Aladdin - Teignmouth Players Pantomime
to Jan 5

Aladdin - Teignmouth Players Pantomime

Aladdin is taking to his magic carpet and flying his way to Pavilions Teignmouth for the Teignmouth Players’ traditional pantomime.

 Alan Frayn has written this year’s script and has been hands on working with the Teignmouth Players to tell the story of a poor boy from Peking who with the help of a magic lamp seeks to win the hand of the princess.

 With the evil Abanazar out to get the lamp for himself and with the police hot on Aladdin’s heels - who will succeed?

Tickets £12.00, £8.00, Family: 2 adults 2 children £36.00

Please note: There is a Booking Fee per transaction: 50p on Box Office, £1.00 On Line or On telephone bookings.

Aladdin by Alan P Frayn - Directed by Amy Burton Smith - Musical Director - Jeff Hocking

  • 28/12 : Start : 7.30pm

  • 29/12 : Start : 2.30pm

  • 29/12 : Start : 7.30pm

  • 30/12 : Start : 2.30pm

  • 01/01 : Start : 2.30pm

  • 01/01 : Start : 7.30pm

  • 04/01 : Start : 7.30pm

  • 05/01 : Start : 2.30pm

  • 05/01 : Start : 7.30pm

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 Junior chorus of Aladdin with Aladdin (Sophie Chamberlain)

Junior chorus of Aladdin with Aladdin (Sophie Chamberlain)

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My Old Lady  - CANCELLED
to Nov 10


Notice of Cancellation

It is with regret that we have to announce the cancellation of our November 2018 production at the Ice Factory Studio Theatre but, we believe, for the right reason. 

Teignmouth Players decided back in mid-2017 to present My Old Lady, by Israel Horovitz and obtained the licence at that time.  In the early hours of last Saturday morning, 20th October, we became aware of serious allegations made against the author in America and Scotland.  These allegations, which we do not wish to repeat here, had only been reported in America and until we were contacted by a number of the alleged victims we were completely unaware of the situation.  Having subsequently undertaken our own research it transpires that Mr Horovitz has issued an apology if his previous behaviour had been deemed predatory or abusive although he denies that was the case.  His own son is reported to believe that the allegations are true.

The committee of Teignmouth Players has, after seeking guidance from NODA (the National Operatic and Dramatic Association) and Samuel French (the licensors) and in consultation with the Director, taken the decision that it would be inappropriate to present a play and thus pay royalties under these circumstances.
Unfortunately, the way in which this situation was brought to our attention was itself abusive and very disturbing for those committee members dealing with the initial attacks.  As a result, we have been forced to take down our Facebook page and have experienced concerted attacks against our website.
These attacks would only have multiplied had we decided to continue with the production and could have significantly damaged the Society’s reputation.  Whilst a number of people may say that we should not bow to external pressure of this nature, we have taken the view that had we been aware of the allegations when considering this play, we would have decided against including it in our 2018 programme. 
There have been many negative reviews posted on Facebook making unfounded and inaccurate accusations against us by people who will probably never come to the UK let alone visit the Ice Factory Studio Theatre to experience the wonderful amateur productions that are staged there.  We hope that those people who have posted offensive comments and reviews will reflect on their behaviour and realise the distress that they have caused by their actions.  Having reflected, it is hoped that they will then see that we have done the right thing, once informed of the situation, and it is now their turn to have the decency to remove their negative reviews and abusive comments.

Everyone that has booked tickets will be contacted shortly to ensure that they receive a full refund.

David Renwick
Chairman, Teignmouth Players Amateur Dramatic Society

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Snake in the Grass - Alan Ayckbourn
to Sep 29

Snake in the Grass - Alan Ayckbourn

Snake in the Grass – Alan Ayckbourn

directed by John Miles


Set in a neglected garden. Annabel returns home unwillingly to sort out father’s estate. Alice has also returned to demand a bribe of £100,000. She has witnessed Miriam’s slow overdosing of the old man and threatens to go to the police. Miriam has been worn down by caring for her father and is resentful of her deliberately absented sister.

She can’t pay Alice the blackmail so plans to ‘dispose’ of her by drugging her and pushing her down a well! Awakened memories and father’s ghostly presence disturb Annabel. Who is throwing tennis balls at her and calling her name?

There’s an uneasy undercurrent of fear in this garden. But that’s not all..... What happened in the tennis court? Is Alice dead? What has happened to ‘Lewis’, Miriam’s boyfriend? Was Alice really sacked by Miriam, or was it Alice who dispatched the old man?

