Photos from our drama workshop weekend

21/22 March

A fun time had by all

Being circus performers

Being eagles

Speed dating



GCT’s Summer Production  July 2015

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

We are delighted that author Simon Parkes has given his blessing to the prospect of the "wonderful Gatton Community Theatre"  adapting his inspirational book, Pippa's Progress, for our next large community theatre project. 


What if John Bunyan were to write Pilgrim’s Progress today?

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. Yet people in their millions still seek meaning in their lives and speak of journeying towards a goal.  Everyone on earth seeks a heaven.


Adapted into a contemporary new play by GCT’s artistic director, Anna Thompson, from the book by Simon Parke, Pippa’s Progress will follow the journey of Pippa, a 21st-century Pilgrim.  This moving and modern-day story will follow 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.  It is a riveting story of spiritual journeying in the 21st century, full of modern monsters, comedy and grace - all brought to life by Gatton Community Theatre in the dramatic setting of Gatton Park, Reigate. 

Performances will take place during July on:

Weds 15th, Thurs 16th Fri 17th, Sun 19th (sign language interpreted performance), Tues 21st, Weds 22nd, Thurs 23rd, Fri 24th and Sat 25th, all at 7.30 pm.

Tickets will be on sale here from 1st May. Booking fees apply.

For enquiries please email us.

Simon Parke was a priest in the Church of England for twenty years, before leaving for fresh adventures. He now writes, leads retreats and offers consultancy. To find out more about Simon's books and work go to


Information for cast members

Thank you for coming to the workshops on 21st/22nd March.  We hope you had a fun time and feel inspired to continue the journey with us now you know more about the project.  Anna and Lixi will send out the cast list as soon as it is finalised.

The first read through for all cast will be on Tuesday 14th April at 7.30 at Gatton Park in the Gatton Trust Education Cabin (signs will show you the way).  If you are unable to attend please email as soon as possible.  (You might want to bring a torch) 

Young people aged under 16 should be collected from the cabin at 9.30 pm. We are looking forward to welcoming Simon Parke to this get together.


Rehearsals will continue after this date on Tuesdays and Thursdays with weekend dates introduced from beginning of June. 

Not everyone will be called for every rehearsal!  Full schedules will be emailed to everyone and also posted here.

Any queries please get in touch.  If there are any dates you know you are unavailable please let us know.

Please note performance dates as above plus tech/dress rehearsals on Sunday 12th, Monday 13th July

To those who volunteered to help behind scenes, front of house, stewarding etc etc you will be contacted closer to the performances  and thank you, we really need you!