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2012 has passed by in a blur of activity. Powerhouse has taken part in some great projects this year and produced some successful shows... what a fantastic year it has been!

We would like to wish all our supporters, friends and colleagues a wonderful Christmas
and let's hope that 2013 is a wonderful year for us all!
See you next year!

Added by Abigail Halley, 17 December 2012


Little Sparks has been performed at the Electric Theatre now for over four years but it is moving home!
From 19th January you can find Geoff and his trusty guitar just under the bridge from the theatre at the new children's drop in - the Riverside Centre.
Perfect for little ones over 2, you can come and join the fun every Saturday at 11am. And grown ups can relax with a coffee as their children have fun with joining in songs and stories. See you there!

Added by Abigail Halley, 17 December 2012


It's time to unveil our brand new project... PIRATECTIVES PIRATE SCHOOL!!

Piratectives is a special project for the Easter holidays which is being produced in association with GLive.

During week 1, twenty five 7-11 year olds get the chance to learn all the skills they need to be a fearsome pirate. Each pirate will be awarded with a named character and will appear in the World premiere of Geoff Lawson's new play The Piratectives!

During week 2, the pirates continue rehearsing the play and then perform it alongside professional actors at the end of the week!

If you fancy being a pirate then pirate school will take place on:

1st April - 12th April
10am - 4pm
Your pirate fee will be: £180 with £110 discounted places for additional siblings

If you don't fancy being a pirate you can still be pressganged as an audience member! You can join Captain Scallop and his pirate crew at GLive Studio:

Thursday April 11th & Friday April 12th
3pm and 6pm
Adults £10, Children £8
Recommended 6+

See GLive for details at: www.glive.co.uk

Added by Geoff Lawson, 24 November 2012

Our War a success!

The run of Our War has gone brilliantly with great responses and feedback from our audiences. Check out the photos from the show below. We are sad it's all over and huge thanks are in order to George Longland, Sally Martin, Kate Francik, all at the Electric Theatre, Ciaran McConville, Gerry Gun and all at the Rose Theatre, Rosie Horan, Rachel Cutts, Jess Harriet, GSA and especially Carol Brown and Guildford Museum. We really couldn't have done it without you!


Our next history play will be the lively Our Tudors which will return in Autumn 2013. Do have a look at the photos and reviews in the schools section to find out more about the show.

Added by Abigail Halley, 14 November 2012


The rehearsals have begun in earnest this week for Our War - our award winning play on World War 2. We are brushing down our best cockney accents and having a right knees up! You can still get tickets for all our performances... just follow the links below.

Added by Abigail Halley, 4 October 2012


Summer is nearly over... but autumn is nearly here which brings with it our fact based World War 2 play Our War. Perfect for 7-11 years olds who are studying it at school and also anyone interested in this world changing time in our history.
You can see Our War at:
The Rose Theatre, Kingston on 16th October at 11am
The Electric Theatre, Guildford on 8th November at 10.30am and 1pm

Our cast is now set with Jonathan Whittaker and Abigail Halley returning to the Powerhouse stage to perform in the play alongside Paul Bryant who makes his Powerhouse debut.

Many thanks to Guildford Museum who are lending us original artefacts to be used in the play.

We hope to see you at one of the performances very soon!

Added by Abigail Halley, 11 September 2012

More accolades for Powerhouse!

Abigail Halley has received a Lord Mayors Award in recognition of her work with Powerhouse Theatre Company and particularly the brilliant contribution she has made to Powerhouse community projects over the last two years. This is the second Lord Mayors award we've received and this now sits alongside the one Powerhouse Director Geoff Lawson received in 2010. Combined with Geoff's awards for Pretty Ugly, Powerhouse can now call themselves a multi award winning company!

Added by Geoff Lawson, 27 July 2012

Powerhouse proud to announce Phil Davis as new patron!

All of us at Powerhouse Theatre Company are thrilled and excited that the wonderful actor Phil Davis has agreed to become patron. Phil can best be described as an actors actor with an amazing body of work. His integrity as an artist sits well with the ethos of Powerhouse and we can think of no one better to be patron of Powerhouse. We look forward to officially welcoming Phil, with a lunch at the Electric Theatre planned for later in the year.

Added by Geoff Lawson, 27 July 2012

It's time for our summer holidays!

After a busy few months planning for our up and coming shows it's time for us to take a well earned rest! Digby the Bookworm is hanging up his storytelling hat and our director Geoff is off to get inspiration in Hollywood! After August business will be well and truly back in the swing of things as we go straight into rehearsals for our play Our War. A brilliant snapshot of WW2 this play is perfect for 7 year olds and older.
We are currently casting and will shortly announce the cast. Please see all the details of this show in our Schools section where you will find booking advice.

