Origins Theatre is well known for producing plays that are original and thought provoking, and I.D is very definitely both.

After seeing Souvenir at Quay Arts, I definitely feel five stars is a must. A most impressive slice of theatre, and music, culture, and history too.

Brilliant acting - do not miss Fresh Start: a great play!

Audience feedback keeps getting better and better, and it motivates us to keep improving. That's why we are embarking on our most ambitious programme yet. It began with Fresh Start, which got an amazing reaction at its premiere in Bournemouth in February.

It continued with our ground breaking production of I.D at Quay Arts and Aspire Ryde ... Read the review here.

Now we are excited to bring Fresh Start to the Isle of Wight for two performances - at Aspire Ryde on Tuesday, September 25th; and Shorwell Village Hall on Friday, September 28th. 

Tickets cost £8, and we are sharing the profits with the Island charity, Break the Cycle.

Alice has been married to Bob for 40 years, and they’ve got along. But she hears the news on the radio, and sees it on the television. And she has been wondering … am I a victim of abuse, or is it just Bob’s way when he’s had a few pints?
The chance of a new start in a new house is appealing. But can she really escape?

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Get ready for our very silly sell out Christmas show ...



Last year, we were mighty proud of the audience feedback for our madcap version of the classic tale 'A Christmas Carol'.

 'A Kind of Christmas Carol' played to full house audiences at Quay Arts, and some described it as either 'completely bonkers' or 'extremely silly'... right both times! Now we are preparing for the new improved (by which we mean, even sillier) 2018 version, which we have cunningly renamed 'A Sort of Christmas Carol'.

It's different and dafter.  And it's so good, Charles Dickens has decided he wants to be in it again. But he gets carried away and it all gets completely out of hand. He really should know better at his age.

Book now if you want a night of song, fun, dancing, laughter, bell ringing and chain rattling - not necessarily in that order - as we reinvent (or should that be ruin?) the best loved Christmas story in history. 

Grab tickets as soon as you can! Book online at, phone them on 01983 822490, or pop into the shop.


Origins Theatre has a home at last ...Formed on the Isle of Wight eight years ago, we are now based at Aspire Ryde, and it feels so good to have a roof over our heads!  Aspire Ryde is the perfect place for us, not just because it offers great facilities for our performances and rehearsals but also because it is an important hub for the whole community: and involving and supporting the community is at the heart of what we do.

Aspire Ryde, Dover Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 2BN.