Keep an eye on the calendar schedule below for events & updates.
News from our volunteer viewpoint
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 7pm to 9 pm
at the Mercia Fire Station Community Rooms on Lichfield Street, Tamworth.
Keep in touch with what's going on in our schedule


Going, Going, Gone! Our next Whodunnit? Mystery

posted 3 Feb 2018, 02:55 by shoebox theatre c.i.c.   [ updated 7 Apr 2018, 08:23 ]

Now in rehearsal - our next mystery. We are dispensing with dead bodies in our new play, Going, Going Gone! but there is a mystery to be unravelled by the audience. A motley group of the curious and the determined gather for an auction of effects at a small stately home. Among the items under the hammer is an early self-portrait of the celebrated artist J.W. Turnip. It is this that the majority of the visitors are interested in. What draws them all to this particular painting?  Performance dates will be in June. Watch this space for details. We'll post them here very soon.  We give you the situation, the characters and the stories, and you use your skill and judgement to unravel the mystery. An entertainment for competing teams. And an fun auction you can all join in.

Our next lunch & play-reading event will be on Tuesday May 8th

posted 16 Jan 2018, 08:52 by shoebox theatre c.i.c.   [ updated 26 Apr 2018, 01:07 ]

This is a chance to relax, meet new people and have a chat with a small, friendly group in a pleasant setting. The next one will be on 
Tuesday 8th May.
 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. If you prefer to phone, our number is 0752 160 2435

New drama project for Community Together Youth Group (ages 5 - 13)

posted 16 Jan 2018, 08:32 by shoebox theatre c.i.c.   [ updated 7 Apr 2018, 08:08 ]

This project is now finished. Get in touch if you want to start up a drama project in your area.  From January 26th through to March 23rd Shoebox will be bringing drama workshops to the Sacred Heart community rooms in Glascote to put together a performance to share with family and friends. You can sign up with Steve at the Friday Youth Group meeting this week. Watch this space for more information. Please note that the session on Feb 2nd has been cancelled because of an  unforeseen emergency. Meeting as usual on 7th. There will be a break for half-term holiday week.

Public fundraising at STARTMart

posted 20 Nov 2017, 02:19 by shoebox theatre c.i.c.   [ updated 16 Jan 2018, 08:24 ]

In the run-up to Xmas we were at STARTMart St Editha's Community Hall in College Street, promoting our community drama activities and and raising funds, with craft items and other low-cost Xmas stocking fillers, with all proceeds to Shoebox Theatre.

Lunch, raffle, play-reading afternoon

posted 20 Nov 2017, 02:04 by shoebox theatre c.i.c.   [ updated 13 Dec 2017, 05:06 ]

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 ]

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