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April Monday 16th - Monday 21st May 10.15am - 1.15pm

Act V at The Headgate


Act V is a fun group for older adults to explore the creative arts in a relaxed environment.

Each week the group takes part in workshops ranging from movement to singing, modern and traditional drama, improvisation and some surprises.

Activities are held in our fully accessible dance studio.

Sessions take place on Monday mornings during school term times.

If you wish to book a parking space or select individual dates call our box office 01206 366000

Cost: five weeks half term fee to be paid in advance £40
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April Saturday 21st at 8pm

40th Anniversary "Well Well said the Rocking Chair" Tour

Dean Friedman


Dean Friedman, one of the pre-eminent songwriters of his generation marks 40 years in the music business. He will be celebrating with the digitally remastered, re-release of his 1978 ground breaking album "Well, Well," said the Rocking Chair' - released April 13th on Real Life Records.

Friedman will be performing solo, on guitar and keyboards, featuring songs from throughout his four decade recording career, including his classic hits: 'Lucky Stars', 'Lydia', 'McDonald's Girl', 'Ariel' and 'Woman of Mine', as well as selections from his last studio album, '12 Songs' - which was fan-funded.

Tickets £20 and £17.50
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April Sunday 22nd Workshop at 2pm followed by a concert at 5pm

Redefining the Classical Guitar

Gary Ryan


Gary Ryan is one of the world's leading exponents of the guitar and has performed to international critical acclaim for over twenty years, winning praise for his formidable technique, outstanding musicianship and entertainingly diverse programmes.

In 2013 he became the first guitarist since John Williams to be awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music in recognition of his contribution to the instrument (and only the fourth guitarist ever to receive this honour, other recipients being Andrés Segovia and Julian Bream.

His composition Benga Beat, typical of his pioneering approach to using new sonorities and techniques in a thrillingly musical context, has more than 100,000 views on Youtube.


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May Wednesday 9th - Saturday 12th 7.45pm, Matinée 12th May 2.30pm

Enlightenment  by  Shelagh Stephenson

Headgate Theatre Productions


Lia and Nick have not heard from their son for six months. He was travelling in his gap year and they fear he has been killed in a terrorist bombing. Anxious for any news, the couple turn to whatever means possible to find out what has happened to their son. Love, fear, loathing and manipulation combine to make this psychological thriller a 'must see' production.

Occasional strong language.

£13, £11 (65+), £10 (Students)
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May Sunday 13th Workshop at 2pm Concert at 5pm

Homage to Segovia : Concert and Workshop

Morgan Szymanski


Morgan Szymanski - Classical Guitar

Born in Mexico City in 1979, Morgan Szymanski started playing guitar at the age of six. After studying in Mexico and Europe, he now travels all over the world playing a wide range of guitar music. At Headgate, Morgan is holding a classical guitar workshop (for performers and observers) and playing a concert which is a homage to the great Spanish guitarist and teacher, Andrés Segovia.

Tickets:

Workshop and Concert - performers £25
Workshop and Concert - observers £15, £10 (students)
Concert only £10



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May Tuesday 15th at 7pm (Think Outside the Box), 8pm (Press Start to Play), 9pm (T*ts, Teeth & Tw*t)

Brighton Fringe Festival Previews, Think Outside The Box, Press Start to Play, T*ts, Teeth & Tw*t

University Centre Colchester BA (Hons) Acting & Creative Performance


Think Outside The Box - a show exploring the limits at each end of the spectrum, from the mundane to the absurd

Press Start To Play - Three rounds. Two teams. One prize. This show combines the medium of video games with interactive theatre in a live game show setting...just don't break the controllers.

T*ts, Teeth & Tw*t - Mid-life crisis? Forget that! Join us, two twenty-one year olds, as we dissect issues that have resulted in our quarter-life crisis.

T*ts, Teeth & Tw*t contains strong adult language.

Tickets: £5, £4 (conc) - Each Show, £10 All Three Pay What You Can - UCC Performing Arts Students/Staff (I.D. Required)


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May Wednesday 16th at 7.30pm

A Doll's House  by  Henrik Ibsen, in a new adaptation by Alice Knapton & Venetia Twigg

Theatrical Niche


The Helmers are an iconic power couple. They excel at work, staying on top, they excel at excelling. But as his autobiography rolls out, it seems there are a few things that Mr. Helmer did not mention. This modern re-telling of Ibsen's classic tale explores stigmas around gender and mental health, focusing on the impossible idolisation of one 'perfect' woman.

