Headley Theatre Club
Established 1952
Tel: 01428 712892
E-mail

Headley Theatre Club logo (1K)

based at Headley , Bordon, Hampshire

A brief history of Headley Theatre Club . . .
Home pagePast PerformancesConstitutionReviewsList of Press Cuttings 1985-1992DVDs

The Headley Pageant of 1951

A village pageant was organised in 1951 to celebrate the Festival of Britain.
The success of this led directly to a second pageant in 1953 celebrating the Queen's Coronation, and also to the formation of Headley Theatre Club in 1952.

Objects of the Club

The prime object of the Club, as stated in our First Constitution, is "To unite the village in good fellowship", and this we still strive to do.

What's in a name?

There was much criticism voiced at the time about the choice of name for this organisation – it was thought by some that the term 'Theatre Club' sounded too exclusive for a village amateur dramatic society . . . but it stuck.

Home pageFirst ConstitutionReviewsList of Press Cuttings 1985-1992DVDsLatest show

Past performances involving Headley Theatre Club

. . . including a Pantomime (nearly) every year since 1952 – Oh yes we did!

1952 Vaudeville production - "Well Done" - programme
Blithe Spirit
1953 Robinson Crusoe
Musical evening
Elizabethan pageant
A Murder Has Been Arranged
1954 Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves - ticket
Gala performance (for Village Hall funds)
Shall we Join the Ladies?
The Lady's Not For Burning
1955 Goody Two Shoes
The Happiest Days of Your Life (concert) - for Village Hall funds
The Fish / The Deluge (1-acts)
1956 Sleeping Beauty
May Travellers Joy
Anastasia (The Recognition Scene) (1-act)
Love & Lunacy / Soot (1-acts)
1957 Pantomime (title unknown, author: Mrs. Fry)
Private Lives / Mayor of Torontal (1-acts)
1958 The Rose and the Ring
- Records lost – please let us know if you have any details hidden away -
1960 Ladder for Lucy (1-act)
Dec Dial 'M' for Murder
1961 The Witch (1-act)
1962 Present Laughter
May Roar Like a Dove
Bonadventure (1-act)
1963 Pygmalion
Nov Four Queens wait for Henry / And Nellie Came Too / Pygmalion Act 3
1964 Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
Your Obedient Servant
Venus Observed
The Tree (1-act)
1965 Little Red Riding Hood
May The Grass is Greener
Dark Lady of the Sonnets (1-act)
1966 Jack and the Beanstalk
Gigi
Nov Shall We Join the Ladies? / The Count's Marie / Unhand Me Squire (1-acts)
1967 Cinderella (author: John Chasty)
Mar Edwardian Music Hall
White Sheep of the Family
In the King's Bosom / The Goldfish Pond (1-acts)
1968 Charlie's Aunt
Spring play (title unknown)
The Island (1-act)
1969 Albert Laddin
Wanted, One Body
The Form / Mayor of Torontal (1-acts)
1970 Toad of Toad Hall
Apr I'll Get My Man
Nov The Laboratory / Irresistible Albert (J) (1-acts)
1971 Robinson Crusoe (author: Stan Sharp)
May Breath of Spring (director: Ray Pascoe)
Nov Sea Splash (J) author: Lily Walsh / The Party author: Lily Walsh (J)/ The Playgoers (1-acts)
1972 Ring Around the Moon (Youth)
Apr Angels in Love (director: Di Rabbetts)
Oct

Supper evening with sketches, etc: Do it Yourself / Home from Home / They Made her Wild (by Headley WI)

