Current Programme


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January Sunday 4th

On Golden Pond  by  Ernest Thompson, facilitated by Liz Mullen

Headgate Play Readers




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January Thursday 8th - Friday 9th at 7.30pm + Sat 10th January at 1pm and 5pm

Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  by  Reece Sibbald

KATS


Dame Wanda runs a circus that is down on its luck. Will the addition of three talking bears improve its chances? Will evil rival circus owner Finster ruin the day? Fun for all the family with this fast-paced panto.

Tickets:£10, £8.50 (conc)
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January Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th at 2pm

The 24 Hour Sponsored Play Reading

Chameleon's Web Theatre Company


Chameleon's Web like a challenge! A group of actors will be locked in The Headgate for 24hrs and will perform non-stop as many play readings as they can! Please come and give your support by watching the readings; you can help 'cast' each play and there will be homemade cake & tea/coffee on sale. See www.chameleonsweb.co.uk for the full list of plays and running order.

Donation: £2 per play
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January Saturday 24th at 7.30pm

Another Evening of Song


This exciting vocal quartet (Natasha Bennett, Fiona Morris, Gerry Bremner, Howard Brooks) returns to The Headgate to present an evening of music to suit all tastes - from Verdi, Puccini, Bizet and Gilbert & Sullivan, via Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Lerner & Loewe, to Lloyd Webber and Abba!

Tickets:£10, £8 (conc)
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January Sunday 25th Workshop: 2pm Concert: 4.30pm

Virtuoso Guitar at the Headgate

Declan Zapala


Declan has been busy establishing himself worldwide as a leading figure in crossover percussive/classical guitar. The YouTube video of his composition Crystal received close to a quarter of a million views when it went viral at the end of 2013. Places to perform are strictly limited: To apply please email Tim Pells on Timpells@aol.com. The workshop is open to everyone to observe

Tickets:£20 (workshop participants & concert), £15 (workshop non-participant & concert), £12 (concert only)
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January Saturday 31st 2pm to 5pm

Theatre Workshops

Colchester Theatre Group


This series of workshops will look at basic voice and acting techniques, movement, Shakespearian text and comedy, improvisation and up close and personal involvement. Featuring Paul T Davies, Tim Freeman, Charlie Morgan, Wendy Smith and Vicki Weitz. Please see www.colchestertheatrettroup.org or the CTG Facebook page for more details. Over 16s only.

Tickets: £8 (non-CTG members), £6 (CTG members)
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February Sunday 1st

Juno and the Paycock  by  Sean O'Casey, facilitated by Sara Green

Headgate Play Readers




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February Wednesday 11th - Saturday 14th at 7.45pm

Chimps  by  Simon Block

Colchester Theatre Group


appointment with a couple of door-to-door salesmen turns into a nightmare sales pitch that threatens the very foundation of their life together. 'A blisteringly funny black comedy'. Contains some very strong language and minor violence.

Tickets:£10, £8 (conc)
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February Sunday 15th - Monday 16th at 7.45pm

An Evening with Ronnie Buckingham

Ronnie Buckingham


Come and spend an evening with Ronnie, who aims to convince you of the existence of the spirit world by communicating with friends and loved ones already there, and passing on evidential information about their identity and relationship to specific members of the audience.

Tickets:£13
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February Wednesday 18th - Saturday 21st at 7.45pm

The Drowsy Chaperone

Mad Hatter Productions


Lambert and Greg Morrison. Mix-ups, mayhem and a gay wedding! ...of course "gay wedding" has a different meaning now but back then it just meant "fun", and that's just what this show is! Mad Hatter is proud to present this rollicking musical comedy set in the decadent world of the 1920s.

Tickets:£10, £8 (conc)
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February Saturday 21st 2pm to 5pm

Theatre Workshops

Colchester Theatre Group


This series of workshops will look at basic voice and acting techniques, movement, Shakespearian text and comedy, improvisation and up close and personal involvement. Featuring Paul T Davies, Tim Freeman, Charlie Morgan, Wendy Smith and Vicki Weitz. Please see www.colchestertheatrettroup.org or the CTG Facebook page for more details. Over 16s only.

Tickets: £8 (non-CTG members), £6 (CTG members)
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February Sunday 22nd at 7.45pm

Tannahill Weavers in Concert


Traditional Scottish music at its best - as tight and versatile as any band in the Celtic music scene, the Tannahills can summon rock-n-roll intensity or haunting introspection. "An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new." - New York Times This concert preceeds the band's month long USA tour 2015.

Tickets: £12.50
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March Monday 2nd at 7.30pm

A Will for the Woods

Emma Tivey


Determined that his last act will be a gift to the planet, a man prepares for his own green burial. A Will for the Woods follows a dream of leaving a legacy in harmony with timeless cycles, and environmentalism takes on a deeply human intimacy. Followed by a discussion. Fundraiser in aid of St Helena Hospice. 18 years +

Tickets: £10
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March Thursday 5th - Saturday 7th at 7.45pm

Private Peaceful  by  Michael Morpurgo

St Benedict's College Drama Department


St Benedict's College presents this stunning adaptation by Simon Reade based on the best-selling novel by Michael Morpurgo (War Horse). It relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young WW1 soldier, awaiting the firing squad at dawn. A poignant tale of love, loss, war and courage. Contains loud gunfire and flashing lights.