Suitable for age 10+

Tickets: £12, £10 (Students, 65+, Equity)
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May Saturday 19th 7.30pm

Checking Out

TPA Academy


Welcome to Hotel Purgatory. Our very special guests are dying to meet you! You'll find sorts here in the lobby of the lost. But should they take the lift up to the executive suite? Or down to the infernal pit of the basement? YOU decide! TPA (Theatricool Performing Arts Academy) present an original piece of theatre where the audience must listen carefully and vote. Forget Brexit...This is eternal paradise or pain!

Suitable for age 13+

Tickets:£12, £10 (conc)
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May Wednesday 23rd - Saturday 26th at 7.45pm Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

The Foreigner  by  Larry Shue

Colchester Theatre Group


What does a shy Englishman do when visiting a fishing lodge in Georgia? In this hilarious farce, Charlie, proofreader by day and boring husband by night, pretends to be a foreigner who doesn't understand English. When others speak freely around him, he becomes privy to secrets both dangerous and frivolous, releasing Charlie's adventurous other self.

Tickets: £13, £10 (conc)
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May Sunday 27th at 4pm

The Adventures of the Little Brown Mouse  by  Annie Vasconcelos

Jesters TA


Join the Little Brown Mouse as she takes on a journey of epic proportions on her way to her best friends wedding. I wonder who she will meet along the way? A fun filled play with familiar songs performed by a very energetic group of children.

Tickets:£8, £5 (conc)
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May Wednesday 30th - Saturday 2nd at 7.45

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice  by  Jim Cartwright

The Reject Theatre Company


This Olivier award-winning comedy written by Jim Cartwright tells the story of a shy, reclusive girl named Little Voice and her larger-than-life mother Mari. In this heart-warming tale, Little Voice, desperately missing her dead father, spends her time locked in her bedroom listening to his old record collection and perfecting astonishing impersonations of famous divas such as Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Dusty Springfield. Her remarkable talent remains a secret until she is overheard by a local talent scout.

Suitable for age 12+

Tickets: £13.50, £11.50 (conc)
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June Sunday 3rd at 6pm (Doors open at 5.15pm)

The Dream  by  Annie Vasconcelos

Jesters TA


The Dream Written and Adapted by Annie Vasconcelos based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

An imaginative and fun filled musical from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream. Join familiar characters as they venture through the woods whilst the fairies get up to mischief! A very funny and entertaining show.

Suitable for ALL ages

Tickets:£9, £6 (conc)
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June Monday 4th - Monday 16th July 10.15am - 1.15pm

Act V at The Headgate


Act V is a fun group for older adults to explore the creative arts in a relaxed environment.

Each week the group takes part in workshops ranging from movement to singing, modern and traditional drama, improvisation and some surprises.

Activities are held in our fully accessible dance studio.

Sessions take place on Monday mornings during school term times.

If you wish to book a parking space or select individual dates call our box office 01206 366000

Cost: June 4th to July 16th total to be paid in advance £56
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June Thursday 7th at 7.30pm

UCC Film Music Concert

University Centre Colchester BA Students


A showing of degree student's work from BA (hons) Film Music and Soundtrack Production with BA (hons) Music Education programme and support from staff. The concert will include musicians and sampled music for media.

Suitable for 12+

Tickets: £5
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June Saturday 9th at 7pm

Make 'em laugh!

Starz Performing Arts Academy


An evening of laughter and fun as this talented young cast from Starz brings you their favourite comedy sketches, songs and stories by some of the UK's best comedy writers including Monty Python, Victoria Wood, Rowan Atkinson, Andy Hamilton and many more!

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)
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June Wednesday 13th - Saturday 16th at 7.45pm Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

Jeeves and Wooster in 'Perfect Nonsense'  by  The Goodale Brothers

Chameleon's Web Theatre Company


It was all Bingo's fault. I was telling him about a frightful weekend I spent risking my life in pursuit of a silver cow creamer and he said "You should be doing this on the stage!" So here I am, Jeeves in tow. I mean....how hard can it be? A classic Jeeves and Wooster tale, which won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2014.

