It is January 1662. William Shakespeare has been dead for more than 45 years. Many of the secrets about how he wrote his plays have been buried along with his bones in the church at Stratford-upon-Avon. A new vicar, curious about Shakespeare's plays, is sent to the town. He seeks out the person who still has first-hand knowledge of the Bard, Shakespeare's daughter Judith Quiney.
Run by Amy Cudden (Professional Actor and Lecturer at LAMDA), this workshop will introduce participants to the basics of acting in front of a camera. We will explore techniques and work with material in order to become confident on screen. Participants will be working with scripts, either their own (3-4 minutes) or one supplied, which can be sent out beforehand. There will also be a session on 'self-taping', covering technical requirements, and how to present your best work for the highest chance of success.
£60 for both days (£35 self-taping workshop only - Sunday 2.00-4.00pm)
A mother and son duo get inadvertently shipped in a container from London to Morocco with nothing but their pajamas. The adventure takes them through Spain and France on a journey to get home and rebuild their rocky relationship.
Tickets: £10, £8(conc)
An evening of Musical Theatre brought to you by the young students of Frinton's Stagestruck Academy including songs from 'Dear Evan Hansen' and 'Mary Poppins Returns'.
Tickets: £12.00, £10.00 (65+)
"Cinematic, Orchestral Pop" is a phrase not used frequently by bands to describe their sound, yet for The Ollie West Band this fits perfectly. Formed in 2014 by singer, songwriter and pianist Ollie West, this Manchester based ensemble is creating unique music that transcends genre and the generic ideas of the pop band. With influences as far spread as Elbow and Billy Joel to the Cinematic Orchestra to Claude Debussy, the band's instantly recognisable sound has been praised by the likes of Neil McCormick and Dean Friedman.
Tickets: £12, £11 (OAP, FTS, under 16's, jobseekers)
As We Forgive Those tells the story of two estranged sisters, Alex and Sophie, who meet again in unusual circumstances. Gradually, their tentative reconciliation is threatened when Jen, Sophie's roommate and friend, shakes Sophie with a revelation about Alex that leaves her - and the audience - reeling. Written in 2011, it's a sharp, terse and darkly comic play that explores the pain of the past, the struggles of the present, and our hopes for a better future. Advised for ages 14+, due to adult themes and some strong language.
Tickets: £6, £3 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)
The British Clarinet Ensemble has performed extensively in Great Britain, Europe, the USA and Japan as well as recording some highly acclaimed CDs. Under its conductor Charles Hine it presents varied and entertaining programmes including original works and classical favourites.
Tickets: £8, £6 (OAP, FTS, under 16's, jobseekers)
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.
Using the guitar and the oud (a traditional lute from the Middle East), Stefanos Tsourelis transports his audience on an authentic and exciting journey involving a unique fusion of Mediterranean music and jazz. In this mixture of musical styles and influences, Stefanos draws on his experiences of life in both Greece and London.
Tickets: £14, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)
Come and join Mersea-based singing group, Amoroso, for a feast of delicious music. The evening is presented as a three-course dinner menu. Appetisers feature a collection of swing & jazz, the hearty entrée course consists of a selection of contemporary classical delights and the naughty desserts are full of life and vitality! Backed by an eight-piece band, Amoroso will tempt you with three completely different courses of choral music to nourish your soul.
Theatricool Acting School present their first ever show! The Twits is about the misadventures of two terrible old people who enjoy playing nasty tricks and are finally outwitted by a family of monkeys. Meet these revolting humans in a series of short plays adapted from Roald Dahl's famous children's book.
Tickets: £10, £8 (OAP, FTS, under 16's, disabled)
Platform Musicals are celebrating their 25th anniversary with this special concert that highlights 100 years of Musical Theatre and Operetta. Featuring selections from Franz Lehar's "The Merry Widow", the shows of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerome Kern and many more! A musical treat from the talented Platform singers that is not to be missed! A donation will be made to the Barnardo's children's charity.
DOT Productions Youth Groups perform their summer show full of scenes, sketches and silliness!
A dance and song spectacular featuring some of Colchester's most talented performers. A fusion of ideas and styles, from tap to contemporary and street to musical theatre. With songs spanning across decades, this promises to be an enjoyable performance for all ages.
Tickets: £15, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16's, disabled)
Four couples - three bedrooms! Alan Ayckbourn's clever uses of time and space makes this an intricate and sophisticated comedy. Trevor and Susannah are trying to salvage their marriage, but their problems spill over into those closest to them. Beds, tempers and routines are all ruffled as they try to sort things out!
Tickets: £13, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)
Trevor Johnston-Thurston returns to the Headgate Theatre accompanied by a live band. In this cabaret show, Trevor will be performing a selection of his favourites from musical theatre and pop, including numbers from Les Misérables, Kinky Boots, and Dreamgirls, as well as songs made popular by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Elvis Presley.
