• The games a foot

    7th – 12th Dec 2015

    Ken Ludwig's The games a foot or Holmes for the holidays directed by Mike BoyleREAD MORE


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  • Quartermaine's Terms

    22nd - 27th Feb 2016

    Here we meet an odd assortment of teachers who all seem to have considerable problemsREAD MORE


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  • SLEEP NO MORE

    11th - 16th April 2016

    Set in a theatre that has been closed for sixty years following the accidental death of a child during rehearsals ...READ MORE


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  • TWO

    27th June - 2th July at 8pm

    Two is a play set in a northern pub during the 1980’s. Comic and emotional in parts, ....READ MORE


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About us

Billingham Players is a Registered Charity, No. 515721

Billingham Players
‘Billingham Players’ was formed in 1974, prior to that it was known as ‘The Synthonia Players’ as it was associated with ICI and performed at the Synthonia Club on Belasis Avenue.  Our members are from all walks of life and range in age from late teens to late-in-life.  Not everyone is a performer, thankfully we have a number of people who prefer to remain behind the scenes doing the many practical things required such things as designing, building, lighting sets, making costumes etc.

The Theatre Upstairs
Formerly a dance hall above the Co-op stores, The Theatre Upstairs was born when the then Synthonia Players took the decision to run their own theatre and became the Billingham Players.  The first production, in January 1975 of Ali Baba is still recalled by members who were there at the time as being remarkable for having a live snake in the cast!  Since that time we’ve had a number of other “animals” such as Bumble Bee, Spider, Maggot, Toad, Rabbit, Rat, Mole, Goose – all of them talking and some singing and/or dancing!

The theatre can seat a maximum of 120 although because we do not use a stage and our seating units are not fixed we are able to re-arrange the space to suit the setting of each production.  This presents challenges to our set designers and set builders but also provides intrigue to our audiences.

 

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Get involved


We have numerous opportunities within our team including set design and production, lighting, sound, directing and acting.

Booking enquiry

The Theatre Upstairs features a stair lift for disabled access and offers tea, coffee and bar facilties. If you have any queries please contact us or click this link for all booking enquiries and prices.

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How to find us

Theatre Upstairs,
Belasis Avenue,
Billingham,
Stockton on Tees,
TS23 1EY