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Established in 2015, the DTC are passionate in their vision to inspire & motivate diverse audiences of people with previously limited professional theatre experiences. By sharing our high quality, accessible productions we aim to educate & excite audiences new to classic literature.

Through effective partnerships & funding support from Arts Council England, the DTC are dedicated to developing mutually beneficial relationships between schools, theatres, colleges and community projects.

2020/2021 SEASON

Since our first production in 2015, A Christmas Carol has been the cornerstone of the DTC’s output. Our unique adaptation of Dickens’ classic novella presents two actors taking on every role in a fast-paced & action-packed 60-minute production. After a last year’s huge success, we are delighted to be bringing back Ebenezer & his ghostly gang for our winter season 2019/2020.

Since Autumn 2019 we have been touring our exciting adaptation of Shakespeare’s bloodiest play, Macbeth. This Arts Council England funded project brings the Bard’s complex text to life through a high quality, digestible 60-minute performance for all abilities. Whilst staying true to the original text, the DTC’s Macbeth presents the Porter character as narrator, keeping the audience captivated throughout this famous Scottish tragedy.

In 2020/2021, despite the challenges presented by Covid 19, we are continuing to add our theatre repertoire with two new titles Dickens’ Dream and Oliver Twist.


October 1, 2020

We are back in schools!

With students and teachers returning back to schools in September, DTC’s diary is starting to fill up.

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September 29, 2020

Oliver Twist 2021 plans ahead

Artistic Director Ryan Philpott and producer Mel Philpott are currently completing an application for Arts Council England funding for an exciting new theatre project, as ‘Oliver Twist 2021’ is officially announced.

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May 7, 2020

GCSEs and A level exams look unlikely. Meanwhile ‘Dickens’ Dream’ and ‘Staplehurst’ filmed in Lockdown

So, further to our last post, we are now two months into lockdown with no idea when we can hope to be coming out of this situation...

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March 17, 2020

COVID 19 disruption

In the world of theatre and the arts we are all used to periods of uncertainty. But none of us could have predicted where we are right now...

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January 22, 2020

Exciting new project ‘Dickens Dream’ announced

DTC Artistic Director Ryan Philpott has recently been commissioned by Gravesham Borough Council to write a new play ‘Dickens’ Dream’ to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ death.

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November 12, 2019

A CHRISTMAS CAROL on the road again

We are currently in rehearsals for this year’s tour of ‘A Christmas Carol’.

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September 29, 2019

MACBETH UK tour kicks off at The Towngate Theatre, Basildon.

After the success of our Arts Council England funded Macbeth project earlier in 2019, we decided to take the show on the road around the UK.

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May 1, 2019

Arts Council Funding!

In late May 2019 we received the exciting confirmation that our Arts Council England funding had been approved for our Macbeth outreach project.

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April 1, 2019

New Partnerships

In April 2019 the DTC were excited to announce new partnerships with Basildon’s Towngate Theatre, South Essex College and St Margaret’s House & more!

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February 1, 2019

2019/2020 Season

In February 2019 the DTC unveiled their 2019/2020 Season with a brand-new adaptation of Macbeth and a revival of their 2018 production of A Christmas Carol.

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“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast”

Charles Dickens

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