Bill Littlechild 4 December 2018

We bring you the sad news that Bill Littlechild has passed away. 

Mary, his wife joined us in the very early 1980's and directed several pantos - including Ali Baba, Toad of Toad Hall, Cinderella to name but a few.  Bill worked with Mary as stage crew, helped paint scenery, built props and stage managed.  Always helpful and jolly.  Mary was taken very ill in 1991 and lost her fight for life.

He did almost fall through the auditorium ceiling once!  Luckily one of our members came into the theatre and saw Bills legs dangling from the ceiling and hoisted him to safety.

When there is news of his funeral, it will be posted here.


Holsworthy Late Night Shopping 1 December 2018

HATS appeared at the Holsworthy Christmas Lights Switch On last night. We gave out free mince pies (with or without clotted cream), sold vouchers, handed out membership forms and held a raffle. The raffle raised £100 for our funds, so thank you for participating! All winners have now been notified.


HATS receives Co-Op Local Causes donation 24 November 2018

You, the general public raised £2866.50 towards HATS new LED lighting by donating via the Co-Op's Local Causes fund. This morning, several HATS members dressed in costume at Holsworthy Co-Op to say a huge THANK YOU.

Holsworthy Carnival 2018 18 November 2018

This year, a few members of HATS joined forces and entered Holsworthy Carnival. We won 2nd prize in our class!

Lost Property 12 November 2018

A jewelled poppy brooch and a pair of glasses have been found in the theatre. If these are yours, please contact Amy on 01409 254683

"Lest We Forget" Gets 5* Review 10 November 2018

2 September 2018

It is with a heavy heart that we bring you the news that former HATS Member "ET" (Eric Taylor) has passed away. We're sure several of you will remember his time with the society - his twinkling eyes, his gentle smile, his sweet voice and his devotion to Sylvia. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this sad time.
Funeral Service at Thornhill Head Methodist Church on Saturday 8th September at 2pm.

Summer Newsletter out 19 May 2018

Please complete GDPR form now 19 May 2018

Panto & Lest We Forget Readings 19 May 2018

The next panto is 'Puss in Boots, directed by Sue & Robert Painter.  In a break with tradition, readings will be held before the AGM - Tuesday 18th, Wednesday 19th, Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th September, 7:30pm in the theatre auditorium.

The readings for Lest we Forget will be held after the AGM on October 1st

BlackAdder cast! 2 May 2018

See cast here

Celia Sanders 8 April 2018

Celia passed peacefully 8th April 2018.  She was a beautiful Lady both inside and out.  So reliable, helpful, spot on with all she did and what a wicked sense of humour.  An amazing friend and a stalwart of HATS.  She will be greatly missed. Details of recent Services

Stage Rebuild Programme 5 March 2018

As you may know, we are closing the Theatre from Sat 24th March to Sat 30th June 2018 to allow the Stage to be re-build, lights serviced, some painting and other refurbishment. There is a very full programme of activities - although the core of the work will be done by professionals and our own Stage/Tech Teams, there will be many opportunities for Members to participate.  The current programme can be found here - please keep an eye on this link (or our Members' Facebook Page) to track developments and see how and when you can help.


As many of you have heard, alas, tomorrow's Annual Dinner/Dance is cancelled due to the adverse weather. The Committee are still working out the practical and financial implications of this (refunds/cost of deposits etc) and will be discussing 'what to do now' on Tuesday; thus  more information will be available later next week.  Be reassured that no cheques have yet been banked.

Aladdin hits Radio Devon 23 January 2018

Our illustrious Leader (aka Dame) can be heard advertising our current panto on Radio Devon on 23 Jan 2018 around 1545.  Apologies for the poor sound quality.

Tenders Invited for Auditorium re-decoration 13 January 2018

Tenders invited for redecoration of HATS Theatre Auditorium.  Closing date 13 Feb, work to be completed end March - End June 2018.  For details

Christmas Newsletter out! 1 December 2017

Look at the latest Newsletter:
Christmas 2017

Panto rehearsals 20th/22nd Nov 19 November 2017

Just a quick reminder to those of you who haven't checked your rehearsal schedule its a full rehearsal on Monday (20th) please. And also a change to the schedule with everybody on Wednesday (22nd) as well please. Those that read this message please pass on to other cast members

Show photos 10 October 2017

Photos uploaded for 'The Hollow' and 'Boeing Boeing', thanks to Dawn Bewes.

