Our last open air production Tales from the Surrey Hills

at Reigate Fort

June 2014


 See below for details of our next major big air project at Gatton Park in July 2015   



Scratch Scripts - a GCT Young People’s theatre project - October half term 2014

Under the leadership of Youth Director Lixi Chivas, GCT will be running Scratch Scripts - a week of theatre workshops for young actors, emerging writers and would-be directors during half term week Monday 27th to Friday 31st October 2014. This will support the creative development of the acting skills of our young company, the script writing skills of our whole company and the wider community, and the assistant directing skills of emerging directors.

Basic details
• Monday 27th October to Friday 31st October, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm at Royal Alexandra & Albert School, Gatton Park, Reigate
• Secondary-school-aged young people and up: 13 to 25 year olds only
• A free final showcase of the work will be presented on Friday evening at 7.30 pm to family, friends, GCT members and guests.

This is an opportunity for young actors aged 13 to 25 to experience different writing styles and topics, and for established, emerging and would-be writers to test out material in development, and see it on its feet.

For young actors...
      The acting company will be working with GCT from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm every day, returning on Friday 31st at 7.00 pm

      for a free showcase for family, friends and GCT members and guests starting at 7.30 pm.

      Places cost £75 per actor, or £120 for a pair of siblings (a 20% discount).

      In the first instance please contact us by email to express your interest and reserve your place as they are limited.

      Application forms plus payment by cheque must be received by Wednesday 22nd October at the very latest to

      confirm your place. Download the sign-up form here.

      Young actors are also encouraged to submit scripts.

      We may have capacity to offer the Bronze Arts Award to those young people who would like to work towards achieving

      this national qualification:

For writers...
      Writers of any age are welcome to submit works in progress or full scripts, to visit the rehearsal room and/or attend our

      Friday night showcase as availability allows. For writers who would like a starting point to create a new piece for this

      project, we would encourage you to use All Saints Day, the day we will be presenting the showcase, as your inspiration.

      When choosing your submission(s) please bear in mind the age range of the young people rehearsing the material

      and our ethos. Please see our About Us page for information on our work and approach.

      Scripts must be submitted by Friday 10th October with earliest submissions given priority iif more scripts are received

      than we have capacity for. The timetable of scripts will be released to writers on Friday 17th October. If you would like

      to watch rehearsals of your successful submission, we will attempt to accommodate any availability clashes you indicate. 

      email your script here

For emerging assistant directors...
      Up to 4 assistant directors will be appointed to support in rehearsals and take particular responsibility for some scripts,

      in pairs or individually. 

      The assistant directors will meet with the director at 9.30am each day and will send debrief notes by email at the end of

      each day. Assistant directors may also work on their Bronze Arts Award if they are under 25.

      To apply for an assistant director place, please email a cover letter stating what you would bring to the project and

      what you would hope to gain, and send your CV if you are aged 18 or over.

What next for everyone?...
For more information on Scratch Scripts, to reserve your acting place, to apply for assistant directing, to submit your script, or any other enquiries please email Lixi Chivas, Youth Director.


GCT’s Summer Production  July 2015

Pippa's Progress:  A Pilgrim’s Journey to Heaven

The GCT Trustees and committee are really excited  to announce details of our next big open air production at Gatton Park which will be created by the very successful team of Artistic Director Anna Thompson and Associate Director Lixi Chivas.  Performances will be during the weeks 13th - 25th July 2015.  We are delighted that author Simon Parkes has given his blessing to the prospect of the wonderful Gatton Community Theatre  adapting his inspirational book for this large community theatre project. 


Times have changed since John Bunyan wrote his classic Pilgrim’s Progress, telling of Pilgrim’s journey up Hill Difficult and through the Slough of Despond to the Celestial City.  Adapted by Anna Thompson, Pippa’s Progress will follow the journey of Pippa, a 21st-century Pilgrim.  This moving and modern-day story  follows the original’s premise of a pilgrim’s journey to heaven, but this time through the trials and temptations of our secularised, multi-cultural society.  Pippa’s challenges along the way include the Rock of Subconscious, the Cliff of Hopelessness, Headspin’s Hallucinatory Mental Circus, The Garden of Sadness, the City of Socialmeja, the Fabulous Fame Game, the Sea of Identity and, of course, Heaven - all brought to life in true GCT style in the dramatic setting of Gatton Park.


If you would like to join us on this journey the dates for workshops, performances and how to get involved will on our website early in the new year.  Workshops will start sometime in March.


In order to stage this production we do need to raise sufficient funds to cover costs and maintain our high standards, so a programme of events is in the planning.  First is a Quiz Night on Friday 10th October at Gatton Hall   Visit our events page for details.