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13
August
3:00 pm

Pygmalion

SHOWING: Sat 13th Aug at 3pm & 7.30pm

Could a Cockney Flower girl really be transformed into a Fair Lady? DOT Productions return in their 12th year of touring with their own adaptation of a well-loved classic, George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.  Will professor of phonetics Henry Higgins transform Eliza Doolittle enough to convince upper-class society that she is one of them, or will Eliza never forget who she really is? Pygmalion explores the English class system with all of its petty attitudes and posturing. Full of wit & wisdom Shaw exposes the hollowness at the heart of that society, but it is not just about accents or class. It is about the battle of the sexes, of control! Brought to the stage by a cast of 5 actors and DOT’s unmistakeable entertaining style this is not to be missed. ...

17
August
1:00 pm

The Jungle Book

SHOWING: Wed 17 August 2022 1pm and 4pm

Adapted from the book by Rudyard Kipling DOT Productions Join Mowgli as Bagheera and Baloo help him on his journey through the jungle back to the man- village . Watch as they encounter the monkeys, run from Shere Khan the tiger and get hypnotised by Kaa the snake. A fun family show that takes you on a rollercoaster of an adventure! Brought to the stage by a cast of five actors, this production is sure to entertain the smallest to the eldest of your ‘wolf pack’! £9 (all tickets) ...

19
August
8:00 pm

Hide the Crazy

Event cancelled due to ill health

Apologies for any inconvenience but this event has been cancelled due to ill health. ...

22
August
10:00 am

Lark Rise to Candleford

Lark Rise to Candleford Evoking a lively picture of the customs, rituals, poverty and celebration of 1880s rural Oxfordshire, this play, written for a promenade performance, enacts the first day of harvest from sunrise to sunset. We too will spend a day bringing to life the fictional village of Lark Rise, inhabited by a memorable cast of characters, through music, song and Thompson's remarkable text. £25 ...

27
August
7:45 pm

Play Time: A Showcase of Scenes and Monologues

Play Time A showcase of Scenes and Monologues ‘All I could think was I really wanted you to kiss me – but I didn’t want all of your sweetcorn in my mouth. That year we went out was honestly the happiest year of my life…’ Jez Butterworth, Tom Wells, Millie Thomas, William Shakespeare, Arthur Miller…. What do they all have in common? Great theatre. Come see a show jam packed with local talent, great plays, and a lot of energy! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll have a great night. This showcase is being performed to raise money for local Performer and Director, Richard Bland, to fund his post graduate degree in Directing at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. ...

31
August
7:45 pm

How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found

SHOWING: Wed 31 August 2022 - Sat 3 September 2022

by Fin Kennedy HEADGATE YOUNG COMPANY Sometimes people just can’t go on. There’s nothing left inside. What identifies us as individuals? Our past? Our DNA? Or the conscious choices we make? “Work hard and play hard” might be the current mantra, but Kennedy’s work screams that this rule may not be all it’s cracked up to be as we follow one man’s desperate attempts to buck the system. Contains strong language and adult themes, suitable for age 16+. Wed 31st Aug to Sat 3rd Sep 7.45pm, Sat. Mat 2.30pm ...

5
September
10:15 am

ACT V – Autumn Season

Mon 5th Sept 2022 - Mon 17th Oct 2022

Mondays 10.15am to 1pm Workshops for the over 50's This successful over 50’s group continues to make Monday mornings fun! The next batch of workshops before the half-term break will run from Sept 5th September - 17th October (7 individual sessions). This season, we will spend three weeks studying George Bernard Shaw's classic Pygmalion, working on different sections of the play and even dabbling with accents. This will be followed by three weeks of facilitators working on scenes from My Fair Lady (based on Pygmalion), with song and movement, as well as thinking about acting for camera. Week 7 will provide an opportunity for the groups to come together and present their work - possibly with some costume and props - who knows! Participants explore all aspects of theatre in an accessible and supportive environment while working with a variety of industry professionals. If you would like more information about the group to see if it is right for you, please email info@headgatetheatre.co.uk and we will get in touch. On behalf of The Headgate Theatre. ...

