Current Programme

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May Tuesday 28th at 2pm and 3.30pm

Land of Nod

Moon on a Stick


Where do we really go when we fall asleep? A story of tiredness, over-tiredness, wonder and waking up exploring the struggle of bed time and the bliss of finally falling into slumber. Blending puppetry, storytelling and an enchanting musical score, this star-lit adventure is designed for children aged 3 and over.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/313405

Tickets: £9, £7 (under 16's)
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June Wednesday 5th - Thursday 6th at 7.30pm

The Hound within the Heart  by  Pat Whymark

Common Ground Theatre Company


Emily Dickinson, one of the greatest & most loved of American poets, the reclusive "Belle of Amherst", continues to be an elusive figure. In The Hound Within The Heart, we shatter the myth of Emily as a virginal neurotic, and present her as a fierce, brilliant and sexually charged writer in charge of her own destiny. Was there a secret love in her life? What was the explosive event in her past that "stopped... existence"?

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/313603

Tickets: £12, £7 (under 21's, unwaged)
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June Friday 7th - Saturday 8th at 7.45pm

Shakespeare's Daughter and the Vicar  by  Marion Wells

Cameo Players


It is January 1662. William Shakespeare has been dead for more than 45 years. Many of the secrets about how he wrote his plays have been buried along with his bones in the church at Stratford-upon-Avon. A new vicar, curious about Shakespeare's plays, is sent to the town. He seeks out the person who still has first-hand knowledge of the Bard, Shakespeare's daughter Judith Quiney.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/280932

Tickets: £12
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June Saturday 8th - Sunday 9th 10am - 4pm

Acting for Camera + Selftaping Two-day Workshop

Headgate Workshops


Run by Amy Cudden (Professional Actor and Lecturer at LAMDA), this workshop will introduce participants to the basics of acting in front of a camera. We will explore techniques and work with material in order to become confident on screen. Participants will be working with scripts, either their own (3-4 minutes) or one supplied, which can be sent out beforehand. There will also be a session on 'self-taping', covering technical requirements, and how to present your best work for the highest chance of success.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/649588

£60 for both days (£35 self-taping workshop only - Sunday 2.00-4.00pm)
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June Sunday 9th at 7pm

I Love my Mum (Film comedy)


Short Synopsis: A mother and son duo get inadvertently shipped in a container from London to Morocco with nothing but their pajamas. The adventure takes them through Spain and France on a journey to get home and rebuild their rocky relationship.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/headgatetheatre/t-rgnokq

Tickets: £10, £8(conc)
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June Thursday 13th - Saturday 15th at 7.45pm

M.T-19 Take Two

Stagestruck Acadamy


An evening of Musical Theatre brought to you by the young students of Frinton's Stagestruck Academy including songs from 'Dear Evan Hansen' and 'Mary Poppins Returns'.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/313592

Tickets: £12.00, £10.00 (65+)
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June Monday 17th 7.30pm

"Time Stood Still" UK Tour

The Ollie West Band


"Cinematic, Orchestral Pop" is a phrase not used frequently by bands to describe their sound, yet for The Ollie West Band this fits perfectly. Formed in 2014 by singer, songwriter and pianist Ollie West, this Manchester based ensemble is creating unique music that transcends genre and the generic ideas of the pop band. With influences as far spread as Elbow and Billy Joel to the Cinematic Orchestra to Claude Debussy, the band's instantly recognisable sound has been praised by the likes of Neil McCormick and Dean Friedman.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/647242

Tickets: £12, £11 (OAP, FTS, under 16's, jobseekers)
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June Thursday 20th - Friday 21st at 7.30pm, Matinée Thursday at 2.00pm

As We Forgive Those  by  Andrew Smith

Colchester Insitute Performing Arts


As We Forgive Those tells the story of two estranged sisters, Alex and Sophie, who meet again in unusual circumstances. Gradually, their tentative reconciliation is threatened when Jen, Sophie's roommate and friend, shakes Sophie with a revelation about Alex that leaves her - and the audience - reeling. Written in 2011, it's a sharp, terse and darkly comic play that explores the pain of the past, the struggles of the present, and our hopes for a better future. Advised for ages 14+, due to adult themes and some strong language.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/313612

Tickets: £6, £3 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)
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June Sunday 23rd at 3pm

British Clarinet Ensemble


The British Clarinet Ensemble has performed extensively in Great Britain, Europe, the USA and Japan as well as recording some highly acclaimed CDs. Under its conductor Charles Hine it presents varied and entertaining programmes including original works and classical favourites.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/647258

Tickets: £8, £6 (OAP, FTS, under 16's, jobseekers)
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June Tuesday 25th at 7.30pm

An Evening of Clairvoyance

Ronnie Buckingham


If you're not already convinced about an afterlife, why not come along, listen to Ronnie and let him help you decide? He'll communicate with loved ones in the spirit world and pass on messages to members of the audience with information relevant only to the person concerned.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/647260

