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Being a Member of the
Progressive Players

When you join the Progressive Players, you are joining a team of theatre enthusiasts who enjoy a wide variety of tasks. In a typical year we produce 10 plays at the Little Theatre Gateshead. This involves everything from initial play ideas to the performances during play week.

Firstly, plays are read and hand-picked by our reading committee. Members can get a feel for a play at play-reading night and note their interest. From the group of volunteers, the production committee assigns roles and oversees the production. Once the cast starts rehearsing; props are assembled, and costumes are picked. The set gets designed and built, and the stage gets prepared with lights and sound. Publicity committee starts advertising the play and shares the journey of the production with members and patrons. As we approach play week, the box office is already busy taking bookings. Members sign up for the front of house roles: stewarding, selling ice cream, and serving patrons in the coffee room or bar.

To enable productions, the Progressive Players rely on members to partake in all aspects of the theatre. Many members do a little of everything, learning skills as they go along and “giving things a go”. We are a friendly bunch who are always keen to see new people getting involved.

We have new members nights where those interested can come to the theatre, meet some existing members, and get a feel for the place. For those wanting to join, there is a one-off joining fee of £5, and an annual membership subscription of £12. This allows access to our theatre as well as our online hub.

Come be a member of the Progressive Players!

Come along to a play or contact our Membership Secretary by email:

News & updates from the Progressive Players…

14 April 2024

Sowerby Stories

Progressive Players members share their personal stories of Gateshead’s world-famous Sowerby Glass company


15 March 2024

At First Sight

Richard Bevan, Arthur Smith and Ben Brown chat about their PP acting debuts in our March play.


20 February 2024

What’s the Craic?

Progressive Players member Rhianna McPartland shares her unique viewpoint on her latest role