There will - of course – also be a pantomime in December 2019.

Aladdin by Ben Crocker Wed 5th – Sat 8th December 2018 @ 7pm plus matinées

  • Aladdin: Lorna Perrin
  • Jasmine: Jasmine Triad
  • Genie of the Lamp: Millie Gould
  • Genie of the Ring: Maddy Smith
  • Abanazar: –Kevin Topple
  • Emperor of China: David King
  • Widow Twankey: Joe Geddi
  • Wishee Washee: Alfred Riddel
  • Nobby the Panda: Zac
  • Askham; PC Pong: Gemma Saint
  • Sergeant Ping: Jake Kretze
  • Adult and Junior choruses

The Browning Version by Terrence Rattigan

  • Taplow: Joseph Russell
  • Frank: Will Parrick
  • Millie: Laura Hill
  • Andrew: Michael Cook
  • Frobishe: Malcolm Kimmance
  • Gilbert: Wayne Setford
  • Mrs. Gilber: Leanne Howard

Forthcoming Auditions

Playhouse Creatures by April de Angelis

  • AUDITION DATE - 20th November at 7.30pm
  • VENUE: Headgate Theatre Studio
  • PRODUCTION WEEK - 31st March – 6th April 2019
  • DIRECTOR: Kerry King
  • REHEARSALS - To be agreed.

Bawdy, bloody and bold - this earthy account of the lives of some of the first English actresses is funny and gritty. Life was tough and the gutter never far away!

The time is 1669 - London - The monarchy has been restored and, on his return from France, Charles II has brought with him a love of theatre and of actresses! He decrees that women are allowed on the English stage for the first time, much to the delight of their male admirers! Cleavage and corsets and an actress in the loosest sense of the word. For information about the characters and how to contact the director, please click here.

Autumn 2019 Season

Audition arrangements will be announced in due course for our 2019 autumn season, which will feature:

The Vicar of Dibley


2019 Pantomime

Audition arrangements

Unless specific agreements have been reached with a director, Headgate Theatre Productions operates an open audition policy. The audition arrangements may vary from production to production, but are generally advertised on our website, North Essex Theatre Guild website, our Facebook page and included within our monthly email newsletter.

The auditions are usually held around 6 months prior to the production.

Rehearsals for Headgate Theatre Productions are frequently on a Sunday daytime and Monday evening, although we would always try to achieve flexibility to accommodate the right cast.

Directing for Headgate Theatre Productions

We welcome expressions of interest from new and experienced directors. Our programme of plays is usually developed from May – October of each year. Following consideration of proposals by a small sub-committee, directors are allocated a “champion” to ensure that there is good communication, a budget is developed (over which the director exercises significant control) a rehearsal programme is agreed, and technical support is identified.

Technical support for Headgate Theatre Productions

The technical support for Headgate Theatre Productions is drawn from our team of volunteers, and we always welcome new people with an interest or skills in lighting, sound, scenic design/painting , costume making or stage management (including making or sourcing props).


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