Tickets: £15
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June Wednesday 26th at 7.30pm

Headgate Jazz

Stefanos Tsourelis Trio


Using the guitar and the oud (a traditional lute from the Middle East), Stefanos Tsourelis transports his audience on an authentic and exciting journey involving a unique fusion of Mediterranean music and jazz. In this mixture of musical styles and influences, Stefanos draws on his experiences of life in both Greece and London.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/647263

Tickets: £14, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)
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June Friday 28th at 8pm

Amoroso presents a feast of music for the soul

Amoroso


Come and join Mersea-based singing group, Amoroso, for a feast of delicious music. The evening is presented as a three-course dinner menu. Appetisers feature a collection of swing & jazz, the hearty entrée course consists of a selection of contemporary classical delights and the naughty desserts are full of life and vitality! Backed by an eight-piece band, Amoroso will tempt you with three completely different courses of choral music to nourish your soul.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/639008

Tickets: £12.50
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June Saturday 29th at 7pm

The Twits  by  Roald Dahl

Theatricool Acting School


Theatricool Acting School present their first ever show! The Twits is about the misadventures of two terrible old people who enjoy playing nasty tricks and are finally outwitted by a family of monkeys. Meet these revolting humans in a series of short plays adapted from Roald Dahl's famous children's book.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/647309

Tickets: £10, £8 (OAP, FTS, under 16's, disabled)
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July Thursday 4th - Friday 5th at 7.45 Saturday Matinée at 3pm

Can't Help Singing

Platform Musicals


Platform Musicals are celebrating their 25th anniversary with this special concert that highlights 100 years of Musical Theatre and Operetta. Featuring selections from Franz Lehar's "The Merry Widow", the shows of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerome Kern and many more! A musical treat from the talented Platform singers that is not to be missed! A donation will be made to the Barnardo's children's charity.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/313668

Tickets: £15
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July Sunday 7th at 1pm and 3pm

Summer Silliness and Scenes!  by  Louisa-Marie Hunt

DOT Productions


DOT Productions Youth Groups perform their summer show full of scenes, sketches and silliness!

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/313670

Tickets: £8
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July Friday 12th - Saturday 13th at 7pm Saturday Matinée; at 2pm

IDC19

Ilaz Dance Company


A dance and song spectacular featuring some of Colchester's most talented performers. A fusion of ideas and styles, from tap to contemporary and street to musical theatre. With songs spanning across decades, this promises to be an enjoyable performance for all ages.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/313701

Tickets: £15, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16's, disabled)
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July Wednesday 17th - Saturday 20th at 7.45 Saturday Matin&#e 2.30pm

Bedroom Farce  by  Alan Ayckbourn

Headgate Theatre Productions


Four couples - three bedrooms! Alan Ayckbourn's clever uses of time and space makes this an intricate and sophisticated comedy. Trevor and Susannah are trying to salvage their marriage, but their problems spill over into those closest to them. Beds, tempers and routines are all ruffled as they try to sort things out!

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/313703

Tickets: £13, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)
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July Saturday 27th at

A Summer Caberet

Trevor Johnston-Thurston featuring Sam Young


Trevor Johnston-Thurston returns to the Headgate Theatre accompanied by a live band. In this cabaret show, Trevor will be performing a selection of his favourites from musical theatre and pop, including numbers from Les Misérables, Kinky Boots, and Dreamgirls, as well as songs made popular by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Elvis Presley.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/647384

Tickets: £10
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August Friday 2nd - Saturday 3rd at 8pm

Hippocratic Oafs

Stapled to a Chicken


Stapled to a Chicken emerge from the lab, having brewed yet another comic formula; this time they're stimulating your funny bone by tackling Science and Health. Putting their finest material under the knife to organ-ise their sharpest show yet, this year's comedic yield is as pure as they've ever produced! Strong language, may offend.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/313724

Tickets: £12
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August Saturday 10th at 2.30pm and 7.45pm

10 Mad Years

Mad Hatter Productions


Mad Hatter celebrate their 10th anniversary with a collection of favourite songs from all their previous productions. Featuring an incredibly talented troupe of performers from Mad Hatter's past, present and future.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/313727

Tickets: £14, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16's, jobseekers)
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August Monday 12th - Friday 16th 9.30am-4.30pm

Alice in West-End-Land Performance Workshop for 8-16 year olds

Headgate Workshops


Alice falls asleep on the train to London and wakes up at a station where she sees a white rabbit disappearing into the distance. Then she finds herself in the West End, where a series of chance encounters lead her to realise what is most important in life. Using songs from popular West End musicals, this workshop will help develop performance skills and confidence for all ages.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/644854

£120 per child. (Early booking discount available Full information and application form available from the Box Office)
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August Wednesday 28th at 7.30pm

The "IN' Crowd: Jazz in the 60's

Kevin Fitzsimmons Quartet


Blessed with a rich voice and superb sense of swing, Kevin Fitzsimmons explores songs by cool jazz artists such as Sergio Mendes, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson and Ramsey Lewis. He also performs some inspired new jazz re-workings of songs from pop hit-makers of that period - from The Beatles, The Kinks and Burt Bacharach, to Ray Charles and Joni Mitchell.

