The companies performing are from across the Midlands region and are listed below in order of appearance at the Showcase on Sunday 9 December.
X-entricity performing As You Like It
A vibrant and dynamic theatre group, based in Ross on Wye, Herefordshire. They work with young people between the ages of 14 and 25, drawn mainly from Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Gwent.
2012 marks X-entricity's tenth anniversary, and As You Like It was their 22nd major show. They have worked with hundreds of young actors during the past ten years. Some have gone on to drama schools and universities and all have grown through their involvement with X-entricity.
Cumnor Players performing The Darke Years by JP Blackband
Established in 2007, based in Cumnor, a village near Oxford. Originally formed to produce an annual pantomime in the village hall, they expanded quickly producing their first summer play in 2012. An intimate, friendly group, they wanted to make use of their talents to bring a sense of community and creativity to the village. The founders were discovered a wealth of talent in the area, from costume design and production, to stage craft, to professional-level musicians willing to donate their skills to productions.
Bridgnorth Players performing Behind Every Successful Man
Formed over five years ago to offer an alternative to other local drama groups which only exist to put on plays. The Players' hold regular monthly play-reading sessions for fun and discussion and also occasionally to hold drama skills workshops to build confidence and range. With no permanent base, they meet and rehearse in a local pub, performing in village halls and community centres.
Leicester Drama Society performing Cymbeline
The Society was founded in 1922 and owns the Little Theatre in Dover Street, Leicester. They present 12 main-house shows each year and a Christmas pantomime, performed in the 350 seat auditorium to an annual average 30,000+ audience members. They also have a studio space, the Moyra Haywood Studio. Cymbeline was directed for the Studio, and performed there in April this year. Such was the interest in the production, they had to extend the length of the run.
Quaintwood Players performing A Midsummer Night's Dream
Formed from two smaller groups, the Quaintwood Players' numbers have steadily increased over the past decade, now with 40 active members. Best known for their pantomimes and murder mysteries, these productions allow them to be financially independent and ensure they can undertake other productions such as musicals and plays. Recently they won a NODA award for their pantomime Cinderella, which tested the group both technically and creatively, inspiring their involvement in RSC Open Stages.
The Nonentities performing Merry Wives of Windsor
A large and well-established amateur dramatic society, members of the Little Theatre Guild. Not all actors, they welcome everyone with an interest in theatre and encourage all members to get fully involved in the 1,001 tasks necessary in the running of a small theatre. They own the Rose Theatre, Kidderminster, a modern, 181 seats, fully equipped theatre, with a studio.