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Updated: Sep 10, 2022

UPDATE Sat 10 /09: Due to today's announcement that Monday 19th September will be a Bank Holiday to mark The Queen's funeral, we have had to postpone this workshop until October - final date to be confirmed.

Please use this form to register your interest and we will be in touch as soon as the date is confirmed.


Interested in acting, storytelling and local history? Then we're running a special one-day community theatre workshop for adults designed to explore untold stories inspired by the rich heritage of The Chessington Industrial Estate.

We're running the workshop on Sunday 18th September, from 10am to 4pm, at The Hook Centre, Hook Parade, as part of a major project to celebrate the industrial estate’s past, present and future.

During the workshop, we'll play storytelling and improvisation games inspired by old news stories, photos and other sources, to explore the lives that were shaped in different ways by the companies that once operated on the site.

This includes notable businesses like: Parnell Aviation, manufacturer of RAF gun turrets during the Second World War; Siebe Gorman, innovators of diving equipment; and Gala Cosmetics, with its pioneering Mary Quant make-up range that not only transformed millions of faces in the late 60s and early 70s but influenced how cosmetics are marketed today!


  • The workshop takes place on Sunday 18th September from 10am to 4pm (bring a packed lunch)

  • It costs £5 - payable in advance to secure your place

  • It's open to anyone aged 18 or over.

  • While no previous acting experience is required, to ensure you enjoy the workshop, you should be comfortable with performing in front of others, presenting your ideas and appearing on camera.

  • Places are limited so booking is essential!

HOW TO SIGN UP Please use our sign-up form to book your place, via the link below. Simply select from "Performance & Storytelling Workshop" from the dropdown and complete the rest of the form. We'll then email you to confirm your booking and send you payment details.

Alternatively, if prefer not to use the form or you have any questions about the workshop, please email


COMING SOON! -- 'From The Shop Floor' A new community performance project for 2023 inspired by The Chessington Industrial Estate

The workshop will also give participants a taste of a bigger project kicking off later this year, which will see

cast of local volunteer performers come together to rapidly devise, produce, rehearse and perform up to four short original plays that will shine a spotlight on forgotten figures and Chessington's industrial past. The final plays will then be performed at venues throughout the borough in late spring / summer 2023.

If you can't make the workshop, but would like to find out more about how you can get take part in the 'From The Shop Floor' project, please email


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