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Dringhouses Dramatic Society

Dringhouses Dramatic Society is one of the oldest dramatic societies in York, who during it’s history have performed a wide range of comedies, classic dramas, thrillers, pantomimes, revues and Murder Mystery evenings to delight our audiences. We are a well established drama group who like to put on shows regularly. As a friendly society we welcome people who are interested in drama, plays and murder mystery evenings. This can be either on stage or behind the scenes.

Ebor Players, Bishopthorpe

The Ebor Players were born in Bishopthorpe, near York, in October 1994 by Gordon Watkins, Mick Mills, Tim Bruce and the late Denis Ambler, one wintery night in the Ebor Inn, with the intention of providing the village with its’ own annual Pantomime for the first time in at least 25 years (we’re really not sure!!). It is from this establishment that the Players take their name.


Jorvik Gilbert & Sullivan Society

The Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company is an inclusive theatre Company solely dedicated to performing the works of William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan in the York area. The Company produces full staged productions, as well as miscellaneous concerts and semi-staged (concert) performances.   


Riccallish Allsorts, Riccall

Formed in 1999, Riccallish Allsorts is a local drama group who perform plays and pantomimes at the Regen Centre; their first performance rehearsal taking place the night of the great flood of 2000, which threatened to engulf the centre shortly after it had been opened. They are an open society and always welcome new members either to act or help with stage crafts such as set-building, costume, light, sound, and stage management.The group understands drama is often a new experience for members so do their best to give tasks that people feel comfortable with. Many members have started with small roles and have gradually developed as their confidence and abilities have grown.


Riding Lights, York

Riding Lights Theatre Company is one of the UK’s most productive and long- established independent theatre companies. Founded in York over 30 years ago, partly through the initiative of a city-centre church, the company continues to take innovative, accessible theatre into all kinds of communities far and wide. Our aim is to create unforgettable, entertaining theatre in response to current issues and the hopes and fears of the world we share. While the company’s roots are in a christian ethos, our work is open to everyone, using faith as a springboard to explore all aspects of life.


Rowntree Players, York

Rowntree Players has a very long association with the Joseph Rowntree Theatre. We perform a range of material from plays to musicals and also produce the annual pantomime. We are an amateur society run by our members. As a member of Rowntree Players, you can get involved in either acting or backstage work or simply benefit from reduced admittance to shows.    


Upstage Centre Youth Theatre, York

Welcome to Upstage Centre Youth Theatre & our venue, a bustling arts centre based at 41 Monkgate, only a few hundred yards from York's historic city walls. We run youth theatre activity at the arts centre, show productions from visiting companies and hire out rehearsal, performance and office space.


York Light Opera Company

York Light Opera Society was formed in 1953 to perform the challenging new musicals of the time. In 2003 we became York Light Opera Company Limited for financial reasons, although we remain an amateur group. Throughout our history we have built an excellent reputation for producing shows to a professional standard; and the Company takes great pride in continuing its tradition of bringing brand new musicals to York as well as breathing new life into old favourites. We generally perform two shows a year, the winter show which we are fortunate to perform at York Theatre Royal, and the summer production at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre. For each show we engage a professional producer/choreographer and musical director. The Company has an active social calendar and holds an Annual Dinner, Christmas Social and theatre trips throughout the year.


York Musical Theatre Company

We are York's longest running amateur theatre company and have been making musical theatre in the city since 1902! In our centenary year in 2002, we changed our name from York Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society to York Musical Theatre Company.We perform shows and concerts in venues across the city including York Theatre Royal and the Joseph Rowntree Theatre. There are also a range of smaller events, concerts, festive productions, fund-raising and social events which members are involved in. As one of the leading amateur companies in York we stage a main musical in April/May each year with another theatre production in the autumn.    


York Opera

York Opera is York’s leading amateur opera company. Each year we produce a number of operas, operettas and concerts, including some for charity. Our singers are from all over Yorkshire, and are occasionally even recruited internationally!We sing for pleasure – of ourselves and our audiences – and to critical acclaim. Recent reviews have commented on both the quality of the performances and the enjoyment given to our audiences.


York Settlement Community Players

YSCP (York Settlement Community Players) is a thriving and highly regarded community theatre group, producing both modern and classical plays in theatre venues across York, including York Theatre Royal, 41 Monkgate Theatre, Friargate Theatre and The Basement at City Screen. We are passionate about new writing and work closely with Script Yorkshire (York branch) and York Theatre Royal. We regularly present new writing for the stage and offer public platforms and feedback, so that writers can continue to develop their scripts. YSCP has existed since 1922 and always welcomes new members who wish to be a part of this exciting community group. In the 1950s, a local schoolgirl named Judi Dench became a member of YSCP and performed with the company before heading off to Drama School.  Being a member of YSCP also provides you with the opportunity to gain experience of other vital roles in a theatre company including: Directing, Stage Management, Backstage Crew, Promotion, Fundraising and Front of House.

York Shakespeare Project

York Shakespeare Project was established in 2001, and is committed to performing all of Shakespeare’s known plays in York over a period of 20 years.In addition to staging the plays, the Project aims to provide an educational aspect to each production.    


York Stage Musicals

York Stage Musicals is a York-based theatre company comprised of local performers and production staff. It has gained a reputation for producing high-quality musicals and plays across theatres and performance spaces around York, bringing many hit shows to the City for the first time.


Easingwold Players

We are a theatre group based at the Galtres Centre. Founded in 1989, we produce at least two plays a year.Over the years we have presented a wide variety of drama, from classics such as She Stoops to Conquer, gems such as Waiting in the Wings, blockbusters such as Oliver and Peter Pan and choices reflecting the whims of our directors such as The Cemetery Club, our most recent offering. We have a loyal following in the local community, and we attempt to reach out to all generations. Our casts have often included 5 year-olds working alongside 75 year-olds.


Tongue Tied Theatre, York

TongueTied Theatre is devoted to the collaborative creation of new theatrical works. Through our physically driven storytelling we explore the eternal themes of the human condition by illuminating the simple truths of everyday life.  Ever playful, the company creates deeply imaginative and disarmingly spontaneous theatre that is larger than life but accessible to all. Our productions embrace the artifice of theatre by drawing on a wealth of theatrical languages. From mask to the absurd, we are constantly developing new styles and new stories to challenge both ourselves and our audience.  We seek not only to include and provoke through our productions, but also to engage and educate through our community workshops and educational programmes.

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