WHAT IS THE STC?
The Studio Theatre Club is a small, friendly, amateur drama club, with about 35 members. We enjoy staging a wide range of plays and we want our audiences to see the best shows possible.
As you'll have gathered from the 'Home' page, we also have a strong social side with lots of informal social events.
HOW CAN YOU JOIN?
We operate an 'open door' membership policy. You don't have to audition to join us, and play casting is done on the basis of informal group readings. Just come along for an evening and watch us rehearse or read for a part if you want: if, after that trauma, you still want to join, you're in.
WILL YOU BE FORCED INTO THE LIMELIGHT?
No. You'll move at your own pace. If you'd prefer to play minor rôles until you've built up confidence, that's OK. On the other hand, we don't believe that you have to have put in five years as a spear-carrier before you can be cast in principal rôles.
Everyone is expected to chip in as needed: playing minor rôles, doing ticket sales/the bar on the performances, helping backstage and, if they want, running the lights/sound FX.
WHAT IF YOU WANT TO BE IN THE LIMELIGHT?
Well, we'll try and accommodate you. Bear in mind, though, that if you join us once rehearsals for a play have already started, you might have to be prepared to take whatever's going.
SO - WHAT ATTRIBUTES SHOULD YOU HAVE?
A SENSE OF HUMOUR. If you can act a bit and/or hammer a nail in straight, that would be a bonus. We want to stage our shows as well as we can - our paying audiences deserve that - but we don't lose sight of the fact that we all joined an amdram group to enjoy ourselves.
Membership is currently £20 a year. (There's a bit more about subs at the foot of this text.)
Our age range is 18+, but most members are in their 20s, 30s & 40s, with a few in their 50s/60s. We're not ageist, sexist, racialist, heightist or any other kind of ist!
There are some photos from past productions at our Gallery.
We rehearse twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays.
Rehearsals usually run from 19.20 to 21:00/21.30 after which we can usually be found in a local pub. Nearer to each production, the number of rehearsals steps up slightly and in the week of a show they would be every night, including the afternoon and early evening of the previous Sunday. Rehearsals are relatively informal (to say the least).
WHAT'S NEXT FOR US?
Our next show is a production of a new stage dramatization of Terry Pratchett's HOGFATHER, which we'll be staging on 14 to 17 November. More info here.
A Bit More About Subs