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2 Oxford Road
Essex CO11 1BP
Tel: 01206 391309

Dear Members

It is with great sadness we have to inform you that Jan Watkins, who served on the Manifest Committee and was elected as Social Secretary at this year’s AGM, passed away on the 30th July.

Many of you will remember Jan for her performances on stage but she was also a driving force behind the scenes. Jan started our youth group this year and made it a success. She also directed the very successful Lynn Brittney short play, ‘A Different Way to Die’ in 2015 which picked up the award as part of the best drama production in our district from NODA as well as no less than four awards in the Brantham Play Festival last year. The Manifest Youth Group evenings will resume in October.

See you at the theatre!

Make-a-Wish Charity Musical Evenings

The recent production ‘Songs From the Musicals’, organised by Ryan Maslen, a Make- A-Wish Foundation ambassador, raised £1,200 for the charity over the two nights. Thanks to all of you who came to support this worthwhile cause.

Manifest Theatre Junior Group

We hope to be starting a Junior Group for children ages 10 to 14 years on 20th April between 5.30 & 6.30pm. Each child will need to pay a yearly membership fee of £5 and then £10 per term.
This is a great opportunity for your child to learn the art of stage craft! If you wish to put your childs name on the register or find out more details please contact Jan Watkins 07917 831023.


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Past News

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We are proud to announce that we have won a
Noda Award for Technical Achievement for the set
from the production of Dead Guilty, Glyn Hill’s first
full Manifest production. Well done to all those


North Essex Theatre Guild 2014/15

  • King Costume Award - Jack The Ripper
  • Jean Jones Award for Set Design/Construction/Dressing - Jack The Ripper
  • Technical Achievement - Lighting & Sound in Jack The Ripper
  • Best Young Actor - Malachy Lockie as Daniel Mendoza in Jack The Ripper
  • Best Actress - Nancy Dines as Marie Kelly in Jack The Ripper
  • Collyer-Smith Marine Trophy for Best Musical - Jack the Ripper directed by Kerry King
  • The Terry Sadler Memorial Trophy for Front Of House - Manifest Theatre Group
  • Costume Award - Roleplay
  • Set Design/Construction - Quartet & Roleplay
  • Lyndon Trophy for Technical Achievement - Roleplay
  • Best Supporting Actress - Helen Bridge as Arabella in Roleplay
  • The David Knight Shield for Best Actor - Paul George as Justin in Roleplay
  • Best Actress - Alison Baker as Julie-Ann in Roleplay
  • The Doris Griffith Memorial Cup for Best Production - Roleplay directed by Val Taylor

View the full list of our awards & nominations -->

Website updates

Sept 2017 - updated all pages and added several production and photos.