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May Saturday 7th at 7pm

The Divide

The Divide tells the story of 7 individuals striving for a better life in modern day US and UK - where the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%. By plotting these tales together, we uncover how every aspect of our lives is controlled by one factor: the size of the gap between rich and poor.

This isn't based on real life. This is real life. Wall Street psychologist Alden wants to make it to the top 1%; Glaswegian rapper Darren just wants to stay sober; Newcastle carer Rochelle wishes her job wasn't looked down on so much; Jen in Sacramento, California, doesn't even talk to the neighbours in her upscale gated community - they've made it clear to her she isn't "their kind". It becomes clear that a higher income doesn't ensure happiness and inequality hurts us all - rich and poor.

By weaving these stories with news archive from 1979 to the present day, The Divide creates a lyrical, psychological and tragi-comic picture of how economic division creates social division. The film features high profile commentators including former economic adviser to Margaret Thatcher, Sir Alan Budd, historian Sir Max Hastings, economist Ha-Joon Chang, Noam Chomsky and epidemiologist Sir Michael Marmot. The Divide serves as both a call to arms, and a powerful warning. The film is inspired by the critically-acclaimed, best-selling book "The Spirit Level" by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.

Running time: 74 minutes Certificate: 12A

See the trailer here:

There is no entry fee but donations will be accepted
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May Sunday 8th at 6.30pm prompt in the Headgate Lounge

Arcadia  by  Tom Stoppard

Headgate Play Readers

No acting experience is necessary - just a love of plays.

£2.50 is payable on the night.
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May Sunday 8th at 7.30pm

Music on a Spring Evening

Colchester National Trust Group

A Fundraising Concert for the Colchester National Trust Group in the intimate atmosphere of the delightful Headgate Theatre, presenting live music in a comfortable setting by local musicians - folk and traditional music from around the world; ballads, jazz, blues and even pop. All profits will go to support local National Trust properties.

Tickets: £10, £8
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May Tuesday 10th 7.30pm for 8pm

CFMC End of Season Showcase

Colchester Film Makers Club

Join Colchester film-makers' gala evening and watch their award winning movies compete for the coveted Film of the Year Boudicca Award. Besides the season's best competition entries, ranging from documentary to Five Minute and Open categories, viewers will also see rare vintage footage of the town from the club's archive.

Tickets: £4, £3 (under 20/over 60), £2 (CFMC members)
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May Friday 13th at 7pm

Double Bill: An Evening of Classical Guitar & Jazz

Jim Parbury and Sam Plackett Organ Trio

Join classical guitarist Jim Parbury and The Sam Plackett Organ Trio for a double bill of outstanding guitar music from around the world. Take a musical journey - from European classical guitar through to Jazz guitar.

Tickets: £10, £7 (conc)
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May Wednesday 18th - Saturday 21st at 7.45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30pm

Blue Remembered Hills  by  Dennis Potter

Colchester Theatre Group

This deceptively simple tale relates the activities of seven English children played by adults on a summer afternoon during World War II. In woods, a field and a barn, they play, fight, fantasize and swagger. Their aggressions, fears, hostilities and rivalries come to an abrupt stop when a dangerous game of pyromania ends with tragic results.

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)
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May Wednesday 25th - Saturday 28th at 7.30pm

Ordinary Days  by  Adam Gwon

Colchester Institute Musical Theatre Level 3 Extended Diploma Students

A refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps (but probably should at some point). It tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfilment, happiness, love and cabs. Through a score of vibrant and memorable songs, their experiences ring startlingly true to life.

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc), £5 (CI students)
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June Friday 3rd at 8pm

And So It Goes


If you enjoy captivating singing mixed with bold and extravagant harmonies, then this is the evening you've been waiting for. Having been described as "young, vibrant and energetic", Singdicate will bring to you all of these things and much more, offering audiences the chance to enjoy popular and lesser-known works.

Tickets: £7
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June Saturday 4th at 7.30pm

5-Part re-Inventions

Colchester New Music

Last year we challenged composers around the world to write for the mysteriously neglected combination of recorder quartet with harpsichord. In this concert we premiere a selection of beautiful new pieces in which the sweetness and coolness of the recorders encounters the bright, clean sound of the harpsichord. Played by Dulcis Venti recorder quartet with harpsichordist Francis Knights.

Tickets: £8, £6 (conc)
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June Sunday 5th at 6.30pm prompt in the Headgate Lounge

The Forsyte Saga  by  Pat and Derek Hoddinott

Headgate Play Readers

No acting experience is necessary - just a love of plays.

£2.50 is payable on the night.
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June Tuesday 7th - Saturday 11th at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30pm

Dolls 'n' Guys

Colchester Operatic Society

An evening exploring the role of women as portrayed through musical theatre. From the love-lorn to the murderess, musicals have depicted a wide range of women. Whatever the role, musical theatre has given them the glory, the comedy and the pathos to enthrall audiences. Come and enjoy this journey of the female character!