Nov Instruments of Darkness (Youth, 1-act)
1973 Sleeping Beauty (adaptor & director: Dawn Lewcock)
May Ladies in Retirement (director: Marie Bryan)
Sep Victorian Evening (£40 to Village Hall funds)
Sep The Fire Raisers (Youth)
1974 Robin Hood & Babes in the Wood
May Come Back Tomorrow / Saxon Wives of Ellendune / The Fish (1-acts)
Gay 20s evening
1975 Aladdin
May The Love of 4 Colonels
Sep What Shall We Tell Caroline / The Bald Primadonna (1-acts)
Nov Lord Arthur Saville's Crime
1976 Dick Whittington (author: Stan Sharp)
Apr Man of Mode
The Orchestra / Operation Cold Cure (1-acts)
Nov Skin of Our Teeth
1977 Jack and the Beanstalk
May Move Over Mrs Markham - photo & report
Mummers' Play at carnival
Sep The Real Inspector Hound / A Fishy Business (1-acts)
Oct Present Laughter (25 year anniversary evening) - £60 to Village Hall funds
1978 Cinderella
May The Noble Spaniard
Sep Life of Hercules, part 1 (1-act) at ADAC
Oct This Desirable Cottage / Restoration Piece / Life of Hercules - photo & report
1979 Ali Baba (author: Stan Sharp)
The Shop at Sly Corner
Aug The Proposal / Four Walls / Rock Bottom (1-acts)
Oct Here We Come Gathering
1980 Christmas Entertainment evening
Ritual for Dolls / Housekeeper Wanted (1-acts)
Ritual For Dolls (1-act) at Farnham Maltings
Tomb With a View
1981 Mother Goose
This Happy Breed
Mummers' play at fete
Words of Advice / Rumpus at Railsford (1-acts)
Words of Advice (1-act) at ADAC (won 2nd place)
1982 Red Riding Hood
How the Other Half Loves - photo & report
Midsummer Nights Dream (parts) - at fete
DYFO (J)/ One Season's Living / No Man's Land (1-acts)
One Season's Living (1-act) at ADAC
1983 Sleeping Beauty
Brides of March
Village Hall extension completed
Sweet Fanny Adams - at fete
Excuses (J)/ Ragwoman of the Shambles / Storm in a Saucepan (J)/ A Fishy Business
1984 Sinbad the Sailor
Shakespeare evening
Black Eyed Susan - at fete
Angel's Folly (J)/ Outpatients / Little Brother, Little Sister
Twelfth Night (ADAC Stage Management)
1985 Goody Two Shoes - photos
Woman in White
May Little Brother, Little Sister (1-act) at ADAC (1st) - photo & report
Music Hall
Ernie's Incredible Illucinations (J)/ Hairdo / Shelter (1-acts)
An Inspector Calls
1986 Dick Whittington - photos
Mar Downgoing of Orpheus Hawkins / Dream Jobs (Junior evening)
Apr Bus Stop / We've Got Minds of Our Own / Frank's Christmas (auth: Sarah Horne)
May Frank's Christmas (1-act, by Sarah Horne) at ADAC
Music Hall - photos
Oct Sailor Beware
1987 Aladdin
Mar The Incredible Vanishing / The "Rabble Rousers" / The Right Place (Junior evening)
Apr Who Calls? / Nine Floors, Not Counting the Mezzanine / Genteel / Fumed Oak - photos
May Fumed Oak (1-act) at ADAC
Jun 35 year anniversary evening
Jul 20s & 30s evening - photos
"Franglais" evening at Haslemere (Bernay twinning)
Lucky For Some
1988 Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs - photos
The Idiot King / You, Me, and Mrs. Jones (Junior)
Apr Husbands Supplied / What Shall We Do With the Body? / Curses, Foiled Again
Apr Barn Dance
Murder in the Cathedral (ADAC, performing/stage management) - toured 4 churches around Alton
Jun "Auction of talents" evening - photos
Jul Music Hall - photos
Oct Beyond a Joke
Nov Sponsored "24 hr Shakespeare"
1989 Puss in Boots
Mar Sleeping Cutey / The Diary of Adrian Mole (Junior)
Apr Just Another Day / Sunday Costs Five Pesos / Pastiche (1-acts) plus 3 Sketches
"Franglais" evening at Headley (Corné twinning)
Curses, Foiled Again (1-act) at ADAC
Jun "Auction of Talents" evening (with Scouts) - we each made £250
Jun Barn Dance
Mummers Play at Pentlow (for charity)
Jul "Everyone's Gone to the Moon" - a celebration of the 60s - photos
Oct Separate Tables
Nov Sponsored "24 hr Comedy"
1990 Cinderella - photos
Mar Super Supper Evening
