Associated Groups

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 Jean Rowe on 01633 263670. If you are interested in helping out behind the scenes or front of house please contact us for more information.


Beechwood Dancers

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 .Boys and girls are welcome to join. All proceeds from Vanessa's show support local charities.

Tel: 01633 676551

Centrestage Cymru

A  young musical society based at the Dolman Theatre.

Tel: 01633 760454


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 society.

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

The Dolman Youth Theatre

Dolman Theatre


South Wales

NP20 1HY

And simply ask for a form to join the Youth Theatre.

  • Tel:01633 263670

Glass Ceiling Theatre Company



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 welcome.

  • Tel: 07737 171514


Gwent Young Farmers Club

Annual variety show

  • Tel: 01291 672602 


This dance school is based in the Bassaleg area and is run by Phillipa Jones. The school perform here at Easter each year.

  • Tel: 01633 760091

Le Clare School of Dance

Run by Emily and Becky Le Clare, this school is based at Le Clare Studio 1 Caerleon Road, Newport. The school teaches Freestyle Disco, Hip Hop and Contemporary dance. Competition and show work. Le Clare perform here once a year .For more info contact Emily Chard on 07881305778


Newport Operatic Society

One of Newport's longest running Musical Societies, This society perform here twice a year.

Newport Pantomime Society

This society has been performing pantomimes for over 40 years. They are based at The Panto Hall on Queens Hill.



New Venture Players

This group have been established since 1972 and have performed twice a year here since then. A talented group always happy to welcome new members.


Scout and Guide Gang Show

Scout and Guides from all over the Newport area perform here every two years.

Sharon Higgins Academy of Dance

Principal Sharon Higgins 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 Theatre.

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

  •  Tel: 01633 760454

 Young Venture Players

These award winning youngsters perform here twice a year. They rehearse at  Rivermead Community Centre, Rogerstone every Saturday afternoon.

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