Origins Theatre is an exciting theatre company, based on the beautiful Isle of Wight. We are the resident theatre company at The Bargeman's Rest, The Depozitory in Nelson Street, Ryde, and at Freshwater Memorial Hall;  have a base at the historic Chale Church;  and regularly stage plays at Shanklin Theatre, and at various venues on the Island and the South of England.

We provide opportunities for people to get involved, and the majority of our productions are therefore 'amateur' in the sense that the performers are not paid. However, we have a reputation for delivering professional standards.  We perform our re-creation of 'Charles Dickens: Storyteller' on a professional basis at festivals and other occasions.

We believe in giving our audiences something new, and in giving people the chance to get involved. So if you would like to join us, as a writer, back stage, front of house or on stage, please get in touch!


Origins Theatre was founded by Kevin Wilson in 2012. He discovered play writing after coming up against writers block and trying something new. He took up acting because he thought it would help improve his writing. Stage credits include The Visit, Rattle of a Simple Man, Absurd Person Singular, Herbal Bed, Alphabetical Order, Penelope, Inspector Drake, Hard Times, Hamlet, My Boy, The Winter's Tale, Music on a Distant Shore, and many weird and wonderful parts in between.

After his success doing public readings of A Christmas Carol, Kevin is now available to book for his authentic re-creation of 'Charles Dickens: Storyteller', in which - with the aid of a custom designed wig and facial hair - Kevin becomes Charles Dickens and reads extracts from his many stories.

Kevin founded the Origins Theatre after his first play, Sins of the Past, was staged at the Apollo Theatre and Shanklin Theatre, to excellent feedback. He regularly directs plays, including On the Bridge, which was performed in November 2013 at venues on the Isle of Wight, and in London and Southampton; Agatha Christie's The Hollow, and Appointment with Death, at Shanklin Theatre.

He also directs his own plays, including The Truth Untold (now published by Stagescripts), Warzone, and Wake, and is currently working on a heavily abridged version of Shakespeare's The Tempest.