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Throughout the year the Headgate offers a range of community activities including Yoga and Pilates (coming in 2024) to engage with our local community. Whether you enjoy singing or exercising, we’ve got something going on for you.

Other Activities

The Headgate actively promotes projects and opportunities which encourage people, young and old, to engage in theatre and their wellbeing. With ground floor rehearsal and meeting spaces and our first floor studio, we have a range of spaces and facilities available. If you have an idea or project that you want to discuss, then contact the Headgate Manager on 01206 366000.

KATS(Kids Acting and Theatre Skills)

This youth theatre company meet each Saturday morning and offer sessions for 6 to 18 year olds, focussing on performance skills, confidence building and social interaction with a strong emphasis on fun. Their performances take place at the theatre and the group offer ‘come and try’ sessions.
For further details, contact Sarah Young on 07939 401640 or email

Donovans Academy of Performing Arts

The Academy run classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday late afternoons and early evenings. The school is for children aged 3+ and young adults and offers a wide range of classes including Modern Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Ballet, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Street, Body Conditioning, Stretch and Musical Theatre. Plus there are accredited exams within Dance, Acrobatics and Musical Theatre, and competition classes.
For further details contact Sarah Dunn on 07904 714880 or visit their website:

Little Stars Theatre Workshops

Offering classes in singing, acting and dance to students every Thursday from 3.45 – 4.30pm for ages 3 to 6 and from 4.30 – 6pm for ages 6 to 16. They are also opening a new exam class, where students will work towards LAMDA exams. One of the main focuses the group has is on confidence building. They support students to be confident and get the most out of everything they do.
More information can be found at or call Vicki Condron, Principal, on 07743 650845.

Silver Swans Colchester

Silver Swans classes have been specifically designed for the over 55’s, but whatever your age, if you are looking for a new way to keep fit and active our ballet classes will put a spring in your step. Whether you have never danced before or want to get back into the swing of it, our classes have something for everyone. Contact for more details.

Wellbeing groups

Maldon Yoga meet on a Tuesday morning –

Local performance groups

The Headgate Theatre is used as a venue for productions by several local performance groups

· Chameleon’s Web
· Colchester Operatic Society
· Colchester Theatre Group
· Platform Musicals

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