May Canterbury Tales (ADAC, performing/stage management) - in a marquee in St Lawrence churchyard, Alton
Oct A Murder is Announced (Agatha Christie centenary)
Nov Sponsored Play in a Day - "The Hindsight Saga" (author: Jo Smith)
1991 Robin Hood - report and photo
Mar William Goes Camping / The Dark Side / Arthur (Junior/Youth)
Apr The Long Noon / Red Spy at Night / The Purging (1-acts)
May Double or Quits - including Act 3 of 'Plaza Suite' (ADAC)
Jun An Evening of Murder (for audience to solve)
Jul Music Hall
Sep Quiz evening
Oct Tom Jones - photos
1992 Jack and the Beanstalk - report and photos
Apr An Ideal Husband
Nicholas Nickleby (ADAC)
Jul Headley carnival - photo
Jun Fortyssimo - 40 year anniversary review
Sep Share and Share Alike (youth)
1993 Sleeping Beauty
Apr A Phoenix Too Frequent / Knightsbridge / George (1-acts)
The Women of Troy (ADAC) - HTC not involved
?Youth production
Sep Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Macbeth - photos
Oct This Bloody Crew (aka Riot!) - HTC members involved
1994 Pinnochio - photos (+ at Lindford WMC)
Apr Grass Widows / youth music / Wife Required / Joining the Club (1-acts)
May The Lady's Not For Burning (ADAC)
Jul Wartime Memories (40s evening) for D-Day
Oct See How They Run
1995 Humpty DumptyDVD
Apr "Auction of Talents" evening (with Headley Society)
May I Love My Love & Mixed Doubles
May Taming of the Shrew (ADAC) - HTC not involved
May Dramatic Walk round Hindhead (for the NT) – report & photos
Jun Wartime Memories (40s evening) for VE-Day
Sep Gone Up In Smoke (youth)
Oct A Balance of Trust - HTC members involved
Dec The True Story of King Wenceslas (for Headley Society)
1996 Sinbad the Sailor
Feb The Importance of Being Earnest (Bunbury - HTC involved)
Mar Poems & drama in All Saints' church
Apr Breezeblock Park
May Dramatic Walk round Hindhead again (for the NT)
Jun Old Time Music Hall
Sep (youth)
Oct Confusions
1997 Nutcracker - report and photos
Apr Easy Stages (youth) + Hilary Bishop School of Dancing
May Flora's Peverel - report and photosDVD
Aug Old Time Music Hall (+ at Lindford WMC)
Oct Poems & drama in All Saints' church
1998 Dick Whittington
Apr Murdered to Death (author: Peter Gordon)
May Entertainment for French Twinning 10th anniversary
Jul Old Time Music Medley (+ at Lindford WMC) - included boys' striptease!
Sep Flora's Heatherley - report and photosDVD
Silent Auction (with Headley Society & Arford WI)
1999 Sleeping Beauty (+ at Lindford WMC)
Apr Plaza Suite
May Entertainment in Corné, with Headley Twinning Association – DVD
Jun Part of 'Riot' at Selborne for BBC TV
Jul Salute the Century
Aug Readings at 'Rural Writers Remembered', Rural Life Museum, Tilford
Oct The Boyfriend
2000 Aladdin
Apr Victoria Station/Twelve Minute Night/Clara's on the Curtains (1-acts) – programme
Jun Headley Millennium PageantphotosDVD
Jul "Summer Time" - a musical entertainment for a summer's evening
Sep The Broomsquire
2001 Ali Babacastphotos
Apr Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Murder Mystery – review
Jul Old Time Music Hall
Sep The Broomsquire
2002 Cinderellareviewcast
Apr The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – castphotos
Jul Celebration of the 50s – programme
Oct Riot! (previously This Bloody Crew) – castphotos
2003 Robin Hoodcast & photos
Mar Not Fit to Live in England (1-act in Haslemere Festival)
Apr/May Bugsy Malone – cast & photosreview
Jul Magnificent Music Hall – programmereview
Oct Murder à la Carte (Murder Mystery Evening)
2004 Red Riding Hoodcast & photosreview
Mar One Act Plays: Percival the Performing Pig (J); Ghost Writer (Y); Pastiche (Senior) – programmereview the latter two plays performed also at the Haslemere Festival
Jul Magnificent Music Hall – cast & photos
Oct Secondary Cause of Death (author: Peter Gordon) – cast & photos (matinee cancelled when only 2 people turned up!)