Review by Geoffrey Wildey

Snake in the Grass by Alan Ayckbourn

Performed by Teignmouth Players at The Ice Factory Studio Theatre

“Snake in the Grass” at The Ice Factory Studio Theatre, Teignmouth from 25thto 29thSeptember, was a great play that really kept the audience anticipating how it would end.  It was certainly in a different “plot” style to other Alan Ayckbourn plays.

The director, John Miles, definitely pulled out all the dramatic twists possible to make this play work and create the atmosphere this play needed.

The above would not have been complete without the trio of accomplished actresses.  Top of my list goes Karen Allen for her performance as Annabel Chester, the sister who emigrated to Tasmania to escape an abusive father, she conveyed every mood swing required in this dramatic role, which in parts, many actresses would have tended to overact but Karen’s control was near perfect.  The only alteration I would have liked would have been some “Tasmanian” accent.

Very close behind with a most convincing portrayal of the over-burdened sister was Nichola Aldridge (making her debut with Teignmouth Players – I hope it won’t be her last). She played Miriam Chester taking the audience with her through her life of painful drudgery caring for her abusive father, until the final twist.

Last, but by no means least, Esther O’Brien showed her acting craft to perfection in the smaller but equally important role as the scheming nurse, Alice Moody.

The multi set was skilfully designed giving a striking feeling of depth plus extremely clever décor for this small acting area.  Daniel Saint had created some most effective atmospheric lighting with some mysterious sound effects by Ken Swan, which all added to the success of this production. Anyone who missed it failed to see a wonderful piece of theatre.

Geoffrey Wildey 

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Left to Right: Esther O’Brien as Alice Moody, Karen Allen as Annabel Chester, Nichola Aldridge as Miriam Chester

Photo by Emily Appleton of Southwest Theatre Photography – official photographer to Teignmouth Players

Photos by Emily Appleton of Southwest Theatre Photography – official photographer to Teignmouth Players

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Blackadder - Richard Curtis / Ben Elton - tickets on sale now
to Aug 25

Blackadder - Richard Curtis / Ben Elton - tickets on sale now

Blackadder Goes Forth (at Pavilions) –
Richard Curtis/Ben Elton


Directed by Amy Burton-Smith


With its fourth and final chapter the chronicles of the Blackadder dynasty brings us into the twentieth century and into a much darker period of history.

Often voted one of television's greatest moments, it again showed Blackadder to be one of the most intelligent as well as among the funniest of British sitcoms.


Tickets available NOW from Pavilions Teignmouth click link below

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TYKES Festival of Achievement
to Jul 21

TYKES Festival of Achievement

Rachel Swain, Artistic Director of Tykes, is pleased to

announce that Tykes’ first ever summer Festival of

Achievement will be held this month.

On Wednesday 18th until Friday 20th July at 6:30pm, the juniors and intermediates will present a number of one - act type performances in the Ice Factory Studio Theatre.

Tickets for these performances are available from the Ice Factory box office.

On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd, the seniors will present a murder mystery in The Methodist Church Hall.

 This will include food in the form of pasties and salad.

 Tickets for this event are only available direct from Rachel on 07970 557508.

 Adults £10, children (under 16) £7, to include food.

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Mindgame - Anthony Horowitz - Tickets on sale now
to Jun 16

Mindgame - Anthony Horowitz - Tickets on sale now

Mindgame – Anthony Horowitz

directed by Ken Swan

Tuesday June 12th at 7:30pm

Wednesday June 13th at 7:30pm

Thursday June 14th at 7:30pm

Friday June 15th at 7:30pm

Saturday June 16th at 7:30pm

Borrowing its template from what used to be called the "psychological thriller" Mindgame is a relentlessly clever and witty comedy.

A prominent author of novels and "true crime"stories enters a secluded mental institution to interview a serial killer who has been confined there for thirty years. The superintendent of the institution does not want the interview to take place and is hostile. In an effort to make the writer to understand what it means to be insane, he restrains him in a straight jacket.

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Something to Say by Richard Everett - tickets on sale now
to May 26

Something to Say by Richard Everett - tickets on sale now

A One Act Play  

Written by Richard Everett

Directed by Jackie Wesley-Harkcom

Performances Friday May 25th at 7:30pm
                       Saturday May 26th at 7:30pm


£10 Ticket price includes a fork supper before

and a discussion with cast and author afterwards

Maddie has something important to tell David, but David is not in the mood to listen. Her desperate attempts to get his attention fail and when she finally does, David’s reaction is both unexpected and extreme - almost comedic. It is not what Maddie had anticipated or hoped for and as David’s response becomes increasingly more bizarre, what unfolds is an evening that no one expected. 