Aladdin cast! 3 October 2017

For Cast List click and scroll down

New Committee following AGM 19 September 2017

After the recent - snappy - AGM we now have a new Committee for 2017/18.  Most Officers and Committee members are unchanged, although Denise Moorley and Heather Prouse are standing down - we thank them both for their considerable efforts.  See Committee Details

More Panto Info 7 September 2017

See here for Audition dates and cast list

Panto Plans Published 31 August 2017

Oh yes they are!

First reading after AGM 18th Sept, second on Weds 20th Sept, lots more in following week. Come and enjoy!

Barbecue Cancelled - 19th August 13 August 2017

Most of you will have heard, but just in case - Unfortunately, Peter and Sally Whitehead are no longer able to host the HATS summer barbecue which was scheduled for Saturday 19th August.

Club Night Tonight - On 19 March 2017

Club Night is still going ahead at the theatre tonight. 7:30pm tonight in the Green Room for members and those interested in perhaps joining us!

Rehearsals Underway for Goldilocks 22 November 2016

HATS' family pantomime for 2017 has been cast (click on the link) and rehearsals are well underway. This particular version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, written by Stephen Duckham, is set around a circus and the cast have been preparing for their big-top performance through skills workshops with a professional circus artiste. We even have a real fire juggler amongst our ranks this year (although he will probably leave the flame throwing to the three bears' wood burner in this instance. What a shame!

Watch this space to find out what else we get up to in the run up to the show. Tickets will go on sale after Christmas.

'Funny Money' is Cast! 13 June 2016

For more information and details of the cast list for our forthcoming Autumn play, click here.

Photos - Dick Whittington and his Cat 15 February 2016

A 'small' selection of photos from HATS' 2016 pantomime is now up on the website and available to view here (taken by Carole Wright).

HATS wins NODA Award! 4 February 2016

Our September 2015 production of Noises Off has not only gained the district 'Achievement Award' from NODA, it has also been nominated for a further, regional award. Read more here.

'Dick Whittington and his Cat' is going down a storm in Holsworthy! 31 January 2016

Well, we’re halfway through the performance run of this year’s pantomime, and it’s already proving one of the most popular shows that HATS has ever produced.

Click here to see what people are saying.

NODA Reviews HATS' "Noises Off" 10 January 2016

Our new NODA Regional Councillor, Nick Lawrence came to review HATS' latest production, Noises Off in September. His report includes some very well-deserved recognition for the set and backstage crews who were crucial to this production, as well as those on stage.

Late Night Shopping Success 13 December 2015

Some of our members represented HATS at this year's Late Night Shopping event in Holsworthy on Wednesday 9th December to help promote Dick Whittington and his Cat.

Christmas Newsletter 3 December 2015

The latest newsletter is now available to read online.

Website Outage - 7-11am Mon 23rd Nov 20 November 2015

Please note this Site will be down for up to 4 hours next Monday 23rd Nov, to allow changes to be made by our Hosting Company


Update now complete.  1700 23 Nov

Photos - Noises Off 11 October 2015

Another highly successful production - HATS' Autumn play, Noises Off - is captured here through a selection of stills (taken by Carole Wright). Enjoy!

Autumn Newsletter 21 September 2015

The latest newsletter is now available to read online.

HATS' latest NODA Review 11 August 2015

Ian Goodenough of NODA (The National Operatic and Dramatic Association) came to watch HATS perform Blithe Spirit, one of his all time favourites:

"As always, the society did not disappoint and I found myself swept back to the first time I saw the play as a child... Congratulations on another winner!" 

Read the full report here.

Summer Newsletter 18 June 2015

The latest newsletter is now available to read online.

