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Early Days

The Theatre operates as a Company Limited by Guarantee and is registered as a charity, the Theatre Arts Action Trust.

When the theatre was first established it was as the result of years of fundraising by a group of enthusiasts looking to establish a permanent home for amateur theatre groups in the locality. See Our History for more details.

Colchester Borough Council identified the former Congregational Chapel as potential premises and have been constant supporters of Theatre Arts Action Trust and The Headgate.

The theatre was originally adapted during 2001 funded by:

A list of the original sponsors can be found HERE

In July 2018, financial prudence, and the generosity of former patron David Forder, allowed the Trust to acquire a lease on part of the adjoining premises to help us to address the continued demand for studio space and the shortage of backstage facilities, whilst improving facilities for disabled patrons and hirers.

As a Grade 2 listed building, it is maintained to a high standard, whilst meeting our artistic objectives and generating income. While the bulk of our income comes from the hire of the theatre and rehearsal spaces, we are continually looking for funds to develop the theatre - be it the creative work we do or our fixtures and fittings.

Any contribution to our funds to help us maintain the high standard of work both on and off stage is much appreciated. Further details can be found HERE