The Dolman theatre is associated with a large number of theatrical,
performing arts and musical groups.
Newport Playgoers Society
The society's members own and manage the theatre and produce a season of
plays in the 400 seat auditorium and in the studio. To become a member
please contact Steve Bissex-Williams on 01633 862303. If you are
interested in helping out behind the scenes or front of house please
contact us for more information.
This dancing school run by Vanessa Clarke perform at the theatre twice a
year and also take part in the Newport Pantomime each year. The school is
based in the Beechwood area of Newport and ages start from 2 years upwards.
Vanessa has taken her school to perform at the Palladium in London and will
be performing at Her Majesty's Theatre later on in the year.Boys and girls
are welcome to join.All proceeds from Vanessa's show support local
Tel: 01633 676551
DOLMAN THEATRE WORKS
The Dolman Youth Theatre (The Junior Section of Newport Playgoers) was
set up to encourage young people into the society and to encourage them in
all areas of theatre work—acting, sound, lights, set design and building,
front of house work and all the other myriad of things that take place in
the Theatre on a day to day basis.
The group meets for sessions, during these sessions some aspect of
training or practice will be worked on. We have covered topics as diverse
as stage combat, writing for the theatre, stage make up; creating wounds,
and acting skills. All members take part in these sessions, taken by the
leaders, and sometimes visiting speakers.
In addition to the sessions there are opportunities to act in various
plays, on the main (400 seated) stage in the Dolman Theatre, and also in
the smaller (70 seated) Studio theatre. So a lot of rehearsal time is often
needed in addition to the sessions.
Should directors for the Playgoers plays require children for their
production, they will often cast from the Youth Theatre, and so other
opportunities sometimes become available, also the Youth Theatre is
contacted from time to time by other agencies requiring young actors, such
as Newport Film School, Clwyd Theatr Cymru and other local groups.
Members MUST be between 11 and 17. Below this age and you are too young,
above this age and you may go on to other activities within the
Entry is by audition, and we usually have these twice a year, unless
nobody turns 18 or leaves.
First you should write to:-
Mrs Lisa Aston-Griffiths
The Dolman Youth Theatre
And simply ask for a form to join the Youth Theatre.
GLD Dancing School
This School is run by Gemma Williams.It is based in the Bettws area of
Newport. GLD perform here once a year and also perform one night specials
for charity.Ages start from 2 years and boys and girls are
Gwent School of Dancing
This school is run by Jacky Dovey and is based in the Caerleon
area.Jacky has registered teaching status with the British Ballet
Organisation.Ages from entry level to advanced. The school perform here
every other year.
Gwent Young Farmers Club
Annual variety show
- Tel: 01291 672602 (Sarah Davies)
This dance school is based in the Bassaleg area and is run by Phillipa
Jones.The school perform here at Easter each year.
Le Clare School of Dance
Run by Emily and Becky Le Clare, this school is based at Le Clare
Studios 2-4 Coverack Raod, Newport.The school teaches Freestyle Disco, Hip
Hop and Contemporary dance.Competition and show work. Le Clare perform here
once a year.
Newport Operatic Society
One of Newport's longest running Musical Societies,This society perform
here twice a year.Newport Operatic won Best Musical at the Noda Awards
last year for their production of Anything Goes
Newport Pantomime Society
This society has been performing pantomimes for over 40 years. They are
based at The Panto Hall on Queens Hill.
The next Pantomime will be here in February 2014. They also put on a
Summer show at the Panto Hall.
Playgoers New Generation
PNG was set up to encourage young people into the society and to
encourage them in all areas of theatre work—acting, sound, lights, set
design and building, front of house work and all the other myriad of things
that take place in the Theatre on a day to day basis.
The group meets for sessions on a Monday evenings, during these sessions
some aspect of training or practice will be worked on. We have covered
topics as diverse as stage combat, writing for the theatre, stage make up;
creating wounds, and acting skills. All members take part in these
sessions, taken by the leaders, and sometimes visiting speakers.
Directors for the Newport Playgoers Society will often cast from PNG,
allowing opportunities to work with other directors and actors; also from
time to time we are contacted by other agencies requiring actors, such as
Newport Film School, and other local groups.
When We Meet
We meet on Monday evenings, from 7:00pm till 9:30pm and usually rehearse on
Saturday afternoons 1:30 pm- 4:00pm. Attendance is compulsory for the
sessions, although one phone call to a leader with apologies will secure
Three absences without any explanation and your place goes to the next
We usually have a long waiting list so places are at a premium.
All our present staff are CRB checked.
New Venture Players
This group have been established since 1972 and have perormed twice a
year here since then..A talented group always happy to welcome new
They are a semi-professional choir based in Newport, South Wales,
in the UK. The members range from less-experienced younger singers to
semi-professional and professional singers with vast choral and soloist
experience. The name of the Choir is taken from Caerleon's Priory,
where they held their first rehearsals back in 1999. This group
usually perform here in June each year.
Scout and Guide Gang Show
Scout and Guides from all over the Newport area perform here every two
Sharon Fitzgerald School of Dance
Principal Sharon Fitzgerald BBO – RTS, DTTLS, DDT
Classes available for beginners to advanced in Tap, Ballet, Modern,
Jazz, Adult Tap and Musical Theatre.
Students, boys and girls, are taken from age 3 upwards. The musical
theatre class is for boys and girls from age 6. Students will cover the
British Ballet Organization Syllabi in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz taking
regular examinations in all four genre. The musical theatre class that is
run with Cathy Robins and John Weldon perform concerts and shows. All
students have the chance to perform in the annual school show at the Dolman
The school also hold regular workshops for the students with many of
teachers coming from west end shows, and ballet companies.
Sharon holds the government recognised dance teaching qualifications Dip
Dance Teaching (DDT) both in ballet and tap and also the Diploma in
Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector in Dance (DTLLS) this is the new
Government recognised qualification for teaching in FE Colleges and also
Vocational Dance Schools.
All classes are now held at the Dolman Theatre Newport
A brand new young musical society based at the Dolman Theatre.
Tel: 01633 760454
STC Musical Society
STC Musical Society is now in its 50th year of entertaining the people
of Newport. Formed in 1958 as part of the social club of Standard
Telephones & Cables LTD, it quickly evolved into one of the top
societies in the UK.
In 1959 They introduced ROGERS & HAMMERSTEIN to Newport with
'OKLAHOMA!' which went on to win the very first WATERFORD INTERNATIONAL
FESTIVAL of LIGHT OPERA in Ireland.
They perform here twice a year, in May with a Musical and at Christmas with
WAWWA The Musical Theatre Company
This talented group of kids perform here twice a year.Their ability and
enthusiasm have audiences dancing in the aisles.
Young Venture Players
These award winning younsters perform here twice a year. They rehearse
at St Annes Church Hall in Highcross every Saturday afternoon.