Although our first love may be theatre, here at New Stagers we take every opportunity to get together.
From workshops and read-throughs to socials and theatre trips, there are lots of ways to get involved and join in the fun!
Below are just some of the opportunities to engage with us and do check out the full Q&A below to see all of the many ways you can get involved!
Q: You guys seem great! How do I find out more about New Stagers?
A: We regularly host new members evenings where you can come along, meet the group, and attend a rehearsal! Please email membership to find out about the next event and any upcoming auditions.
Q: How do I join?
A: There are no auditions to join our group. We encourage newcomers to meet us at a rehearsal, you can see our facilities and get to know us. If you want you can then get involved straight away with whichever production is in rehearsal; prompting, making props, costumes, painting/constructing or simply by making the tea!
Q: And if I want to audition?
A: For every show we hold open auditions which are advertised on this site, and we regularly cast newcomers. You don’t have to be a member to audition. However, if you do get cast, you will then be asked to join as a member.
For more about auditions visit our auditions page.
Q: Where and when do you rehearse?
A: Our rehearsal schedule is Tuesday evenings 8.15-10.15pm and Sunday afternoons 4pm-8pm at St. Anne’s Church Hall. The rehearsal period for each show is approximately 12 weeks.
Q: I don't want to act, can I still join?
A: Of course! It takes all sorts to put on a successful production and the critical people are often working behind the scenes. So if you don’t fancy learning lines of text but still want to be involved, get in touch!
Q: What benefits do I get as a member?
A: As a member you can be involved in every aspect of staging a production from directing, acting, stage management and production through to more technical areas such as lighting, sound, costumes and set build/design.
You will get free entry into all New Stagers' shows, monthly newsletters, invites to all the socials, an opportunity to be part of New Stagers yearly new writing program and access to workshops and play read-throughs. Plus, as part of the group you are invited to the AGM where you have a say in how the group is run and deciding on our yearly show schedule.
Q: Are you guys friendly?
A: Yes! We are a very friendly group. All our members are encouraged to take part as they wish in any area, regardless of experience. This means that, even if you’re not acting, you can still be involved in a production. Apart from the shows, there is a very good social scene, including fancy dress pub crawls, an annual dinner, biannual awards ceremony and regular trips to the pub after rehearsals. Many members join for the social side, and if you’ve recently moved to the area it’s a great way to get to know people.
Q: yes! I want to join how much is it?
A: Subs are £84 per year (contribution if unwaged), payable £7 monthly by standing order. You start paying from the next due month after you join (unless you accept a role in a show immediately on joining – in this case, the monthly amount is payable before your first rehearsal).