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Urban Play

Urban Play offers classes for children and adults of all abilities on a regular weekly basis. Their classes are incredibly popular, lots of fun and highly energetic. Urban Play classes promote fitness and well-being, they encourage confidence and creativity, as well as individuality and originality.

The main dance styles they focus on in their regular classes are street, hip-hop, breaking, locking and popping. All classes start with a warm-up, which is extremely important for injury-prevention and to get the mind focused. Urban Play is passionate about dance and truly believes in the benefits it can bring to people of all ages and abilities.

For more information please contact, call 07914 113 942 or check them out on Facebook or Twitter.



Archway Theatre Company

Archway Theatre puts on 10 shows a year, each for 10 performances, at their 95-seat theatre.

Youth workshops for children and young people from 6 years to 16 run during term time. Workshops for 6-8 years use games and activities to introduce children to drama, focussing on building confidence and communication skills.  In the 9-12 groups, children experience all aspects of drama and theatre, such as improvisation, script work, mime and characterisation.  This is extended and developed in the 13-16 group. Work-shoppers regularly take roles in productions.

To buy tickets or help with front-of-house duties, you must at least be a Club member (£10 a year).  Company members (£25 a year) also put the shows in order to: act, direct, stage manage, lighting and sound, design sets, paint, make or design costumes and assist backstage.

Archway Theatre Company, The Drive, Horley RH6 7NQ.  Tel: 01293 784 398



Chipstead Players Youth Theatre

The Youth Theatre play a vital role in Chipstead Players, and YT members (aged 8 – 21) enjoy activities both on and off stage throughout the year. As well as filling relevant roles in the wide range of dramas, comedies and musicals the theatre produces each year, The Chipstead Players season usually includes two specific shows for the Youth Theatre, one for their younger members and another for the older Youth Theatre teenagers.

These productions are entirely cast and crewed by YT members, with adult Director, Supervisors and Mentors for the backstage technical roles of lighting, sound control, stage management and assisting the Front-of-House Manager. There is also huge participation in the Christmas shows (on stage early January) which alternate between a traditional 'He's behind you!!' pantomime and adaptations of classic tales, calling for singing or dancing talent as well as acting.

Family members are always encouraged to get involved in productions, or as one of the fully trained and CRB checked chaperones, and the group are proud that many Youth Theatre members see the theatre as part of their extended family, and remain part of our community well into their adult life.

The huge commitment and enthusiasm of members also allows the group to run regular workshops at weekends throughout the season, giving the Youth Theatre members a chance to learn a wide range of theatre disciplines, and have lots of fun at the same time. All this is possible because the Players have their own 98-seat theatre where training and rehearsals take place as well as the shows. Overall, they put on a total of seven shows a year, have a membership of some 350 and enjoy a number of social occasions and events.

Anyone aged 8 to 21 and in full-time education pays a reduced membership fee. See the website for details, including a whole section put together by the Youth Theatre.

The Chipstead Players, The Courtyard Theatre, Hazelwood Lane, Chipstead
CR5 3QU.
Box Office: 01737 555680

Facebook: Chipstead Players Theatre Group
Twitter: @ChipsteadDrama



Gatton Community Theatre

Gatton Community Theatre Ltd is a registered charity that exists to create large scale, participatory theatre events by and for communities in Surrey. Its productions take place once every eighteen months. The use of unusual or unexpected locations plays a key part in GTC productions and it operates a truly representative community organisation.

In previous productions performers aged in range from 4 years to over 80 years and actors and musicians came from many diverse backgrounds. The company seeks to expand members’ professional training and development in a wide range of theatre skills and employs professional artistic directors to workshop, devise and direct its productions with a professional technical team. There are no restrictions on membership of the company, we do not charge a fee to belong or participate and it is open to all who are interested in performing arts and would like to become involved - either as cast member, backstage support or steward.

Contact Maggie Kippen, tel: 01737 832757

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Miller Centre Players

Miller Centre Players are a group of nearly 200 people who act, produce and stage up to nine shows a year in a state-of-the-art air-conditioned theatre that opened in 1977 and now has  its own scenery workshop and costume department.

