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25
May
7:45 pm

Beautiful Thing

SHOWING: Wed 25th May 2022 - Sat 28th May 2022

Colchester Pride Players by Jonathan Harvey Beautiful Thing is a gentle and hugely optimistic play. Teenagers Ste and Jamie are next door neighbours on the Thamesmead Estate in South London: Jamie is being bullied at school, and Ste is being bullied at home. When it all gets too much Ste seeks refuge at Jamie’s and their awkward but joyous relationship develops. Underscored by a Mama Cass soundtrack, this play perfectly captures the wonder of first love. Strong language - suitable for ages 12+. ...

26
May
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Headgate Young Company Session 5

WEEKLY SESSIONS: Thurs 21st April - Thurs 2nd June 2022

Headgate Young Company is back! Are you aged 16 - 21 and keen to build up your 'actor's toolkit'? Workshops run from 7pm until 9.30pm each week Age range: 16 (Year 12) - 21 years ...

27
May
10:45 am

Limber and Stretch

WEEKLY SESSIONS: Fri 22nd April - Fri 15th July 2022

If you are put off exercising then our “Limber and Stretch class” is the one for you! Come and join us on a Friday morning with our fitness instructor Louise for some gentle limber and stretch exercises, the class will focus on flexibility, co-ordination, cardio and balance. You can do as much or as little as you wish! At the end of the class, there will be refreshments and the chance for a chat! ...

29
May
7:45 pm

Kelly Bayfield & David Edward Booth Live at The Headgate

Kelly Bayfield & David Edward Booth Live Plus special guest Roisin O’Hagan Kelly Bayfield brings a perfect blend of classic Laurel Canyon singer-songwriters and folk singing traditions from both sides of the Atlantic. Her voice has the power to reduce any room to pin-drop quiet and she emerges into 2022 with a debut solo album of emotional depth, musical breadth and songwriting maturity. Her close collaborator and producer David Edward Booth writes songs of deep authenticity and poetry, delivered with a rich, down-tuned guitar and a weathered, unpolished honesty. Kelly and David will be playing songs from both their catalogues, along with new tracks they wrote together for Kelly's album. ...

30
May
10:15 am

ACT V

Act V have been meeting now for 25 years - and get involved in all things theatre! Our weekly sessions at the Headgate run on Monday mornings from 10.15am- 1pm in our friendly, supportive environment, and are open to those aged 50+ (or thereabouts!). As usual there will be a range of topics covered in the sessions. Gari Jones will be exploring the play Road by Jim Cartwright, and Richard Bland will be taking the group through some of the themes of Ben Hur – the play which he is directing in Castle Park later in May. Other facilitators are yet to be confirmed. There is no workshop on Monday May 2nd ...

4
June
7:30 pm

A Saucerful of Floyd

A Saucerful of Floyd is a Pink Floyd Tribute with a difference. Saucerful of Floyd portrays the music of Pink Floyd in a more traditional, authentic light with four musicians representing the four members of the original band along with a more intimate but powerful light and laser show along with all the desired sound effects and amazing music taking the audience on a journey from where it all began at The Piper at the Gates of Dawn to where is all ended at The Division Bell. ...

8
June
7:45 pm

From Page to Stage

SHOWING: Wed 8th June 2022 - Sat 11th June 2022

Colchester Operatic Society Enjoy reading? Love theatre? Then you’ll love this novel concert about musicals based on books! Whether you’re a fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber or Stephen Sondheim, some of the most popular, and most loved musicals are inspired by or based on works of literature. Colchester Operatic Society’s ‘From Page To Stage’ pays homage to just some of these great works. ...

15
June
7:30 pm

Mosquitoes

SHOWING: Wed 15th June 2022 - Sat 18th June 2022

Headgate Theatre Productions by Lucy Kirkwood It’s 2008 in Geneva and science is on the brink of one of its greatest discoveries, the elusive Higgs boson, the fundamental particle that explains the universe. Alice, a physicist, is poised for a career-defining moment, but chaos reigns at home. As the world’s largest particle accelerator powers up, the family triggers its own high-energy collisions. Lucy Kirkwood’s lightening-paced script is both funny and terrifying, a tough and tender family drama that reaches for answers to the biggest questions for all of us. Contains adult themes and strong language. Some flashing lights. ...

Poster for the rescheduled stop messin about show featuring Simon Kingsley as Kenneth Williams
19
June
3:00 pm

Stop Messin About, A celebration of Kenneth Williams

Simon Kingsley A night of fun and laughter as the late, great Kenneth Williams takes to the stage. Retelling some of the wonderful stories from his life. Filled with songs, this is a biographical cabaret. Kenneth will be brought to life by Simon Kingsley, who has played the role in many productions of ‘Cleo, camping, Emmanuelle and Dick’ by Terry Johnson to the world premiere of ‘Orton’ the musical in London. This show is suitable for all ages and the perfect walk down memory lane ...

