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!
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 (2016 - 17) we are supporting the Rethink Mental Illness.
We help millions of people affected by mental illness by challenging attitudes, changing lives. Here is just a selection about what we do:
Advice and information
We provide expert, accredited advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems. When mental illness first hits you or your family, it can be hard to know who or what to trust. We give people clear, relevant information on everything from treatment and care to benefits and employment rights. We were the first mental health charity to gain the Information Standard for our trusted and relevant information.
Services and groups
We have over 200 mental health services and 150 support groups across England. From psychological therapies and Crisis and Recovery Houses to peer support groups and housing services, we directly help thousands of people every year across England. Find out what we have near you. Over 90% of people using our services say they are respected, listened to and get the right kind of support. If you want support online instead, go to our pages on Facebook and Twitter. It's easy to find a good supportive chat or lively debate going on every single day.
We campaign nationally for policy change, and locally for the support people need. We have changed the law to improve life for millions of people with mental health problems and we are changing public attitudes through the Time to Change campaign, which we lead in partnership with Mind.
For more information please click here
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.
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.
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!
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....
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.
Over the past few years, we have visited Community Groups, including the Open Gate Stroke Club in Romsey, where we have staged Radio Plays:
Up the Garden Path,
Last Tango in Little Grimley,
Spongecake & Branston,
Albert & The Lion
Strictly Sex Factor On Ice
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.
Murder At The Cathederal
Last saved: October, 2016