The Youth Workshop runs children’s theatre workshops for those between 8 and 19.

The Miller Centre Theatre, 30 Godstone Road, Caterham CR3 6RA.
Box office: 01883 349 850
Juniors: Rebecca Wall.  Tel: 020 8669 2355




Orbit Shed

ORBIT Shed ORBIT - (Our Reigate and Banstead Inclusive Theatre) Shed was established by the world famous Chickenshed in 2004. The aims of the charity are to advance education in the performing arts in the Borough, in particular but not exclusively targeting young people who are from a disadvantaged background, ethnic minority group or who have a special need.

All children are welcome. They will not only learn performing arts but also will learn teamwork. Their self confidence and self esteem will also increase when they see what they can achieve. The productions that are put on belong to the children and young people. They are the ones who come up with the ideas of what they would like to do, or how they are going to perform a particular piece of drama.

The sessions are run by Chickenshed trained workshop leaders and volunteer practitioners. They are always looking for volunteers to help run the workshops. The person to contact should you be interested in possibly becoming a volunteer practitioner is Sharon Scotton. Her contact details are via email or mobile 07961 948804.

ORBIT Shed hold sessions during term time, at St Luke's Church, Church Road, South Park, Reigate on Tuesday evenings. There are two sessions each Tuesday. The Children's Theatre is from 5.30-6.45 for children aged 7-11 (school years 3-6) and the Youth Theatre is from 7.30-8.45, for children/young people aged 11-17 (school years 7-12).

They try to give a public performance at least once a year. Over the last 7 years their performances have included a number of Gala Performances and the Surrey Youth Theatre Network Festival at the Harlequin Theatre in Redhill, and outdoor performances for the High Sheriff of Surrey at Painshill Park, Chobham and as part of the Reigate Armed Forces and Community Day in Priory Park, Reigate

You can attend one of their taster sessions, which have to be booked in advance. If you would like to book a session, please contact Sharon Scotton via email, or via mobile on 07961 948804. The aim of these sessions is to give potential members an idea of what they are like and what they get up to.

ORBIT Youth Theatre runs the Arts Awards a nationally recognised Level 1 & 2 qualification (GCSE standard) in arts participation and leadership. For further information on the awards, please go to



St Marks Players

St Mark's Players are based at St Mark's Hall, Alma Road , Reigate RH2 0DA, where they rehearse on Monday and Wednesday evenings from September through to May. The group aims to stage at least two productions every year, one of which is likely to be a popular supper show. Productions in recent years have included plays by Noel Coward, Willy Russell, J B Priestley, John Godber and Alan Ayckbourn.

There's always plenty of opportunity to contribute, whether on stage, backstage or front of house. They are currently looking to expand their technical team, so enquiries from anyone with experience in or keen to learn about stage management, sound and lighting will be especially welcome.

So if you would like to be involved with a friendly group of people in putting on a play, contact the Chairman Maureen Peacock on 01737 223272.



St Paul's Drama Group

The group is based in Banstead and aims to produce two full-length plays each year at the Adrian Mann Theatre, NESCOT, Ewell, usually in the Spring and Autumn.

The group likes to enter the Leatherehead and the Southern Counties Drama Festival, the latter being part of the All England Festival. They have had considerable success here and have gone through to the English Finals on two occasions and in 2008 were winners.

New members of all ages are always welcome, whether for acting, backstage, or for any other of the many tasks involved in putting on a production. 
Information: Email:

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Young Oxted Players

The Oxted Players perform at the Barn Theatre in Oxted and always include children in their January pantomimes and also in their plays where the scripts permit. Every other year around March they present a production specifically for the Young Players and the older ones may also be able to help on the technical side with appropriate supervision.

Rehearsals usually take place in the Little Barn behind the main theatre or in the theatre itself as well as in local venues if the cast is large. Every August they hold a week long summer workshop overseen by David Rowan where the youngsters rehearse and perform one of David’s innovative scripts. There is also a February half term workshop in alternate years.

The Barn Theatre which is situated at 25 Bluehouse Lane, Oxted RH8 9DJ next door to Oxted School is the longest established community theatre in Surrey, opened in 1924 and seats 244.

