***POSTPONED to a future date***
Unfortunately due to today’s announcement placing Watford into Tier 3, our Saturday 19th December Spotlight Series event will be postponed to next month. The amazing line up of star guests will still be joining us next year so do look out for future updates.
After a brief pause for Lockdown 2.0 The Spotlight Series is back (Oh yes it is!)! Join us for a festive and funny evening where our host will be joined by Watford’s own and legendary Pantomime Dame – Martyn Knight, the Olivier award nominated and creators of Potted Panto Dan Clarkson and Jeff Turner PLUS Winners of Britain’s Got Talent The Champions Twist and Pulse.
The Pump House Theatre in Watford have teamed up with West End and International theatre producer Chris Wheeler (whose credits include ‘The West End Men’ at the Vaudeville Theatre, ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ for Curve in Leicester and ‘The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson’ for Glynis Henderson Productions) to launch its ‘Spotlight Series’. A season of staged interviews and masterclasses with top arts industry professionals from across the world.
The 90 minute ‘episodes’ will be once a month and promises audiences (who will be socially distanced) a rare and unique opportunity to get “up close and personal” with special guests from all areas of the arts industry.
Guests in the series will include writers, directors, performers and practitioners from theatre, music, television and film industries. The full line up for the season is still to be announced.
Each episode will take audiences on a thrilling insight and experience into the lives and work of some of the world’s finest talent as well and include exclusive performances, masterclasses and Q&A sessions.
More episodes to be announced…
Herts Inclusive Theatre have an exciting online summer programme and will be coming back to the Pump House starting in September 2020
Monday Children’s Theatre ( ages 5 – 12 yrs) 4:45pm – 6pm
Monday Youth Theatre ( ages 12 and over) 6:45pm – 7:45pm
For further details click on link below:
WatFringe 1st to 25th October 2020
The Watford Fringe is still going ahead. The worsening general COVID-19 situation has meant that we had to make changes to our Fringe plans to enable it to go ahead safely. So reluctantly, at short notice, we have implemented some of our contingency plans, which does mean some major changes to the schedule. There are 12 online only shows continuing online between 1st – 4th October, and 22 shows move to dates between 9th – 25th October that will have socially distanced audiences.
All existing ticket holders will be contacted and full refunds will be given for any cancelled show. Thank you for your support.
The Watford Fringe is back from Friday 1st October 2020 with
Music | Drama | Comedy | Improv | Dance | Poetry | Musical Theatre
We have worked hard to plan a flexible set of safe festival that incorporates social distancing and other safety considerations. We have added online streaming facilities so that the events can additionally reach an audiences that cannot or are reluctant to attend live events in person. We also contingency plans to cope with any last-minute changes in government or health advice.
This workshop will provide a unique chance to experience and learn about aspects of Shakespeare’s plays from one of Shakespeare’s Globe professional actors, Tom Kanji. You will get the chance to try some extracts from Shakespeare’s best plays and work on them under the guidance from Tom. Suitable for ages 11 – 99
Theatre credits include: Romeo and Juliet, Anthony and Cleopatra, Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe, LA Philharmonic and BBC Symphony Orchestras); The Winter’s Tale, Pericles, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar and Doctor Scroggy’s War, (Shakespeare’s Globe); Eternal Love (Shakespeare’s Globe and ETT); Cadfael – The Virgin in The Ice (Middle Ground Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Ludlow Festival); A Russian Play, (Lion and Unicorn); Twelfth Night and Hamlet (Northern Broadsides); Othello, Importance of Being Ernest (RADA); Wild Horses, (Theatre 503); Back of the Throat, (Old Red Lion); The Girl the Oil Pipe and the Murder in the Forum, The Tempest (Tara Arts); Prints Of Denmark (Edinburgh Fringe); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (New Vic Stoke); Indian Ink (Salisbury Playhouse).
Television credits include: Tyrant, (Fox TV); Silent Witness and Hustle (BBC); Midnight Man (Carnival Film); Saddam’s Tribe, (Channel 4).
£2 per person. To book: Contact Sharon.Gaffney@Pumphouse.info 01923 241362
Vedi Roy will create stereotypical Bollywood scenarios and help you understand what it takes to create a Bollywood scene; there’ll be drama, romance, action, sadness and melodrama ! Then you create your own scene and the session ends with a fabulous Bollywood dance finale.
Sunday 6th October 2pm to 4pm, Only 30 spaces available. It is £FREE but you need to book.
To book contact Sharon at email@example.com
Vedi Roy trained at DNA Studios, Pineapple Arts, and The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.
As Actor/Dancer – Touchstone in As You Like It (National Theatre/Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch); Gurvinder in Pop Music (Paines Plough/Birmingham Rep); Genie in Aladdin (Watford Palace Theatre); Pinky in Miss Meena and the Masala Queens (Rifco Theatre Company/Watford Palace Theatre); Kazi/Ensemble in Laila the Musical (Rifco Theatre Company/Watford Palace Theatre); Duke Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Dancer for Ideal Home Show; Dancer for Britain’s Next Top Model Live.
As Creative collaborator – Co-creator and Actor in Pinky and Preetho’s Comedy Night (Rifco Theatre Company/Watford Palace Theatre); Writer for Future’s in the Making (Spread the Word).
Vedi regularly Choreographs and directs movement for productions, workshops and classes in London and across the nation. He is currently branching out into Directing whilst enhancing his writing practice. In March 2019 he completed his role as Assistant Director on Absurd Person Singular for Watford Palace Theatre as part of an RTYDS placement.
Twitter/Instagram – @vediroy
While we are unable to fully open our doors, we and our creative Pump House community of artists and organisations are carrying on some activities with social distancing and online. Watch out for details about upcoming masterclasses, workshops and events.
As the situation progresses and we get past the initial lockdown, we will also offer ways that you can enjoy art, shows, clubs and events safely either onsite or online through live broadcasts.
Keep safe and keep creating.
Please help The Pump House continue through and beyond Covid-19
Donate here – justgiving.com/pumphouse-theatre
The Pump House Theatre and Arts Centre has been running for over 46 years and there have been so much incredible Art, Music Dance and Drama to ooze out of this old Pumping Station over that time. This year alone we have had over 20,000 people from all ages and backgrounds step over the threshold to either entertain or be entertained. The biggest story however is that all of this is run by volunteers – over 1500 per year which is remarkable. This is truly a community theatre and arts centre and if you were to start this from scratch it would be very hard to recreate this incredible community place.
92% of our income comes from our doors being open, with only 8% coming from funding streams. In this day and age that is pretty remarkable, however with our doors closed then it is hard to generate this income. We have not however been sitting on our laurels. The Pump House and our community have been putting plenty of entertainment to keep you occupied online. Our Children and Youth had an online Cabaret; EUTV was developed by the amazing Electric Umbrella; Jazz has been played online weekly; Ghost stories are being told; Shakespeare Monologue workshops with the incredible Tom Kanji and IsoVision has been set up to help people get over the devastation of the Eurovision being cancelled…or not possibly just for fun. All of this is free for you to access by going to www.pumphouse.info. We will be publishing everything we are doing here.
We do however, need your support if possible. To be able to keep our doors open and be here for the future we need some help. Are you able to do a fundraiser for us or are you able to donate? Your support will help us ensure that The Pump House doors remain open for generations to come. Thank you.