2005 Snow Whitecast & photosDVD
Apr Jobsworth – three episodes from a series of radio scripts (at short notice)cast & photos
Jul Around the World in 80 Days (author: Stan Sharp) – cast & photosDVD (postponed from April)
Oct Songs from the Shows – cast & photosDVD
2006 Puss in Bootscast & photosDVD
Apr Job Done (Murder Mystery Evening) – cast & photos
May Flora's Heatherleycast & photos DVD
Jul Jobsworth – three more episodes from the series of radio scripts – cast & photosDVD
Sep Mummers Play, on the village green as part of the Michaelmas Fete (used old script from Headley archives) – photos
Sep Pirates of Penzance – cast & photosDVD (same time as the Michaelmas Fete)
2007 Jack & the Beanstalkcast & photosDVD
Apr Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Macbethcast & photosDVD
Jul Flora's Peverelcast & photos DVD
Aug Headley 55 – open day in the Village Hall to celebrate HTC's 55th year
Oct Authentic 1899 Music Hall – DVDphotos
2008 Sleeping Beautycast & photosDVD
Apr The Railway Children – photos
Apr Bard's Night – photo
Jul Casino 007 – photos
Jul Dramatic Walk round Waggoners Wells (for the NT) – photos
  'Third Week in August' - never went to production due to casting issues
2009 Dick Whittingtoncast & photos
Apr It's Murder!murder mystery evenings – cast & photos
Jun Candleford – cast & photos
Jul Headley Hayloft – photos
Oct 'Allo 'Allo – castphotos
2010 Robinson Crusoe – castphotos
Feb The Raven – some HTC members helped as extras in a film shoot in Midhurst – photos & report
Apr Bard's Night – photos
May Dick Barton, special agent – photos
Jun Treasure Hunt – photos
Jul 'War to War' music hall – photos
Aug Dramatic Walk on Hindhead Common (for the NT) – photos
Sep Local Vengeancemurder mystery at the Holly Bush
Oct Are You Being Served? – photos
2011 Cinderella – castphotos
Apr MacHamletcastphotos
Jul Quiz and Games Evening
Oct Fawlty Towers ('The Hotel Inspectors' & 'Basil the Rat') – photos & report
2012 Nutcrackercastphotos
Apr Canterbury Tales – photos
Jul "Everyone's Gone to the Moon" - a celebration of the 1960s – photos
Oct Calendar Girls – castphotosthe calendar!
Nov Flint Street Nativity – castphotos
2013 Aladdincastphotos
Apr Bard Again!castphotos
May Dramatic Walk on Hindhead Common (for the NT) – photos
May Dramatic Walk at Waggoners Wells (for the NT) – photos
Jun The Broomsquirecastphotos
Jul Summer Ball – photos
Sep Dramatic Walk on Hindhead Common (for the NT)
Oct Fawlty Towers ('The Germans' & 'Communication Problems') – photos & report
2014 The Swan Queen & the 3 Dwarves – castphotos
Feb Green Room evening #1 – photos
Mar GR8 Xpectations ;) – photos
Apr Blackadder II – photos
Jul Reflections (on WW1) – photosprogramme
Sep Green Room evening #2
Oct Darling Buds of May – photosprogramme
Dec Christmas Concert – photos & programme
2015 Ali Babaphotos
Feb Quiz evening
Mar Green Room evening #3 – photos – DVD available
Apr MacHamlet Goes West!cast
Jul Walk from Fox & Pelican to BBQ at Chestnut End
Jul Those Radio & TV Timesphotos
Oct Noises Off – photos
Oct Green Room evening #4
Dec Entertained The Headley Society at their Yuletide feast (incl. Mummers Play)
Dec Christmas Concert – photos & programme
2016 Robin Hoodphotos
Feb Green Room evening #5
Apr Bard's Night – photos
May Junior short performance based on 'Sleeping Cutey' (at AGM)
May Murder à la Carte, performed at Blackmoor Golf Club
July Lark Rise – castphotos
Oct The Vicar of Dibley ('Engagement' & 'Spring')
Nov Treasure Hunt
2017 Bah Humbug!photos
Feb Green Room evening #6 – photos
Apr Now We Are 65 – photos
June Of the Wall (Juniors) – photos
July Riot! (previously This Bloody Crew) – castphotos
Sep Dramatic Walk on Hindhead Common (for Haslemere Walking Weekend) – photos
Oct Hi-De-Hi – cast