Wishing all our Powerhouse friends a wonderful summer!

Added by Abigail Halley, 13 July 2012

It's Our Birthday!

It's five years since Powerhouse Theatre Company was founded and we can look back with a great dollop of pride at all we've achieved in such a relatively short space of time. Totting up the number of original shows we've done, it's astonishing to see our work rate! Besides producing twelve original shows, we've also utilised our skills working with many community organisations devising and delivering workshops.

Huge thanks to all the fantastic actors, designers, stage managers and musicians, who have made such a valuable contribution to Powerhouse and to the core team of Sally Martin, Sarah West, Abigail Halley and associates Robert Caan, Kate Francick and George Longland.

Here's to the next five years!

Added by George Longland, 10 May 2012

New Our War date added!

We are excited to announce that we'll be returning to the Rose Theatre, Kingston on Tuesday 16th October at 11am 'Our War' a family show on the subject of the second world war.
Our show times have been confirmed at the Electric Theatre, Guildford as 1pm on 7th November and 10.30am on 8th November.

We really hope that you will come along to what promises to be an emotional and educational experience. Suitable for ages 7+

Added by Abigail Halley, 14 April 2012

Our War

Our War is coming back!

This show on the second world war, was first produced in 2005 and was brought back twice in the same year to meet the demand from schools. With the support of Guildford Museum the show featured genuine artefacts of the period, including an air raid siren, gas masks, ration cards etcetera. Our War covers everything from rationing, evacuation, the rise of fascism, black market, air raids, Normandy landings VE day and lots more and is aimed at age 7+.

It's returning this Autumn and we already have one venue booked in - The Electric Theatre Guildford on 25th and 26th September. One of these shows will be on in the early evening so even if your school is not making a trip you can still come and find out all about this fascinating time in history. This show is a brilliant resourse for everyone in Keystage Two as it links in with the curriculem and even if you are not studying it, it will make for a very interesting evening out!

Added by Abigail Halley, 19 March 2012

Storytelling back every Monday!

Spring has sprung and so have the stories in Digby the Bookworm's garden. Join us at the Electric Theatre, Guildford every Monday at 11 am for stories, songs and games on a different theme each week. Specially devised for the under 5's and their families.

Added by Abigail Halley, 19 March 2012

Pretty Ugly tour a great success!

Pretty Ugly has enjoyed a fantastic revival. Check out the comments we received in the Pretty Ugly section on the Adults Page.
As usual, we have lots of thank yous to make to many wonderful people. Their hard work and dedication meant the play was a huge success, playing to packed audiences.

So- huge thanks to:
George Longland, Sue Barnard and all the staff at the Electric Theatre, Ciaran McConville, Sarah west, Sally Martin, Jeff Thomson, Becci Kenning, Conor Brown and GSA, Craig Hills, Guildford Council and our talented bunch of actors - Alice Frankham, Samantha Arends, Damian Quinn, Abigail Halley, Esme Rhodes, Billy Rhodes, Polly King, Anna Loveday, Robert Cann and Jonathan Whittaker.

Added by Abigail Halley, 19 March 2012

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Pretty Ugly Triumphs!

The gala performance of Pretty Ugly was a great night for Powerhouse, with very enthusiastic feedback from a sell out audience. We were all amazed at the teenage schools audience levels of concentration, with someone commenting that you could have heard a pin drop through the entire play!
Special mention should go to Alice Frankham and Samantha Arends for two wonderful performances and to Conor Brown for his technical wizardry!
We look forward to bringing the show to the Rose theatre Kingston on Wednesday 7th March at 3pm. Tickets still available!

Added by Geoff Lawson, 1 March 2012

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Pretty Ugly is now half way through rehearsal and everything is coming together well! Conor, our stage manager and technician, is working wizardry with all the film pieces and music, Craig from Jellytree has created some great animations and our two stars, Alice Frankham and Samantha Arends are really bringing their characters to life. The play opens on Monday and we hope that you will come and see this life changing piece of theatre! Check out these rehearsal pictures to see everyone in action!

See it at:

Added by Abigail Halley, 23 February 2012


Hello Pretty Ugly

Well, Pretty Ugly is now in rehearsal and we are so excited about showing you all the final play - only 10 days to go until the first night! Our two immensely talented lead actors are doing us proud and we are happy to welcome Alice Frankham who is playing Katie and Samantha Arends who is playing Anna to the Powerhouse team. Also Conor Brown who is taking the role of stage manager and lighting designer along with Josh Harris who has joined us in the rehearsal room for his work experience placement. Please book your tickets soon for this touching true story of one girl's heart rending experience.

