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 2017 production, The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow, (based on the story by Washington Irving and written by John Heimbuch in collaboration with Jon Ferguson). Audition dates are Saturday 1st July, 10.30am and Thursday 6th July, 7.30pm. There is an information evening on Thursday 15th June, 7.30pm. Full details are on the production page.  

Our next Production is Talk, by Mark Wilson. “Hell must be a heart filled with unheard stories…” Bethlem Royal Hospital, the Criminal Wing for the Insane. 1854. Two Doctors, Charles Hood and George Haydon, are angered by the cruel, inhumane treatment of patients. They struggle to reform old fashioned attitudes with more a progressive outlook. In a time blighted by NHS cuts to mental health care, Talk is at once a scathing rebuke of treatment of the mentally ill in the past, and a moving and thought-provoking story about how we inter-relate and connect with one another in the present.  Talk will be performed from the 27th-29th July, Marlowe Theatre Studio. Tickets are £11.25 (concessions apply) and available online and from the Box Office 01227 787787.

Play In A Weekend is a new addition to our annual calander of events! If you enjoy improvisation, being creative, having fun and coming up with brave new theatre, or just don't have the time to commit to one of our other plays, then this is the event for you!  The group of about 20 will meet at 9am on Saturday 18th November, and at 5pm on Sunday 19th November they will perform their production to an audience of Canterbury Players Members, friends and family. This promises to be fast, fun and creative theatre without the pressure of a long-term commitment.  The weekend will build upon the techniques learned at the Showstoppers Improvisation Workshop in May and attendance at it would be helpful, but not essential. Available to paid up Members only. Booking essential and details will be confirmed nearer the time.

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 Friday of every month at The Two Sawyers Pub Canterbury from 8pm.  The Two Sawyers is located on Ivy Lane, behind Waitrose in Canterbury.  There is free carparking in the evenings in the side streets nearby, and a large pay and display carpark which is free after 9pm opposite the pub.  Members, Non-Members and people who wish to meet us for the first time and find out a bit more about us are all welcome

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 7th July 2017 from 7.30pm at Wincheap 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:

  • 19th May 2017. Plays to be read are: Blythe Spirit by Noel Coward, Outside Edge by Richard Harris and Amadeus by Peter Shaffer
  • 21st July 2017, 
  • 15th September 2017
  • 17th November 2017, 

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!

Christmas Party

Replaces the December Monthly Social and is our annual festive knees up!  Bring your appetite and your best festive cheer!

Workshops

The Canterbury Players are planning an exciting series of workshops in 2017, 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. The programme includes:

RSC Shakespeare Voice and Text -  SOLD OUT 4th February 2017 from 10am - 4.30pm at the Scout Hut on Heaton Road, Wincheap and will be led by Royal Shakespeare Company voice coach, Michael Corbidge. The day will focus on freeing the voice and approaches to unlocking and performing Shakespeare’s text. Places for the workshop are limited and booking/pre-payment is essential. Costs for this workshop are £10 for members and £20 for non-members. In the first instance, email Sarah to book and for payment details at: canterburyplayers2013@gmail.com

Singing for the Stage -  SOLD OUT 18th March 2017, 10am-3pm, Wincheap Scout Hut, Heaton Rd.  Led by the professional opera singer Trevor Alexander, the day will focus on encouraging and developing singing for the stage. No previous experience is required, simply enthusiasm, as Trevor is experienced with working with a wide range of abilities.  £5 Members / £10 Non-Members. Book here

Showstoppers Acting in Improvisation - 21st May 2017, 10.30am - 5.30pm, Wincheap Primary School Infants School Hall. Showstoppers are an Olivier Award winning company of musical theatre and comedy improvisers, performing all over the UK. Most notably at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in London's West End. This workshop aims to take people out of their stage based comfort zone, encouraging bravery and confidence in performance. This promises to be a very entertaining and rewarding experience and will teach you to really push yourself as a performer. This workshop is an acting workshop focusing on improvisation techniques and aims to take people out of their stage based comfort zone  Please note that there are no kitchen facilities at the venue so you may wish to bring a flask of something hot with you.  £5 Members / £10 Non-Members. Book here.   

Trestle Theatre Masks - 10th June 2017, 10am-midday, Wincheap Scout Hut, Heaton Rd.  Led by Caroline Lamoon, this workshop will consist of a physical ensemble warm-up and then the group will exploring physical dynamics and physicality linked to characterisation. Principles of mask work are explored practically which then leads to putting all this into practice through improvised and rehearsed scenarios with the masks.  Masks are provided and are full face Trestle Theatre masks which are non-verbal.  This workshop is brilliant for exploring characteristation and emotion through your body and movement alone, with no speech or facial expressions allowed.  £5 Members / £10 Non-Members. Book here