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Act V @ The Headgate

We have spaces available for new members to join our Monday morning performing arts workshops for people aged 50+.

Act V involves practitioner-led worshops covering many aspects of performing arts, including drama, movement and voice work as well as exploring other aspects of theatre. Each workshop has two sessions which are focused and fun. The group is welcoming and inclusive, and no previous theatrical or performance experience is necessary.

Workshops run during term time from 10.15am to 1.15pm and includes a 30 minute social break. You can enrol at any point during the term. Sessions are £8 each with discount available, and the first session for new members is complementary.

For more details call the theatre on 01206 3666000 Tues-Fri 1.00-3.45pm or
email: act_V@headgatetheatre.co.uk


Current Programme

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February Monday 24th - Saturday 29th at 7.45pm, Saturday Matinée 2.00pm

Romeo and Juliet

       by  William Shakespeare

Protocol Theatre

Following their very well received productions of 'Radiant Vermin' and 'Macbeth' - Protocol are back at the Headgate and proud to present their latest production from the bard! Prepare yourselves for a Romeo and Juliet with the usual Protocol flare. Perfect for Shakespeare lovers and those studying the text for GCSE alike!



Tickets: £12, £10 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)
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February Thursday 27th - Saturday 29th at 7pm, Saturday Matinée 3pm

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

       by  Sam Steiner

Project Liber

"Octopus Buffalo. Shanghai. Yellow. Aliens. Pasties. Terrorism. Creep. Wasted. California. Rhinoceros. Lemons. Lemons. Lemons. Lemons. Lemons. Lemons." Bernadette and Oliver meet and fall in love at a funeral for a cat. Their growing relationship is tried and tested as any relationship is: choosing what to have for dinner, playing 'Articulate', faithfulness, disagreements on current affairs... but when the 'Hush Law' is introduced by the government, having just 140 words a day in which to do it presents a new challenge for them.

Includes sexual content and swearing



Tickets: £10, £8 (OAP, FTS)
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March Tuesday 3rd from 10-11am

Dis Donc! French Drama Club - Beginners Session 1 of 5

Dis donc! is an informal, enjoyable French Language Drama Group devised and led by creative educator Mary of Line and Language.

Come along and join in this series of sessions of sound and movement using French language and drama skills. Engage in a gentle vocal and movement warm up; benefit from (a little) cultural, historical and literary input; and collaborate to create short and relaxed performance pieces.

Performance pieces will arise from traditional tales by Perrault; medieval French literature; and classic twentieth century French language drama.

Sessions are suitable for participants with beginner level French language skills



Tickets: £9 per session or £40 for all five
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March Tuesday 3rd from 11-12noon

Dis Donc! French Drama Club - GCSE or equivalent/Higher Level French Session 1 of 5

Dis donc! is an informal, enjoyable French Language Drama Group devised and led by creative educator Mary of Line and Language.

Come along and join in this series of sessions of sound and movement using French language and drama skills. Engage in a gentle vocal and movement warm up; benefit from (a little) cultural, historical and literary input; and collaborate to create short and relaxed performance pieces.

Performance pieces will arise from traditional tales by Perrault; medieval French literature; and classic twentieth century French language drama.

Sessions are suitable for participants with GCSE/equivalent or higher level French language skills



Tickets: £9 per session or £40 for all five
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March Friday 6th at 7.30pm

Mother/land

       by  Eilish Mullane

Uproar Theatre

Audwin transcribes the words of better men, distributing them around a newly-divided city, but rebellion comes at a price. As the Stasi close in, Audwin must decide who he can really trust, and how he can keep them safe.

Contains violence



Tickets: £5
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March Sunday 8th at 7.30pm

Live with The Femmes

The Femmes

Prepare to be whisked back to the 1940's with this vocal harmony trio as they take you through the years giving classic hits that vintage twist! With more fizz than a glass of champagne these girls will get your toes a tapping and leave you jumping and jiving!



Tickets: £12
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March Monday 9th at 7.30pm

Performance Platform featuring Harmonics vocal ensemble

UCC Musical Theatre

Students from the University Centre Colchester degree course present a varied programme of musical theatre numbers. They will be supported by the college vocal ensemble, Harmonics.



Tickets: £5
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March Tuesday 10th from 10-11am

Dis Donc! French Drama Club - Beginners Session 2 of 5

Dis donc! is an informal, enjoyable French Language Drama Group devised and led by creative educator Mary of Line and Language.

Come along and join in this series of sessions of sound and movement using French language and drama skills. Engage in a gentle vocal and movement warm up; benefit from (a little) cultural, historical and literary input; and collaborate to create short and relaxed performance pieces.

