Coming up


Wed 28 Oct 2015

Love theatre in Colchester? Join our party!

A new, highly social way of enjoying theatre and meeting like minded people is springing up this Autumn. Inspired by the classic book club format, After Show Party is a new way to experience the many innovative and brilliant performances that are staged in the town.

It’s a simple premise, each month a different production is selected, and after watching it audience members are invited to talk informally in the bar. Conversations develop in response to the performance, and are hosted by a team of fellow theatre lovers.

The club is a relaxed, friendly way to talk to about theatre, share opinions and meet new people. Everyone is welcome, whether they loved or hated the performance; whether they’re new to theatre or a seasoned attender; if they have strong opinions or just want to listen to other people’s thoughts.

After Show Party is free to attend with a ticket to the performance. The inaugural programme this autumn will be:

–       Every Brilliant Thing here at Lakeside Theatre, Thursday 29th October

–       Bully Boy at Mercury Theatre, Monday 16th November

–       OFU at Colchester Arts Centre, Wednesday 16th December

Olivia Corbin-Phillip is a drama student studying at the University of Essex. She is one of the After Show Party volunteer coordinators and in a joint statement with the other volunteers she said:

Our hope is that After Show Party can bring together theatre-lovers from all over Colchester. A trip to the theatre on an After Show Party night will be a fun and thought-provoking experience, with a chance to meet new people and enjoy great conversation.

To attend an event, or for more information contact Roxanne Peak-Payne, Project Manager on or 0207 228 6688

After Show Party Theatre Club is supported by a collaboration between Fuel, Lakeside Theatre, Colchester Arts Centre and Mercury Theatre. It is one of several theatre clubs being set up across the country by Fuel in Margate, Preston, Poole and Worcestershire.

The Theatre Club concept was initially developed as part of Two Boroughs, the Young Vic’s community engagement scheme, and later via Dialogue, an organisation aimed at creating culture shift in how we talk about, around and through theatre.