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2 Oxford Road
Essex CO11 1BP
Tel: 01206 391309

The Thrill of Love

By Amanda Whittington

Tue 12th - Sat 16th October 2021
Including a Saturday Matinee

Directed by Ben Maytham

A hostess in the West End ‘gentlemen’s clubs’, Ruth Ellis works hard, plays hard and dreams of a movie-star life. Yet in 1955, the self-styled ‘blonde bombshell’ is convicted of murder and becomes the last woman to be hanged in Great Britain.

Ruth’s crime is re-examined in the light of the society she lived in and the experiences that led to her shooting her lover. Through the eyes of film noir Detective Inspector Gale – and the haunting voice of Billie Holiday – The Thrill of Love explores the enigma of Ruth Ellis: a woman whose short but explosive life still resonates.

Box Office

Tickets are now available via the Box Office. Members £10 Non members £12

2021 Memberships

We are amending our previous newsletter item as published in November last year. Due to the disruption of our activities last year and this, all 2020 paid up members will be able to enjoy the benefit of free membership in 2021 and 2022. In addition, anyone joining anew or renewing a membership that may have lapsed, will benefit from free membership in 2022.

Christmas Show

Mon 6th to Sat 11th December

We welcome all members who love the Christmas season to come and join us on Monday 13th September to come and hear all about our Christmas production. We would love you to come and share your talents on or off stage , sing some Christmas songs, audition for the mini panto and sketches and have a fun evening together.


Rehearsals will be Monday evenings at 7.30 and Thursdays evenings from 8pm commencing Thursday 16th September. Then after our production of The Thrill of Love in October will continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until production week.

We are SO excited, this will be The Christmas Like No Other

Manifest Junior and Youth Groups

At last, we can make tentative plans to restart our Junior and Youth groups and Amanda, Kate and Chris can't wait to see you all. Providing the Covid situation continues to improve and we come out of restrictions as per the 'Road map', classes will start in September in line with the new school year. However, we are planning to invite all the children and young adults still interested in taking part (all of them we hope) together with their parents, to come for a get together and some fun on stage, as soon as we are able. Hopefully, late June or early July. We are also planning to hold some workshops during the summer holidays for anyone interested.

Until then keep safe and well.