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17percent

Highgate

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a new networking organisation for female playwrights
17percent is a social enterprise which aims to redress the gender imbalance of plays being produced in the UK, by providing women with opportunities to develop as writers, through peer-to-peer networking and educational opportunities, championing womenís achievements in the theatre, promoting female writers and providing positive female role models and inspirations.
We will do this through:
1) Peer to peer education, networking and support: A series of education and networking opportunities including courses, feedback and mentoring.
2) Promotion of female playwrights: To promote the work of female playwrights amongst the UK theatre industry and to audiences, new and existing, through promotion of their work, and education about their work, including the creation of a comprehensive searchable online database of UK female playwrights from Aphra Behn to Polly Stenham. We will instigate a new short festival of plays by women.

Acorn Theatre Company

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Palmers Green
57 Ridge Road, Winchmore Hill, London N21 3EJ

Acorn Theatre Company is an amateur dramatic society based in Enfield, Palmers Green, North London N13. We present a pantomime and musical annually at the Intimate Theatre, with the profits from these productions donated to local registered charities. Since we were founded in 1989, Acorn has been donating proceeds from our productions to local registered charities. Our total donations are now over £64,000. In July 2011 we donated £2500 to Quest Media (Edmonton Baptist Church, Charity Number 1128147) at our 22nd Annual General Meeting. This will help them to purchase new video equipment for their youth outreach media project.
We have an active social life and many extra activities to get involved in such as Face Painting, Backstage Work, Costumes. Why not join us for our next production? Feel free to contact us for further information about the group and auditions for our current show.
acorntheatre@aol.com

Act One Pantomimes

Hammersmith

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AKS Performing Arts

Central London

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Aldersbrook Players

Wanstead

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Alexandra Players (The)

Alexandra Players
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Charlton

The Alexandra Players is an amateur theatre group based at the Alexandra Hall, Bramshot Avenue, London SE7. Charlton is a small area in the London Borough of Royal Greenwich, nestled among Woolwich, Blackheath and Greenwich. We have members from across South-East London and even Kent. We produce at least three shows a year, usually in half-term and we showcase a wide variety of theatrical forms and eras.
Dramas and Comedies and occassional Panto
Rehearsal nights are Wednesdays and Fridays
All ages welcome, for Acting, Back Stage, Front Of House
alexandraplayers@gmail.com or on twitter @AlexPlayersSE7

All Saints Chorus & Orchestra

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West Ham Parish Church, Church Street, London E15 3HU

The All Saints Chorus and Orchestra was formed in 1994, and is a community choir. Membership is open to all and there are no auditions. We have a reputation for performing concerts of the highest standard in Newham, the area in which we rehearse and perform. We are a charity, registered number 1111845.
Our repertoire of music is extensive, ranging from the 15th century to the current day. Included are the great works of many major composers. The chorus enjoys a good social life outside the rehearsal room and our annual weekend away provides the perfect opportunity to rehearse, socialize and relax.
The All Saints Orchestra is a mix of seasoned professional players featuring instrumentalists from many of the major London orchestras. Together with the Chorus and our dedicated group of acclaimed soloists a wide audience is given the chance to experience great music in the historic setting of West Ham Parish Church.
We are a friendly community choir. There are no auditions and no prior musical experience is required. Anyone who wants to sing is heartily welcome.
We meet on Tuesdays during term time from 8pm until 9.45pm

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Alliance Dance Unit

Alliance Dance Unit
www.alliancedanceunit.co.uk

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West London

We are a West London Performing Arts company specialising in Urban/Hip-Hop dance styles. Our aim is to bridge the gap between self doubt and self belief, giving individuals the motivation and direction needed in order to progress. Over the past 5 years, we have worked with 100's of people from all ages and backgrounds. Our network continues to grow both on and off the stage and is made up of individuals of various ages, abilities and ethnicities.

We have turned nervous dancers into bold performing artists in a short space of time. It's really great to see students progressing and working as a team... striving to complete certain tasks throughout the year.