Performance pieces will arise from traditional tales by Perrault; medieval French literature; and classic twentieth century French language drama.

Sessions are suitable for participants with beginner level French language skills



Tickets: £9 per session or £40 for all five
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March Tuesday 10th from 11-12noon

Dis Donc! French Drama Club - GCSE or equivalent/Higher Level French Session 2 of 5

Dis donc! is an informal, enjoyable French Language Drama Group devised and led by creative educator Mary of Line and Language.

Come along and join in this series of sessions of sound and movement using French language and drama skills. Engage in a gentle vocal and movement warm up; benefit from (a little) cultural, historical and literary input; and collaborate to create short and relaxed performance pieces.

Performance pieces will arise from traditional tales by Perrault; medieval French literature; and classic twentieth century French language drama.

Sessions are suitable for participants with GCSE/equivalent or higher level French language skills



Tickets: £9 per session or £40 for all five
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March Friday 13th at 7.30 Saturday 14th at 1pm and 5pm

Olivia!

       by  Malcolm Sircom

KATS Youth Theatre

A female Oliver! On her journey to Victorian London, Olivia meets many well-known characters including Fagin, The Artful Dodger, Eliza Doolittle and Sherlock Holmes. Full of wit and humour this lively musical will have you tapping your toes.



Tickets: £10, £8 Child (under 16's)
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March Tuesday 17th from 10-11am

Dis Donc! French Drama Club - Beginners Session 3 of 5

Dis donc! is an informal, enjoyable French Language Drama Group devised and led by creative educator Mary of Line and Language.

Come along and join in this series of sessions of sound and movement using French language and drama skills. Engage in a gentle vocal and movement warm up; benefit from (a little) cultural, historical and literary input; and collaborate to create short and relaxed performance pieces.

Performance pieces will arise from traditional tales by Perrault; medieval French literature; and classic twentieth century French language drama.

Sessions are suitable for participants with beginner level French language skills



Tickets: £9 per session or £40 for all five
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March Tuesday 17th from 11-12noon

Dis Donc! French Drama Club - GCSE or equivalent/Higher Level French Session 3 of 5

Dis donc! is an informal, enjoyable French Language Drama Group devised and led by creative educator Mary of Line and Language.

Come along and join in this series of sessions of sound and movement using French language and drama skills. Engage in a gentle vocal and movement warm up; benefit from (a little) cultural, historical and literary input; and collaborate to create short and relaxed performance pieces.

Performance pieces will arise from traditional tales by Perrault; medieval French literature; and classic twentieth century French language drama.

Sessions are suitable for participants with GCSE/equivalent or higher level French language skills



Tickets: £9 per session or £40 for all five
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March Wednesday 18th - Saturday 21st at 7.45pm, (Saturday Matinée 2.30pm)

Abigail's Party

       by  Mike Leigh

The Rejects Theatre Company

Suburbanites Laurence and Beverly are entertaining their neighbours, Angela,Tony and Susan. Susan's teenage daughter, Abigail, is throwing a party and Susan is not invited. Over the canapés, fatuous small talk abounds. As tensions escalate, the strains in Beverly and Laurence's marriage surface and Susan's anxieties intensify. Eventually, the suburban smugness is shattered...



Tickets: £15.00, £14.00 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)
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March Tuesday 24th from 11-12noon

Dis Donc! French Drama Club - GCSE or equivalent/Higher Level French Session 4 of 5

Dis donc! is an informal, enjoyable French Language Drama Group devised and led by creative educator Mary of Line and Language.

Come along and join in this series of sessions of sound and movement using French language and drama skills. Engage in a gentle vocal and movement warm up; benefit from (a little) cultural, historical and literary input; and collaborate to create short and relaxed performance pieces.

Performance pieces will arise from traditional tales by Perrault; medieval French literature; and classic twentieth century French language drama.

Sessions are suitable for participants with GCSE/equivalent or higher level French language skills



Tickets: £9 per session or £40 for all five
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March Monday 30th at 5pm - 9pm

Theatre Photography Workshop

Sally Parkinson Photography

Theatre Photography can be tricky with varying lighting conditions. This workshop will teach you some techniques to enable you to capture the action on stage with an opportunity to practice at a live rehearsal. Maximum 4 participants. You need to have knowledge of using manual mode, this will be refreshed prior to going into the theatre. Please contact Sally to check camera suitability.

