Headgate Theatre Productions

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2018 programme

Be My Baby

Be My Baby by Amanda Whittington

Marjorie Prime

Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison

About Headgate Theatre Productions

Headgate Theatre Productions was established to ensure that there was a wide range of drama productions at The Headgate, and as a means of generating revenue to continue to run the building facility. The intimate space of The Headgate lends itself to small cast plays – but having said that, there have been productions with over 12 people in the cast and a box set!

Headgate Theatre Productions is rightly proud of its growing reputation, reflected in positive audience feedback, the extensive nominations and awards received each year from the local press critic and the North Essex Theatre Guild, and the fact that our actors and creative team have fun in putting on a range of challenging and interesting drama.

We put on a pantomime each year, and then aim for 4 or 5 other drama productions. Ideally these should help to fill gaps in the year when other groups are not performing, but inevitably the availability of directors influences our programme! For the four or five “other drama productions”, we would look to have an annual programme which included a “classic” play, a play with “popular” appeal, a challenging or topical play, and possibly a play with appeal to a specific audience segment (including any text from school syllabus selections). The over-riding requirement however, is that we maintain excellence in our production values and deliver top quality productions to be enjoyed by our patrons– whether that be a well-known piece or something new.

If you want to find out more about acting or directing as part of Headgate Theatre Productions, or if you are interested in volunteering for technical support (lighting, sound, stage management), then contact David or Dawn King on 01206 530257, or email dawn66king@gmail.com

Headgate Theatre Productions - Autumn Season

Tickets available soon!

We are delighted at the standard of auditions for our two main plays in the autumn season. They are both fully cast, and in early rehearsal stages.

Be My Baby 17th-20th October @ 7.45pm plus 2.30pm matinée on 20th October

  • Matron: Angela Whatling
  • Mrs Adams: Heidi Mussett
  • Mary: Kel Ashton
  • Queenie: April Rand
  • Norma: Phoebe Scurrell
  • Dolores: Ebony-Brooke Rivers

Marjorie Prime 14th-17th November @ 7.45pm

  • Marjorie: Sara Green
  • Walter: Adam Duarte-Dias
  • Tess: Suzanne Bailey
  • Jon: Joe Sales

Forthcoming Auditions

Lest We Forget 8th and 9th November @ 7.45pm 10th November at 3pm

Casting for this centenary commemoration of the end of World War 1 is now almost complete, although any men who want to participate are asked to contact kerrykingma@yahoo.co.uk as a matter of urgency

Aladdin by Ben Crocker

  • AUDITION DATES - Sunday 2nd September 4pm (Named parts and adult chorus only) Sunday 23rd September 10am (Children and young people only)
  • VENUE - Headgate Theatre Studio (both dates)
  • PRODUCTION WEEK – Sunday 2nd - Sunday 9th December (Evening performance dates Wed 5th December – Saturday 8th December. Matinees on Sat 8th and Sun 9th)
  • DIRECTOR: Charlie Davison
  • REHEARSALS - Mainly Sunday late afternoon and Monday evenings.

This year our panto goes East! There are lots of parts (male and female), and a singing and dancing chorus. All participants must be aged 10 or over on 5th December! Please see the production notes here for information about parts and rehearsals, and how to contact the director for any further information. For adult auditions, please see the Audition Information document here

The Browning Version by Terrence Rattigan

  • AUDITION DATE - Tuesday 11th September @ 7.45pm
  • VENUE: Headgate Theatre Studio
  • PRODUCTION WEEK - Sunday 12th – Sat 18th May 2019
  • DIRECTOR: Andrew Hodgson
  • REHEARSALS - Wed evenings commencing 6th February 2019

"The Browning Version" is seen by many to be Terence Rattigan's best work. It was originally performed in London in 1948 and has been revived many times since. There have been two film versions: one in 1951 starring Michael Redgrave and Jean Kent, and a 1994 production starring Albert Finney and Greta Sacchi. Both are available on DVD. Character Information and director’s contact details attached here.

Playhouse Creatures by April de Angelis

  • AUDITION DATE - 20th November at 7.30pm
  • VENUE: Headgate Theatre Studio
  • PRODUCTION WEEK - 31st March – 6th April 2019
  • DIRECTOR: Kerry King
  • REHEARSALS - To be agreed.

Bawdy, bloody and bold - this earthy account of the lives of some of the first English actresses is funny and gritty. Life was tough and the gutter never far away!

The time is 1669 - London - The monarchy has been restored and, on his return from France, Charles II has brought with him a love of theatre and of actresses! He decrees that women are allowed on the English stage for the first time, much to the delight of their male admirers! Cleavage and corsets and an actress in the loosest sense of the word. For information about the characters and how to contact the director, please click here.

Audition arrangements

Unless specific agreements have been reached with a director, Headgate Theatre Productions operates an open audition policy. The audition arrangements may vary from production to production, but are generally advertised on our website, North Essex Theatre Guild website, our Facebook page and included within our monthly email newsletter.

The auditions are usually held around 6 months prior to the production.

Rehearsals for Headgate Theatre Productions are frequently on a Sunday daytime and Monday evening, although we would always try to achieve flexibility to accommodate the right cast.

Directing for Headgate Theatre Productions

We welcome expressions of interest from new and experienced directors. Our programme of plays is usually developed from May – October of each year. Following consideration of proposals by a small sub-committee, directors are allocated a “champion” to ensure that there is good communication, a budget is developed (over which the director exercises significant control) a rehearsal programme is agreed, and technical support is identified.

Technical support for Headgate Theatre Productions

The technical support for Headgate Theatre Productions is drawn from our team of volunteers, and we always welcome new people with an interest or skills in lighting, sound, scenic design/painting , costume making or stage management (including making or sourcing props).


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