Membership: Fran Chalmers -
Chairman: Jonathan Tull -
Secretary: Pat Brown -
Website: via Oxted Players’ link on Barn Theatre website



Cantamus Reigate

cantamus reigateCantamus Reigate is an ad hoc choir and chamber choir, fixed separately for each concert, that aims to perform to a high standard, but on few rehearsals. Singers are therefore expected either to be competent readers or to know the pieces sufficiently well to be able to cope without lengthy note-bashing sessions. The choirs' main purposes are to have fun by performing worthwhile music well, and to share their enjoyment with their audience; to provide a platform for other musicians; and to encourage younger singers to enjoy the experience of choral singing with adults. They aim to cover their costs, but if they also manage to raise some funds for their hosts, St Mark's Church, Reigate, or a charity, then so much the better. If you want to sing with Cantamus, contact: 01737 213544 or email:

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Music at St Matthew's

With performers sometimes as young as three, musicians of all ages have appeared at the group’s live lunchtime music for the community at 1.10 p.m. every Thursday at St Matthew’s Church, Station Road, Redhill.

Every summer, Lunchtime Music also sponsors a grand Celebration of Youth evening concert which gives a platform to some of the very best young talent.

They are always looking for more young musicians to join with local amateurs and professionals, some from far away or with international reputations, so approaches from schools and private teachers are welcome. No charge is made for admission, but donations are solicited to help with running expenses.

For additional information please go to the website



Reigate & Redhill Choral Society

To encourage young people to join, Reigate & Redhill Choral Society heavily discounts membership fees for students, and a bursary scheme is open to anyone in full-time education. They are a mixed-voice choir, typically presenting four concerts a year in local venues, and draw from a variety of choral works written over the last 400 years, both familiar and unfamiliar.

Email: or phone 01737 772 811



Reigate and Redhill Music and Drama Festival

The Festival holds both competitive and non competitive classes in music, singing, and speech and drama. There are opportunities for both individuals and groups to enter a wide range of adjudicated classes. The majority of classes in the Festival, which runs for 10 days each May, are for young people.

If you are learning to play an instrument, how to sing or are taking speech and drama, then there are classes for you. They cover piano, harp, strings, guitar, woodwind, brass, speech & drama, vocals, music groups and choirs, with classes for different ages and level of experience from beginners to Grade 8 and above.

All classes are judged by professional adjudicators and most performers receive a certificate and adjudication report. Cups, medals and other awards are presented in many classes.

At the end of the Festival, a concert featuring outstanding performances from the Festival is held at the Harlequin Theatre in Redhill. The Festival also holds master classes, workshops and recitals specifically for young musicians.

There is a small fee for each class and applications have to be made between December and mid-February. Entries can be made by individuals or through music teachers and schools.

Secretary, Mrs Chris Upton, 81 Chart Lane , Reigate, Surrey . RH2 7EB.
Tel: 01737 244 837.




Reigate School Youth Section

Reigate SchoolThere are many opportunities to be involved in Performing Arts at Reigate School. In 2012 the school took part in Shakespeare for Schools, Surrey Arts Festival and were winners of the Drama prize at Reigate and Redhill Festival.

Their charity work in the community has included two large concerts at Reigate Baptist Church.They have also recently collaborated with Orbitshed, Epiphany and Reigate Baptist Choir.

GCSE options at the school include Dance, Drama, Media and Music and the end of term performance of We Will Rock You at the Harlequin this year was the end to a very busy year of Performing Arts.

For more information please contact Wendy Farnfield on 01737 229 563 or email

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Redhill Sinfonia

Any young musician of the requisite standard (the group usually ask for Grade 8) will be considered for admission, joining their adult orchestra, one of the oldest amateur orchestras in the country, having been established in 1890.

The orchestra has a membership of nearly 60 amateur musicians and each year performs three concerts (usually at Reigate Park Church or the Harlequin Theatre) of varied repertoire.

Rehearsals take place at 7.30 p.m. on Mondays in Holy Trinity Church Hall, Carlton Road , Redhill.