5
September
10:15 am

ACT V – Autumn Season (Individual Dates)

Mondays 10.15am to 1pm Workshops for the over 50's This successful over 50’s group continues to make Monday mornings fun! The next batch of workshops before the half-term break will run from Sept 5th September - 17th October (7 individual sessions). This season, we will spend three weeks studying George Bernard Shaw's classic Pygmalion, working on different sections of the play and even dabbling with accents. This will be followed by three weeks of facilitators working on scenes from My Fair Lady (based on Pygmalion), with song and movement, as well as thinking about acting for camera. Week 7 will provide an opportunity for the groups to come together and present their work - possibly with some costume and props - who knows! Participants explore all aspects of theatre in an accessible and supportive environment while working with a variety of industry professionals. If you would like more information about the group to see if it is right for you, please email info@headgatetheatre.co.uk and we will get in touch. On behalf of The Headgate Theatre. ...

6
September
7:30 pm

The Tannahill Weavers

Traditional Celtic music at its best! With fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, haunting ballads and a good dose of humour, the Tannahill Weavers have transformed traditional material and brought it into the modern world, vitally alive and kicking. Members of the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, in 2019 the Tannahill Weavers were nominated for Folk Band of the Year in Scotland. Recently they have been joined by piper Iain MacGillivray, who is Scotland’s youngest Clan leader and has worked recently on such exciting productions as Outlander and Men in Kilts and has performed for a huge list of stars and dignitaries in recent years. "Formed from a Paisley pub session in 1968, seminal trailblazers the Tannahill Weavers now also rank as national treasures." -Glasgow Celtic Connections 2018 "The music may be pure old time Celtic, but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight ahead rock and roll." -Winnipeg Free Press "An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new." - New York Times ...

7
September
7:45 pm

“Helen and the Neighbourhood Dogs” in concert

Progenitors of the self-styled 'East Angliacana' movement, Helen and The Neighbourhood Dogs combine the story-telling folk tradition with a modern day take on performance to produce what Americana UK described as “...a truck load of great songs, they really are a class act." The band mix laid-back West Coast vibes, upbeat bops and folk-tinged numbers featuring fine harmony vox, fiddle, banjo plus added variety from occasional flute and vibes. ...

8
September
7:45 pm

Joshua (and Me)

SHOWING: Thursday 8th - Friday 9th September 2022

Rachel Hammond A one woman show about being a sibling to someone who's autistic. What's it like growing up in a household where, however loved you are, your needs are not your family's first concern? Full of laughter, love, and original music, we journey with Hannah as her understanding of Joshua, and what it means to be his sister, grows. Based on Rachel Hammond’s own life, alongside stories from other 'siblings', Joshua (and Me) provides permission and space for other 'Hannahs' to openly explore their experiences, too. Includes some strong language. ...

9
September
7:30 pm

Glitz & Glamour – N.E.T.G Awards Evening

Adjudication and awards evening at the Prince's Theatre, Clacton, CO15 1SE. As the theme this year is "Glitz & Glamour", it's time to don your best attire and join fellow groups for a night to remember! This night as a great chance to meet other groups, see what's coming up for the next season and await the announcement of the award winners. NOTE: If you have any access or dietary needs, please contact volunteers@headgatetheatre.co.uk This online booking option is only open to members of Headgate Production events. ...

18
September
3:00 pm

Marie Lloyd Stole My Life

Discrimination, sexual exploitation, domestic violence and press intrusion. Don’t seem such “good old days” now, do they…? Nelly Power, star of the Victorian Music Hall struck an early blow for women’s rights by owning her own properties and divorcing her husband. She was a household name and huge success. Until her hit song was stolen by the young Marie Lloyd. In the centenary year of Marie Lloyd’s death, this is the story of how the “Queen of the Music Hall” came to fame, told from Nelly’s perspective. It’s a bit “Ripper Street” and a bit “Eastenders”. With songs. All together now… ...