Blithe Spirit opens 21 May 10 May 2015

Noel Coward’s hilarious supernatural comedy, Blithe Spirit, comes to Holsworthy later this month. The play first opened in London’s West End in 1941 and has barely been off stage since. Director, Evelyn Earles said: "We have a great cast for this excellent play, featuring some HATS regulars and some new talent. If you’ve never seen one of our productions, I urge you to come along and give it a go." Tickets are on sale now from the theatre box office.

Photos - Cheshire Cats 20 April 2015

Ahead of HATS' 2015 Spring play, Blithe Spirit, we take a look back at last year's highly successful May production, Cheshire Cats, through a selection of rehearsal and show photographs.

Autumn 2015 play announced 19 April 2015

HATS' play for September 2015 will be Noises Off - "a farce about a farce..." - written by Michael Frayn, produced and directed by Sarah O'Connor. Click for further information (and to find out how to audition for a part).

'Blithe Spirit' cast confirmed 27 March 2015

Producer Eve Earles has selected her cast for HATS' 2015 Spring play, and full rehearsals are under way. For cast details click here.

HATS donates to Hospice Long House Appeal 26 March 2015

HATS has presented a cheque donation to North Devon Hospice after fundraising through its panto ticket sales.

Spring Newsletter 19 March 2015

The latest newsletter is now available to read online.

Another glowing report for HATS 8 March 2015

Ian Goodenough of NODA (The National Operatic and Dramatic Association) says HATS just keeps getting better and better: "I thought last year’s production was good. This year you topped it. I can’t wait for 2016!"

Babes in the Wood photos are up 7 March 2015

Re-live the story, fun, and priceless facial expressions captured in these photographs from this year's pantomime!

Behind the Scenes 14 January 2015

Click for a sneaky peek behind the scenes and a synopsis of this year's panto...

Babes in the Wood has been cast 21 October 2014

The full cast list for HATS' 2015 panto, being produced by Phil Barfett, with Michael Wonnacott as MD, has been announced. There's still time to join the chorus or help backstage!

Rave reviews for 'Run for Your Wife' 22 September 2014

HATS' Autumn play, Run for Your Wife, produced and directed by Ken Tyrrell, has received nothing short of fantastic reviews from its audiences! 

NODA Workshops 2014 26 August 2014

20th-21st September in Torquay.

Booking Opens for Autumn Play 26 August 2014

Booking has now opened for HATS' Autumn 2014 production, "Run for Your Wife." Click the header or see the poster for info.

NODA Review of 'Cheshire Cats' 8 July 2014

You must read the 'Crit' of 'Cheshire Cats' written by Ian Goodenough of Noda.  Congratulations to Sarah, the Cast and Production Team.

'Run for your Wife' is cast! 26 June 2014

For details of the cast list click here.

'Cheshire Cats' a success in more ways than one 26 June 2014

The HATS Spring play 'Cheshire Cats' moved its audiences, who praised the play's integrity and donated most generously to the Walk the Walk Charity. A total of £300 was donated by our audiences, and with the £400 of HATS' takings from tickets on opening night, together we raised the princely sum of £700 for the breast cancer charity. A big thank you to all who were involved in the play, supported it and came to watch.

More Men Needed 21 May 2014

Ken Tyrell is short of men for his next play, 'Run for your Wife'. Come along to the reading/audition on Monday 2nd June, or call him on 01409 231230.

More Sad News 17 April 2014

Margaret Salter has very sadly passed away.

Spring Newsletter 20 March 2014

The latest newsletter is now available to read online.

NODA Review of Ali Baba 20 March 2014

The NODA review of HATS' latest pantomime, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves is now up on the website.

'Cheshire Cats' Cast List Announced 17 March 2014

The play for Spring, Cheshire Cats, has now been cast and rehearsals are underway. 

Spring Play 2014 16 December 2013

Details of spring play (a hilarious, charitable comedy) may be found by clicking the header. ‘Cheshire Cats’ is a cross between a girls' night out and a real mission to support a cause close to many hearts, with plenty of laughs and a few tears along the way. 

Panto Tickets 5 December 2013

The box office opens on Saturday 28th December.

Advance booking for sponsors and paid-up members on Monday 16th & Wednesday 18th 7:30-9:00pm (up to 4 tickets each).


Christmas Newsletter 18 November 2013

Forthcoming productions and dates for your diary, including advance panto booking for members and sponsors...

