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

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, starting with - appropriately enough for a New Year - our brand new play, Fresh Start ...

        FRESH START ... 2018

      FRESH START ... 2018

Fresh Start - absorbing, challenging, unmissable!

Fresh Start got its world premiere at a special charity performance at the Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth, on February 8th. The audience feedback was amazing ...

'Go and see this brilliant play. Brilliant acting and so true to life'

Now we're gearing up for the next stop on our tour ... don't miss it!

The Stage Door, Southampton - Wednesday, March 21st and Thursday, March 22nd



It's all about Alice, an older woman whose hopes of escaping her rundown home and her abusive husband are closely linked. She’s got the support of a young man from a property company, and her ever-present neighbour Beryl. But are they all they seem, or is Alice about to jump out of the old frying pan and into a brand new fire?

The play is directed by Kevin Wilson (and written by him under his pen name Heaton Wilson).  He said: “It’s a very difficult and emotional subject, but this play approaches it sensitively and with some touches of humour, too.  Audiences will be engaged from the start, and wondering what is going to happen right up to the end.

Fresh Start explores themes that affect a lot of people, many of whom find it difficult to talk about, even to people they know.  We are proud to be working with The YOU Trust, who are working to tackle this issue in Hampshire and Dorset.”

The YOU Trust said: "We are delighted to be supported by Origins Theatre with their play. Domestic abuse continues to remain vastly hidden within the community and we as a charity are passionate to raise awareness of this crime in many different ways. The play will allow the audience to see the different dynamics in which domestic abuse can take hold of someone’s life. We hope it will help people understand the complexities of domestic violence and abuse and bring the community together to help those affected by it."

You First Dorset and Hampshire are the Integrated Domestic Abuse Service supporting women, men and children within Dorset County, West and North Hampshire;  and in the last year we had over 5000 referrals to our services. We help those living within the community, in refuges, and run recovery groups for those who have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence and abuse.

On tour

After The Stage Door, Southampton, the last stop on our tour is at New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth on March 28th.

LATEST NEWS: We are home at last!

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 rehearsal,s 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.

We’re also pretty excited about re-establishing theatre in Ryde, and having a base means we can plan so much better for the future.

Origins will be staging plays at Aspire, as well as working with the charity to provide opportunities for local people to get involved, on and off stage.

Heath Monaghan, Leader of Aspire, said: ‘It’s a great news for us to have such a brilliant theatre company based here.  It will reach out to a wide audience, and Origins Theatre working alongside our existing activities and services to the community feels a natural fit. It will increase the already huge offer to people both local and from a wider area.’

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

Click here to find out more about this amazing community hub.