Events, Auditions & Workshops

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 autumn 2018 production, The Wind in the Willows, to be performed at the Gulbenkian Theatre from the 25th-27th October. 

Auditions and Information Evening

Canterbury Players adaptation of The Wind in the Willows is a well loved story about friendship, resilience and defiance. This contemporary production sees the friends struggling in a modern world of the vanishing countryside. Fast paced, a little scary, this is a story about Rat, Mole and Badger who endeavour to save their friend Toad from ruin and Toad Hall from the Weasels!

Fancy being in a modern energetic interpretation of this classic story?  Want to know a little bit more about the ideas in the directors head? 

Well, come along to the information evening, Thursday 7th June, 8pm in the Senior Staff Common Room, Eliot College, University of Kent.

Auditions - Wednesday 13th and Friday 15th June, 7.30pm, Senior Staff Common Room, Eliot College, University of Kent

Please note you do not need to attend both audition evenings. If you would like to be involved, but cannot make either of the audition dates, or would like further information, please contact the Director, Lisa Nightingale.

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. Audition information to be released early summer 2018

Social Activities

Monthly Social

The Two Sawyers Night is our monthly social 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:

  • Thursday 31st May
  • Thursday 29th June
  • Please note that there is no July social due to the AGM
  • Thursday 30th August
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.  The next AGM will be 27th July 2018, Heaton Road Scout Hut

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:

  • Please note that there is no Play Reading Group over the summer period
  • 21st September 2018
  • 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:

  • Unmasked Comedia Workshop - 24th June 2018. Booking information and cost TBC  

  • Directing and Rehearsals Techniques Workshop  - 22nd September 2018, Aphra Studio, University of Kent. £15 Members / £20 Non-Members. Booking information TBC  

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. Booking information and cost TBC.  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.