Torbay Thespis

‘Thespis’ is a newsletter, produced by John Miles, of all the information on amateur drama productions in the Torbay and South Devon area.

Please consider supporting all our local AmDram companies, if any of the productions catch your eye.  You will find contact details on the below Thespis; if there are any issues with the websites, phone numbers or other details, please contact the author, John Miles, not SBADS – thank you.

The Torbay Thespis, 6 January 2024

The performance listing for amateur productions in South Devon, from Dawlish to South Brent, compiled by John Miles


‘Witness for the Prosecution’
Brixham Operatic.
Read-through 7 Jan at 2.00pm. Auditions 3rd March at 2.00pm. Both at BOADS Hall, Cavern Road.

Dartington Playgoers will be producing ‘Jerusalem’ next June. Director, Ceni Wyatt, Read-through, Sat 13 January. 3.00pm. Auditions 20 January 11.00am until 3.00pm. Venue to be finalised. Details from Dartington website.

Toads Theatre Company Auditions:

  • ‘The Cemetery Club’, 14 January at 2.30pm.
  • ‘Dial M for Murder’. 18 Feb at 2.00pm.


11-13 January, 2024.

‘The Wizard of Oz’

by Alex Jackson, directed by Jack Davis.


St John’s Church Hall, Shiphay.TQ2 7HP.

15-20 January, 2024. 7.30pm Sat mat 2.30pm.

‘Cold Comfort Farm’, or ‘Something Narsty in the Woodshed’

adapted from Stella Gibbons’ novel by Sally Hedges. Directed by John Miles.

Toads Theatre Company.

01803 299330.

24-27 January, 2024.

‘Puss in Boots’

written and and directed by Gina Tredwell.

TAODS Totnes.

24-28 January. 7.30pm. Sat and Sun matinees. Not Sun evening.

‘The Wizard of Oz

directed by Andrew Malcolm. Shaldon Pantomime.

At Pavilions, Teignmouth.
01626 249049

27 January. 7.30pm.

‘Military Wives Choir, Plymouth’

Conductor, Rob Young, Accompanist Kathy Kenny.

The Little Theatre, Torquay.

01803 299330.

25-28 January, 2024. 7.30pm. plus Sat and Sun matinees at 2.30pm. No Sunday evening performance.


by Alan P Frayn, directed by Donna Wills, MD, Paul Pennicotte-Henrie.


at South Brent Village Hall.

8-9 February, 2024. 7.30pm.

‘A Mid Summer Nights Dream’

by William Shakespeare, directed by Heidi Pyburn.

Devon Youth Theatre Company,

Toads Theatre Company.

01803 299330.

8-10 February. 7.30pm. Cancelled

‘Crown Matrimonial’

13-16 February. 7.30pm.

‘Laying the Ghost’

by Simon Williams, directed by James Mackenzie-Thorpe.


The Palace Theatre, Paignton.

01803 665800.

March sometime

‘The Screwtape Letters’

by C.S. Lewis.

Unleashed Theatre

The Royal Lyceum, Torquay.

11-16 March. 7.30pm Sat mat 2.30pm.

‘Cash on Delivery’

by Michael Cooney, directed by Anna Reynolds.

Toads Theatre Company.

01803 299330.

14-16 March 7.30pm.

‘Play On’

by Rick Abbot, directed by Vanessa Fitzgerald.

Project X

Brixham Theatre.

14-16 March. 7.30pm.

‘Ladies down Under’

by Amanda Whittington, directed by Pat Gilles


St John’s Church Hall, Shiphay.TQ2 7HP.

4-6 April.

‘Much ado about Nothing’

by William Shakespeare, directed by Nicole Duvall.

Teignmouth Players

The Ice Factory Studio Theatre.

5-6 April. 7.30pm possible matinee?

‘Matilda Jnr’


Brixham Theatre.

8-13 April. 7.30pm sat mat 2.30pm.


by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Mary Singleton.

Toads Theatre Company

01803 299330.

24-27 April 7.30pm.


by Patrick Hamilton, directed by Andrew Kenyon.

‘Bijou’ Theatre.

01803 665800.

13-18 May. 7.30pm Sat mat 2.30pm.

‘The Cemetery Club’

by Ivan Menchell, directed by Maggie Campbell.

Toads Theatre Company.

01803 299330.

16-18 May. 7.30pm.

‘Two Days to Go’

written and directed by Andy Charlton.


St John’s Church Hall, Shiphay.TQ2 7HP.

30 May-8 June.

‘Nothing like Brief Encounter’

written and directed by Laraine Ferguson.

Teignmouth Players

The Ice Factory Studio Theatre.

10-15 June. 7.30pm Sat mat 2.30pm.

‘Dial M for Murder’

by Frederick Knott, directed by Jon Manley.

Toads Theatre Company.

01803 299330.

18-22 June.


by Jez Butterworth, directed by Ceni Wyatt.

Dartington Playgoers.

See their website for details.

26-29 June. 7.30pm.

‘42 Street’

Toads (SM)

Princess Theatre, Torquay.

4-6 July.

‘The Last Five Years’

director/MD Rob Walling

Teignmouth Players

The Ice Factory Studio Theatre.

5-14 September.


directed by Al Dunn.

Teignmouth Players

The Ice Factory Studio Theatre.

12-14 September. 7.30pm

‘Witness for the Prosecution’

Agatha Christie, directed by Patti Dine.


Brixham Theatre.

24 October – 2 November.

Double bill.

‘The Bear’ by Anton Chechov, directed by Rolande Burrows, and ‘The Witches of Prestwick’ directed by Jane Branch.

Teignmouth Players

The Ice Factory Studio Theatre.

27-30 November. 7.30pm


by Moliere, adapted by Roger McGough, directed by Patrick Cooper.

Dartington Playgoers.

21-23rd December.

‘Nativity, The Musical’


Brixham Theatre.

20-23rd December.

‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’

Teignmouth Players.

From the author of ‘Thespis’, John Miles:

Sent bcc to well over one hundred individuals and societies.

The details in this listing are believed to be correct, however there is no guarantee of accuracy. Please contact the individual societies for ‘Horse’s Mouth’ information.

It is expected that the officials of each society will send these listings by email, ‘bcc’ to their membership, but only to those members who agree to be recipients. A print-out of each listing (first page only) should be displayed on each society notice board.

Venues. Most societies use the same venue for all their productions. Unless otherwise stated those venues are…..

  • Toads Theatre Company, The Little Theatre, Torquay.
  • Teignmouth Players. The Ice Factory Studio Theatre, Teignmouth.  01626 778991
  • Pavilions, Teignmouth.
  • Bijou. The Palace Theatre, Paignton. 01803 665800.
  • BOADS.  Brixham Theatre.  01803 415987.
  • Gilbert and Sullivan Soc. The Little Theatre, Torquay.
  • Dartington Playgoers. Studio 31, Dartington Hall.
  • SADS. St John’s Church Hall, Shiphay.TQ2 7HP.
  • TOPS and Toads (SM) perform their musicals at The Princess Theatre, Torquay.
  • Unleashed Theatre, Royal Lyceum, Torquay.
  • South Devon Players Film and Theatre Company. Brixham Theatre and on tour.
  • Shaftsbury Theatre, Dawlish. 01626 863061.
  • Ipplepen, Bovey Tracey, Bishopsteignton and South Brent in their local parish halls.

Please inform me of your future productions, even if they have not been finalised. This may help to avoid similar productions or overlapping dates.

Send me your information as soon as you can; it’s always possible to amend or even cancel any item. I will try to include your production on the next listing, but reserve the right to edit the content.