Headgate Theatre Productions

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2017 programme

23rd – 25th March

A Kind of Alaska and The Collection – Harold Pinter

Now complete

10th – 13th May

Yes, Prime Minister – Anthony Jay and Jonathon Lyn

Now complete

29th June - 1st July

For Services Rendered – Somerset Maugham

Now cast (previously proposed as a Platform production)

18th - 21st October

Grow Up Grandad

Now cast - rehearsals start 17th July

6th – 10th December

Puss In Boots

Main audition dates 13th August 4pm and 14th August 7.30pm


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

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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