Tickets: £12
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June Wednesday 15th - Saturday 18th at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30pm

Under Milk Wood  by  Dylan Thomas

PLATFORM musicals & plays

A lyrical play about life in a Welsh fishing village called Llareggub, a small Welsh town by the sea. Walk along Coronation Street, Cockle Row and Donkey Street, down to the little fishing harbour and back to Milk Wood. Join the townsfolk as Dylan Thomas explores their lives, hopes and thoughts in the dreams of a night and rhythm of a day, from the first light of dawn into a busy morning and through the long, slow afternoon. It follows a 24-hour period of the town, but you get to see behind the curtains, underneath the bed sheets and behind the closed doors.

Tickets: £12, £10 (students)
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June Wednesday 22nd - Saturday 25th at 7:45pm

Constellations  by  Nick Payne

A man and a women meet. They have so many possibilities; happy, sad, ordinary, short-term or will last a lifetime. This innovative two-hander explores them all. Winner of Best Play, Evening Standard Awards 2012. "An astonishingly fine new play" (The Independent).
Contains some strong language.

Tickets: £11, £9 (conc)
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June Thursday 30th at 7:45pm

The Clockwork Girl - A Tale of Leopold Thorn

Darren Gooding

Written and performed by Darren Gooding, music by Tina Gooding, Magical Advisor - Dean Allen Jones. A bereaved Clockmaker is stirred from his frozen grief by the arrival of Miss P.T. Wilby. The Deceptrix is about to offer a commission; the most fabulous and terrible creation to which Jameson Holtz could ever turn his astounding engineering skills. The laws of nature are about to be re-written.
Some strong language - not suitable for young children.

Tickets: £9, £7 (conc)
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July Saturday 2nd at 2pm and 7pm

Summer Spectacular!

Voice Works Essex Production

A performance showcasing some of Colchester's finest talent with students of vocal coach Tara Wilcox. With a variety of different genres being played, including some spectacular original songs, there will be something for everyone to enjoy! Please come along and support.

Tickets: £8
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July Wednesday 6th - Saturday 9th at 7:45pm

Urinetown: The Musical  by  Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! A side-splitting send-up of greed, love, revolution (and musicals!), in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.

Tickets: £12, £10 (conc)
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July Sunday 10th at 7pm

Songs from Stage & Screen

Aurora Voices Productions

A selection of songs from great West End and Broadway shows including West Side Story, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, A Chorus Line, Grease, Ragtime & many more. If you like to listen to popular tunes sung by talented local singers, this is the evening out for you!

Tickets: £8, £6 (conc)
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July Saturday 16th at 7:30pm

Joe Boyd - Live

Joe Boyd + Special Guests

Joe Boyd is an Essex based singer/songwriter who has crafted a reputation as an exciting and energetic live act and recording artist. A strong fanbase has been established following performances with his live band at world famous music venues such as The Jazz Cafe and Hippodrome Casino. Joe has been featured by the likes of BBC 6 Music, XFM Radio and Q Magazine, acknowledging his music as a unique mix of genres ranging from Blues and Funk to Soul and Jazz.

Tickets: £10
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July Sunday 17th at 1pm and 3pm

Myths and Legends

DOT Productions

DOT Productions Youth Groups host their annual summer show, a selection of Songs/Dances and Scripts all based on Myths and Legends, written by Louisa-marie Hunt. DOT Productions is pleased to welcome Smart School Steps of Dance to the production.

Tickets: £6
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July Monday 18th - Tuesday 19th at 7:30pm

An Evening of Clairvoyance

Ronnie Buckingham

Still unconvinced about life after death? Come along and decide for yourself as Ronnie passes on communications from people in the spirit world to their friends and family in the audience.

Tickets: £13
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July Saturday 23rd at 7:30pm

The Importance of Being Earnest  by  Oscar Wilde

DOT Productions

DOT Productions presents one of the funniest plays in the English language. Oscar Wilde billed his play as 'a trivial comedy for serious people' and its witty dialogue and fabulous characters are sure to delight both serious and flippant audiences alike. Six versatile actors and DOT Productions renowned style bring this much loved masterpiece to you in all its satirical glory.

Tickets: £12
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July Monday 25th - Friday 29th from 9:30am to 4:30pm


Polka Dot Musical Theatre Workshop for 8 to 16 yr Olds

This intensive workshop will end with a free performance for an invited audience on the last day. Places are limited and will be allocated as money is received. Please call the box office for details, an application form and to book.

Tickets: £90
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July Friday 29th - Saturday 30th at 8pm

Laughed Out of Court

Stapled to a Chicken

Criminal Acts, Suspect Sketches, Funny Sentences. Stapled to a Chicken are summoned back to the Headgate for another hilariously arresting show; this time they're tackling crime and punishment. Only a ball and chain should stop you coming to see this comedy spectacular.
May contain strong language and offensive material.

Tickets: £11