All-England Theatre Festival

THE LADYBIRDS at Western Area Semi-Final at theMERLIN THEATRE, FROME on SATURDAY 7 MAY 2016

Best performance EVER! But up against very stiff competition we didn’t *quite* make it to the final but adjudicator’s comments were amazing and even in the announcement of the winner, Tish Wells’ performance was highlighted yet again. Well done Ladybirds! The perfect way to bow out. Emily

CTG Winners (again)

CTG Ladybird competion winner

Colyton Theatre Group in the All England quarter final of the One-Act Play Festival

CTG Ladybird PicDear Friends

Thank you for all the enthusiastic messages of congratulation following the success of The Ladybirds and Sailors Beware.

We now have details of the quarter final of the All England Festival, also to be staged at the Blackmore Theatre, Exmouth.

The Ladybirds is on first in the evening followed by a group from Bovey Tracey who will be performing Departure by Stephen Smith, a comedy with deeper tones based on the author’s experience of being stuck in an airport lounge, this explores reactions by optimistic and pessimistic families. The other groups involved are St. Austell Players (play title not known) and Stage by Stage youth group, Exmouth with The Perils of Pauline, who take part in the afternoon performance.

Obviously, we would be thrilled to have some support in the audience for our next round. If you can clear the space in your diary…
Box Office number is 07905 761485, Theatre number is 01395 27668.

Sue Whitell (Secretary, aka Babs in Ladybirds)

CTG Award Winners

13001061_10153437922275843_6824858232850738885_n 12963861_10153437922280843_71677213885457554_nWe are thrilled to be coming home from the Exmouth Festival of One Act Plays with not one but FOUR trophies! Best Director for Margaret Smith for Ladybirds, Best Actress for Tish Wells for Ladybirds, Most Exciting Presentation for Sailors Beware… And… BEST PLAY for The Ladybirds! The TOP prize!
We also had nominations for Jeanette Sutherland for Best Actress, Debbie Meakin for both Best Actress AND Best Supporting Actress, a block nomination for the whole cast of Sailors and Ladybirds for Best Diction and I think I’ve forgotten one or two but who can blame me! Well Done cast and crew and our award-winning director! Quarter-finals here we come!!!

Sailors Beware and The Ladybirds

CTG Sailors Ladybird Poster FINAL

Out of Tune – Performing Arts Workshop

CTG Elaine's event C

Sailors Beware is back. Now in Colyford on 9 January 2016


CTG Sailors Beware Poster (Colyford)

Sing Dance – Performance Workshop




Newsletter October 2015

CarnivalColyton Carnival -The harbinger of autumn, Colyton’s Carnival week, has come and gone. Those of you who made it to the streets to watch the carnival procession will know that the Theatre Group was well represented with a show of colourful and imaginative costumes worn by members of the group who had their display illuminated, serenaded and advertised by the car leading the way. Our carnival play was a great success. We had a full house, the performance was first class and very well received and the excellent supper was swiftly and efficiently presented by the lovely wenches on duty that night.  We were pleased to receive compliments on both the performance and the supper. If you missed the performance, there will be another opportunity to see it. You will not be able to benefit from the same supper, unfortunately but read on and discover another great opportunity for a meal out with friends.

dancingColyton Theatre Group Dinner and Dance  – Saturday, 12th December at the Victoria Hotel, Sidmouth  – £30 per head (with a special rate of  an additional £40 for overnight accommodation) We expect  to offer transport for those who would like it, at an extra cost to be announced when numbers are known. This event is offered to paid up members and their partners on a first come basis. If you would like to secure a place, please contact Emily Thomas on 01297 551478. She will require your name and your £10 deposit by the 16th October and will need to know if you require transport. Please contact the hotel direct if you wish to book overnight accommodation.

ShakespeareEvenings with Shakespeare- In Colyton Library at 7.30pm on the second Monday of every month, there are evenings with Shakespeare. Come and get familiar with the great bard and with all the enjoyment his plays have to offer. For information please contact David Clarke. On 01297 552289.


Readers theatreAn evening of two one act plays – Thursday 18th – Saturday 20th February  2016 Colyton Town Hall  (More details to follow). Margaret Smith will be happy to hear from budding actors and actresses, experienced or with no experience. Anyone with commitment and enthusiasm is welcome. Contact Margaret on 01297 23171

booksThe Play Reading Club on the 4th Monday of every month in Colyton Library. This is a chance to take part in a dramatic experience from the comfort of a chair! Come and enjoy a social evening and a read through of some interesting and entertaining plays.

Half term – We would like to offer an event for our junior members during half term. Some suggestions have been workshops for singing/acting/dancing skills or a trip to the Northcott Theatre. We need to know what our members would like and whether any members wish to take part in helping with such an event. Please call Sue Fouracre on 01297 552915 with your ideas and your offers of help!

Entertaining Angels will be occupying the stage at Colyton Town Hall from the 6th to the 9th of July, so make sure you have the date in your diary. Look out for further details and for news of auditions in a future newsletter.

Theatre MasksWe are keen to attract more directors and will be happy to hear from anyone who wants to give this a try. If you are interested, but feel you need to polish up your skills before ‘going it alone’ please get in touch. We would like to offer shadowing opportunities for a variety of the roles needed in putting on a performance. This would give people a chance to see what is involved and discover the skills needed. You might find you are a natural so if there is a budding director, stage manager or stage hand inside you, give Sue Fouracre a call. (number above)

We have another way of giving you a chance to become more involved. We are looking for a social secretary who could assist with gathering ideas and organising events to allow the group more opportunities to get together on an informal basis.

Unfortunately, we have to postpone the Revolting Rhymes event.

Keep an eye on your newsletter and come along to meet new people and get involved in as many ways as you can.

If you have any general queries about anything in this letter, please contact Sue Fouracre on Colyton  01297 552915. Sue, as most of you know, is the Chair of the Theatre Group Committee and she will be pleased to hear from you.

Lyn Henley, 12 December 1941- 27 September 2015

sLyn_6006363Members of Colyton Theatre Group will be deeply saddened by the recent death of Lyn Henley. For more than twenty years she has been at the heart of every aspect of our activities. A memorable actress; we recall her roles in Blithe Spirit, Steel Magnolias, The Dresser, Katherine Howard and many other plays. She was also an often inspired director of many pantomimes and, with her husband, Drewe, of more serious works as well. She was a choreographer, organiser of social functions, a committee member for years and, recently, our Chairman.

Although Lyn carried the burden of caring for Drewe she never refused to take on any additional work for CTG if asked and always with that warm sense of humour which was so typical of her. We shall miss her.

David Clarke (President)

Lyn’s funeral will be held in Combpyne on Monday, 19 October at 2pm. Lyn’s family has requested that, where possible, this is to be a cheerful occasion and would prefer black not to be worn. All are welcome.