About the company

The Chandler's Ford Chameleon Theatre Company has been presenting plays to the people of Chandler's Ford since 1965.

We are a small company and perform and rehearse at the Ritchie Memorial Hall in Chandlers Ford. We put on four productions, including a pantomime, each year and participate in the one act play competitions staged by Totton Drama Festival and the Eastleigh Drama League.

Joining a drama group is not just about "treading the boards"; putting on a play needs a wide variety of skills and usually more backstage and front of house staff than there are cast on stage!


Helping the community

A free performance of every production is given to an invited audience from Chandler's Ford and nearby towns. Groups receiving an invitation are all disabled or senior citizens organisations.

Each year, starting on 1 September, we donate to our charity of the year. 

Where has your raffle money been donated?
Most years, the charity chosen is a local charity to which a member is closely connected.
This graph shows the Charities and the amount donated from 2005 - 2016.

This year (2018 - 19) we are supporting One Community.

What is One Community?
One Community
is an independent charity providing voluntary sector support and community development in Eastleigh & Fareham. It also provides care services, information and community transport in the borough of Eastleigh and beyond.

One Community aims to improve the quality of life for the people we serve, particularly older people, carers and people with disabilities, through the work of our various projects.
About Us

One Community helps children, families, disadvantaged, disabled and/or older people remain independent and engaged in their local community.

One Community's services either helps support individuals or voluntary groups directly or signpost someone to the right service.

One Community is a member of the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA) and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

For more information please click here


Rehearsals

We rehearse on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 in the Ritchie Memorial Hall. In addition the cast will meet at one member's home for further rehearsal as necessary, usually on Thursday evenings.

While the current play is rehearsed on stage, there are other activities taking place in the Green room. These include play reading or production of short plays, which we perform in residential homes or at charity functions.


Costumes

Creating costumes is a major task and we are lucky to have a member who loves this aspect of theatre. There are examples of her work throughout these pages. Most of us lend a hand with finishing costumes and sourcing materials, and anyone who likes to sew will find plenty to do.

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Socialising

It's not all work and no play!

Chameleons enjoy an active social life as well, starting immediately after rehearsal with a well earned visit to our local pub. We celebrate the end of every production with a party after the last night, although this is a relatively quiet affair as we have to be up early the next morning to strike set. Throughout the year, we have car treasure hunts, quiz nights, bowling evenings, go out for an Indian or Italian meal together, barbecues, and more parties. The reptilian chameleon may be a shy and retiring creature, not so the Chandler's Ford species!

Membership

We have a membership of around 40 at present, the majority of whom come to our Tuesday rehearsal and meeting on a regular basis. Even those who can't make the meeting usually appear in the pub!    More....


Our performances

Click on this link to see the reviews and photo gallery of our productions.

Click on this link to see a full list of all of our performances since our foundation in 1965.


Radio Plays

Over the past few years, we have visited Community Groups, including the Open Gate Stroke Club in Romsey, where we have staged Radio Plays:


2011:
Up the Garden Path,


2012:
Heaven's Above,
Last Tango in Little Grimley,


2013:
Spongecake & Branston,
Albert & The Lion


2014:
Strictly Sex Factor On Ice


2014:
We also performed 'Sudden Death At Thornbury Manor' at a murder mystery evening at North Baddesley Junior School in support of the school’s fund raising effort.


2015:
Murder At The Cathederal

Last saved: September, 2018