The award-winning World Premiere Production of this darkly comic and insightful play about a relationship in crisis was originally produced for the Teignmouth & Dawlish Drama Festival starring Rebekah Hayden and David Warren. 

Now it hits the stage at

 The Ice Factory in Teignmouth!



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Cygnet Theatre presents - Strawberries in January
7:30 PM19:30

Cygnet Theatre presents - Strawberries in January

Strawberries in January is a version by Rona Munro of Evelyne de la Chenelière's 1999 play Des Fraises en Janvier  

The play is a romantic comedy about four single people looking for love in contemporary Montréal.

Munro's version was first performed on 1 August 2006 at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in a co-production with Paines Plough as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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The Woman who Cooked her Husband
to May 20

The Woman who Cooked her Husband

The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband


by Debbie Isitt

directed by
Paul Loveless


A cordon bleu comedy for those who like their humour rich and black – so wicked it makes your toes curl.

Gives a whole new meaning to the old adage ‘The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’!


Tickets now available

Tuesday 15th May at 7:30pm - £8

Wednesday 16th May at 7:30pm - £10

Thursday 17th May at 7:30pm - £10

Friday 18th May at 7:30pm - £10

Saturday 19th May at 7:30pm - £10


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Rehearsal photos - click to enlarge

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7:30 PM19:30

Tea for Two Theatre present  I am Not a Bad Person

Buy tickets HERE

Doors open at 6:30pm
Performance 7:30pm

The synopsis is: 

Madison Granger is an upbeat, ambitious girl, preparing for her gap year in North Africa. Tommy Greene is a nature-loving boy, working towards his goal of being an ordained Buddhist priest, moonlighting as a French teacher. Madison takes his class, falling in love with him in the process, despite the religious complications of being romantically involved with someone with strong religious aspirations. Can she keep her emotions in check, as lust struggles to get the best of her?

Please can you note that there are themes of sexual abuse and infrequent use of strong language. This is a performance which is suitable for age 16+.. 

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The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare
to Mar 10

The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice – Shakespeare

directed by Jon Miles



The Merchant of Venice, with its celebrated and moving passages, remains one of Shakespeare’s most beautiful plays.

Depending on whom you ask, it also remains one of his most repulsive.
Was Shakespeare being anti-Semitic, or was he merely exploring anti-Semitism?

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Things are not always what they seem.

Characters include: -

Shylock - A Jewish moneylender in Venice

Portia - A wealthy heiress from Belmont.

Antonio - The merchant whose love for his friend Bassanio prompts him to sign Shylock’s contract and almost lose his life.

Bassanio - A gentleman of Venice, and a kinsman and dear friend to Antonio.

Gratiano - A friend of Bassanio’s who accompanies him to Belmont

Jessica - Although she is Shylock’s daughter, Jessica hates life in her father’s house, and elopes with the young Christian gentleman, Lorenzo.
And more

Come along to the Ice Factory Theatre in Teignmouth and indulge in an evening of Shakespeare at it's finest. Tickets £10 per person can be booked online at or from our box office which is open daily (except Sunday) 10am - 12 noon Tel: 01626 778991

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Mind The Gap - Peter Whittle
to Feb 24

Mind The Gap - Peter Whittle

Mind the Gap

Arne House Productions are proud to present our next show called the ‘Mind The Gap’. A  short play, with song, charting a mother's gradual mental decline into old age. A serious topic but with the familiar farcical situations and faux Gilbert & Sullivan rip offs.

There will be 3 nights in the Ice Factory,  22-24th February 2018.

Then 2 nights in the Woodway Room, Chudleigh ( box office me on 01626 854768 or email) on 3-4th March 2018. 

Tickets (£7) are now available. All shows start at 7.30pm. As ever, Peter is happy to sort out and pop round with tickets for those living locally. Just let me know how many and which night you would like to come.

Further information is available on <>.

Peter Whittle

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The performances will last about 1hour and will be followed by a short discussion of the issues raised. Programmes will be free. There will also be a collection box for those wishing to contribute something towards the work of a local dementia awareness charity.

Further information:

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Princess and the Pea
to Jan 1

Princess and the Pea

The 2017 Teignmouth Players pantomime to be produced at PAVILIONS TEIGNMOUTH

Directed by Sally Falçao

Performance dates and times

Evenings at 7:30pm - December 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th

Matinees at 2:30pm - December 28th, 30th, 31st and January 1st


CLICK HERE to book online at Pavilions Teignmouth  

A full-length British pantomime, taking the Hans Christian Andersen story as its starting point.