"Unique interpretations, superb presence, a brilliant gig" - (More Opinions/JAZZ NIGHTS

"Fantastic, what a great voice!" - Sir Trevor McDonald

"Impresses greatly" - UK VIBE (Jazz Culture Online)



Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/647627

Tickets: £14, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)
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August Saturday 31st at 8pm

The Comedy of Magic

Martin Cox and Friends



Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/647393

Tickets: £12
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September Wednesday 4th - Thursday 5th at 7.30pm

Lucas and Albert (film)


Lucas and Albert ("a double act with gonads") is the story of two ageing hitmen who have been put together on what could be their last job. The film is a black comedy thriller with twists and turns that will keep you guessing as you accompany Lucas and Albert on their journey.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/313857

Tickets: £10, £7.50 (OAP, FTS, under 16's and jobseekers)
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September Friday 6th - Saturday 7th at 7.30pm

Sense and Sensibility  by  Jane Austen

DOT Productions


The Dashwood sisters have very different approaches to their love lives. Elinor has much more sense, but Marianne has a great deal of sensibility. With its heroes, heartbreak, debonair villains and a dashing duel, this adaptation will have you falling in love with Jane Austen's classic novel. A cast of five actors and DOT's renowned comedic style make this comedy of manners a production not to be missed.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/313859

Tickets: £13
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September Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th 9.30am-4.30pm

Directing Two-Day Workshop

Headgate Workshops


Matthew Morgan-Stevens (Director, Actor, Lecturer in Acting) invites those with a passion for directing (from novice through to experienced!) to this practical two-day workshop focusing on a number of techniques for approaching text both inside and outside the rehearsal room. The aim of the workshop will be to introduce participants to a variety of ways of dealing with text (and actors!) and explore how to get the most out of rehearsals. Participants are encouraged to bring material from past/future directing projects, although scenes will also be provided if you're not currently directing!

Matthew trained at East 15 Acting School and, after a few years of touring theatre and festivals, found himself teaching at Colchester Institute on both the Acting and Musical Theatre courses, where he has directed a whole range of productions from full-scale Musicals to devised pieces on-board the Colne Lightship! He is currently studying for an MA in Actor Training and Coaching at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Recent experience includes: Assistant Director 'Of Mice and Men' (UK Tour), Director of Tom Allen's 'Life/Style' (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Assistant Director 'Living History' (East 15 Acting School). Workshops with John Wright, Philippe Gaulier, Mel Churcher, Sarah Davey-Hull, John Gillett and Brigid Panet.



Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/649137

Cost: £60 for both days
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September Sunday 15th at 7.30pm

Paul Higgs: 'Pavane'


For this year's Roman River Music Festival, we welcome back trumpeter Paul Higgs, whose original compositions for 'Pavane' blur the boundaries between classical and jazz. Each piece shows us a new soundscape, and the exquisite sound of Paul's trumpet transports us through each one in turn. From the sense of romantic longing in ' Simple Truth', through the rising elegiac quality and counterpoint of 'Crystalline', to the haunting mystery of 'Catalonia', 'Pavane' takes us on an inspiring musical journey.

Paul Higgs (Trumpet), Andy Watson (Classical Guitar), Natalie Rozario (Cello), Chris Ingham (Piano), Jerome Davies (Double Bass), George Double (Drums).



Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/headgatetheatre/t-dxenqj

Tickets: £15, £13(conc)
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September Friday 20th at 8pm (Doors open 7.15pm)

Kinks UK


For one night only, this first-rate band will bring to life the sounds of Britpop legends The Kinks. Waterloo Sunset, You Really Got Me, Sunny Afternoon ... They're all there, alongside many other Ray Davies classics in a night not be missed if you like your 60s swinging. Support will come from THE MOD SQUAD, who will be performing a set of mod floor-fillers to get the party started.

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/632388

Tickets:£12.50
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September Saturday 28th at 7.30pm, 2.30pm Matinée

Valli - the boy from Jersey


Valli looks at the amazing music of the voice of the Four Seasons, in this solo show featuring one of the UK's leading solo Frankie Valli tributes you will be taken on a journey through some of the biggest hits ever written 'Big Girls Don't Cry, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, December 63, Can't Take My Eye's Off You' and many more!

Tickets available:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/310068

Tickets: £14, £12(conc)


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