Chorus Wanted 23 October 2013

Fancy yourself as a musical market trader?.. Panto rehearsals are now underway, but there's still time to join the chorus!

Ali Baba and his forty thieves have been chosen! 15 October 2013

The full cast list for HATS' 2014 panto, being produced by Eve Earles with Michael Wonnacott as MD, has been announced. There's still time to join the chorus!

Autumn Newsletter 25 September 2013

Dates for your diary and more backstage crew wanted!

Spring Newsletter 10 April 2013

The Spring 2013 version is out, with a few changes since the original version

Website Changes 8 April 2013

See more about changes....

Farndale Cast! 26 March 2013

See cast list for our hilarious May Production!

Actors wanted for Bude Film April 20 March 2013

A producer in London is looking for locals to take part in film set in Bude in April.

contact her here

Update to Film Actor 20 March 2013

Refined requirements. please click on header

Reviews of Panto 3 March 2013

See the NODA review of Jack and the Beanstalk and a letter from a group in the audience.

'Jack' pictures published 7 February 2013

See Rod' Parrish's fabulous pictures of Jack and the Beanstalk here

Help Panto Props 6 December 2012

We need a few folk to share finding, making and running Panto Props.  Please contact producer by clicking on heading.

Xmas Newsletter 26 November 2012

Now out

Spring Play 2013 26 November 2012

Details of Spring Play (a hilarious Farndale Comedy) may be found by clicking the header

Download Panto Posters 23 November 2012

Superb Posters have been produced for our forthcoming panto 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.  Either pick them up in the Theatre or download these high quality copies and print them yourself - A4 size or A5 size

Local groups need help!! 17 October 2012

Bradworthy Young Farmers are looking for a producer for a drama competition, and The Weir in Marhamchurch looking for actors for a Murder Mystery.  Click header for more.

Panto Cast! 4 October 2012

Jack and the Beanstalk, our 2013 panto, has been cast in three days.  Is this a record folks?  Click header for details

Aubrey's Funeral 24 September 2012

HATS members wishing to attend the Church Service following Aubrey's cremation should meet at the bustop by the Library at 1.30pm Thurs 27th Sept, for the Service at 2pm.  Please advise Annette if you plan to attend.

Aubrey Woollard RIP 16 September 2012

Aubrey, a much-loved member of the Society, sadly passed away yesterday. Click header for more.

Treasure Hunt cancelled 24 July 2012

Sorry to say due to unforseen circumstances we have had to cancel this years treasure hunt : ( We will be holding it at some point next year, maybe in the Spring. Sorry again!.

Treasure Hunt now 29 July 21 June 2012

The Treasure Hunt date has been changed to 29th July; all else unchanged.

Summer Newsletter 6 June 2012

New newsletter and lots of updates to members page

More Cinders Photos 5 June 2012

Thanks to Heather for providing some extra Cinders photos

Further Info on Jubilee Show 3 June 2012

The Members Section has been updated with further info.

Snow White Photos 21 May 2012

Now loaded on Site

Booking for Allo Allo 12 April 2012

Box Office opens Mon 30th April, not 29th as previously stated. Webman apologises!
Also there is an extra day's performance in second week

Spring Newsletter 27 March 2012

See Members Page for Spring Newsletter

Rotary Show Programme 15 March 2012

Only a day or two left to book! Click header to see programme!

19 February 2012

Our May production now cast. Click header for details

How did the Mirror work? 16 February 2012

Many people have asked how the magic mirror worked in Snow White. Click above for the secrets!!!

Comedy Club at HATS 16 January 2012

The Comedy Club makes a rare visit to HATS on 5th Feb with popular comedian Patrick Monahan

Photos Galore! 8 December 2011

New photos loaded for Deadly Nightcap, Cinderella and Snow White Rehearsals

Alan Bewes Resigns 6 November 2011

Regretfully our Business Manager, Alan Bewes, has decided to leave the HATS Committee.

Panto Dates 2 November 2011

The 2012 Panto ('Snow White') dates are confirmed as Monday 23rd January through Saturday 4th February 2012. Booking Office Opens Sat 31st December 2011.