Over the years, our commitment has earned us various awards and accolades some of which include "The vInspired Bringing Communities Together Award, National Federation of ALMO's Award and the Family Heroes Award."
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ALRA

ALRA
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ALRA South, The Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, John Archer Way, London, Greater London, SW18 3SX

ALRA is a drama school with a proven commitment to providing the highest quality Acting and Directing training. Based in both London and Wigan, Greater Manchester, with Silver status in the Teaching Excellent Framework and an international reputation for providing comprehensive, rigorous training, ALRA is one of the top destinations for students wishing to follow a career as an actor or director.
Our drama training covers acting for camera from the very first week. Students also study movement, voice, a wide range of acting techniques, text, stage combat, TV presenting, radio, dance, singing - in short, all of the elements required to work as a professional actor.
Our drama training includes BA (Hons) courses in Acting, Foundation courses in Acting, Postgraduate and MA Acting and Directing courses.

Contact: info@alra.co.uk or via our website or social media

Angel Shed Theatre Company

Angel Shed Theatre Company
www.angelshedtheatre.org.uk

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Islington, London, N70SP

Angel Shedís vision is that every child, regardless of disability, income or background be given the opportunity to shine in the performing arts. We are a fully inclusive theatre charity, providing specialist opportunities for children otherwise excluded from this kind of activity.
We run theatre sessions every Thursday at the City and Islington College, Camden Road. We have a children's theatre group allowing children up to 5-7 to take part on Mondays from 5-6pm and a children's theatre session from 5.30pm - 6.45pm (age 7-11) and a youth theatre session from 7.30pm - 8.45pm (age 11-16) and we also work with 16+ young people and train them up to be inclusive theatre practitioners.
Angel Shed has a subscription of £100 per term, but support initiatives are in place.
The artistic team at Angel Shed write and direct their own plays each term inspired by the membership.
Contact Details:
E - info@angelshedtheatre.org.uk
W - www.angelshedtheatre.org.uk

A - City and Islington College, 444 Camden Road, London, N7 0SP

ARTISTS THEATRE SCHOOL

ARTISTS THEATRE SCHOOL
www.artiststheatreschool.com

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West London

The Artists Theatre School was founded in 1995 by actor Amanda Redman MBE. and is a unique concept in drama school tuition.

Classes are given on a Saturday by professional working artists with recognised speech and drama qualifications, drawing upon a wealth of experience gained in film, television & theatre including the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal National Theatre and West End theatre productions.

Students also learn from visiting experts about all aspects of theatre and acting, including voice production, song, mime, movement, improvisation, stagefighting, dance, text study and interpretation, prose and poetry. Along the way they develop self confidence and communication skills, as well as an increased knowledge of literature and theatre.

Every year Amanda Redman directs and end of year Adult Showcase performance at Questors Theatre in Ealing to which Agents and Casting Directors are invited.
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Associated Studios Performing Arts Academy

Associated Studios Performing Arts Academy
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The Associated Studios London, The Hub St Albanís Fulham, Margravine Road, London W6 8HJ

Professional Development and Training for Actors, Musical Theatre Performers and Opera Singers.
The Associated Studios is one of Britainís leading Studios for performers. We offer one-off workshops and intensive courses throughout the year in Acting, Musical Theatre, Opera and Commercial/Popular Music.
Our participants range from fully trained, professional performers to talented, aspiring performers. Our programme is tailored to fit around the busy working performerís life.
Subscribe online to our newsletter to receive regular updates on workshops and courses or by e-mailing info@associatedstudios.co.uk.
The Studios have the Patronage of Sir Tim Rice, Jeremy Irons, Timothy West, Rory Bremner and Jeremy Herrin.

