Children – Come and meet Worzel at Cottenham Community Centre

Calling all children!

Come and meet Worzel, a very unusual scarecrow!
He’ll be at the Cottenham Community Centre Café on Saturday November 17 from 10am to noon.

Join him in the reading area to hear some tales about him and Aunt Sally!

For the production by the Cottenham Theatre Workshop, see this article.

Cottenham Theatre Workshop presents Worzel Gummidge – 28 Nov – 1 Dec


Cottenham Theatre Workshop are delighted to announce that our Christmas show this year will be:


Directed by our long-standing friend and collaborator, Gloria Milne, this show promises to have songs, laughs and the usual set of high-jinks, along with a whole host of loveable scarecrows! Following the story that was introduced in the 80’s TV show of the same name, this will delight fans of the original and introduce a whole new generation to the characters of Worzel and Aunt Sally.

If you’re intrigued and want to know more, then come along to our performances, which will run from Wednesday 28th November – Saturday 1st December at Cottenham Village College. Weekday performances will begin at 7.30pm and the Saturday will consist of a matinee at 1.00pm and an evening performance at 5.30pm. Tickets go on sale on Monday 16th October and will be available via our website, by phone and in person at the Cottenham Community Centre on the 3rd and 24th November. Keep an eye on our website for more details.

Although the roles have already been cast and rehearsals are well underway, we’re always eager to have new people join Cottenham Theatre Workshop. Whether it be helping backstage, or on front of house there really is something for everyone! For more information, please email:

Also, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @CottenhamCTW

Cottenham Theatre Workshop – Protecting your Neighbourhood

Attention citizens of Cottenham and the surrounding areas. Cottenham Theatre Workshop cordially invite you to our Spring production for 2018:


This sublime comedy, from master of laughs Alan Ayckbourn, follows the lives of Martin and Hilda Massie as they settle in to a new, quiet life, in the confines of the Bluebell Hill Development. However, their new lives are quickly interrupted by an intruder in their garden… leading them to form the local Neighbourhood Watch scheme with their fellow residents. Suffice to say, these aren’t the usual meetings you’d expect from your local group, even including an interesting discussion about a certain contraption on the roundabout…

Cottenham Theatre Workshop Neighbourhood Watch

If you’re intrigued and want to know more, then come along to our performances, which will run from Wednesday 4th April – Saturday 7th April, from 7.30pm at Cottenham Village College. Tickets are on sale now via TicketSource, or by phone. Check our website for more details.

Although the roles have already been cast, we’re always eager to have new people join Cottenham Theatre Workshop. Whether it be helping backstage, or on front of house there really is something for everyone! For more information, please email:

Also, be sure to like us on Facebook

Tickets on sale for ALADDIN

Here it is! The annual event that everyone in the Fen Edge waits for – the pantomime. This year it is ALADDIN, a super new show written and directed by teacher and Cottenham Theatre Workshop actor Kerry O’Connell. And, as you would expect, it is right up to date with happenings around the world and full of surprises. Including a very large duck!

This ALADDIN in not the one Disney is promoting but an original in the tradition that Cottenham Theatre Workshop has established over 40 years of entertainment. Aladdin Duck

So what’s the duck got to do with it? Come along and find out!

The panto will be on stage at Cottenham Village College on Wednesday 29th November, Thursday 30th November and Friday 1st December at 7.30pm.  There are two matinees on Saturday 2nd December at 1.30pm and 5.30pm.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW
Cottenham Theatre Workshop AladdinTickets are £9 (£7 for concessions) and can be purchased online at the Cottenham Theatre Workshop website (booking fee applies), through our booking agents TicketSource by calling 0333 666 3366 (booking fee plus £1.50 service charge applies), or in person at the Cottenham Community Centre café, between 11am and 1pm on Saturday 18th and Saturday 25th November.

For more details please message us on Facebook or email

We hope to see lots of you there!

Don’t miss the Vicar of Dibley!

