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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

Foley artistry on stage for Premieres

Foley artistry on stage for Premieres

Co-director Matthew Whitney tells us about the unsusual approach to sound effects used in our production of Recovery Position, one half of this year's Progress Premieres. Why Foley? When looking at the original script of Recovery Position it resembled a monologue with a lot of sound effects. The sounds are integral to Francis’ inner world, whether [...] Read more

Writers! WriteFest 2018 is open for entries

Writers!  WriteFest 2018 is open for entries

Calling experienced or aspiring playwrights! Our short play competition, now it's 13th year, is open for entries from 5 March 2018. 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: 1st May [...] Read more

Every picture tells a story...

Every picture tells a story...

It’s a particularly art-filled week at Progress. If you come to see our excellent Youth Theatre performing The Picture of Dorian Gray, you will find our foyer walls lined with works of art donated by friends, members and local artists. These pictures are all available for you to bid for in our silent auction. The auction closes on 22 December - [...] Read more

Our 2017-2018 programme of plays

Our 2017-2018 programme of plays

We are proud to announce an exciting programme of plays for our 2017-18 season. Two of Shakespeare's plays - one tragedy on stage and one comedy in the open air, eight new works, two classic novels brought to the stage, more comedy, more drama and some poetry - there really is something for everyone. Download 2017-2018 programme See What's on for [...] Read more

A riverside welcome from Sir Kenneth Branagh

A riverside welcome from Sir Kenneth Branagh

Our patron, Sir Kenneth Branagh, welcomes you to Caversham Court Gardens for Wind in the Willows Hello everyone, and welcome to a fresh chance with a classic story, to do some ‘messing about on the river’. There was never a more apt tale to present in the open air than The Wind In The Willows, given that most of the characters extol the virtues of [...] Read more

Progress are Nominated in Cultural Awards

Progress are Nominated in Cultural Awards

Progress Theatre and Progress Youth Theatre have both been nominated in the inaugural Reading Cultural Awards. These awards were instituted following Reading's Year of Culture: "Reading’s brilliant cultural scene reached new heights during Reading Year of Culture. The Reading Cultural Awards will provide an opportunity for Reading’s cultural [...] Read more

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