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2 Oxford Road
Essex CO11 1BP
Tel: 01206 391309

The Match Girls

By 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 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!

Past Productions


May 2018 - 40 Fabulous Year (Variety show)


Nov 2017 - Talking Heads

Jun 2017 - Glorious

Mar 2017 - Lady In The Van


Nov 2016 - Scrooge - The Musical

May 2016 - A Different Way to Die
May 2016 - Tagged

Apr 2016 - Accolade


Dec 2015 - The Christmas Fairy Tale

Oct 2015 - The Railway Children

May 2015 - Roleplay

Jan 2015 - Quartet


Oct 2014 - Jack The Ripper

Jun 2014 - Dead Reckoning

Mar 2014 - The Real Inspector Hound / Orca the Goldfish


Dec 2013 - Ali Baba and The Faulty Thieves

Oct 2013 - The Final Act (murder mystery)

May 2013 - The Heiress

Feb 2013 - Wife After Death


Oct 2012 - The Boyfriend

May 2012 - Dead Guilty

Feb 2012 - Are You Being Served?


Oct 2011 - Rebecca

May 2011 - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Feb 2011 - Duets


Oct 2010 - Pygmalion

Jul 2010 - A Blow to the Head (murder mystery)

Jun 2010 - Outside Edge

Mar 2010 - Blood Brothers


Nov 2009 - 70 Girls 70

Jun 2009 - ‘Allo ‘Allo

Mar 2009 - Barefoot in the Park


Dec 2008 - Aladdin

Oct 2008 - Pack of Lies

Jul 08 - Death by Radio (murder mystery)

May 2008 - 2 One Act Plays

Feb 2008 - Our Town


Oct 2007 - The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 years

Sep 2007 - A Hundred Years of Entertainment

May 2007 - Steel Magnolias

Jan 2007 - Snow White

2006 - 1979

Full details of these past performances can be viewed here.

Awards and Nominations

We 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 Awards

The Manifest Theatre has been nominated and collected several awards during the history of the group. See the full list here -->

Our Productions

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.