Past experiences. . .

You may order DVDs of most of the Headley Theatre Club shows since Jan 2005 and a few other older ones where indicated
— for more information, contact Janet or link to HTC e-mail.


The First Constitution, 1952

RULES OF THE HEADLEY THEATRE CLUB

1. The name shall be "The Headley Theatre Club".

2. The objects of the club are:-
(a) To unite the village in good fellowship.
(b) To provide a focal point for its theatrical and artistic activity.
(c) To furnish means for developing those activities by building up a fund for the acquisition of theatrical properties, literature and all such articles as may be required for both musical and non-musical stage production, study and instruction.
(d) To organise and produce musical and dramatic performances for the entertainment of the village and surrounding communities and to take part in drama festivals and other theatrical and artistic activities.

3. (a) Membership shall be open to all people resident in the Ecclesiastical Parish of Headley or people introduced by members so resident.
(b) The Secretary shall keep a register of Club Members, but members shall be responsible for informing the Secretary of any alterations to the details of the register.
(c) Notices to members published in the local press and on the Club notice board shall be sufficient.
(d) Persons who assisted in the formation of the Club up to the adoption of the rules shall be Foundation members.
(e) Members shall pay the annual subscription decided upon under Rule 7 (d).

4. ORGANISATION
(a) The Officers of the Club shall be:- (b) The Executive Committee shall consist of the Officers and six other members.
(c) The Officers and the other members of the Executive Committee shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting to hold office until the next Annual General Meeting.
(d) Sub-Committees may be appointed by the Executive Committee as required. Sub-Committees shall conduct only such business as is connected directly with the functions for which they are appointed.

5. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
(a) A quorum of the Executive Committee shall be five
(b) The Executive Committee is empowered to nominate a Club member to fill a vacancy. Not more than three vacancies shall be so filled without the appointments being confirmed by a General Meeting.
(c) The Executive Committee may sanction the introduction of guest artists and technical assistants to assist in any of the Club's productions other than Festival or Competition Productions.

6. GENERAL MEETINGS
(a) The President shall when possible act as Chairman at a General Meeting.
(b) A quorum for a General Meeting shall consist of 25 members or a quarter of the members, whichever is fewer.
(c) An Annual General Meeting of the Club shall normally be held each year before the end of May.
(d) Where possible matters to be raised under "any other business" shall be notified to the Secretary before the meeting starts. The Chairman of the meeting shall have power to rule out of order any such matter which in his opinion is of such major importance that 15 days notice of it should have been given to all members of the Club in accordance with Rule 6 (h).
(e) An Extraordinary General Meeting may be called at any time by the Executive Committee.
(f) The Executive Committee is bound to call an Extra-ordinary General Meeting at the written request of 25 members or one-sixth of the members, whichever is fewer.
(g) No business other than that notified at the convening of the meeting shall be transacted at an Extraordinary General Meeting.
(h) Fifteen days notice must be given of any General Meeting and the business to be transacted at the meeting must be published with such notice.

7. FINANCE
(a) The financial year shall be from the 1st April to 31st March each year. Accounts shall be audited at the end of each financial year by a person who is not a member of the Executive Committee. The Auditor shall be appointed by the Executive Committee.
(b) The accounts shall be published in such a manner as to be available for all members to study at the same time as notice of the Annual General Meeting is given.
(c) The accounts shall be submitted to the Annual General Meeting for approval.
(d) Proposals regarding the annual subscription and the entrance fee shall be made to the Annual General Meeting by the Executive Committee. The annual subscription and entrance fee shall be fixed by a motion passed at a General Meeting.
(e) Annual subscriptions shall become due on the date of the Annual General Meeting and must be paid within two calendar months of that date. Any member who fails to pay the Annual subscription within the prescribed period shall be considered to have resigned membership of the Club.
(f) Drafts on the Club bank account shall be signed by one of the Officers of the Club.
(g) The Executive Committee shall control the finances of the Club.
(h) The Club shall not be conducted for the financial profit of its members. The Executive Committee may reimburse members or other persons on account of legitimate expenses incurred on behalf of the Club.

8. In the event of the dissolution of the Club all properties of the Club shall be disposed of in the manner decided at an Extraordinary General Meeting called for that purpose. The funds of the Club, including the proceeds of any sale of properties, shall, after payment of all debts and liabilities of the Club, be given to a charity approved at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

9. (a) The Executive Committee may, at its discretion, grant free tickets or other special privileges on account of services rendered or to guests to whom it is desired to extend special courtesy.
(b) The Executive Committee may, at its discretion, or on a motion passed at a General Meeting, elect persons who have rendered special services to honorary life membership.

10. (a) Motions involving additions or alterations of the Bye-laws of the Club may be introduced by members at the Annual General Meeting providing they have been submitted to the Secretary in time to be included in the notice convening the meeting. Bye-laws shall be passed or altered by a simple majority.
(b) Bye-laws may be introduced by the Executive Committee to meet requirements not covered by the Rules, but such Bye-laws must be submitted for approval at the next General Meeting.

11. The Rules cannot be altered, annulled or added to except by a majority of two/thirds of the members present at an Extraordinary General Meeting convened for the purpose.

The Constitution was subsequently amended in 1971, and again in 1991
— This web site maintained by John Owen Smith

Top of PageHome page