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     Thalian Theatre Group - Basildon, Essex, England
      The Greek goddess Thalia - the Muse of comedy and pastoral poetry.

About the Thalians
WHAT IS A THALIAN? Where are they to be found? What do they do? Why do they do it? Is it really possible to have so much fun without being arrested?

There is no such thing as an "average" Thalian. Some members have been professional actors or have progressed on to such dizzy heights. Many are members of other groups as well and some may even be considered as quite normal during the hours of daylight. But when added together, the Thalians are a self-supporting group of stageophiles who usually put on three main productions and occasionally, smaller events each year (but not always) at the Towngate Theatre in Basildon.

Not being afraid to travel or for that matter, to have a good holiday into the bargain, the Group has also staged three productions at a small theatre in Penrith, Cumbria. We are an enthusiastic bunch who, apart from producing plays, have a busy social life together. It's not all the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd.

We are always on the lookout for new people with their own ideas, so whatever your age (between 16-106 for starters), we will make you very welcome. There is far more to being a member of a theatre group than acting - there are always directing, technical, artistic and multiple backstage skills to be learned and honed to a fine degree. If you don't like the idea of having to learn lines or actually appearing on stage, then remember that there are people in the Group who view a script as not something to be learned, but something that must be covered with scribbled, technical and incomprehensible notes to the extent that the actual text has long since been lost to view.

Backstage credits reveal people dealing with costumes, continuity (otherwise known as the Prompt), publicity, set design and construction, programme design, poster design, miscellaneous mindless anic - no sorry, that's the Director again. The list may not be endless, but the end of the list is certainly far enough down.

If any of the above appeals to you, please think about joining the Group. We meet from 8pm-10pm on Tuesday and Fridays at the Laindon Community Centre.

To find out more about us see our frequently asked questions page or contact us for more information.

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