Current Programme - Drama

October Wednesday 17th - Saturday 20th at 7.45pm Matinée 2.30pm Saturday 20th

Be My Baby  by  Amanda Whittington

Headgate Theatre Productions

Set in 1964, Be My Baby follows the fortunes of Mary Adams,19,a respectable girl from a nice middle class background, in love with her medical student boyfriend - and seven months pregnant. A stay at St. Saviour's mother and baby home is arranged, so her predicament can be kept secret and the baby quietly adopted. In the oppressive atmosphere of the home and its strict regime of work, isolation and punishment, Mary bonds with her fellow 'inmates'. Her Dansette record player is always at hand as the girls escape into a fantasy of romance with their favourite songs . Based on fact, Be My Baby is brimming with humour, heartache and the music of the Sixties.

Some language in Be My Baby may offend.
Suitable for age 11 and above.

Tickets: £13 and £11

October Wednesday 31st - Thursday 1st at 7.45pm

Buckets  by  Adam Barnard

Colchester Institute Students CP3

How to fill what's left of your day. How to fill the rest of your days. Sick buckets, bucket rattling, bucket lists, buckets of love.

Wry, emotive, funny and heartfelt, buckets is a play with a unique perspective on a universal dilemma: how do you deal with the fact that time always runs out?

Across thirty-three interconnected scenes - some just a few lines, others mini-plays in their own right - buckets swings through a kaleidoscopic world of sadness and happiness, illness and health, youth and experience, kissing and crying, singing and dying.

Tickets: £10, £8.50 (conc.) 20% off for Students.

November Thursday 8th at 7.45pm and Saturday 10th at 3pm

Lest We Forget

Headgate Theatre Productions

2018 marks the final year of centenary commemorations, remembering the bravery of those who fought, lived and died in the First World War. To mark the end of that war, 'Lest We Forget' uses words and song to pay tribute to those who' gave their tomorrow for our today'.

Tickets: £10

November Wednesday 14th - Saturday 17th at 7.45pm Matinée 2.30pm Satuday 17th

Marjorie Prime

Headgate Theatre Productions

Is this where Artificial Intelligence (AI) is going? Is this the future? How close are we to being there already? This thought-provoking play gives us a glimpse into a possible development of AI. Come and decide for yourself if it is to be welcomed or feared.

Tickets: £13 £11 (conc)

November Wednesday 21st - Saturday 24th at 7.45 Matinée 2.30pm Saturday 24th

The Ladykillers  by  Gordon Linehan

Colchester Theatre Group

Colchester Theatre Group is excited to present this madcap Marx brothers style comedy written by one of the creators and writers of Father Ted. A group of robbers masquerading as a string quartet rent a room from an unsuspecting old lady and manipulate her in to the heist. She becomes a loose end that needs to be tied up and the group must decide who will do the deed!

Tickets: £13, £10 (conc)

December Monday 10th at 7.30pm

The Bagman's Uncle and The Bagman's Uncle's Friend  by  Charles Dickens (Adapted by Robert MacCall)

Robert MacCall

Robert MacCall performs his adaptation of two hilarious and exuberant tales from 'The Pickwick Papers'. Set in the ebullient pre-Victorian era, these are the rambunctious adventures of the Bagman's Uncle and his friend. Both are travelling salesmen, with all the freedom and adventure of the open road before them.

Suitable for ages 10 and over.

Tickets: £13, £10 (conc), £7 (accompanied children)

December Friday 14th - Saturday 15th at 7.45pm Matinée 2.30pm Saturday 15th

Happy Holidays

Mad Hatter Productions

A concert chocked full of reinvented seasonal favourites. Featuring classics such as Have Yourself a Merry little Christmas, Fairytale in new York and Merry Christmas Everyone. The perfect treat to get you into the holiday mood.

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)

December Thursday 20th - Saturday 22nd at 7.30pm Matinée 4pm Saturday 22nd

The Scarlet Pipistrelle  by  Pat Whymark & Julian Harries

Common Ground Theatre Company

They seek him here, they seek him there, those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in Heaven, or is he in Hell, Or a small theatre in Essex - who can tell? The year is 1793. Paris is gripped by the Jacobins. The Compte de Crème-Brûlée is to be guillotined on the morrow. His only hope is a daring swoop by that dashing master of disguise and echo-location, The Scarlet Pipistrelle, who has already undertaken several rescues of aristocrats. Who knows, perhaps this time, he might actually succeed!

Tickets: £14, £7 (under 21, income support)