Creative Stoke



::  Stoke-on-Trent Repertory Theatre Company - Stoke's long-established company, putting on everything from Shakespeare to light comedy. Based near Stoke rail station.

::  Reveal Theatre Company is a professional company producing live theatre in Stoke-on-Trent and the wider Midlands, as well as in London & Edinburgh. Established in 1997 by Robert Marsden, Reveal is based in Stone. Recent productions include Godber's Teechers, Poliakoff's Hitting Town and Cartwright's Two. Reveal's aim is to employ Midlands-based creatives.

::  The Porthill Players.

::  The Newcastle Players.

::  Daneside Theatre - based in Congleton.

::  Longsdon Amateur Dramatic Society (Staffs Moorlands).

::  Alsager Community Theatre.

::  Stone Little Theatre.

::  Cheadle Theatrical Society (CATS).

::  Stone Little Theatre - a long established theatre company based in Stone.

::  Congleton Community Theatre - a 300-seat venue in Congleton, home to a variety of troupes.

::  Day-Star Theatre - a small professional company that tours canals and works in education.

::  Stone Revellers - performing musicals, pantomimes, drama, variety and comedy in Stone since 1978.

::  Potteries Theatre Company.

::   - specialising in comedy, farce, pantomime and the occassional musical.


     THEATRE PRODUCTION: Opera & musicals

::  North Staffordshire Operatic Society.

::  Congleton Operatic Society.

::  Stafford & District Operatic Society.

::  Clonter Opera Theatre - the famous 400-seat opera venue, eleven miles from Stoke, in the countryside near Congleton. Their musical director is Anthony Legge, director of opera at the Royal Academy of Music.



::  Stoke-on-Trent Repertory Theatre Company has a thriving Young Rep section.

::  Mitchell Youth Arts Theatre

::  Jude Theatre Company - a youth theatre based in Newcastle-under-Lyme. The group meets on Tuesdays in Crossheath.

::   - a youth drama-school offering stage skills & professional tutors; fees payable termly. Meets in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, on Saturdays at 10.00am.

::  GEMS Youth Theatre Company - based in Stone. This company of 8 to 18 year-olds stages musicals three times a year; either touring to theatres, or at their own Rooftop Studios theatre in Stone. GEMS welcome new members, and entry is via a short audition. (Creative Stoke has a photo-gallery of their performance of Dazzle.)

::  The Regent Theatre and The Victoria Hall - run ongoing programmes of participatory arts activity (dance, drama, opera) for children and young people. At Nov 2009 Jo Blagg at the Regent/Victoria is also the Lead Manager for the new Creative and Media Diploma in Stoke-on-Trent High Schools.

::  K.Dee.K. Danceworks - offering dance classes children.

::  Stagecoach Theatre Arts: Congeleton.

No web-site  New People's Theatre - a drama society for the over 10's which puts on full-length plays. Meets in Burslem.

No web-site  Burslem Summer School - a major summer-school youth theatre workshop which brings top-quality professional directors to work with young people in Burslem, Stoke.

No web-site  Mow Cop Players have Junior & Youth troupes.


     THEATRE: commercial venues

::  New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under Lyme. The New Vic also offers practical drama workshops for adults. Also has: a small art gallery; regular crafts fairs held in association with the North Staffordshire Guild of Craftsmen; and New Vic Borderlines, their strong community-arts programme of workshops and touring performance.

::  Regent Theatre & Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent. The Victoria Hall reportedly has... "the second-best acoustics in the country". The Regent regularly welcomes opera and productions from Glyndebourne. The Regent also has: a Dance Artist in Residence; public workshops; events for schools, and school-holiday creative activities.

::  Stoke-on-Trent Repertory Theatre. Purpose-build modern theatre, in Stoke-on-Trent.

::  Clonter Opera Theatre - the famous 400-seat opera venue, eleven miles from Stoke, in the countryside near Congleton. Their musical director is Anthony Legge, director of opera at the Royal Academy of Music.

::  Mitchell Youth Arts Theatre

::  The Queen's Theatre, Burslem

::  Stafford Theatre - in the nearby town of Stafford.


     DANCE: Modern

::  Axis Arts Centre - probably the best local venue to see touring modern dance.

::  FRONTLINEdance - six-member dance company which runs education projects bringing together disabled and non-disabled dancers. Based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.

::  Konnektiv Drama - does experimental and physical theatre

::  Fusion Performance Arts offers weekly training in singing, dance and drama skills at ages 5 to 15 years, each week in Stoke-on-Trent, including training for Trinity Guildhall / LAMDA examinations.

::  Stagecoach Theatre Arts: Congeleton.

::  Shaftesbury Dance - based at Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent.