20
June
7:30 pm

An Evening of Clairvoyance with Ronnie Buckingham

SHOWING: Mon 20th June 2022 - Tues 21st June 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. ...

22
June
7:30 pm

From Ricotta With Love – A Tale of Young Horatio Shirts

I Hear Voice Theatre Company A tale of young Horatio Shirts: ex-army officer, naive spy and hopeless romantic. In this rollicking, comedy adventure, set across Europe in the 1930s, our hero is on the trail of a fiendish plot involving deranged scientists, the Catholic church and a great quantity of cheeses. Who can stop this unholy plan? Will Shirts find true love? Why is there a vat of fondue in the Vatican? Find out the unlikely answers to these implausible questions in an exciting new show from Colchester’s silliest theatre company. This is a live recording of an audio play. ...

24
June
8:00 pm

MC Friday night Magicians

Impresario and magician Martin Cox presents a cabaret evening of laughter and wonder. Join a trio of world-class magicians whose very different and unique styles of magic will provide something for everyone in this treat of a show. Suitable for those aged over 11 years. ...

29
June
7:45 pm

God of Carnage

SHOWING: Wed 29th June 2022 - Sat 2nd July 2022

A comedy By Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton The Reject Theatre Company When eleven-year-old Ferdinand hits eleven-year-old Bruno with a stick in a playground punch-up and knocks out two of his teeth, the combatants’ enlightened parents decide to meet to talk things over civilly. But once the niceties are done with and the drink starts flowing, it is the parents who turn into spoiled brats. ...

3
July
7:30 pm

Spandau Too Tribute

More than 40 years of hits from Spandau Ballet in one fantastic evening. Spandau Too takes you on a magical trip down memory lane with top numbers like ‘To Cut A Long Story Short’, ‘Through The Barricades’, and ‘Lifeline’, plus all their biggest hits, such as ‘Gold’ and ‘True’. ...

13
July
7:45 pm

Silly Cow

SHOWING: Wed 13th July 2022 - Sat 16th July 2022

Colchester Theatre Group A slick and razor-tongued comedy. A vicious review journalist is being sued for professional slander whilst on the rise to her own stardom. If she can keep the toy boy, the drugs and the bondage gear tightly locked up she just might get away with it. Contains some strong language (suitable for 12+). ...

20
July
7:30 pm

The Time Machine

Adapted from the classic tale by HG Wells Don’t Go Into The Cellar! Join acclaimed actor Jonathan Goodwin in this original one-man adaptation of the classic H.G. Wells time travel tale. An authentic and faithful take on the source material, scripted by Jonathan Goodwin and co-directed by Goodwin and Gary Archer. Brought to you by Don't Go Into The Cellar! Victorian theatre with bite! ...

22
July
7:45 pm

Shades of Simon

The Paul Simon Story This refreshingly new 5-piece band presents a two-hour show in tribute to Paul Simon - one of the best songwriters and performers of his generation. With an engaging narration, exceptional musicianship and authentic renditions of the best of his songs from Simon & Garfunkel through to Graceland, this is a show that will appeal to all generations. ...

8
August
9:30 am

The Wizard of Oz Musical Theatre Workshop

RUNNING: Mon 8th Aug - Fri 12th Aug 9:30am-4:30pm

THE WIZARD OF OZ Based on the story by L. Frank Baum HEADGATE THEATRE WORKSHOPS Travel down the yellow brick road with us this summer to tell the story of the Wizard of Oz! This musical theatre workshop provides opportunities to dance, act, and sing. Participants will also be able to explore other genres of theatre, including mime and puppetry. The workshop promises to build new skills, form friendships and give everyone the opportunity to perform. On the Friday afternoon there is a presentation for families in the Headgate Auditorium. The workshop is for young people aged 8-16. £125 (early bird discount £110 – if booked before 1st July) ...

13
August
3:00 pm

Pygmalion

SHOWING: Sat 13 August 2022

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
4:00 pm

The Jungle Book

SHOWING: Wed 17 August 2022

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

TRISH DUNN VENTRILOQUIST/COMEDIAN “Hide The Crazy” is an evening of comedy escapades presented by ventriloquist Trish Dunn and a whole cast of “characters” (puppets/dummies). Trish’s ‘friends’ bring side splitting humour to the Headgate with their views on everyday life, all the while hoping to expel “The Crazy”. Suitable for ages 14 and over. Tickets: £10 ...

Lark rise to candleford poster
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 ...

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