'Allo 'Allo 14 October 2011

UPdate on next years Show 'Allo 'Allo!p

Panto Cast 10 October 2011

The 2012 Panto, Snow White, has now been cast and rehearsals have begun!

New Committee 20 September 2011

Following the AGM on 19th Sept, we have a new President and Committee

2012 HATS Shows 11 August 2011

As well as the panto, HATS plan two shows in 2012 - ‘allo ‘allo in May and a Diamond Jubilee celebration in SeptA

AGM / Panto Reading 10 August 2011

The Wine & Wisdom planned for 22 Oct in the White Hart will now take the form of a Quiz NIght

Quiz - 21 Oct 10 August 2011

The Wine & Wisdom planned for 22 Oct in the White Hart will now take the form of a Quiz NIght

Fundraising Treasure Hunt 13 July 2011

Hats Fundraising Committee have organised a 'Treasure Hunt' on foot on Sunday 21st August, starting at the Theatre at 2.30pm.

NODA Acting Workshops 27 June 2011

NODA SW weekend courses at Bicton college 22 - 24 July 2011

Deadly Nightcap Cast 15 June 2011

Our Sept production, Deadly Nightcap, is now cast and rehearsals have started.

2012 Panto is Snow White 14 June 2011

For the first time in sixteen years, HATS proudly presents 'Snow White and the seven Dwarfs' as its 2012 Panto. A traditional panto with a modern, hilarious script.

Stewards Course 11 June 2011

Members wishing to attend a Stewards course in the near future should contact Alan Bewes

St Peters Fair 10 June 2011

HATS will again be running a barbecue and doing the Furry Dance. Volunteers needed for both!

Musical Evenings 13 May 2011

Amy Clarke plans Singing Evenings once a week at the theatre throughout the summer like a couple of years to all members and potential members. These will start on Monday 13th June at 7.15pm. We will be singing all sorts of different songs each week. If anyone would like to bring along sheet music for songs they would like us all to have a go at that would be great...please get some words printed up(we can photocopy at the theatre) and bring it all along with you...if we don't get to do it that week we will do the following week! Looking forward to seeing lots of you should be a giggle!!!

Plethora of Panto Producers 12 May 2011

For Panto 2012, Heather Prouse has offered herself as a producer of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (not Dick Whittington as erroneously mentioned earlier) and Eve Earles is considering Jack and the Beanstalk. They will review this at the June Committee Meeting when a decision will be taken

September Production 18 April 2011

Ken Tyrrell is producing 'Deadly Nightcap' by Francis Durbridge
on Sept 8th-10th & 15th-17th.

  For more

Produce Play in September 9 March 2011

HATS members excited at thought of producing a play mid-Sept 2011, please contact Annette.

  For more

Help Hatherleigh 8 March 2011

Hatherleigh Players looking for cast members for 'Dad's Army' in June

Wine & Wisdom 7 March 2011

22 October at the White Hart - for fundraising

For Angela Edgecombe 2 March 2011

A Ball will be held on 1st Oct at the Memorial Hall. HATS members invited to book.  For more

Rotary Show - sell out! 22 February 2011

Rotary Show is completely sold out! However you can ring 01409 253425 to be put on the waiting list, for any returned tickets

Rotary Show Date Change! 17 February 2011

Note the Rotary Show is now on Friday 18th March and Saturday 19th March 2011 - a week earlier than previously planned.
This is because John Nettles now has a filming engagement on the previous date

NODA review of Cinders 14 February 2011

Read the NODA review of our recent Panto  For more

Writers Course 5 October 2010

Plough Arts Centre are running a writers course funded by Torrington Players on
Sat 23rd Oct. £26 incl food.

Technical Theatre Course 10 August 2010

Plough Arts Centre are running a free (lottery funded) course on Technical Theatre on Thurs 28th/29th Oct.

2011 Panto 23 July 2010

2011 Panto is Cinderella produced by Annette Dennis, Mary Osborne and Heather Prouse.

Be a Film Extra!! 7 July 2010

A Casting Agency is looking for Extras for a Dartmoor shoot of a Major Feature Film in Aug/Sep.
Update - they haven't yet 'called' Extras for the main shoot in Sept. So, even though you haven't heard, there is still a good chance!

