LEADING the cast will be the lovely Natalie Cassidy who we all know as Sonja Jackson in BBC1’s EastEnders and more recently in BBC1’s Dancing on Ice. Natalie will play the Fairy in this year’s Pantomime and will be joined by the return of West End star Wain Douglas as our Dame who has been a favourite with the audience at the Thameside Panto in recent years.
THERE WAS a host of awards given out at the Thurrock Drama Festival at the Thameside Theatre on Saturday night. The festival ran over eight nights and illustrated the depth of acting talent across the region.
As their entry into this years Thurrock Festival Southend based company Lindisfarne produced one of the finest performances to grace the Thameside stage The History Boys is a play by British playwright Alan Bennett. The play premiered at the Royal National Theatre in London on 18 May 2004. Its Broadway debut was on 23 April [...]
THE NEXT seven months at the Thameside Theatre will see a huge variety of acts treading the boards at the Grays theatre. Here is a selection of the acts set to perform.
THURROCK DRAMA FESTIVAL 2013 Sunday 2nd June 2013 sees the start of the Thurrock Drama Festival and already audience figures are likely to be up, this is mainly due to the fact the Thameside Complex has been revived and refurbished to a high standard. After its successful run at the Thameside last week the host [...]
DO YOU want to be part of the most spectacular Pantomime that has ever been staged at the Thameside Theatre? Polka Dot Pantomimes and Thurrock Council are presenting a GIANT of a Pantomime for 2013/2014 in the shape of Jack and the Beanstalk – a great hit with all the family whether you are 3 or 103 years old! It runs for 53 performances between Friday 6 December 2013 to Sunday 5 January 2014.
ON Saturday, we spoke to Zambian writer, Grace Chama-Pupe who was one of the invited writers at the Thurrock Writers Festival. Grace’s book is entitled “Me and my mum” and charts her relationship with her mother as dementia takes a hold of her. You can find the book on amazon.
If you thought Frank Drebin in ‘Naked Gun’ was incompetent then wait until you see Detective Inspector Cecil Drake at work on a murder case at the Thameside next week Thurs 23rd- Sat 25th May in Thurrock Courts Players latest production of ‘Inspector Drakes Last Case’! Although he doesn’t need any extra incompetent help, his [...]
If performing live is more your style, then come along to tread the boards of the Thameside Theatre stage. In three days you will work with professional Actor-Musician Lorna-Marie Moore to learn the various skills you need to make it to the West End. You can delve into the world of theatre and perfect your skills in improvisation, text interpretation, characterisation and devising. With a short performance at the end of the three days come along and release your inner acting superstar!
A LITTLE bit of rock ‘n’ roll heaven is coming to the Thameside Theatre this week (Friday, 3 May at 7.30pm).
In its fourth year on the road Rock ‘n’ Roll Paradise’s talented cast brings you “the show that never was” delivered with all the fabulous flair of a high energy 21st century live concert.
POLKA Dot Pantomimes and Thurrock Council are presenting a GIANT of a Pantomime for 2013/2014 in the shape of Jack and the Beanstalk – a great hit with all the family whether you are 3 or 103 years old! It runs for 53 performances between Friday 6 December 2013 to Sunday 5 January 2014. Jack and the Beanstalk will provide great value-for-money Christmas fun for all the family. Get ready to roar with laughter and cheer our hero Jack on his magical journey to Giant Blunderbore’s Castle in the Sky as our daring hero takes on the evil Poison Ivy!
THIS WEEK is the Thurrock Gang Show Week when the Stride On Team present a fun filled evening of entertainment, brought to you by the Scouts & Girl Guides of Thurrock 2013 Singing, dancing and comedy sketches performed by Scouts & Guides of all ages, will keep you entertained from the moment the curtains open!
“Safe” written and directed by Luke Coldham Thurrock Courts Players Take one delightful homely theatre, use a cleverly crafted script then add three experienced actors and you are in for a cracking evening. And the safe they are trying to crack is the central theme of Luke Coldham’s new one act play which opened last [...]
FORMED on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s Dr Feelgood remains one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world. The raw and uncompromising style of their performance resulted in the album Stupidity that immediately went to the number one position in the U.K. charts.
“STRIDE ON” 2013 is coming to the Thameside Theatre, Grays from 24-27 April 2013 and promises to be another great show. Scouts and Guides from across Thurrock have been rehearsing every Sunday since the beginning of October to put together their traditional annual “Stride On” Gang Show, which they first staged in 1968.
Billy Fury had more Decca hits than any other recording artist and he equalled The Beatles 24 chart hits with 332 weeks in the UK Charts…. Now in this sensational show, Michael King, who portrayed the role of Billy in the ‘Buddy Holly 50th Anniversary Tour’ relives The Billy Fury Years with a performance that has been hailed by critics as ‘the best Fury since Fury’
BOGOF – Thurrock Courts Players In this business you occasionally have to change the approach to try and increase activity and participation and, above all, audience figures Thurrock Courts Players have certainly done that. Later next month they are introducing a Saturday matinee performance and last night they offered a “one night only” performance of [...]
THURROCK Courts Players are back treading the boards at the Thameside Theatre next week but this time with a two-for-one offer! The two plays are both going to be entered for drama festivals outside the borough.
DOES the thought of school holidays make your kids want to sing and dance? Now they can sing and dance to their heart’s content this Easter with Creative Blast’s special age specific workshops for kids!
OVER 30 people were entertained tonight by the wonderful Pauline Black, lead singer from the famous Ska band ‘The Selecter’.
Pauline was in Grays Library for the 2013 Essex Book Festival and enthralled her audience with a live reading of passages from her best selling book ‘Black by Design’.
IF YOU look at the number of dates on Trevor Marriott’s UK tour, then you will realise how many people are still fascinated by these murders that took place in Victorian England. Tonight at the Thameside Theatre, mystery, intrigue and murder were all on view with the arrival of a talk by Trevor Marriott ex murder squad detective on one of the most enigmatic subjects contiuing for 125 years; this being ‘The Whitechapel Murders’ carried out by the infamous ‘Jack the Ripper’.
THERE’S a chance to mix music and books at Grays Library on Wednesday, 6 March evening. As part of Essex Book Week, Pauline Black, the singer and actress who gained fame as lead singer of seminal 2-tone band The Selecter will be on hand to talk about herself and her autobiography.
DIVERSITY United is a performance show that brings young people from diverse backgrounds together in a fun and safe environment. Their aim is to get talented young people from local schools to perform in front of their peers.
A ONE-DAY FESTIVAL celebrating speech and drama will be held at the Thameside Theatre in the summer. The Thurrock Speech and Drama Festival will give aspiring actors the chance to showcase their talent, receive expert advice as well as win awards.