A compendium of theatre groups on the Isle of Wight. (Feel free to contact us to make sure we have all your details)
AdLib Theatre Company
AdLib Theatre Company was founded in 1996 by a group of four friends to be a collective of Island amateur actors. Like most groups, the company has changed over the years, but continues to think about doing things differently. There is no “formal” membership, but people are invited to get involved in projects as they arise.
Between 1997 and 2015 Ad Lib have produced more than thirty five productions & theatrical events, with their “signature” being open air summer productions. The Company have won 3 NODA awards as well as 18 Isle of Wight County Press Theatre Awards.
As we are not a formal ‘membership’ club, our production schedules vary and at the moment there are no plans for an outdoor summer production in 2017. However, our Facebook page will give up to date information, not only about Ad Lib Theatre but also other Island theatre events. We will also regularly share memories of past productions and news of supporters.
The Apollo theatre has been running since 1972. When John and Patricia Hancock organised the purchase of the Methodist church in Pyle Street. With the help of family members, business, friends old and new. They created a theatre full of potential to give the Island great theatrical space and a safe social environment to work in. 40 years later the theatre is still going strong. Putting on productions that are new and exciting. Always looking for new people to join and help. Share knowledge and experience.
Every year the Apollo Players put on a main season of seven shows.
Arreton Community Theatre
Arreton Community Theatre group; producing community-led theatre on the Isle of Wight, to great aplomb!
Bembridge Little Theatre Club
Bembridge Little Theatre Club was formed 35 years ago by a group of like minded friends who wanted to perform plays. In that time the club has presented 70 to 80 varied productions all to a high standard and many have received awards. They have an enthusiastic membership and intend to continue for many years to come.
Cowes Amateur Operatic Society (CAODS)
The Society is one of the longest surviving amdram groups and has been entertaining people since the 1880’s and continues to do so in its own theatre. The group is 100% voluntary and so it relies on its members to get involved with all aspects of running a theatre from being in the spotlight to the mundane jobs, so please help in whatever way you can.
The society also gives you the opportunity to have a go at any aspect of theatre including acting, directing, sound, lighting, set construction, wardrobe, make-up, bar duty, front of house, box office to name but a few. There is also a varied calendar of social events to which members and friends are very welcome to attend.
The Island Savoyards
The company was formed in 1971 primarily to perform Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Mikado” to fill a void at the time on the Island in this particular field of operetta. The first production was such a success it was decided to continue and since then the company has gone from strength to strength.
Nowadays, shows of all types are performed, not just the Savoy Operas but of composers such as Lehar, Strauss, Rodgers & Hammerstein to name but a few. Over recent years, Disney’s epic “Beauty and the Beast” has joined the company’s success story, coupled with a production of “Titanic” marking the event’s 100th anniversary in 2012. In the spring of 2013, “The Sound of Music” raised the company’s profile even further.
The Isle of Wight Shakespeare Company (IWSC)
[including, IWSC MECHANICALS YOUTH THEATRE COMPANY]
We think Shakespeare is the twenty-first century’s most electrifying playwright, and with our extensive programme of workshops, events and productions, we’ll never stop dreaming up new ways to prove it.
The Isle of Wight Shakespeare Company aspires to be:
- A platform for ambitious, creative and unique theatrical experiences
- A space for actors to grow and develop
- A social enterprise with close links to the wider community
- An innovative presence at the heart of the regional theatre ecology
- A home for Shakespeare in the south of England
The Mechanicals is the IWSC’s youth division, giving 11-19 year-olds the chance to take a leading role in classical theatre.
New Strolling Players
Newchurch Drama Group
Origins Theatre Company
Origins Theatre is an exciting theatre company, based on the beautiful Isle of Wight. We are the resident theatre company at The Bargeman’s Rest, The Depozitory in Nelson Street, Ryde, and at Freshwater Memorial Hall; have a base at the historic Chale Church; and regularly stage plays at Shanklin Theatre, and at various venues on the Island and the South of England.
We provide opportunities for people to get involved, and the majority of our productions are therefore ‘amateur’ in the sense that the performers are not paid. However, we have a reputation for delivering professional standards. We perform our re-creation of ‘Charles Dickens: Storyteller’ on a professional basis at festivals and other occasions.
We believe in giving our audiences something new, and in giving people the chance to get involved. So if you would like to join us, as a writer, back stage, front of house or on stage, please get in touch!
The Pepperpot Players
The Pepperpot Players are a small amdram group based on the Isle of Wight in Whitwell and Niton. We welcome new members, whether you want to act or make the tea. We meet on Tues in the village hall in Niton and Thurs in the village hall in Whitwell. Our last production was a play called When the cats away, which was first put on in the village halls and is now due to be put on the stage of Shanklin theatre.
We are currently between shows but are looking forward to the run at Shanklin theatre. For further details contact us.
Red TIE Theatre Company
RedTIE Theatre provides opportunities for the young to develop and grow their drama skills and techniques, as well as providing performance experiences for more ‘seasoned’ actors.
RedTIE Theatre runs weekly drama workshops, produces original Theatre in Education projects and stages several theatrical productions every year.
Shorwell Drama Group
Southbank Theatre Company
South Wight Youth Theatre
South Wight Youth Theatre Group established in 1984 is run by volunteers who actively support children and young adults (9-18 years) in drama, song,dance and musical theatre. This friendly long standing theatre group meet on a Saturday morning at T.C’s Youth Club in Shanklin. Performing at least two shows each year we are always keen to welcome new members to our group.
“Spotlight (IOW) Ltd is based on the Isle of Wight, where our dedicated and experienced team run a variety of educational workshops, a fantastic summer season of professional shows, an incredibly successful pantomime and five busy stage schools for children aged 4-18.
At our theatre schools, everyone from the youngest kids to the older teenagers receives first-class lessons in singing, dancing and acting.
St Lawrence Village Players
Ventnor Theatre Group
Ventnor Theatre Group is an extremely talented amateur theatre company who perform award winning musicals, plays, and pantomimes every year.
The Wight Strollers
The Wight Strollers began life as Nesta Meech’s School of Dance, and has gone from strength to strength over the years with their pantomimes, summer shows and carnival routines.
The annual pantomime is performed at Medina Theatre in February Half Term, and they aim to give as much money as possible to local charities each year.
Alongside the pantomime, the Strollers also participate in the Island carnivals, and their humorous entries have included: Flying Fokkers (2008), Bad Habits (2010) and Prancing on Ice (2011) and Mexican Madness (2013).
The Strollers fund and make their own costumes, build their own sets and have even taken to writing their own scripts to keep ticket prices down; so sit back, forget the recession, and enjoy pantomime at its best!
Over £160,000 donated to many wonderful causes on the Isle of Wight, and counting!
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