Chairman: Mark Welling, Hope End, Holmbury St Mary, Dorking, Surrey , RH5 6PE Telephone 01306 731428.


Musical Theatre

Banstead & Nork Junior Operatic Society (BANJOS)

Banjos, the junior section of the main Operatic Society, is open to children aged 9-13 (rising to 9). They meet on Thursday evenings from 6.30 to 8.30pm at the Banstead Institute Hall, Banstead High Street , and are taught one hour of singing and one hour of drama and dance. There is a professionally qualified tutor for each section.

The year comprises three terms of approx ten weeks each: one term for musical-theatre workshops, two terms preparing and performing a show. There is also the opportunity to perform with the adult Society in shows requiring youngsters, for example, a pantomime.

Banjos is supported by the main Society but is self-financing, so fees are paid for attendance.



Woodmansterne Operatic and Dramatic Society

As a result of a group of people getting together to raise money for a new Village Hall some 35 years ago Woodmansterne Operatic & Dramatic Society was formed. From initial modest revues, they now stage major musicals - recent successes include Annie Get Your Gun and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, as well as occasional plays or Revues / Old Time Music Hall with traditional fish and chip suppers.

Their productions are staged at St. Peter’s Church Hall where they design, build and paint all their own sets. A storage facility/workshop unit has recently been added to allow current production scenes to be worked on throughout the full rehearsal period.

WODS now has around 60 members, many of whom come from a much wider area. In addition their flourishing Junior Section, who stage a (usually home-written) pantomime each February, celebrate its own 30th anniversary in 2012 with a production of 'Jack & the Beanstalk'.

New members are always welcome for either (or both) performing or back stage roles and various social activities. For more details, please contact the Chairman, Martin Woodley 01737 361552,

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The youth section of ESPA, called YESPA (formally known as YESOS), is a youth theatre group for 8 - 21 year olds based in Reigate and Redhill. They perform one musical theatre production every summer, and offer three or four all day "Weekend workshops" on Sundays throughout the year.

The workshops are designed to develop the musical theatre skills of their young members, and the society’s trainers are a combination of YESPA leaders and outside expert trainers.The main event of the year is their summer show, which is intensively rehearsed and then performed during the first two weeks of the school summer holidays.

YESPA endeavours to provide the youngsters with as professional an experience as possible. YESPA shows are performed in a professional theatre (The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill), with professional musicians and technicians providing sophisticated light and sound effects.

The YESPA creative team is led by a professional director and performer, and a professional Musical Director, and is supported by other talented and experienced members of ESPA. The youngsters are given a short 'run', being able to perform a full length show four times. This is an unusual privilege for such young performers and is an experience they never forget.

Recent shows have included Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Les Miserables, High School Musical On Stage and Phantom of the Opera.
For information please contact:

Alison Bond 
YESPA Production secretary

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East Surrey Young Embroiderers

Anyone aged 8 and upwards is welcome at meetings, held about every five weeks on Saturdays from 10am to 3pm at 7th Reigate Scouts' Hall, Timperley Gardens, Redhill. If you are younger than 8 you are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Not only do the group learn to embroider, but they also experiment with all sorts of exciting techniques - batik, silk painting, dyeing, making silk paper, felt, beading, using wires and buttons. The group try to complete an object  each time they meet; which might be a book cover, bracelet, quirky creature, picture, cushion etc.

Costs: an annual subscription to the Embroiderers' Guild (due each September) is £7 and includes a magazine called Textile Ideas, plus £3 per day to cover the cost of materials and hiring the hall.

Group Organiser: MrsThelma Cooper, Ross, High Street, Limpsfield, RH8ODR
Tel: 01883 71378



Reigate Photographic Society

The Society is a long-established, friendly and active club with membership open to everyone of any age and experience. New members and visitors from other photographic clubs are always welcome.

They meet on Monday evenings at 7.45 pm for 8pm in the School Room of Reigate Methodist Church, High Street, Reigate , from September until May.

There are specialist talks, competitions for prints and digitally produced images. The Society holds an annual exhibition and there are occasional outings during the summer months.

Membership is £10 a year for students.
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