::  Steelworks Dance & Performing Arts Academy - based in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent. Steelworks offers a three-year Dance & Musical Theatre Diploma, and British Ballet Teaching Qualifications from Level 3 to Level 6.

::  Loud Dance Studio - based in Westmil Street in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.

::  Carol Howard (aka Angels in Arts). Carol teaches 'world fusion tribal' dance in community and private settings, and is the leader of the Trent Valley Tribals troupe. Carol also teaches drumming, burlesque / show-girl dance, and low-impact 'Exercise to Music'.

::  K.Dee.K. Danceworks - based in Stoke-on-Trent, offering classes for adults and children.

::  Fahrenheit Dance Studios - based in Stoke-on-Trent.

::  Defy Gravity - based in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, and offering a variety of classes in different dance forms.

::  List of IDTA Dance Schools in Staffordshire.

::   - based in Trentham, this group for 11-25 year-olds has performed all over the world.

See also: Staffordshire Dance Network and Cheshire Dance.


     DANCE: Folk

::  Black Dog Molly Dancers - the main traditional folk dance group in North Staffordshire.

::  Domesday Morris - a folk-dance morris dancing group based in Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent.

::   Focus Pocus a folk dance duo based in Hanford, Stoke-on-Trent.

::   Carol Howard - teaches belly-dancing (aka Angels in Arts)

::  Abbots Bromley Horn Dancers.

No web-site  Six Towns Morris. Traditional folk dancers.

No web-site  Blythe Bridge Folk Dance Club.

No web-site  Stoke-on-Trent Pagans - they meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in Burslem, Stoke.

  Hindu Cultural Centre - based at The Dudson Centre, Hanley. They sometimes put on evenings of traditional Hindu music & dance.

 Stoke Irish Club - at the Sacred Heart Centre, off Regent Road, Hanley - organises regular Irish dancing events.


     DANCE: Ballroom

::   Rialto Ballroom - offering classes and private tuition, social nights, practices and tea dances.

No web-site  Litchfield's Ballroom.  Based in Longton, Stoke. "Competitive coaching for beginners to international championship standard. Social dance classes in Ballroom, Latin, Sequence & Freestyle."


     PERFORMING: Carnival arts and production

::  Asha Tank - a performance artist based in Stoke-on-Trent.

::  b arts (aka Beaver Arts) - an artist-led combined-arts company based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, with extensive experience of production for carnival performance.

For links to organisers of local festivals & carnivals, please see the foot of the Creative Stoke Events page.


     PERFORMING: stand-up comedy / performance poetry

::  The Trent Vale Poet.


     PERFORMING: Circus & puppetry, children's entertainment

::  Funny Wonders - based in nearby Buxton, and co-organisers of the annual Buxton Puppet Festival.

::  Funtastic Entertainments.

No web-site  Dragon Community Circus - based in Stoke-on-Trent.

No web-site  Clough Hall School Circus Club - based in Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent.


     PERFORMING: Singing

::  Steven Harper - based in Stoke-on-Trent, Steve offers a wide range of musical services including piano lessons, singing lessons, wedding pianist and wedding singing.

::   - offers singing workshops locally.

::  City Songbirds - running singing sessions across Stoke-on-Trent with children aged 5 to 8 years old. Over 600 songbirds members took part in three fabulous showcase singing shows in Hanley in June 2012.


     PERFORMING: magicians & illusionists

::  Van Buren - highly accomplished illusionist, magician, juggler - and television's plate-spinning expert.

::   Local aspiring stage magicians may be interested in the South Staffordshire Society of Magicians, described as "a progressive magic club covering Staffordshire and the West Midlands". They hold fortnightly meetings at Cannock.



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::  Living Design - sound & acoustics design. Based in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.

::  Bulletsound - who describe themselves as "Staffordshire's leading PA hire company".



::  Charlie Crow - specialising in costumes for younger children. Winner of a government-backed e-commerce award in 2002. Based in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent.

(See also: Creative Stoke's Fashion page)



::  Circuit Personal Management - an actor's co-operative agency based in Stoke-on-Trent

::  7 Casting - has an office in nearby Stafford.

::  Alive Entertainment Network - entertainment agency based in Newcastle-under-Lyme.



::  Sally Rivers - a highly experienced vocal and singing coach, based in Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent.

::   Craig Faulkner - a qualified Certified Master Teacher in Estill Voice Training, based in Stoke-on-Trent.



::  Staffordshire County Council: Performing Arts.

::  The Regent Theatre and The Victoria Hall - have community outreach training programmes in theatre and dance.

::  Staffordshire Dance Network

(See Creative Stoke's Courses page.)



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