Tickets: £29 per person (MAXIMUM 4 PLACES)

For tickets contact Sally Parkinson Photography






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March Tuesday 31st from 10-11am

Dis Donc! French Drama Club - Beginners Session 5 of 5

Dis donc! is an informal, enjoyable French Language Drama Group devised and led by creative educator Mary of Line and Language.

Come along and join in this series of sessions of sound and movement using French language and drama skills. Engage in a gentle vocal and movement warm up; benefit from (a little) cultural, historical and literary input; and collaborate to create short and relaxed performance pieces.

Performance pieces will arise from traditional tales by Perrault; medieval French literature; and classic twentieth century French language drama.

Sessions are suitable for participants with beginner level French language skills



Tickets: £9 per session or £40 for all five
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March Tuesday 31st from 11-12noon

Dis Donc! French Drama Club - GCSE or equivalent/Higher Level French Session 5 of 5

Dis donc! is an informal, enjoyable French Language Drama Group devised and led by creative educator Mary of Line and Language.

Come along and join in this series of sessions of sound and movement using French language and drama skills. Engage in a gentle vocal and movement warm up; benefit from (a little) cultural, historical and literary input; and collaborate to create short and relaxed performance pieces.

Performance pieces will arise from traditional tales by Perrault; medieval French literature; and classic twentieth century French language drama.

Sessions are suitable for participants with GCSE/equivalent or higher level French language skills



Tickets: £9 per session or £40 for all five
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April Wednesday 1st - Saturday 4th at 7.45pm, Saturday matinée 2.30pm

The Diary of Anne Frank

       by  (Dramatised) Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

Headgate Theatre Productions

Anne Frank was 13 years old when she went into hiding in a secret apartment in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam in 1942. She was a young girl, jubilant, hopeful and honest - and with most of the traits expected in a teenager! Anne is young but not naive. When she says "We can't go outside. We can't even look out a window," we can feel her sadness and frustration as she comes to terms with her reality. The tensions of confinement and the tedious business of staying alive unfold in agonising detail as emotions unravel and human relationships are tested in the most extraordinary and dire circumstances.



Tickets: £14.00 (full) £12.00 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)
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April Tuesday 7th at 7.30pm

Strictly Sherlock

       by  Jonathan Goodwin (based on characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle)

Don't Go Into The Cellar!

Jonathan Goodwin returns as Sherlock Holmes, in a one-man show. Join the king of the detectives as he brings to life those three startling cases, 'The Sussex Vampire', 'The Creeping Man' and 'The Devil's Foot!'. Don't Go Into The Cellar! were formed in 2010, and have toured the United Kingdom ever since with their unique brand of original and authentic stage thrillers, chillers and comedies. Victorian Theatre with Bite! Suitable for age 11 and above.



Tickets: £10, £8 concessions (OAPs, students, unemployed)
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April Saturday 11th at 8pm

Voices In Her Head

Trish Dunn

American comic/ventriloquist Trish Dunn and her VentCrew take the absurdity out of everyday life, turn it on its head and generate "side splitting" and "oops I peed my pants" laughter. Each member of the VentCrew, aka dummies, will amaze you with their diverse personalities and voices! Trish's show is suitable for age 16+ as it contains adult comedy.



Tickets: £10
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April Tuesday 14th - Friday 17th from 9.30am - 4.30pm

'Wind in the Willows'

       by  Kenneth Grahame adapted by Griff Scott

Headgate Workshops

A four day workshop for young people aged 8 to 16.

Poop Poop! Join Mr Toad, Ratty, Badger, Mole and their friends in this madcap riverbank adventure this Easter holiday. Our carefully crafted script gives each participant the chance to shine and have fun, and days are filled with music and dance. Our tutors work to help everybody to develop confidence and teamwork and to use their own particular talents - and our presentations at the end of the week give the youngsters chance to work in a theatre environment. Application forms can be obtained from our Box Office or downloaded from our website. Payment must be made via the Box Office.



Tickets: £100 if booked by 28th February. Bookings after this date £110.
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April Wednesday 15th at 7.30pm

Piano Divas/The Music's On Me

Wendy Kirkland Quartet

With a voice that has been likened to Blossom Dearie with hints of Diana Krall, pianist/singer Wendy Kirkland's influences range from Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson, to Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly and Chick Corea. Wendy will perform material from her critically acclaimed albums 'Piano Divas' and 'The Music's On Me', including original compositions and several instrumentals to which she has added her own lyrics.



Tickets: £15
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April Saturday 18th at 7.30

Eastern Swing

Fourteen of East Anglia's finest and most versatile musicians just love getting together to play big band music. Their enjoyment is infectious and you will be swept away by classics from Glenn Miller and jazz standards down the years to some unexpected and modern tunes that arranger John Chillingworth has given a swing twist. Maybe a few originals thrown in too.