Summer Newsletter out 30 May 2010

Summer Newsletter is now out. Click above to read.

Members Page changes 17 May 2010

There are a number of changes to the members' page.

Waters of the Moon 15 May 2010

First reading Tu 8th June 7.30 at the Theatre.

Trevor says thanks 25 April 2010

Trevor says thanks to all HATS members for the Get Well Cards, messages and telephone calls during his recent illness, all of which helped towards a speedy and successful recovery.

Stewards Course 15 April 2010

Next Stewards' Course 10th May.

Panto producer produces 22 March 2010

Those in our recent Panto, Queen of Hearts, will be pleased to hear that the Co-producer, Amy Clark, has had a little baby girl, called Evie Louise.

HATS Supper Photos 21 March 2010

See members' page for details of photos of this excellent Event.

Autumn Production 6 March 2010

Eve Earles plans a comedy 'Waters of the Moon' for our autumn production.
(dates confirmed as: 9th -11th and 16th - 18th September) Show & Cast details

Members Page changes 2 March 2010

There are a number of changes to the members' page.

Help BUFFS Help HATS 1 March 2010

The BUFFS are running an Easter Draw and this year all proceeds from that Draw as well as their Easter Bonnet competition are going to HATS.

Queen of Hearts Review 19 February 2010

The NODA review of the Queen of Hearts is now out. Click above to read.

Winter Newsletter out 4 December 2009

Winter newsletter is now published.

900 raised 19 November 2009

Recent fund-raising initiatives have generated £900 towards the new extension.

Members Information 12 November 2009

Members' page updated with info on Musical Show, a request for new directors and details of 2010 Supper Dance. Click above.

Panto Booking 2 Jan 10 November 2009

Panto Box Office opens Saturday 2nd Jan 10am. Special arrangements for members & sponsors. Click above for more.

Autumn 2009 Newsletter 21 September 2009

The Autumn Newsletter is now available, please click the link above.

Walk Cancelled 23 July 2009

Regretfully the second fund-raising walk, planned for 2nd August, has been cancelled.

2010 Panto 6 July 2009

The 2010 Panto is "Queen of Hearts". Performance is from last week January thru first week February 2010.

Every Other Evening 16 June 2009

This Show has now been cast. Rehearsals start 30 Jun, leading to performance mid-September.

Musical Practice 21 April 2009

Despite the cancellation of the Show, there will be a fortnightly musical practice Monday evenings 7.30pm from 27 April.

Musical Showcase Postponed 9 April 2009

Regretfully due to a variety of production difficulties, the Musical Showcase planned for this June, has had to be postponed until 2010. We plan to start rehearsals early July 2010, subject to confirmation.

Spring 2009 Newsletter 26 March 2009

The Spring Newsletter is now available, please click the link above.

2009 HATS Shows 1 February 2009

Details of the HATS Shows planned for 2009 (a Musical Showcase in early June and a Comedy mid September) are now available, please click the link above.

'Sleeping Beauty' wins Award 18 June 2008

Our recent panto 'Sleeping Beauty' has been awarded the 'Certificate of Excellence' by the National Operatic and Dramatic Association. The Award will be presented on 31st August.

Steel Magnolias 17 June 2008

The September Production, 'Steel Magnolias', has been cast and preparations are in hand for the production on 18th - 27th Sept 2008.

September Production 15 May 2008

The September Production, 18th - 27th Sept 2008, is 'Steel Magnolias', replacing 'Kiss Me Kate' which, sadly, has been shelved as it could not be 'cast'.

Steward Training 17 April 2008

The next session, for those who have not had 2008 training is Monday 28th April, 7.30pm in the Theatre - not 28th May as previously published. Apologies for the error.

Website Changes 11 April 2008

Major additions to this website have been introduced, including:


  • A comprehensive guide to what's involved in putting on a show - the timescales and activities. Valuable for potential members.
  • A detailed HATS history.
  • Updates to the list of past shows (to include shows put on by the Holsworthy Dramatic Society) and anecdotes for many Shows.
  • A 'search facility'.

