Current Programme - Drama

August Wednesday 30th - Saturday 2nd at 8pm + Sat matinée at 3pm

Bouncers  by  John Godber

The Reject Theatre Company

Lucky Eric, Judd, Les and Ralph are the original men-in-black as they tell the tale of one night in a provincial disco in the 80s. All the gang are out on the town; the boys, the girls, the cheesy DJ, the late-night kebab man and the taxi home, all under the watchful eye of the Bouncers. "You'll be rolling in the aisles" (Daily Mail). Contains strong language and graphic content.

Tickets: £12.50, £10

September Friday 8th at 7:30pm

Emma  by  Jane Austen adapted by Non Vaughan-Thomas

DOT Productions

In this Jane Austen bicentennial celebration year, a sparkling new stage adaptation of her classic novel. For Emma Woodhouse life seems pretty good - if a bit boring - and so she decides to spice things up by taking on a protégé, Harriet Smith. She is determined to find her a husband, but Emma learns that life doesn't always go the way you want it to! A comedy of manners that is sure to delight.

Tickets: £12

October Wednesday 11th at 7:30pm

Lady Windermere's Fan  by  Oscar Wilde adapted by Venetia Twigg

Theatrical Niche

When a mysterious beauty enters high society, the in-crowd are sent scattering out. Wilde's raucous comedy pulls apart the intricacies of etiquette and flips expectation rump-over-head. Exploiting themes of superficiality and sacrifice, this high-speed adaptation uses touches of Commedia Dell'Arte, and stylised choreography. Free & bespoke workshops - please reserve in advance. Suitable 10+

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)

October Wednesday 18th - Saturday 21st at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30pm

Grow Up Grandad  by  Gordon Steel

Headgate Theatre Productions

Grandparents! Look past the title of the play. This is an inter-generational story that deals with love and loss, hope and sadness as the relationship between Poppy and her Grandad is first thrown together and eventually torn apart. Poppy is 11, has attitude, but dreams of dancing in Blackpool. Ken is something of a hermit, a man living in the past with no television, no computer and no patience. While their relationship is volatile, it's also very funny and strewn with moments of real tenderness. This play is provocative, touching and not at all predictable! A UK mainland amateur premiere. Contains mildly offensive language.

Tickets: £13, £11 (65+), £10 (student)

November Wednesday 8th - Saturday 11th at 7:45pm + Sat matinée

Marking Time  by  Michael Snelgrove

Colchester Theatre Group

Two teams of exam markers are hard at it in the Teachers' Centre. One team is coping well with marking schedules, guidelines, matrix grids and marked samples. The other team - Egos, personalities and chaos collide so get set for the Grand National Curriculum Chase.

Tickets: £12, £10 (students and 65+)

November Monday 13th at 7:30pm

The Old Curiosity Shop  by  Charles Dickens adapted by Pat Whymark & Julian Harries

Common Ground Theatre Company

Nell Trent and her grandfather flee their London shop after losing everything to the villainous loan-shark Quilp. Roaming the countryside, the pair fall in with a succession of colourful characters, some friendly, some ominous. After their acclaimed touring production of The Count of Monte Cristo in 2015, Common Ground return with this riotous, theatrically inventive adaptation, featuring original live music by Pat Whymark.

Tickets: £10, £7 (under 21s/unwaged)

December Monday 11th at 7:30pm

The Chimes  by  Charles Dickens adapted by Robert MacCall

Robert MacCall

Tickets: £12, £10 (unemployed/65+), £6 (child)