Every year, Queen Green holds a competition so that she might find a suitor for her son, Prince Pea. But her meticulous, and often impossible, challenges have (quite deliberately) left him a bachelor.

So when the mischievous Mandarin Orange kidnaps the original fairy tale Princess, Cinderella, to train his two daughters, will Prince Pea finally be wed?

Or will the unique charms of the boisterous Raspberry Sorbet win his mother over? And in a land where fruit and vegetables walk and talk, what exactly will be hidden beneath that famous mattress?

Rehearsal photos..

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Crack Open Christmas
to Dec 9

Crack Open Christmas


December 8th CLICK HERE

December 9th CLICK HERE

Gay White and Angela Healy present a cabaret with a difference at the Ice Factory this December for two nights only.

Full of fun and laughter with a smattering of Christmas tunes the evening will include mate- rial old and new. The auditorium will be trans- formed into a cabaret setting with tables each seating up to four people and our very own “Elf Service” will be on hand so you don't even need to go to the bar to get a drink.

Tickets are £10 and include mulled wine, mince pies and tidbits to help to get you in the festive spirit. Get yours from the box office or online at

Please note that due to the different layout beIng adopted, there will only be forty seats available for each performance.

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Friday's Child - Austin Hawkins
to Nov 18

Friday's Child - Austin Hawkins

Friday’s Child is from the pen of local playwright Austin Hawkins. Austin’s one act plays have won a clutch of awards in recent years in theatre festivals for actors, directors and for his original scripts, including ‘Runner Up’ in a National play writing competition.

In this three act play ‘Friday’s Child‘, Alan and Mary Hurst are predictably going about their lives, he an insurance executive and magistrate, and Mary a ‘pillar of the community’, playing bridge, in the Townswomen’s Guild and doing charitable works.

Returning from the office one evening Alan has a chance encounter with a young sex worker, Sharon, and agrees to go back to her flat. Their meeting triggers a chain of unwelcome revelations as Sharon, Alan and Mary have their settled lives challenged and face a catalyst for change.
Hang on to your seats as the verbal sparks start to fly!


Tuesday November 14th @ 7:30pm

Wednesday November 15th @ 7:30pm

Thursday November 16th @ 7:30pm

Friday November 17th @ 7:30pm

Saturday November 18th @ 2:30pm Matinee

Saturday November 18th @ 7:30pm


Rehearsal photos

Mary Hurst - Maura O'Donoghue, Alan Hurst - Kevin Booker, Sharron - Jemma Carlin-Wells

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Powderham Live - Sessions
1:00 PM13:00

Powderham Live - Sessions



The Powderham Live Sessions!
Sunday 1st October 2017 at The Ice Factory, Teignmouth

Welcome young musicians! 

Applications are now open for the opportunity to perform at an event which will showcase the fantastic musical talent in our local area. The sessions are open to young musicians and singers of all genres, whether you perform on your own, with others or as a group. 

To apply you must be aged between 13 and 19 and live (or go to school) in the Dawlish, Kenton, Starcross or Teignmouth area. (and have your parent or guardian's permission)

The event is being organised following the hugely successful Powderham Live! evening held last November and is designed to give more young people the opportunity to perform at the castle. Some of the acts will be invited in November to perform in the beautiful, historic music room for the second Powderham Live!
Take a look at our youtube channel to see photos and video clips from last year's event. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

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What a Way to Go - Arne House Productions
to Sep 16

What a Way to Go - Arne House Productions

What a Way to Go

Following the success of The Cankerbury Tales last year, Arne House Productions is proud to present its latest venture.

What a Way to Go is a musical comedy following the fortunes of Mabel Potts in her bid to gain freedom from the limitations of her family life.

The script, music and lyrics have all been devised by Peter Whittle, a local songsmith and scribbler who is once again delighted to see his doodlings being performed by such a talented and enthusiastic group of performers from the South Devon area.

Further information can be found on:

BOOK Tickets as follows:-

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to Aug 27


Teignmouth Players Return to the Pavilions Teignmouth for Blackadder the Third

Last Summer theTeignmouth Players took to the stage at the new Pavilions Teignmouth auditorium for the first time and hit just the right note with their much acclaimed production of Blackadder II.
It seems that the Players are ‘on a roll’ at this venue as they return this month with a cunning plan to reprise the Blackadder connection with three episodes from Blackadder the Third.   These hugely popular scripts, originally for Television, are written by Ben Elton and Richard Curtis who will generously donate their royalties from this production to Comic Relief.


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