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)
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June Thursday 21st - Friday 22nd at 7.45pm, Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

The Seven Deadly Sins

Colchester Operatic Society


Join Colchester Operatic Society on a musical journey inspired by The Seven Deadly Sins. Their summer concert contains a feast of well-known songs from the musicals, together with a selection of classic pop numbers. Renowned for their fantastic chorus work and beautiful harmonies ...it's enough to make you green with ENVY! So don't be a SLOTH, book your tickets now! Or risk feeling their WRATH...!!

Tickets: £12.50
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June Wednesday 27th - Saturday 30th at 7.45pm Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

Our House  by  Tim Firth with music by Madness

Mad Hatter Productions


Have you ever wondered how one decision will affect the course of the rest of your life? Joe Casey's life is split in two when he has to decide which path to choose; good or bad? Featuring a collection of Madness hits including Baggy Trousers, It Must Be Love and, of course, Our House!

Contains mild strong language and adult themes

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)
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July Sunday 1st at 1.30pm and 3pm

Literature Luvvies!  by  Louisa-marie Hunt

DOT Productions


Annual Summer show featuring, Plays, Sketches written by the cast and Songs all based on famous Literature, from DOT Productions Youth Groups.

Tickets: £8
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July Monday 2nd - Tuesday 3rd

An Evening of Clairvoyance

Ronnie Buckingham


Ronnie's aim is to reconnect members of the audience with friends and loved ones in the spirit world, and to pass on what they want to say. Often the communication includes snippets of information that although seemingly trivial to most of the audience, are highly significant to the recipient. Sceptical? Come along and make up your own mind.

Tickets: £15
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July Friday 6th - Saturday 7th

Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits  by  Craig Hawes

KATS


Open Sesame! Discover a treasure-trove of fun and laughter as witty writer Craig Hawes gives the timeless tale a twist in this mystical musical comedy! So, slip on your sandals for some sandy silliness as we take a thrilling carpet ride with Ali Baba and his crazy camel on an amazing Arabian adventure!

Tickets: £9, £7 (conc)
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July Wednesday 18th - Sunday 22nd at 7.45, Saturday and Sunday Matinées 2.30pm

My Fair Lady  by  Lerner and F. Loewe

Platform Musicals and Plays


Don't miss this chance of seeing 'My Fair Lady' at the Headgate Theatre produced by Platform Musicals and Plays a group renowned for producing good quality shows. This was a show hailed by the Daily Mail as "a show against which all others will be measured", and the Daily Telegraph as "probably the greatest musical of all time". With music you love and a show that leaves you smiling for days, book your tickets early to save any disappointment.

Tickets: £15
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July Monday 23rd - Saturday 28th at 8pm

Headless Chickens - It's a scream!

Stapled to a Chicken


They've risen from the grave and stitched together a horror comedy show to slash their way into your hearts. But don't be scared, it's frightfully funny and Stapled to a Chicken will leave you screaming...with laughter. Come and see dead people, after all we don't bite.

Warning: may offend.

Tickets: £11
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August Monday 13th - Friday 17th from 9.30am to 4.30pm

School of Rock - Performance Workshop

Headgate Workshops in conjunction with Polka Dot


Our summer workshop for 8-16 year olds is inspired by the show still running in the West End. There will be opportunity to develop and enhance performance skills and also limited places open for 14-16 year olds interested in the technical aspects of theatre. There will be a free presentation for an invited audience on the last day.

For more information please call the box office on 01206 366000 for details.

Full workshop cost £100. Technical skills charge to be advised


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August Friday 31st at 7.30pm

A Woman of No Importance  by  Oscar Wilde

DOT Productions


Comic melodrama and social scandal bubble away in this classic Oscar Wilde satire. Lady Hunstanton's house party is in full swing when Gerald Arbuthnot is announced as secretary to the witty Lord Illingworth. However, once Gerald's mother makes an appearance, his future is suddenly uncertain. Should Mrs Arbuthnot tell her son the truth she has hidden all these years?

Tickets: £12
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