A little bit 

about us 

The Caprian Theatre Company is based in Gateshead in the North East of England.

Formed in 1964 by a group of enthusiasts, we produced our first musical play, Salad Days (by Sandy Wilson) in 1965. The chosen venue for this production was the Gateshead Little Theatre, the only purpose built theatre in Gateshead. To this day the majority of our musical productions have been performed in this venue.

 

Many of our musical productions are claimed to be Northern Premier productions, being the first time that the shows were presented by amateurs in the NODA Northern Area. It was always intended that musical productions (although not a constitutional requirement) would wherever possible be chosen from the list of shows which were suitable for a small cast and venue and not from the list of popular shows so often presented by the other larger Societies in the area. This principle has always been adhered to, although some of the shows that were produced eventually became popular enough for the other larger Societies to present.

Our History

Our first pantomime presentation was Aladdin in 1967 at the Little Theatre. Three more pantomimes were to be presented here until it was realised that the venue was too small for such productions. Seating capacity was not enough to satisfy the demand by our patrons and with such a small capacity it was difficult to recover costs with the subsequent risk of running a show at a financial loss.

 

The larger venue of (the now demolished) Heathfield Senior High School was the venue for our first production outside of the Little Theatre, this being Red Riding Hood in 1972. Since then, all pantomime productions have taken place at the Dryden Centre (originally the Gateshead Girls Grammar School).

 

One of the objectives contained in our constitution is to raise funds for charitable purposes. We have made contributions to many charities over the years, not only by way of direct financial assistance but also by allowing discounts on ticket prices and performing concerts when requested directly in aid of specific charities. Whenever possible such assistance is directed at charities within our local area in return for the support of the local people who make up our audiences. Nationally based charities do however receive assistance where this is considered appropriate.

In 1953, a group of people from the Grammar School formed a choir. The name of the choir was THE CAPRIANS, chosen because of the link between the school and the goat's head used in its emblem. The 10th sign of the zodiac is Capricorn (the goat) and the name Caprian is a derivation of this.

Some of the choir members decided in 1964 to form an Operatic Society for the purpose of presenting their first musical production, Salad Days by Sandy Wilson. It was decided to retain the link with the school and the name CAPRIAN AMATEUR OPERATIC AND DRAMATIC SOCIETY was chosen.

 

The Society logo was design in the 1990s by our then secretary, feeling it appropriate to a goat's head in the design, reatining the link to the Caprian title and it's origin.

 

The Society formally changed it's name to the CAPRIAN THEATRE COMPANY in 2006.

Our History

Our first pantomime presentation was Aladdin in 1967 at the Little Theatre. Three more pantomimes were to be presented here until it was realised that the venue was too small for such productions. Seating capacity was not enough to satisfy the demand by our patrons and with such a small capacity it was difficult to recover costs with the subsequent risk of running a show at a financial loss.

 

The larger venue of (the now demolished) Heathfield Senior High School was the venue for our first production outside of the Little Theatre, this being Red Riding Hood in 1972. Since then, all pantomime productions have taken place at the Dryden Centre (originally the Gateshead Girls Grammar School).

 

One of the objectives contained in our constitution is to raise funds for charitable purposes. We have made contributions to many charities over the years, not only by way of direct financial assistance but also by allowing discounts on ticket prices and performing concerts when requested directly in aid of specific charities. Whenever possible such assistance is directed at charities within our local area in return for the support of the local people who make up our audiences. Nationally based charities do however receive assistance where this is considered appropriate.

In 1953, a group of people from the Grammar School formed a choir. The name of the choir was THE CAPRIANS, chosen because of the link between the school and the goat's head used in its emblem. The 10th sign of the zodiac is Capricorn (the goat) and the name Caprian is a derivation of this.

Some of the choir members decided in 1964 to form an Operatic Society for the purpose of presenting their first musical production, Salad Days by Sandy Wilson. It was decided to retain the link with the school and the name CAPRIAN AMATEUR OPERATIC AND DRAMATIC SOCIETY was chosen.

 

The Society logo was design in the 1990s by our then secretary, feeling it appropriate to a goat's head in the design, reatining the link to the Caprian title and it's origin.

 

The Society formally changed it's name to the CAPRIAN THEATRE COMPANY in 2006.

The   Venues  

Little Theatre

The Gateshead Little Theatre (the only purpose built theatre in Gateshead at the time) was the venue for The Caprian's first ever performance in 1965. To this day the majority of our musical productions are performed here.

Little Theatre

1-4 Saltwell View, 
Gateshead,
Tyne & Wear
NE8 4JS

 

Dryden Centre

Since 1972 all our pantomime productions have taken place at the Dryden Centre (originally the Gateshead Girls Grammar School).

Dryden Centre

Evistones Rd

Low Fell 

Gateshead

Tyne & Wear

NE9 5UR

FAQs

Are the performances child friendly?

Unless otherwise specified, all performances are suitable for all ages.

Can I bring my baby to a performance?

We're afraid not, the minimum age for attending children is 2.

How do I go about becoming a member of the Caprian Company? 

New members are always welcome to come along to our read throughs, email us at CaprianTC@hotmail.com or click here to subscribe to out mailing list to be notified when our next one is!

Are refreshments available?

At The Dryden Centre sweets and soft drinks are available to purchase in addition to ice cream in the interval. 

At The Little Theatre, ice cream is available in the interval and attendees have access to the bar (first floor of the Little Theatre) before, in the interval and after the show.

Can I photograph/record the performance? 

Recording and photographing the performance is strictly prohibited, we thank you Kindly for your cooperation.

Committee   Members  

Tom Stafford

President

Kevin Riley

Chairman

Lisa Simpson

Treasurer

Alan Gray

Committee Member

Melissa Kirby

Committee Member

Dave Mullen

Committee Member

Dave McRoberts

Committee Member

Honourary Life

Members

Carol Bannerman, Hazel Burn, Sharon Yilmaz, Susan Pennington, Edith Quigley, Enid Stafford, Louise Trayler, Alan Gray, Chris Hall, George Parkin, Tom Stafford, Peter Swaddle, Brian Quigley, Jeff Waites.

Honorary Associate

Members

Margaret Newman, Brenda McGreggor, Joyce Snaith, Joyce Campbell, Majorie Tully, Shirley Wood, Graeme Swaddle.

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