Headgate Theatre Productions

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2017 programme

29th June - 1st July

For Services Rendered – Somerset Maugham

Now complete

18th - 21st October

Grow Up Grandad

Now cast - rehearsals start 17th July

6th – 10th December

Puss In Boots

Now cast - rehearsals start 3rd September

Puss in Boots Casting

2018 programme

Bazaar and Rummage by Sue Townsend

Auditions 10th September

Audition notes

Enlightenment by Shelagh Stephenson

Read Through 5th November

Auditions 28th November

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

Auditions for 2018 spring Season Announced

Headgate Theatre Productions has secured the services of 3 talented directors to bring a season of contrasting plays for the first part of 2018. Information about the plays and details of the characters and audition arrangements can be found by clicking the links under the play titles on the left hand side.

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).

Puss in Boots

Following three separate audition sessions, where there was tremendous enthusiasm and interest shown, the cast for Puss in Boots has now been announced. Tickets are selling fast, so don't leave it too long before you book yours!


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