Kiss me Kate 25 March 2008

Preparations for this show kick off with an introductory meeting on 21st April, 7.30pm in the Theatre.

Musical in September 7 January 2008

In a return of the annual comedy, Ken Tyrrell will be mounting the hilarious 'Shut Your Eyes and Think of England' from 8th May. See full details of the Show.

HATS May Comedy 7 January 2008

In a return of the annual comedy, Ken Tyrrell will be mounting the hilarious 'Shut Your Eyes and Think of England' from 8th May. See full details of the Show.

Rotary Show 2008 14 December 2007

The ever-successful Rotary Show will be held on Friday 28th / Saturday 29th March 2008,
not Thursday / Friday as published in the HATS Newsletter. See full details of the Show.

Panto Box Office opens 29 December 13 December 2007

Tickets for the 2008 Panto Sleeping Beauty are on sale to the general public at the HATS Theatre Booking Office:

  • 29 Dec 10am - 3pm (in person only)
  • Thereafter Monday - Saturday 10am - 3pm, in person or by phone 01409 253826
    (except January 1st!)

Ticket prices have been kept at the same price for a further year:
Adults £7, Children/concessions £5. Further booking information

See full details of the Show.

'Holsworthy v Sydney' 3 November 2007

The September Production, "Steel Magnolias", has been cast and preparations are in hand for the production on 18th - 27th Sept 2008.

Abba Show a Success 8 October 2007

The recent HATS fundraising Show with 'So Abba' (singing numbers from Abba and Grease) and hilarious comedian Jack Glanville, was a great success. The Theatre was bursting to the seams - with only a few empty seats in the house. People were dancing in the isles and splitting their sides at the comedian. 'It was a great night'.

'We Had a Dream' 23 September 2007

'We Had a Dream' - the Show celebrating Fifty Years of H.A.T.S. is now finished. Thank you all to the many people in Holsworthy and past and present members who attended and made the Show such a success.

Now book for our Next Show on 6th October - the 'So Abba' Tribute band supported by comedian Jack Glanville.

Music Workshops on Hold 24 June 2007

The bi-weekly Monday evening music workshops are now on hold as we expect most will be involved in the '50 Year Celebration Show' (see below).  We plan to resume them early next year, after the '50 Year Celebration Show' and the pantomime that follows have finished.

Alas, by then, James, our excellent pianist, will be off at Uni, so we shall be looking for someone to help provide accompaniment.  Volunteers please contact a committee member or email .

50 Year Celebration Show 17 June 2007

HATS 50 YearsRehearsals for the HATS Production which celebrates the 50 years since the formation of the Holsworthy Theatre Club start Monday 25th June.  All present, past and potential members who wish to join in are warmly invited to join Annette and Mary at 7.30pm on the 25th in the HATS Theatre Bodmin.
This first rehearsal will include a discussion of the plans for the Show and a run-through of the extensive musical repertoire planned.   Rehearsals will continue every Monday thereafter, so, if you cannot make the first date, please come along on a subsequent Monday.

The Show will take place in September 2007 on Fri 14th, Sat 15th, Fri 21st and Sat 22nd.

Absolutely Fabulous Show 9 June 2007

The audience had the time of their life at HATS Theatre today (Saturday 9 June) watching Tank Sherman and Ruby Washington, professional entertainers - both international performers on the club and cruise scene. The whole Show was compered by Tank, a wonderful comedian, born in Exeter and living in Chudleigh.

After ten minutes non-stop laughter, he introduced Ruby, who over the next hour entranced the audience with a range of traditional and soul songs.  Her powerful melodious voice effortlessly summoned memories of so many famous performers, with a wide range of songs including 'New York, New York', 'Simply the Best',`Down Town`, `Boogie Nights` and an entrancingly-danced 'Sway'.  The audience didn't escape - we spent much time singing choruses, clapping rhythms and, at the end, some even ended up dancing on stage.

After the interval Tank Sherman returned and treated us to over an hour of rib-splitting laughter.  He showed a wonderfully light touch employing a variety of techniques - stories, one liners and a wonderful assortment of comic 'looks', moves, accents and wonderfully-timed pauses.  He covered the complete range of topics, including many local 'mentions'. Never once did it pall, never once were we embarrassed.  He ended with a hilarious spoof "Mastermind" and an - all too brief - song. 

