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 £30 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 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 are the group who first staged the works of Terry Pratchett. For more info on that, click here.
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.
A Bit More About Subs
STC subs are £30 a year.
Subs are due annually on the first Monday after 1 August and cover the next year.
Subs help us to cover the overhead costs of running the STC (the things we pay for even if we don’t stage a play):
- Public Liability Insurance
- Rehearsal Space Hire (& Zoom account, at the moment!)
- Website ISP & SSL fees
If we aimed to cover our overheads solely though subs then (with, say, 40 members) the cost would be around £68 each. We hope to cover the remainder of our overheads from profits made by the three shows we stage each year.
£30 subs are due when you join.
What does ‘join’ mean?
- Being involved in a play (on or off stage);
- Regularly attending Club nights and/or social gatherings
Joining partway through a subs year. If you join after 1 March, the subs would be reduced to £15, but would be renewable (at £30) on the first Monday after 1 August.
Subs are an important contribution to the cost of running the STC. They don’t guarantee anyone will be involved an any particular show. BUT - if people haven’t paid their subs, they will not be eligible to be cast in a show.