About the company

The Chandler's Ford Chameleon Theatre Company has been presenting plays to the people of Chandler's Ford since 1965.

We are a small company and perform and rehearse at the Ritchie Memorial Hall in Chandlers Ford. We put on four productions, including a pantomime, each year and participate in the one act play competitions staged by Totton Drama Festival and the Eastleigh Drama League.

Joining a drama group is not just about "treading the boards"; putting on a play needs a wide variety of skills and usually more backstage and front of house staff than there are cast on stage!


Helping the community

A free performance of every production is given to an invited audience from Chandler's Ford and nearby towns. Groups receiving an invitation are all disabled or senior citizens organisations.

Each year, starting on 1 September, we donate to our charity of the year. 

Where has your raffle money been donated?
Most years, the charity chosen is a local charity to which a member is closely connected.
This graph shows the Charities and the amount donated from 2005 - 2016.

This year (2017 - 18) we are supporting the Hampshire Art for Recreation and Therapy (hArt).

What is hArt?
hArt
 (Hampshire Art for Recreation and Therapy) is a charity, established in 2014, that helps to change the lives of adults and children with mental health and wider social issues. Through creative therapy and a range of professionally structured activities, we can help people feel better, build their confidence and allow their self-expression to shine through.

Who does hArt work with?
hArt works with adults with mental health issues and children and young people in need of early intervention. We also offer help to those living with dementia, their carers and wider support networks. We can tailor-make programmes for a range of challenges and needs.

How does hArt do this?
We specialise in offering the professional skills of fully qualified and experienced creative therapists. This can be in small groups or adding an extra, more personal level of psychotherapeutic support for those who need some specialist one-to-one attention.
hArt also delivers recreational workshops for improving health and well-being, an important aspect of our work using both indoor and outdoor spaces – harnessing the beauty and inspiration offered by the New Forest, as well as working further afield.

Where does hArt work?
We travel to care homes, schools, colleges, workplaces, village halls and community centres, and can deliver our programmes in less accessible rural areas. With such a range of creative activity experience, hArt is able to work anywhere, reaching out to those who need us.

Where does hArt get the funding?
hArt makes regular funding applications and public appeals, and is always looking to increase support to ensure that we can keep improving and expanding our services for individuals and groups. Creative therapy can make a real difference to people’s lives, so please get in touch to help us to achieve more!

For more information please click here


Rehearsals

We rehearse on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 in the Ritchie Memorial Hall. In addition the cast will meet at one member's home for further rehearsal as necessary, usually on Thursday evenings.

While the current play is rehearsed on stage, there are other activities taking place in the Green room. These include play reading or production of short plays, which we perform in residential homes or at charity functions.


Costumes

Creating costumes is a major task and we are lucky to have a member who loves this aspect of theatre. There are examples of her work throughout these pages. Most of us lend a hand with finishing costumes and sourcing materials, and anyone who likes to sew will find plenty to do.

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Socialising

It's not all work and no play!

Chameleons enjoy an active social life as well, starting immediately after rehearsal with a well earned visit to our local pub. We celebrate the end of every production with a party after the last night, although this is a relatively quiet affair as we have to be up early the next morning to strike set. Throughout the year, we have car treasure hunts, quiz nights, bowling evenings, go out for an Indian or Italian meal together, barbecues, and more parties. The reptilian chameleon may be a shy and retiring creature, not so the Chandler's Ford species!

Membership

We have a membership of around 40 at present, the majority of whom come to our Tuesday rehearsal and meeting on a regular basis. Even those who can't make the meeting usually appear in the pub!    More....


Our performances

Click on this link to see the reviews and photo gallery of our productions.

Click on this link to see a full list of all of our performances since our foundation in 1965.


Radio Plays

Over the past few years, we have visited Community Groups, including the Open Gate Stroke Club in Romsey, where we have staged Radio Plays:


2011:
Up the Garden Path,


2012:
Heaven's Above,
Last Tango in Little Grimley,


2013:
Spongecake & Branston,
Albert & The Lion


2014:
Strictly Sex Factor On Ice


2014:
We also performed 'Sudden Death At Thornbury Manor' at a murder mystery evening at North Baddesley Junior School in support of the school’s fund raising effort.


2015:
Murder At The Cathederal

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