Drama AND THE performing arts
Arthur Cotterell Theatre (ACT)
Touring professional shows (drama, dance, music etc). Local professional and community shows and events. Student drama, dance and music performances including BA Drama final performances. The theatre is available for hire. Studio 101 (approx seating 80) is a flexible, fully equipped space that is also available for hire.
Contact - John Davey (Theatre Manager)
Address: Performing Arts, Kingston College, Kingston Hall Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT1 2AQ
Telephone: 0208 268 3061
cornerHouse Community Arts Centre
The cornerHouse is a vibrant community arts centre, run by volunteers in premises provided by the local parish. The centre has a 120-seat main auditorium and a 40-seat studio space. It also has a licensed bar, foyer exhibition area and technical facilities, which are used extensively by local groups and are available to hire for performances and other uses. The cornerHouse host and produce in-house dramas, dance productions, cabaret nights and comedy evenings.
Contact - Ian Davies (Chairman of Trustees)
Crack Comedy Club
Kingston's longest running comedy night, features the best of the UK and international comedy circuit. Past performers include Stephen Merchant, Dave Gorman, Dara O'Briain, Rhod Gilbert, Stephen K Amos and many more. There are shows every Friday and Saturday night, plus a season of Edinburgh Festival previews Sunday nights in June and July.
Founder of both Strut & Fret Theatre Company and Rattling Tongue Theatre Company. Daniel works as an actor and playwright. He is also the founder of Daniel Wain Consultancy.
David Lawson Lean
Freelance drama practitioner and acting coach, working extensively with children in the performing arts and also writing children’s theatre. He is artistic director of ‘Kingston Junior Drama Company’, drama workshop leader for KMAS, and licensed chaperone. He is also an associate of LAMDA and an Equity member.Website: www.dlawsonlean.com
Hinchley Manor Operatic Society
HMOS is an amateur musical theatre company based in Surbiton. They perform two major musicals per year, normally in March and October. Rehearsals take place on Monday for ensemble, Monday and Fridays for Principles and 4 Sunday afternoons closer to the performance.
HMOS also runs a weeks summer workshop for children aged 6-18 years. Starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm every day, the children rehearse a full length musical culminating with 2 performances to family and friends on the Friday and Saturday night. This workshop is normally run at the Corner House during the 3rd week in August.
If you are interested in joining us either on stage, or as a valuable behind the stage helper please get in touch.
Kingston Junior Drama
High quality creative drama leading to public performances. Age range 10-14 years. Established in 2007 for children with a strong interest, enthusiasm and potential in drama.
Kingston Festival of the Performing Arts
A competitive festival for stage dance, pianoforte, music, vocal and speech drama held in November and December. All sections are judged by professional adjudicators.
Due to poor health, our Festival General Secretary and the Secretary of the Speech and Drama Section have decided that they must take a back seat after many years’ work. We need to fill these positions urgently. If anyone is able to help, please contact us.
Contact - David Speed-Andrews
Kingston Vale Operatic & Dramatic Society (KVODS)
KVODS is an amateur musical theatre company based in Kingston Vale for those aged 16 and over. They perform two major musicals per year, normally in May and October. Rehearsals take place on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 8 – 10pm. Membership is via audition.
Young KVODS is an award winning youth section of the adult company for those aged 7 – 16 years. They perform one major musical each year, normally in July, in a purpose built theatre. Rehearsals take place on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6.30 – 7.45pm. Membership is via audition.
Contact - Julie Mills (Secretary)
Teddington Theatre Club - Hampton Hill Playhouse
TTC is one of the leading non-professional theatre companies in the South East of England. Founded in 1927, TTC moved to the Hampton Hill Playhouse, which it owns and manages, in 1998.
The Club includes and welcomes actors, designers, technicians, backstage and front-of-house assistants, and presents eight main house productions and four studio productions a year. We have an open casting policy: anyone who is interested in joining the theatre as an active member is welcome at our casting sessions.
Youth Action Theatre (YAT)
YAT provides an opportunity for any young person aged between 16 and 25 to acquire or enhance their acting and theatrical skills by participation in workshops and productions. Meetings take place two to three evenings a week, rehearsing at Collis School, Fairfax Road, Teddington. YAT puts on three to four productions a year and membership is free!
Contact - Eileen Baker
Address: Hampton Hill Playhouse, 90 High Street, Hampton Hill, TW12 1NY
Telephone: 0844 740 1970
Email: via the website
YADAPA (Young and Disabled and Positively Artistic)
YADAPA run regular workshops for Young Disabled people on Mondays – Drama, Wednesdays – Art and holiday workshops throughout the year.
Contact - Fran O'Brien