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2 Oxford Road
Essex CO11 1BP
Tel: 01206 391309

The Match Girls

A musical drama by Bill Owen and Tony Russell

Tue 23rd - Sat 27th Octobver 2018

Directed by Kerry King

The Matchgirls musical is a political story of women's empowerment and is quite relevant this year as it is 100 years since the suffragette movement made a difference for women. It focuses on the lifestyle of the women match cutters at the Bryant and May factory in Bow, London who went out on strike in July 1888 to protest about the poor working conditions and severe health threats in the match factory. Essentially it's a musical designed, like all musicals, to tug at the heart strings. This will be a musical that will be fun to be involved in and entertaining to watch.

Box Office

Tickets are now available via the Box Office


Performances start at 7.30pm prompt, the bar will be serving refreshments from 7.00pm and during the interval.


Bouncers and Shakers

by John Godber and Jane Thornton

18th to 23rd February

Directed by Alison Baker and Sarah McCarthy

We are delighted to announce these two iconic plays as our February production. The plays will run on alternate nights to allow our audience to see these companion pieces one after the other, bringng alive the settings of a nightclub and wine bar in the north of Engand in the 1980s. Bouncers features four actors and Shakers four actresses who personify the various characters that populate their working hours.

The plays are poignant, funny and have deservedly become modern classics.

Read Throughs

A read through will take place on Monday 29th October 7.30pm at the theatre. Reading copies are available and audition speeches can be advised.


Auditions for both plays will be held from 7.30pm at the theatre on THURSDAY 1st November. All Welcome


The actors can be of age 18 upwards and the actresses 18 to 40ish.
There will be some choreographed movement involved but not complicated dancing, however the 80s soundtrack will be vital to setting the sense of time and place.

Really terrific parts to show versatility, physicality and verve!


Plays, Pints and Pot Luck!

Friday 5th October, starting at 7pm.

All members are welcome to come along and join in or listen to our next play reading on Friday 5th October. The play to be read is ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ by Agatha Christie. The bar will be open and you are invited to bring along a little something to contribute to a pot-luck supper.

This will be the last Plays, Pints and Pot-luck in this format but there will be future play readings in conjunction with the newly formed play selection sub-committee. Sarah would like to thank all those who have supported the play readings and made them so enjoyable.

Play Selection

To all members, drama lovers, wordsmiths and those who would like an input into the types of plays we put on: we are forming a play selection sub-committee to try and streamline the process of choosing material. Those choices will be put to the full committee to form our future programme.
This will involve a lot of reading, both together and solo resulting in a presentation to aid the committee in choosing an exciting and balanced season of plays, hopefully with a longer lead time so all actors and crew members can plan their involvement and availability further in advance.

If you are interested in being involved in this exciting development please contact Sarah McCarthy 01206 395649 or



Following the success of our Junior Theatre Group, which has now been running for over a year, we are planning to start another group in September for twelve to fifteen year olds. The group will meet on Thursday evenings at the Manifest Theatre from 6.30 to 7.30. There will be three terms a year in line with school terms. The cost will be £10.00 per term plus an annual membership fee of £5.00.

Anybody interested please contact Chris on 01473 328770 or 07860 328770 or email to


Book Club (2018) - Fri 23rd November 7.30pm

Book Club

Four lifelong friends have their lives forever changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club.

Director: Bill Holderman
Starring: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen

Rating PG13 - Comedy, Drama, Romance



Movie Tickets

Tickets cost £5 and are only sold on the door, non members will have to join for an additional £2

Doors open 7pm, showing starts 7.45pm

The Laurel & Hardy Appreciation Society

Regular film nights with Laurel & Hardy

Next Showing

  • Sat 3rd November
  • Sat 8th December

Manifest members are welcome to attend
but ticket price will include a fee to join the
‘Sons of the Desert’.