Back End Productions

London

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Balletomane

Croydon, Lewisham, Bromley, Lambeth, Hackney

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Barnes Community Players

Barnes Community Players
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Barnes

Founded over twenty-five years ago, the BCP is an amateur theatre company in Barnes, London SW13. We are a friendly, inclusive group and welcome newcomers of all ages, with or without experience. Our aim is to produce great theatre for audiences to enjoy whilst having as much fun as possible along the way, and to support our community by donating profits to local deserving causes.
The BCP currently stages three shows a year in two local venues, with productions ranging from straight plays and comedies to musicals and pantomimes. We achieve consistently good results and are particularly proud to have received awards for our acting, directing, set design and costumes. Itís not all hard work though! We also hold play readings, run workshops and organise social events including theatre outings, parties and, of course, visits to local pubs.
The BCP would love you to join us, whether you want to perform on stage or get involved behind the scenes. How about directing or producing, set design, costumes, lighting, sound, set painting, set construction, choreography, prop making, make-up, stage management, publicity or front of house? There really is something for everyone, so whatever your area of interest, come aboard!
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BBDS (Barclays Bank Dramatic Society)

Ealing

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Beaufort Players Drama Group

Ealing

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Friendly well-established drama group in Ealing, west London.
We currently have over 35 members of mixed age, mainly ranging from mid-20s to 30s and membership is open to anyone over 18 years of age interested in acting and/or back-stage activities, for which previous experience, although welcomed, is not essential. We would particularly like to hear from anyone whose main interest is in set construction.
We meet every Wednesday evening from 8.00pm onwards in the Hall behind the Church of the Ascension in Beaufort Road, Ealing. We perform at least two major 3-Act productions a year as well as Murder Mystery plays, occasional revues and 1-Act play evenings.
From the church car-park, walk around to the back of the church and come up the two or three steps into the hall by the small green door.
If you'd like to be part of this thriving and expanding Drama Group, please contact us. Why not pay us a visit - we can promise you a warm welcome, a decent cup of tea or coffee and no pressure to join . . . .
. . . . so come on, what have you got to lose? We're waiting to hear from you!
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BELLOW FELLOWS

BELLOW FELLOWS
www.bellowfellows.com

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Angel

We meet on Tuesday evenings in Angel, N1 from 7.00-8.30pm
Bellow Fellows really is open to any man. A common story from new singers is their fear of coming along to the first session, but then how glad they were to bite the bullet by turning up.
Many of us haven't sung since we were at school; the good news is that no experience is required to turn up and you do not need to be able to read music.

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Belmont Theatre Company

Belmont Theatre Company
www.belmonttheatre.co.uk

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Herts

Belmont Theatre Company (originally known as Belmont Players) was formed in 1946 as the drama section of the Belmont Community Association. Its first public performance, Charity Begins in 1947.
We performed in Harrow until 2007 when we moved to Watford and now put on all our plays at the Pump House Theatre. We do 3 shows a year ranging from the occasional musical to comedy, drama, farce, thrillers etc. Rehearsals take place in Carpenders Park.
Recent shows include Ladies Who Lunch, Pardon Me Prime Minister, Stepping Out and Sitting Pretty which won several awards at the Barnet and District Drama Festival.
In addition we have a lively social scene and participate in many other special events. In order to maintain our previous high standard of productions, Belmont Theatre Company is always looking for new members to act, work backstage (including lighting and sound) or with Front of House.
Contact via website or email Membership membership@belmonttheatre.co.uk

Bermondsey Voices

Bermondsey Voices
www.bermondseyvoices.co.uk

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Bermondsey

Bermondsey Voices is a community choir in Southwark. We're a friendly bunch of people singing our hearts out every Tuesday evening at 7:30 in St James Church on Thurland Road around the concer from Bermondey Tube Station.
We are not a church choir and sing a varied reperoire consisting of all kinds of genres.
You are very WELCOME!
For more information email info@bermondseyvoices.co.uk

Beyond Theatre

Beyond Theatre

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Chelsea

Beyond Theatre was founded as The Chelsea Players in 1959 and the present company is proud of the roots which give us fifty years experience on the London theatre scene. In the first half of 2013 we have an exciting season with something for everyone Ė works by Laurie Graham, William Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde and new plays from Kevin Lee and Yasir Senna provide great roles for actors, opportunities for technicians and entertainment for audiences. Get involved or just enjoy!
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Big Dance

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Central London

Big Dance is the UK's biggest celebration of all types of dance, for all ages and all levels of ability.