Tickets: £6, £4 (conc)
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March Sunday 8th

A Kiss on the Bottom  by  Frank Vickery, facilitated by Steve Dunt

Headgate Play Readers




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March Wednesday 11th - Saturday 14th at 7.45

Jumpers for Goalposts  by  Tom Wells

Headgate Theatre Productions


An hilarious and heart-warming play about football, friendship and finding your way, set in the world of gay and lesbian five-a-side football. This is a touching, feel-good play described as 'The Beautiful Thing' of the 21st century. Luke wants Danny, but Danny's got a secret. Joe's happy in goal but Geoff wants a headline gig. Viv just wants to beat the lesbians to the league title. Game on. Some language may offend

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)
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March Wednesday 18th - Saturday 21st at 7.45pm + Sat matinée at 2.30pm

The Second Mrs Tanqueray  by  Arthur Wing Pinero

PLATFORM musicals & plays


When Aubrey Tanqueray marries for the second time he has no idea how his beautiful new wife's notorious past will catch up with her! Pinero's play is one of the masterpieces of the Victorian Theatre; sexy, dramatic, funny and very moving. Do not miss!

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)
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March Tuesday 24th - Thursday 25th at 7.30pm (KATS Junior) +Fri 27th March at 7.30pm & Sat 28th March at 2.30pm & 5pm (KATS Senior)

Disney's Alladdin Jnr

KATS


"Disney's Aladdin Junr" is based on the popular film. With songs including "A Whole New World" and "A Friend like Me", this show is suitable for all ages.

Tickets: £8, £7 (conc)
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March Saturday 28th 2pm to 5pm

Theatre workshops

Colchester Theatre Group


This series of workshops will look at basic voice and acting techniques, movement, Shakespearian text and comedy, improvisation and up close and personal involvement. Featuring Paul T Davies, Tim Freeman, Charlie Morgan, Wendy Smith and Vicki Weitz. Please see www.colchestertheatrettroup.org or the CTG Facebook page for more details. Over 16s only.

Tickets: £8 (non-CTG members), £6 (CTG members).
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March Monday 30th - Wednesday 1st from 9.30am to 4.30pm

Frozen

Polka Dot Musical Workshop for 8 to 16 yr Olds


This 3-day 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: £60
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April Sunday 5th

The Lion in Winter  by  James Goldman, facilitated by Dawn King

Headgate Play Readers




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April Wednesday 15th - Saturday 18th at 7.45pm + Sat matinée at 2.30pm

The Cripple of Inishmaan  by  Martin McDonagh

Headgate Theatre Productions


Hollywood is coming to Ireland to film Man of Aran, and on a neighbouring island, desperate to escape his humdrum life and find fame is Cripple Billy. But he's not the only one, as the young try to leave the island and escape the cycle of gossip, feuds, eggs and women who talk to stones! A hilarious, searing, and, at times, black, comedy from the author of The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Directed by Paul T Davies. Contains strong language.

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)
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April Sunday 19th at 7pm

Fear and Loathing in the Race for Downing Street:
An Audience with Yougov's Joe Twyman

Headgate Theatre Productions


Will the Conservatives remain in power? Could Ed Miliband become Prime Minister? Would his brother have done any better? Is there any way back for the Lib Dems? How much of a difference will UKIP make? What about the Greens and the SNP? As we approach what is likely to be one of the closest General Elections in British history Joe Twyman from YouGov (a regular fixture on TV news and one of the country's leading political pollsters), will discuss these and many other questions, helped by a wide variety of cat pictures stolen from the internet and mostly new jokes. Questions from the audience are very much encouraged. All proceeds will be donated to the Help for Hannah charity.

Tickets: £7
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April Saturday 25th 2pm to 5pm

Theatre workshops

Colchester Theatre Group


This series of workshops will look at basic voice and acting techniques, movement, Shakespearian text and comedy, improvisation and up close and personal involvement. Featuring Paul T Davies, Tim Freeman, Charlie Morgan, Wendy Smith and Vicki Weitz. Please see www.colchestertheatrettroup.org or the CTG Facebook page for more details. Over 16s only.

Tickets: £8 (non-CTG members), £6 (CTG members).
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April Monday 27th 7pm for 8pm start

CFMC Film of the Year competition

Colchester Film Makers Club


Throughout the year Colchester Film Makers Club members enter films in internal club competitions. In this event the winning films are shown and three external judges select the Film of the Year. Boudicca trophies are awarded to all winners. The rest of the programme will include other club films.

Tickets: £4 (non CFMC members), £3 (non CFMC members conc, under 20 or over 60), £2 (CFMC members)
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June Saturday 6th 2pm to 5pm

Theatre workshops

Colchester Theatre Group


This series of workshops will look at basic voice and acting techniques, movement, Shakespearian text and comedy, improvisation and up close and personal involvement. Featuring Paul T Davies, Tim Freeman, Charlie Morgan, Wendy Smith and Vicki Weitz. Please see www.colchestertheatrettroup.org or the CTG Facebook page for more details. Over 16s only.

Tickets: £8 (non-CTG members), £6 (CTG members).
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July Saturday 4th 2pm to 5pm

Theatre workshops

Colchester Theatre Group


This series of workshops will look at basic voice and acting techniques, movement, Shakespearian text and comedy, improvisation and up close and personal involvement. Featuring Paul T Davies, Tim Freeman, Charlie Morgan, Wendy Smith and Vicki Weitz. Please see www.colchestertheatrettroup.org or the CTG Facebook page for more details. Over 16s only.

Tickets: £8 (non-CTG members), £6 (CTG members).