Red Kite Theatre
At Red Kite Theatre (a Chilterns Theatre Company organisation), we are passionate about making theatre financially accessible to all, which is why we strive to keep our membership affordable:
Annual Membership - £10
We hate hidden costs and so will always be up front about the production fees and script costs when publishing the audition notices.
The Chilterns Theatre Company is a registered charity - no. 1191155. Our charitable aims are to educate the public in the dramatic and operatic arts to further the development of public appreciation and taste in the said arts, to assist and further such charitable institutions and charitable purposes as the committee from time to time determine.
We were founded in 1940 during the Second World War as 'The Wycombe Musical Entertainment Society' (HWMES), with our first show being Gilbert and Sullivan's 'The Pirates of Penzance'. At first, the Society performed exclusively musicals, and in 1993 was the first amateur musical group to perform at the Wycombe Swan Theatre with 'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas'.
In 1998, HWMES moved away from solely putting on musicals and we performed our first play, 'The Visit', followed by 'Twelve Angry Men'. Due to this, in 2001 the Society was renamed the 'Wycombe Society for the Performing Arts', or 'WYSPAS'. Shortly after this, we ceased to perform at Wycombe Swan; instead choosing to utilise smaller, community-based spaces in the wider Chiltern area.
2018 saw our final production as WYSPAS - 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum' in Hughenden Village Hall. A new committee was then voted in on the promise to move 'WYSPAS' in a new and exciting direction. We have chosen to focus on smaller cast contemporary plays and perform in various different locations across the Chilterns, making modern theatre affordable and accessible to the local community.
In 2019, we launched our first season as Red Kite Theatre. Red Kite Theatre is a Chilterns Theatre Company organisation.
Chairman - Alfred Hurst
Secretary - Michael Hainge
Artistic Director - Mark Oldknow
Treasurer - Tom McGrath
Membership - Mark Bolkonsky
Marketing - Alice Knight