23
September
8:00 pm

MC Friday Night Magicians

by Martin Cox Impresario and magician Martin Cox brings his acclaimed show to Colchester. Join Martin and internationally renowned artists Andy Clockwise and Oliver Tabor for an evening of magic, wonder, and laughter. The three magicians have very different styles, so there will be something for everyone in this treat of a show. Suitable for those aged 11 and above. ...

28
September
7:45 pm

So You’ve Found Me

SHOWING: Wed 28th September 2022 – Sat 1st October 2022

Blue Bar Productions A bittersweet look at what it means to come out as part of the internet generation. From awkward tinder matchups, through bad relationships, to the very books that saved his life, this is Nemo's reluctant journey to find his letter in LGBTQ+. The show contains strong language and adult themes, and runs for one hour without an interval. ...

4
October
7:45 pm

Honey & The Bear

Folk and roots duo Honey & the Bear combine delicate vocal harmonies with evocative songwriting. Their wide range of sounds, textures, and rhythms range from the fast and furious to gentle ballads. The duo’s emotive songs tell tales of Suffolk folklore, courageous people, a passion for nature - and the odd heartbreak! ...

5
October
7:30 pm

The Raven

SHOWING: Wed 5th & Thurs 6th October 2022

By Pat Whymark Common Ground Theatre Company An excursion into the weird and wonderful mind of Edgar Allan Poe, using film and original music. Glimpses of the man and his life are revealed in the observations of his contemporaries, as well as through Poe’s own words, including his most famous poem of loss and madness, “The Raven”. ...

12
October
7:45 pm

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER

SHOWING: Wed 12th Oct 2022 - Sat 15th Oct 2022

By Oliver Goldsmith Headgate Theatre Productions Charles Marlow and Kate Hardcastle are engaged to be married. So far, so swell, except they've never met… This isn't a problem until the debonair Marlow turns up at an isolated country inn for the night, unaware that it is in fact Kate’s home and believes his future family-in-law are the staff.  When Kate poses as a barmaid to keep up the pretence to conquer Marlow’s heart, a single night of mischief and madness ensues.  A mixture of wit and warmth, this traditional production of a classic comedy is sure to delight! ...

16
October
7:30 pm

Fiat Lux – 40th Anniversary Live Show

Fiat Lux come to Colchester to present their 40th anniversary live show Heralded as Synth-pop pioneers and influencers, this UK trio formed in the early 1980s. They were part of the first wave of British synth pop with a string of Polydor singles getting regular airplay, whilst they toured the UK and Europe in the company of the likes of Blancmange, Howard Jones, Nik Kershaw, John Cale and Level 42. They reformed in 2017 when Universal re- released their back catalogue and they have since put out two new albums much to the delight of discerning enthusiasts who had kept the band’s music close to their hearts,." ...

17
October
7:30 pm

An Evening of Clairvoyance with Ronnie Buckingham

SHOWING: Mon 17th & Tues 18th October 2022

If you're not already convinced about an afterlife, why not come along, listen to Ronnie and let him help you decide? He'll communicate with loved ones in the spirit world and pass on messages to members of the audience with information relevant only to the person concerned. ...

27
October
7:45 pm

Last Shot / Confess

by Christopher Sainton-Clark Raising Cain Productions Last Shot – A famous actor and revered director are filming the Last Shot of their latest picture. The question is, why are they doing this in a village hall? With past misdeeds bought to life, we soon find out why their careers have spun so violently and dangerously out of control. Confess – Martin is a peculiar man, and he wants to hear your confession. He runs a local support group in his village hall so you can share your darkest secrets. However, when two unusual participants turn up confessing things Martin doesn't want to hear, the group becomes a little less supportive. These two pitch-black comedy thrillers are brought you by the up and coming Raising Cain Productions (My Other Half) and are written by Christopher Sainton-Clark to be performed in either a theatre or village hall. See these two 30-minute plays in one night and fall into their dark and twisting narratives. ...

28
October
7:30 pm

50th Anniversary Concert-Colne Endeavour Band

A truly golden evening of music, celebrating 50 years of making music together. With a range of genres from classics to well known songs, as well as highlights from the band’s 50 years. Ticket price includes a free soft drink and slice of birthday cake. ...

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