Big Time Academy

Big Time Academy
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Library in Mill Hill

BTA is a professional productions company and performing arts school starting from 16 months, offering Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap, Drama, Singing, LAMDA, Holiday Camps and Family Shows
Big Time Academy offers training in the performing arts for people aged 6-16 years, 16-21 and 21+ at all levels of experience. In partnership with Petite Performers Mill Hill, a pre-school dance and theatre school, we also offer classes aged 16 months-6 years.

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Bishopsgate Institute

Bishopsgate Institute
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Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH

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Blackheath High Drama

Blackheath High Drama

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Vanbrugh Park, London SE3 7AG

Drama Department @ Blackheath High School. Interested in all aspects of theatre, playwriting and drama teaching.

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Bob Hope Theatre

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London

The Bob Hope Theatre / Eltham Little Theatre is a local theatre venue hosting many local musicals, plays, pantomimes and other events. Come along and support your Local Theatre
Email office@bobhopetheatre.org.uk

BOSS Acting School LTD.

BOSS Acting School LTD.
www.bossactingschool.co.uk

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SOUTHWEST LONDON (Venues Include - Wimbledon, Earlsfield, Battersea)

B.O.S.S. (Be On Stage & Screen) is an acting school based in South West London, founded in 2020 by professional actors: Jennifer Brooke and Samantha Shaw.

B.O.S.S. teaches children of all ages the skill of performance on stage AND screen, as well as offering an exciting insight into behind the scenes. Our classes reflect the technological world we live in by giving children the chance to not only learn to perform in front of a live audience but to bring that performance home digitally.

B.O.S.S. creates an exciting, safe and creative environment for children to express themselves freely.
We pride ourselves on giving our students the highest level of professional training whilst incorporating a fun and dynamic experience for all. At B.O.S.S. we encourage communication, courage and creativity to help children grow to their full potential and know they can achieve anything!

Every child is special in their own unique way, at B.O.S.S. we want them to showcase this and love who they are.

Contact: 07405 938 500 / bossactingschool@gmail.com via our website or social media

Brent Opera

West Hampstead, London

Brent Opera was founded in 1921, and its performances have continued annually without a break for eighty-four years.
Originally an evening class named 'The Kilburn Polytechnic Vocal Music Class' and later 'Wilesden Operatic Society', BRENT OPERA settled on its present name in 1990.
In 1998 the company changed its main performing venue from Brent Town Hall to St Andrew's Church in West Hampstead, where it also rehearses.
BRENT OPERA put son two fully staged, costumed productions a year. In the summer the company peforms an Operetta or Operatic excerpts and in the winter a complete opera. Both seasons run for four evenings, and are double cast.
The company also holds regular social evenings.
For information about the company and auditions for future performances please contact us

BROS Theatre Company

BROS Theatre Company
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Hampton Hill

Join BROS TC and you wonít regret it. You will become part of a very special society which prides itself on producing high quality shows again and again. Many of us have been members for decades. We have made life-long friends and have relished the opportunity to try our hand at a variety of roles both on stage and behind the scenes.
If you are a performer, do not be afraid to audition for our next production. We always cast at least one, sometimes several, new members in our shows. If you are unsuccessful in your first audition, there are many ways you can be involved in the current show and then try your hand again next time. We have an exciting programme of shows ahead.
People are pleasantly surprised how quickly they become part of the team. If you are lacking in confidence or skill, BROS is a great place to learn and improve: many of our members have professional qualifications/experience to share. If you would like to direct or act as production manager, choreograph or musically direct, we\íd love to hear from you. BROS TC always welcomes new talent.
If you are not a performer, you may like to get stuck in making/sourcing costumes, designing/building set, managing props, sound or publicity. Perhaps you\íd like to be on the stage crew or front of house?
Even if you do none of those things; enjoying our social events, attending some rehearsals and joining the theatre trips are very good reasons alone to join BROS TC.
Email: boxoffice@brostheatrecompany.org
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