The evening was also a great opportunity for HATS to show their technical skills - the Set was stylishly constructed and beautifully lit. The new sound system demonstrated its clarity and command excellently and, in a Show that demanded close interraction between performer and Control Box, was expertly executed.

Regretfully, for this HATS fund-raising Show, the audience was all too small.  However, what we lacked in size we made up for in volume!  During both acts the audience filled the theatre with their singing, clapping and non-stop laughter!  Tank had DVDs for sale in the Foyer after the Show and, most kindly, volunteered that all proceeds would go to the HATS fundraising fund.

For those who attended - thank you for your support, we are sure you will agree the evening was well worth while.  For those who couldn't make it - you missed a fabulous evening's entertainment!  Keep an eye out for any repeat performances by Tank Sherman and Ruby Washington, and, most importantly, make a diary note now for the next HATS professional Variety Show - the So Abba Tribute Band and Jack Glanville, hilarious comedian, returning by popular request on 6th October 2007.

HATS on the Radio 31 May 2007

Listen to Lantern FM on this Saturday 2nd June at 8.50am and 10.30am, for further details of the forthcoming variety show on 9th June with Tank Sherman and Ruby Washington.

2008 Pantomime is 'Sleeping Beauty' 27 April 2007

The 2008 Panto is the wonderful 'Sleeping Beauty', directed by Amy Clarke and Robert Painter, to be performed Monday 21st January - Saturday 2nd February 2008.

Rehearsals will start in September, details to be available nearer the date

We are looking for a full cast and crew - and especially seek a Musical Director, so that our normal MD can be given a year off as he would like to perform in the production.

If you not a member but wish to give early notice of your interest (especially potential Musical Directors), please email us, with contact information and the area of your interest. 

For (a little) more information look here

Workshops arranged 19 April 2007

Music workshop for all members arranged Monday evenings at the HATS Theatre, Bodmin St, from 4 June and fortnightly thereafter.

Acting workshops for younger members on 20/21 August.

HATS plan powerful August play 26 March 2007

A fascinating and absorbing play, written by Charlotte Hastings.
Directed by Ken Tyrrell, popular Director of many recent serious and comedy
HATS Productions. Alas Cancelled!

Rotary Show almost full 21 March 2007

The Holsworthy Rotary Show is almost full

For tickets phone 01409 254525

Aladdin Panto Over - our thanks to you all 12 February 2007

Our 2007 pantomime "Aladdin" is now, alas, over!!Thanks

Thanks to you, our audiences, it was a great success .
About 94% of the seats available were sold - well over 3000 people saw the Show - .

We would also like to express our gratitude to the following people/organisations
for their help and generous loan of articles for props for aladdin 2007.

  • G.S.D. 2000 – CHARITY SHOP
  • MR. JOHN THRIPP (For making the Flat Iron and two Washboards)
  • WAITROSE SUPERSTORE (for donating Biscuits for the Cast’s half time refreshments)
  • GRUB BUSTERS for keeping the Foyer Doors clean during the Pantomime.

Information on the Show.

Information on booking

Aladdin Seats Sell 7 February 2007

Our 2007 pantomime "Aladdin" is selling well, with only 14 seats left for the shows from
Weds 7th Feb - Sat 10th Feb.

Afraid you will have to book earlier next year
The Box Office normally opens just after the New Year

Information on the Show.

Information on booking

HATS Fundraising shows for 2007 13 January 2007

Following the successful 'Status Clone' Event in 2006, HATS is proud to announce two further entertainment events for 2007.

9th June - Tank Sherman plus supporting cast

6th October - Abba Tribute Band plus Jack Glanville

Further information

"Not Now Darling" wins Award 4 January 2007

Our last play, the hilarious comedy "Not Now Darling", was given a 'Highly Commended' award by the Cornwall Drama Association.

The Director, Ken Tyrell, and members of the Cast, were delighted to attend the Annual Meeting of the Association in Polperro to receive the Award.