If you loved the TV show, you’ll love Cottenham Theatre Workshop’s staging of it at Cottenham Village College at 7.30 pm each evening from Wednesday 19th April to Saturday 22nd April, the week after Easter.

The performances will be really special as a percentage of the proceeds will go to Comic Relief as stipulated by the writers of the original TV series Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer. There’ll be a bar as well as fun and games to amuse you, all part of the entertainment.

Vicar of Dibley Cottenham Theatre WorkshopYou can book your tickets via TicketSource, or or by phone on 0333 6664466 (a charge may apply). OR come along to Cottenham Community Centre on Saturday 8th or Saturday 15th April and buy them in person from Cottenham Theatre Workshop members. Prices are £9 or £7 (concessions).

WOW – It’s the Wizard of Oz!

Wizard of Oz, the 1939 film starring Judy Garland, is regarded as one of the top 100 films of all time (Remember it? How it starts in black and white and turns dramatically to colour?). Suddenly the story has become popular in Cambridgeshire as a stage show as well.

Cottenham Theatre Workshop is first out of the box with a lively retelling of the well-known tale written and directed by Gary Unwin-Riches accompanied by lots of music and dance to put you in a good mood for the festivities ahead! There are good and bad witches and red shoes and a known assortment of characters without a brain, courage or heart – but it has a way of coming right in the end. . .

Wizard of Oz Cottenham Theatre Workshop

Wizard of Oz Cottenham Theatre Workshop

Wizard of Oz (a Wicked Production) will be on stage at Cottenham Village College from Wednesday 30 November to Friday 2 December at 7.30pm, and two matinees – at 1.30pm and 5.30pm – on Saturday 3 December.

Bookings through or TicketSource (telephone bookings 0333 666 3366 will incur an additional service charge). The ‘booking office’ for in-person buyers will be at Cottenham Community Centre coffee shop, Cottenham High Street, each Saturday in November from 11am to 1pm.


Putting on a Show with Cottenham Theatre Workshop

Do you know that Cottenham Theatre Workshop is in its 39th year? That’s quite an achievement for an amdram group in a village. There are still a couple of members who were there at the start, in 1977! But to go on presenting two shows a year – one in spring and one just before Christmas, the very much appreciated pantomime – takes not just effort but involves many willing hands and teamwork.

CTW, a member of FECA since it started, are always looking for new people to join both on and off stage – we don’t mind if you’ve been involved with theatre productions for 50 years or if this is your first ever show. As a theatre workshop, we are always happy to train people up in different roles – indeed, many of our members have learned lots of different skills from being part of the group. For example one of our actors took on the role of sound technician for DRY ROT, our most recent play.

Just look at the many of the roles that make up a successful production:

Actors Director Producer
Musical Director (mostly just for pantomimes) Sound and lighting operators Technical Director
Costume designers and makers Set designers, builders and painters Back stage crew
Choreographers (mostly just for pantomimes) Publicity: posters, programme and banner design Props person
Rehearsal pianist (mostly just for pantomimes) Pit band members (mostly just for pantomimes) Front of house


For more detail on these roles please look at our Get involved section on the Cottenham Theatre Workshop website or email

A raffle was held each night of the play, with all the proceeds going to the Arthur Rank hospice charity in memory of long-standing CTW member Sue Macdonald. Sue spent a week in Arthur Rank during her illness, and they helped in providing nurses to sit with her at night, so we felt that it would be appropriate to collect money for this charity. A total of £280 was raised – many thanks to everyone who “placed a bet”.

This year’s CTW pantomime will be THE WIZARD OF OZ and the new script, written by Director Gary Unwin-Riches, is appropriately based on the 1939 Judy Garland movie, voted one of the best 100 films of all time. Everyone is welcome to the read-through of the script on 17th June at Cottenham Village College, 7.30pm. Auditions will be at the same place a week later, on the 24th.
We welcome members from the first year of senior school (Year 7) upwards. There are plenty of roles to play, from Munchkins to flying monkeys and evil witches to bumbling wizards. If you can’t make these dates and want to be involved, please contact

Wizard of Oz Cottenham Theatre Workshop