New actors' company being set up in Tendring

Thursday, 9 March, 2017

A new actors’ company is being set up in Tendring to provide regular thought provoking plays.

The company will operate out of Clacton’s Princes Theatre and follows on from an initiative launched last month to establish a centre for specialist training for aspiring performers.

Locally-based director Melissa Wenn has come up with the idea of the Princes Actors’ Company to compliment her other project of the Princes Actors’ Centre.

She said the aim is to provide a platform for passionate and talented performer to put on the plays which are relevant to young people today.

"By working in a professional theatre, the company will give performers the chance to put their acting skills into practice, creating exciting characters, working closely with cutting edge scripts and perform to an audience," she said.

"It is a unique opportunity in the area to develop as a performer in a fun, social and supportive environment.

"They will be able to build their confidence and reach artistic potential through regular rehearsals and inspiring performances."

"Weekly rehearsals will take place for two months leading up to each play and can be arranged to some extent around the cast’s commitments.

It will be possible to put on the performances to smaller audiences who could be seated on the stage with the actors.

"It is something which has become popular elsewhere and I think it could really work at the Princes," added Melissa.

The Princes Actors’ Centre will offer workshops for those aged between 14 and 25 who dream of entering the performance industry and want to improve and develop their skills.

Classes will be taught by experienced practitioners working in the industry with the knowledge of the requirements for today’s theatre.

West End actor and singer Michael Watson, who hails from Clacton, has already committed to the project. Michael was also a member of the Princes Youth Theatre and performed many times on the Princes Theatre stage.

The sessions will be designed to fit around school, college or working life with part-time evening, weekend and daytime courses in a wide range of subjects and to suit all abilities.

The centre will get off the ground in September with 10 sessions.

Tanya Ferguson, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture, said it is good news for Tendring.

"I am sure that there are many talented people around who will jump at the chance to get involved with both the actors’ company and actors’ centre," she said.

"It is great to see such exciting initiatives being set up within our District to encourage people to perform and develop their talent."

Anyone interested in finding out more about the centre or company should contact Kai Aberdeen, Theatre Manager (Technical) at the Princes Theatre on 01255 686652.

Last updated on: 09/03/2017 - 08:20