2 Oxford Road
Essex CO11 1BP
Tel: 01206 391309
The Match GirlsBy Bill Owen and Tony Russell
Tuesday 23rd to Saturday 27th October
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.
Bouncers and Shakersby 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 ThroughsA read through will take place on Monday 29th October 7.30pm at the theatre. Reading copies are available and audition speeches can be advised.
AuditionsAuditions for both plays will be held from 7.30pm at the theatre on THURSDAY 1st November. All Welcome
CastThe 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!
May 2018 - 40 Fabulous Year (Variety show)
Nov 2017 - Talking Heads
Oct 2013 - The Final Act (murder mystery)
Jul 2010 - A Blow to the Head (murder mystery)
Jul 08 - Death by Radio (murder mystery)
2006 - 1979Full details of these past performances can be viewed here.
Awards and NominationsWe were delighted to receive two very prestigious awards from the North Essex Theatre Guild at their 2015 awards evening in September.
The Doris Griffith Memorial Cup for Best Production, ‘RolePlay’, was collected by the director, Val Taylor and the Best Actress in a drama, award went to Alison Baker for her wonderful portrayal of Julie-Ann in that same production.
Previous AwardsThe Manifest Theatre has been nominated and collected several awards during the history of the group. See the full list here -->
Although an amateur group we pride ourselves on our professional approach and are dedicated to achieving high standards in all our productions.
Our enthusiastic and talented cast and crew have won many awards over the years; most recently the 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 involved.
We aim for three productions a year - usually a Comedy, a Straight Play and a Musical (although this can vary). We use different Directors/Producers for each production as well as a Stage Manager and a hard-working team of Lighting, Sound, Make-up and Wardrobe technicians.