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Announcing our 2019-20 season

We are proud to announce our season of plays for 2019-20! 2019 14th Annual WriteFest Wednesday 11 – Saturday 14 September (with Saturday matinee) Our annual evening of new writing returns to the Progress stage for the 14th year. Showcasing seven short plays by local writers, across a variety of genres, WriteFest offers something for every taste. [...] Read more

WriteFest 2019 is open for entries

Calling experienced or aspiring playwrights! Our short play competition, now it's 14th year, is now open for entries.. We are looking for short plays, 10-20 minutes long. Chosen entries will be assigned to directors and presented at the theatre in October. This is your chance to get your work staged. Deadline for applications: 14 April 2019 - we [...] Read more

Marking the centenary of the Armistice: Birdsong

Marking the centenary of the Armistice:  Birdsong

"No child or future generation will ever know what this was like. They will never understand." Birdsong, which marks the centenary of the Armistice, opens at Progress Theatre tonight (Thursday 8th November 2018) at 19:45. Directed by Steph Dewar, the play runs from 8 to 17 November, and tells the story of Stephen Wraysford (Charlie West), a [...] Read more

Progress Theatre Shop opens for business

Progress Theatre Shop opens for business

It's that time of the year again when we realise that we should really make a start on the Christmas shopping. But who really enjoys trecking through the crowds of shoppers in search of a festive pair of socks for Uncle Jim? Look no further, because the Progress Theatre Shop is now open for business! Offering a range of beautiful branded clothing [...] Read more

The smallest twine may lead me...

The smallest twine may lead me...

Paul Gallantry, who plays Leonato in our open air production of Much Ado About Nothing, imagines its first reading... It’s October 1598, and the boys are back in town. Away they’ve been, touring the counties outside of London, stopping for the night in courtyards and inns, putting on plays, while the capital has slumbered and dreamt through the [...] Read more

On the Verges of a Progress debut

On the Verges of a Progress debut

Juliet England on her first experience with the group as we prepare to bring Much Ado About Nothing to Reading Abbey ruins .    

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WriteFest winners 2018

WriteFest winners 2018

After a very strong round of submissions the WriteFest judging panel has selected the following for performance at Writefest, in October 2018. Anything I Can Do by Bethan Perkins. Dog on a Beach by John R. Goodman. EKHO by Erica Evans. Four Meals by Paul Houghton. The Midnight Snack by Dan Clarke. Pot Plants by Jenny Williams. Weight of Words by [...] Read more

Adult Acting classes, Summer 2018

Adult Acting classes, Summer 2018

In a new departure for Progress Theatre, we will be offering day-time adult acting classes this summer, in conjuction with Rachel Mary, co-leader of Progress Youth Theatre. What’s on offer? CURTAIN CALL - Mondays 10.30 am - 12 pm For Older/Retired/Semi-Retired Adults, All Abilities A welcoming space for older adults to connect and enjoy exploring [...] Read more

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