Eastern Angles Theatre Company combines heritage with theatre to make regional stories and hidden histories come to life on stage.
We provide professional rural touring and site-specific theatre with a focus on new writing, new audiences and the development of new talent. Our stories and themes are derived from our sense of place, specifically East Anglia and the East of England. Since forming in 1982, Eastern Angles have blazed a trail across East Anglia over 30 plus years and expanded to national tours and Edinburgh Festival residencies.
Based in Ipswich at the Sir John Mills Theatre, the company has a second base in Peterborough at Chauffeur’s Cottage. Eastern Angles has performed across Peterborough including outside the city’s Cathedral, the Key Theatre and Nene Park. In October 2016, we opened a new theatre space: The Undercroft at Serpentine Green Shopping Centre.
Our mission is to...
- provide high quality theatre
- maintain and promote a regional identity
- tour to theatre, non-theatre and community venues
- develop and produce new and original work
Eastern Angles current annual programme includes:
- Spring Tour - a community tour to village halls and small scale venues in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk throughout March to June
- Engine Room – a Peterborough festival focused on new writing and developing local talent during the Autumn based at The Undercroft
- The alternative to the Christmas panto – Eastern Angles unique Christmas comedy touring to Ipswich, Woodbridge and Peterborough over December and January
Eastern Angles also commission new plays, provide workshops for schools with professional actors and directors and create community performances.
Current projects that we're working on...
Everything Must Go – an Elders reminiscence project
Based on the reminiscences and recollections of Suffolk Care Home residents collected over a three-month period we have created a new performance piece entitled ‘Everything Must Go’ inspired by memories of shops and shopping. The play will tour to care homes, schools and community venues during September and October 2017.
Delivered by Freemans – a verbatim community theatre project
Delivered by Freemans is a community play based on the stories of those who worked at Peterborough’s Freemans Catalogue Distribution Centre from the 1960s to the early 2000s. Performed at The Undercroft at Serpentine Green Shopping Centre in October/November 2017, this Heritage Lottery funded ‘documentary musical’ will resonate with Peterborough residents and anyone who remembers of culture of catalogue shopping.
Hampton Folk Tales – a Creative People & Places project
Hampton Folk Tales is an Arts Council funded Creative People and Places project designed to stimulate arts and cultural activity in Peterborough’s Hampton area. Between June – September 2017 Lamphouse Theatre and Eastern Angles will programme a series of community activities including walks, talks, workshops and storytelling sessions culminating in an exciting Festival of processions, music and performance on Saturday 16th September 2017.
Medieval Miracles – an ambitious community-engagement and performance programme celebrating East Anglia’s rich tradition of Medieval Theatre.
Miracles – in Spring 2020 we will tour two traditional medieval plays staged in new exciting ways to around 50 towns and villages across East Anglia.
Pageant Procession – in Summer 2020 we will re-create the Ipswich Corpus Christi pageant procession from Christchurch Mansion to the Waterfront via Ipswich Town Hall, with the help of school pupils, community groups, local performers, singers and musicians.
Laid Aside – in Summer 2021 we will present a community play for Ipswich exploring the local politics and human story behind the staging of medieval theatre, and examining the background to the arrival of The Reformation as it was ‘unloaded on the portside of Ipswich’.