All this in the intimate setting of the Headgate where you are close enough to feel part of the fun. No opera glasses required!

For an evening of the best big band and swing music around, get your tickets from...




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April Thursday 23rd - Saturday 25th at 7.45

Beautiful Thing

Colchester Pride Players

Beautiful Thing is a gentle and hugely optimistic play. Teenagers Ste and Jamie are next door neighbours on the Thamesmead Estate in south London: Jamie is being bullied at school, and Ste is being bullied at home. When it all gets too much Ste seeks refuge at Jamie's and their awkward but joyous relationship develops.

Underscored by a Mama Cass soundtrack, this play perfectly captures the wonder of first love.

12+ as several uses of strong language



Tickets: £12 and £10
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April Wednesday 29th - Saturday 2nd May at 7.45pm, Saturday Matinée 2.30pm

Jumpy

       by  April de Angelis

Colchester Theatre Group

Hilary is 50 years old and once protested at Greenham Common. She is now a married, middle class mum with a shop-owner husband and a stroppy 15-year-old daughter who dresses like a prostitute and treats her mum with cruel contempt. A classic mid-life crisis play, Jumpy is funny, deliciously rude and at times piercingly moving. Warning: the show includes a gunshot.



Tickets: £13, £10 (OAPs, FTS)
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May Monday 4th 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?



Tickets: £15
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May Friday 15th - Saturday 16th at 7.45pm, Saturday matinée 3pm

The Sound of Rodgers & Hammerstein

Platform Musicals

A Concert Performance featuring selections from Oklahoma, South Pacific, Carousel, The king and I, The Sound of Music.

Tickets: £13.00
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May Sunday 17th at 3pm

Kemp's Jig - an Elizabethan Roadshow

       by  Chris Harris

Blue Fire Theatre

In 1600 Will Kemp, the most famous comic and clown of his generation and Will Shakespeare, the most famous playwright in history, fell out in an argument over a play. Shakespeare stayed in London, writing and producing plays still renowned the world over. Kemp embarked on a bizarre PR stunt, Morris dancing the 125 miles from London to Norwich. Based on Kemp's own diary, "The Nine Daies Wonder", Kemp's Jig is a one-man romp through Elizabethan England, sharing the adventures of Shakespeare's now almost-forgotten clown.



Tickets: £14, £12 (Over 65's, Students, Under 16's)
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May Thursday 21st at 7.30 pm


Ink on Tour!

Hot from The INK Festival 2020 is this selection of the very best new short plays, chosen from over 750 submissions, by hugely talented writers. The plays are funny, sexy, touching, topical and even at times uncomfortable but above all they are new, fresh and thought provoking.

Tickets: £13, £11 (under 16, FTS)
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May Saturday 30th at 7.30pm, Matinée 2.30pm

Can We Have Your Liver Then? A Terry Jones Tribute

The Crunchy Frog Players

Monty Python star, Terry Jones, shuffled off this mortal coil, ceased to be, expired and went to meet his maker in January. This show will remember him as he would have wanted; with great affection and extreme silliness. Talented local artistes will recreate scenes from the Python films and perform some of the most famous Python sketches and absurd songs. A fitting tribute not to be missed.



Tickets: £13, £10 (OAPs, Full Time Students, under 16's)
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July Friday 3rd - Saturday 4th at 7pm, Saturday Matinée 2pm

Pan's Return

       by  Penny Cuthew-Herrett

Dynamite Drama

This story is told to you by the beautiful Neverland fairies, Tinkerbell, Periwinkle, Blossom and Fruitpip. Using their fairy magic they take you back in time and show you Tinkerbell's story, of what really did happen to Peter Pan!

Did you know Peter Pan really did grow up and had children of his own? Peter and his family have come back to London on a family holiday to stay with Great Granny Wendy.

But will the vengeful Captain Hook let Peter get on with his life or will he finally somehow get his revenge on the flying boy who cut off his hand?

Please join us and see.



Tickets: £14
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September Sunday 20th at 7 pm

The George Harrison Project

This live music tribute brings you classics written and performed by George, from the Beatles, Traveling Wilburys, and throughout his hugely successful solo career.

Tickets: £12
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September Saturday 26th at 8 pm

Kinks UK

After last year's success, Steve and the gang bring their Kinks tribute show back to the Headgate. Support comes from The Mod Squad, who play a range of mod floor fillers to get the party started.

Tickets: £12.50
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