We will have small stocking-fillers and other items at STARTMart to raise funds from November 25th

The next  lunch & playreading afternoon will be on 
Thursday 14th December 

 (for both of these see below for details) 
 Keep an eye on the calendar schedule below for other events updates.

22nd December
A showing of our Tame Valley project DVD, Xmas theatre games & mince pies!
You don't have to have any acting experience to join us.
If you'd like to to come along to see if it's for you, drop in, call or email us.
Open to unaccompanied young people from age 13, and adults, with no upper age limit.
Younger ages are welcome if accompanied by a parent or responsible sibling or adult.
We meet from 7.00 to 8.45
at the Mercia Fire Station Community Rooms on Lichfield Street, Tamworth.
Back again on January 5th
Keep in touch with what's going on in our schedule


Public fundraising at STARTMart

posted 20 Nov 2017, 02:19 by shoebox theatre c.i.c.   [ updated ]

Public fundraising at STARTMart on Saturday December 16th & 23rd Shoebox will be at STARTMart , promoting our community drama activities and and raising funds, with craft items and other low-cost Xmas stocking fillers. The Game of Thrones actor Margaret Jackman will be signing autographs for GOT enthusiasts and collectors. Autographs, including photos: £5 (that is half the price of Comicon signings) & a donation for 'selfies' - all proceeds to Shoebox Theatre.
St Editha's Community Hall in College Street
 Saturday 16th & 23rd Dec  
10am - 3pm
Tell your G.O.T. friends!

Lunch, raffle, play-reading afternoon

posted 20 Nov 2017, 02:04 by shoebox theatre c.i.c.   [ updated ]

DECEMBER 14th CANCELLED: Our next buffet lunch & play-reading will be on Tuesday 9th January.
 Lunch from 12.30,  minimum donation to Shoebox Theatre £3; small raffle £1 a ticket. Venue: Community Room, Mercia Community Fire Station, Lichfield St., Tamworth. Please email us for further  details and to tell us if you are coming and let us know about dietary requirements. This isn't a 'drop-in' event. We do need advance warning.

Schools workshops: Shoebox in the Black Country

posted 17 Jul 2017, 12:37 by shoebox theatre c.i.c.   [ updated 4 Aug 2017, 03:15 ]

On July 12th, four practitioners, Marlene, Susannah, Margaret & Adam led workshops for the whole of Year 10 (ages 14/15) at Dormston Secondary School in Sedgley in an action packed Forum Theatre  presentation on conflict resolution. Several brave pupils put themselves and their improvised scenarios forward to act out scenes which were escalating into conflict, and their audience of fellow pupils called out "Stop!" every time someone saw a way to cool the atmosphere. They came up with some great solutions: "Don't wag your finger like that - it's aggressive" was one, but there were lots more ways suggested to ease the tension in tricky, potentially explosive situations.  We had a great time, and from the pupils' liveliness and responses, we think they enjoyed themselves and, we hope, learnt something about 'cooling it'!

Then, the following week, Margaret and Marlene were at Chase Terrace Technical College, where we ran workshops across Year 10 on personal creativity. So we gave them lots of challenges, in pairs and small groups, to stimulate creative thinking and produce something to show in a minimum time frame. We were rather pushed for room to move - someone else had bagged the school's large, empty spaces - but despite the heat and sixty teenagers at a time vying fora piece of floor, we had a great day. The kids seemed to enjoy it, too!

POSTPONED till September - Tuesday July 18th Fundraising Lunch & Playreading event

posted 3 Jul 2017, 08:26 by shoebox theatre c.i.c.   [ updated 17 Jul 2017, 12:23 ]

We will now be running this event in September. Details here, as soon as a new date is chosen. Our next midweek event will be a light buffet lunch at a private town address, followed by a playreading of one of  the plays of Emlyn Williams, Wesh actor-playwright, who was once very popular in both West End and repertory theatres. If you'd like to join us, you will find us a small, welcoming group. Begins with lunch from 12.30 and finishes about 4. Minimum £3 for lunch. There'll also be a raffle. Please contact us for details if you'd like to join us. Email:

June lunch and playreading

posted 9 Jun 2017, 14:43 by shoebox theatre c.i.c.   [ updated 17 Jul 2017, 12:52 ]

Tuesday June13 we will be meeting close to Tamworth town centre for a buffet lunch, raffle and reading of the thriller Dial M for Murder. Lunch @ £3 from 12.30, playreading to follow. Finish around 4pm. If you'd like to join us get in touch for details of venue: email to:  
We enjoyed this, and there were enough participants to match the number of characters in the play. Dial M for Murder was a very popular play back in the days when every town had its own repertory theatre, and the resident company played a different programme every week around the whole year, so there were an abundance of playscripts to fill the repertoire, on hire in sets from French's bookshopfor  the week's rehearsal and the week of performance.  Alas, there are only a few of the larger companies left, and the very few, if any, weekly rep. companies. We borrowed our playset from Staffordshire Libraries, through Tamworth Central library. and had an enjoyable afternoon after lunch, playing the different parts. Do you think this is something you might like to do? Contact us for information about our next date - it will be in September.

April Lunch & Playreading

posted 11 Apr 2017, 15:15 by shoebox theatre c.i.c.   [ updated 25 Apr 2017, 08:58 ]

Today, April 11th, a small group came together to have a natter over buffet lunch, then read Duet for Two hands - a very scary play by Mary Hayley Bell, about a man who is given a new pair of hands donated  by a dead man, and surgically attached by a surgeon who is at the forefront with his revolutionary medical procedures, and who is looking forward to being able to graft a face on a patient. Considering this play was written and performed in the 1940s, it was very much ahea  d of its time. We know that such operations have been successfully performed in the 21st century, but they could only be dreamed of.  Unfortunately in this play, the man's hands seem to retain the attributes of the dead man. Very creepy!

March 8th at the Tamworth Literary Festival

posted 1 Mar 2017, 04:45 by shoebox theatre c.i.c.   [ updated 11 Apr 2017, 15:20 ]

March Fundraising Buffet Lunch & Play Reading

posted 9 Jan 2017, 14:37 by shoebox theatre c.i.c.   [ updated 1 Mar 2017, 04:37 ]

Tuesday March 14th, from 12.30pm at a private home in Tamworth. This is one of our regular fund-raising events which begins with an  informal  buffet lunch, in a small friendly group, followed by a relaxed play reading. This month it will be a comedy. If you fancy joining us email us for further details and to book:   Minimum donation for lunch £3 per person.  


posted 4 Nov 2016, 10:05 by shoebox theatre c.i.c.   [ updated 23 Nov 2016, 15:34 ]

 We performed to two audiences in November, one at St. Martin's, Stonydelph, and the other in town at St Editha's Community Hall. They seemed to enjoy themselves - we certainly did, and were pleased to raise funds to help us with our next project.  There's a flyer in our archive.

Friday evenings at Mercia Fire Station from 7pm

posted 22 Jul 2016, 06:09 by shoebox theatre c.i.c.   [ updated 9 Jan 2017, 14:23 ]

 The Tanner of Tamworth is in rehearsal  for performance in March 2017 as part of the TamLit Festival, and we are waiting to hear if a new project has been successful in raising a grant. More about this when we know. And we still have to find time to shoot the final scene of a short film Betrayal we've been working on.

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