2016 will be fun ...!

We are launching a new monthly comedy theatre night in 2016.

It's open to all theatre groups on the Isle of Wight and the emphasis is on fun and laughter. Plus, it's in a pub, so what else is there to say, really?

And just to sprinkle a bit of spice on top, we are making it a competition.  

So, groups can submit a script for a comedy play lasting no more than one hour that, if chosen, they can present as a (well) rehearsed reading!  There will be one a month for six months at The Bargeman's Rest in Newport (or more, if groups submit shorter plays that can make up a one hour programme), and then on the seventh month, there will be prizes!

Simple enough?

We think so, and we're delighted the great people who run The Bargeman's Rest are up for it, too.  We're working on a title for this, and so far, we rather like 'The Bargeman's Jest' ...

We'll be publishing some info about this on Friday October 16 over at www.facebook.com/originstheatre, and we'll print the detailed stuff a couple of weeks later.

Should be a laugh!

Back to The Future

We are proud of the progress we have made in just a couple of years.

And the fact we have needed to change our name to avoid a clash with a national touring company is perhaps a measure of how far we have come! But the new name is significant in other ways, because it takes us back to the future.

Our origins were in the burning desire to provide an outlet for new writing, new plays, new people. So much of everything now is about celebrity, who you know, sure fire box office success, tried and trusted ...

Changing our name reminds us - and you - what we are about. We want to always be at the creative cutting edge, bringing audiences something new, but also doing the same for performers, writers, back stage and front of house people.

The signs so far in 2014 - our Year of Originals - is that we are doing something right.  We have never had such consistently excellent audience feedback, and we are now being approached by people keen to get involved, both on and off stage.

We will never stop learning, and we are bound to make mistakes along the way. After all, isn't that the best way to learn!?

Look out for plenty of new things coming your way - starting with our first musical, Star Prize in October!