Common Ground Theatre Company is an amateur theatre group based in Lincoln in the UK. The company was born in April 2001 when eight friends met in the Queen in the West pub in the West End of Lincoln to discuss setting up a new community theatre group in Lincoln.
We felt there was a need in Lincoln for a group which would welcome new members – both experienced actors and beginners – and which would aim to produce thought-provoking, high-quality, challenging drama.
From a standing start in April 2001 we staged a very successful production of Bill Naughton’s play ‘Spring and Port Wine’ in November 2001.
Since then we have staged a range of theatrical productions: dramas such as Waiting for Godot, No Exit and Closer; literary adaptations such as The Turn of the Screw, Great Expectations and Sense and Sensibility; Shakespearean works including Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet; and comedies like The Fisherman’s Wife and The Coarse Acting Show. We have even staged a Victorian music hall evening and the world premiere of a new adaptation of the Jeeves and Wooster stories by PG Wodehouse.
Our roots are in the West End of Lincoln but we have members all over the city and in the surrounding villages. We normally rehearse at the church hall of St Mary le Wigford in Lincoln and we choose our performance venues according to the type of play we’re putting on and how much money we’ve got to spend! Over the years we’ve performed at
Lincoln Drill Hall, the Broadbent Theatre in Wickenby, Bishop Greaves Theatre at BGU,
the Millennium Festival Studio Theatre above the Central Methodist Church and
Croft Street Community Centre.
We positively welcome new members, whether they are experienced in the theatre or want to try out something new. There’s always plenty to be done behind the scenes so even if you don’t fancy getting on the stage yourself give us a call or send us an email and we’ll help you to get involved.
Membership costs £18 a year (£12 for the unwaged) and for that you get to act, direct, stage manage or help with costume, props, light or sound for free.
Important decisions are made by all members but Common Ground Theatre Company has a committee for day-to-day business. Currently the committee is as follows:
Jez Ashberry (Chairman)
Su Toogood (Secretary)
Fraya Grove (Treasurer)
Kev Gillingham (Technical)
Patrick Markham (Technical)
To join our group visit our Contact us page.