Events, Auditions & Workshops


If you are interested in Directing in our 2019 season, then please email

A reminder that to be eligible to direct, you must be a paid up member and have been actively involved in at least 2 prior productions, either as an actor or as part of the backstage, technical or directing crews.

If this is the first time you have directed, or you are just a bit nervous, we will allocate a dedicated Committee Member to support you and can also look at providing you with an experienced Assistant Director.

The dates for the 2019 season are as follows:

  • Whitstable Playhouse - 7th-13th April 2019
  • Marlowe Theatre - 29th July - 3rd August 2019
  • Gulbenkian Theatre - 4th-9th November 2019

We are happy to consider any genre of play (just a reminder that we don't 'do' musicals though, although music can be incorporated into our productions), and we will check to make sure the rights are available for you before we commit to it. The Committee will consider all submissions after the AGM on the 27th July


There are a number of events and social occasions that anyone can come along to

Auditions and Productions

Our next Auditions will be for our summer 2019 production, TBC

Our spring 2019 production is looking to be something a bit different this year. The Committee are still ironing out the details, but rest assured that there will be something for everyone, new and old members alike!

The 2018 Production Season:

  • 5th-7th April 2018, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard. Directed by Roanna Bond and Kasia Senyszyn and performed at The Playhouse Theatre Whitstable. 
  • 19th-21st July 2018, Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibson. Directed by Sally Elkterton and performed at the Marlowe Theatre Studio. 
  • 25th-27th October 2018, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. Adapted and directed by Lisa Nightingale and performed at The Gulbenkian Theatre. 

Social Activities

Monthly Social

The monthly social is where all the Members and Non-Members can get together for a drink and a catch up.  Occurs on the last Thursday of every month at The Unicorn Inn, St Dunstan's, Canterbury.  There is free carparking in the surrounding streets and a large pay and display located nearby at Canterbury West Station. All welcome, including people interested in finding out more about us!

Dates for the next monthly socials are:

  • 27th September 2018
  • 25th October 2018
  • 29th November 2018
Annual General Meeting

Our AGM occurs once a year in the summer and is a celebration of the successes of the previous year, as well as where we elect any new Committee Members.  T

Play Reading Group

The Play Reading Group is a chance for people to get together and read plays without the pressure of committing to a long term production.  Anyone can submit a play to the Play Reading Group by emailing us (please note that the person who submits the play must also provide at least 8 copies of the 1st Act for people to use) and afterwards, if someone wants to direct it, we discuss if the play is one that the Canterbury Players should consider producing. Most Play Reading submissions are just for the pure fun of reading new plays though! Play Reading Group happens on the third Friday every other month, in Keynes Staff Common Room, Keynes College, University of Kent, starting at 7.30pm until 10pm. Dates of the next Play Reading Groups are:

  • 21st September 2018 (playwrite themed)
  • 23rd November 2018

Directions: Keynes College, University of Kent. From Canterbury West direction go up University Road and it is the first left after the bus stop. If you reach Giles Lane you have gone too far. From Tyler Hill direction go down Giles Lane and turn left at the junction of University Road. Take the next right into the Keynes car park. The car park is free after 5pm. To access the Common Room, go through the Keynes glass atrium and through the double doors at the end by Reception. Follow the corridor around to the right (past the lift), go straight ahead and go up the staircase next to Dolche Vita and K-Bar. The Common Room is through the black door next to the men's toilets at the top of the stairs, opposite the Keynes Atrium Gallery. Push the door - it looks like it is locked but it won't be!


The Canterbury Players are planning an exciting series of workshops in 2017-2018, using some of the money donated to us by the RSC during the Dream 2016 project. The member price to do these will be subsidised from the ‘RSC Fund’ and members will get a priority booking window of opportunity before any remaining spaces are opened to non-members at a non-subsidised rate.  Follow the links for booking information.

Up and Coming Workshops:

Directing and Rehearsals Techniques Workshop  - 22nd September 2018, 10am-2pm, Venue TBC. £15 Members / £20 Non-Members. Whether you've directed, considered directing, or just wondered what a director does, this workshop is for you! Mark Hayward, Co-owner of touring comedy company The Pantaloons, takes us through his tips and tricks for creating innovative and effective directing and rehearsing practices. Learn how to develop ideas from a text, build productive and open dialogues with cast and crew, and creative rehearsal techniques for directors and actors alike. There are only twenty five bookable places for this Workshop so make sure you book your place quickly, and register your details. Upon registering, you will be provided with details of how to pay. There will not be any possibility of simply arriving on the day without booking a place and expecting to take part, so you must ensure that you book using the link above

Finding The Character Workshop - 24th November 2018, 9.30am-5pm, Venue TBC.  £12 Members / £17 Non-Members. Delivered by the Artistic Director of The House of Fun Theatre, this workshop will examine some of the different strategies we can use for finding that character and lifting them off the page.  It will look at widening the range of characters that we feel we can play and will consider techniques for accessing them. Participants will find ways to deconstruct, demystify and analyse a character in order to rebuild them in a way that can be played effectively and with truth. Using games, exercises, improvisation and script work, the participants will meet some very interesting people… and then get to take them home! This workshop is of particular benefit to those who have not had the opportunity for formal training in drama. There are only 20 bookable places for this Workshop. To book your place on this workshop and receive details on how to pay, click here