Added by Abigail Halley, 17 February 2012


Goodbye The Mouse,

The Hat And The Missing Cat

The next installment of Tip the Mouse's adventures played to packed houses at this year's Electric Theatre Family Festival. All the children who came to see it seemed to have a great time and so did we!! Hopefully we will be able to restage this in the future...
keep checking the website for updates!

Added by Abigail Halley, 17 February 2012

Electric Theatre Family Festival

Next week sees this year's celebration of theatre for children. We are so excited to have been asked to write a show especially for festival and we are following up our Christmas sell out The Mouse In Santa's House with the next installment of Tip the Mouse's adventures: The Mouse, The Hat And The Missing Cat. Now in rehearsal, we are almost ready to unveil it with Mike Swain playing Daggle and Abigail Halley playing Mumsa. Geoff Lawson will also be playing live music. You can catch Tip, Claude and Tolly for one day only on 14th February at 1.30pm and 4pm. Book your tickets through the Electric Theatre box office.

Also at the Family Festival Geoff will be running some FREE storytelling sessions on Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th all at 3pm. Ask at the box office to find out where he will be!

Added by Abigail Halley, 9 February 2012

Our Daily Bed

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This week saw the culmination of our latest project with Guildford Action. The brief was to work with a group of homeless people using drama and this time we really wanted to create an exciting piece of theatre that also meant something to those who took part. After 8 weeks of researching, devising and developing our committed band of performers finally got to show off all their hard work at The Spike. We had a huge audience who watched as our performance took them from the harsh realities of Victorian vagrancy to the modern experience... but has it really changed that much? We had a fantastic group of performers - check out the photos on our community page under Our Daily Bed. But we must also say lots of thank yous to those who helped us along the way: John Redpath, David Masquerade and all at The Spike, Su Kelland and HOST for making the project possible, Debbie Hayter and all at Guildford Action, The Electric Theatre, Rui Fradinho, Anna Tabush and Kristina Benjafield.

Added by Abigail Halley, 9 February 2012

The Drama Teachers Network

We visited the drama teachers network meeting and had lots of fun getting back to what we love doing best - getting creative! Working with a group of drama teachers from Surrey's secondary schools we all joined in with a very practical workshop to get those dramatic juices flowing! It was great to meet some of the county's teachers and we hope that we can join one of their sessions again in the future.

Added by Abigail Halley, 9 February 2012


As you can see from our updates below we are very busy at Powerhouse with two shows - 'Pretty Ugly' and 'The Mouse, The Hat and the Missing Cat'. Because of this, Digby the Bookworm has decided to take a little holiday during the month of February and also on the 19th March. So, there will be NO storytelling on these dates. But we do hope that you will come and see our new 'Mouse' show on 14th February. The last session will be on 30th January and resume on 5th March.

Added by Abigail Halley, 20 January 2012

Welcome to Powerhouse 2012


Already we are hugely busy with lots of exciting projects to welcome in the new year... take a look below to see what we are up to and hopefully we will see you at one of our shows soon!

The Mouse, The Hat and The Missing Cat

For those of you who loved The Mouse In Santa's House you will be excited to learn that Tip the Mouse is returning to the Electric Theatre in a brand new adventure! Written especially for the Electric Theatre's Family Festival this new story is as full of fun as the last - full of songs, laughs and a mystery to solve. Join Tolly, Tip and Claude for one day only on 14th February at 1.30pm and 4pm. Hope to see you there!

Pretty ugly

Our award winning portrayal of Katie Metcalfe's story is back. Based on her book 'Anorexia - A Stranger In The Family', the play deals deftly with this difficult subject using a sensitive mix of pace, humour and multi media. We believe that theatre can make a huge difference to our experience of the world and this play has the capacity to literally change people's lives as the letters that were written to us after its premiere testify. This inspiring story of recovery is touring to venues in the South East and is suitable for everyone over age 12.

See it at:

The play has been endorsed by:
National Centre for Eating Disorders, beat, Katie Metcalfe.


Guildford Action Spike Project

We are now in the middle of the third leg of our project with Guildford Action and this time it is more challenging and exciting than ever! We are creating a site specific piece of interactive theatre devised with people from the Guildford Action Day Centre which will be performed at The Spike in Guildford - the only remaining building from the town's Victorian workhouse. Using their personal stories and those from times gone by we are hoping to weave together an unforgettable personal journey that spans 100 years asking the question - have things changed for homeless people that much? This project will be performed mid February to an invited audience.

Added by Abigail Halley, 16 January 2012