Stapled to a Chicken emerge from the lab, having brewed yet another comic formula; this time they're stimulating your funny bone by tackling Science and Health. Putting their finest material under the knife to organ-ise their sharpest show yet, this year's comedic yield is as pure as they've ever produced! Strong language, may offend.
Mad Hatter celebrate their 10th anniversary with a collection of favourite songs from all their previous productions. Featuring an incredibly talented troupe of performers from Mad Hatter's past, present and future.
Tickets: £14, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16's, jobseekers)
Alice falls asleep on the train to London and wakes up at a station where she sees a white rabbit disappearing into the distance. Then she finds herself in the West End, where a series of chance encounters lead her to realise what is most important in life. Using songs from popular West End musicals, this workshop will help develop performance skills and confidence for all ages.
£120 per child. (Early booking discount available, Full information and application form available from the Box Office)
Blessed with a rich voice and superb sense of swing, Kevin Fitzsimmons explores songs by cool jazz artists such as Sergio Mendes, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson and Ramsey Lewis. He also performs some inspired new jazz re-workings of songs from pop hit-makers of that period - from The Beatles, The Kinks and Burt Bacharach, to Ray Charles and Joni Mitchell.
"Unique interpretations, superb presence, a brilliant gig" - (More Opinions/JAZZ NIGHTS
"Fantastic, what a great voice!" - Sir Trevor McDonald
"Impresses greatly" - UK VIBE (Jazz Culture Online)
Tickets: £14, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16's)
Lucas and Albert ("a double act with gonads") is the story of two ageing hitmen who have been put together on what could be their last job. The film is a black comedy thriller with twists and turns that will keep you guessing as you accompany Lucas and Albert on their journey.
Tickets: £10, £7.50 (OAP, FTS, under 16's and jobseekers)
The Dashwood sisters have very different approaches to their love lives. Elinor has much more sense, but Marianne has a great deal of sensibility. With its heroes, heartbreak, debonair villains and a dashing duel, this adaptation will have you falling in love with Jane Austen's classic novel. A cast of five actors and DOT's renowned comedic style make this comedy of manners a production not to be missed.
Matthew Morgan-Stevens (Director, Actor, Lecturer in Acting) invites those with a passion for directing (from novice through to experienced!) to this practical two-day workshop focusing on a number of techniques for approaching text both inside and outside the rehearsal room. The aim of the workshop will be to introduce participants to a variety of ways of dealing with text (and actors!) and explore how to get the most out of rehearsals. Participants are encouraged to bring material from past/future directing projects, although scenes will also be provided if you're not currently directing!
Matthew trained at East 15 Acting School and, after a few years of touring theatre and festivals, found himself teaching at Colchester Institute on both the Acting and Musical Theatre courses, where he has directed a whole range of productions from full-scale Musicals to devised pieces on-board the Colne Lightship! He is currently studying for an MA in Actor Training and Coaching at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Recent experience includes: Assistant Director 'Of Mice and Men' (UK Tour), Director of Tom Allen's 'Life/Style' (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Assistant Director 'Living History' (East 15 Acting School). Workshops with John Wright, Philippe Gaulier, Mel Churcher, Sarah Davey-Hull, John Gillett and Brigid Panet.
Cost: £60 for both days
For this year's Roman River Music Festival, we welcome back trumpeter Paul Higgs, whose original compositions for 'Pavane' blur the boundaries between classical and jazz. Each piece shows us a new soundscape, and the exquisite sound of Paul's trumpet transports us through each one in turn. From the sense of romantic longing in ' Simple Truth', through the rising elegiac quality and counterpoint of 'Crystalline', to the haunting mystery of 'Catalonia', 'Pavane' takes us on an inspiring musical journey.
Paul Higgs (Trumpet), Andy Watson (Classical Guitar), Natalie Rozario (Cello), Chris Ingham (Piano), Jerome Davies (Double Bass), George Double (Drums).
Tickets: £15, £13 (conc)
For one night only, this first-rate band will bring to life the sounds of Britpop legends The Kinks. Waterloo Sunset, You Really Got Me, Sunny Afternoon ... They're all there, alongside many other Ray Davies classics in a night not be missed if you like your 60s swinging. Support will come from THE MOD SQUAD, who will be performing a set of mod floor-fillers to get the party started.
Valli looks at the amazing music of the voice of the Four Seasons, in this solo show featuring one of the UK's leading solo Frankie Valli tributes you will be taken on a journey through some of the biggest hits ever written 'Big Girls Don't Cry, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, December 63, Can't Take My Eye's Off You' and many more!
Tickets: £14, £12(conc)