Rob Spurway Uncategorized November 20, 2023 Leave a reply

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Wellington Operatic Society’s next show will be


Made in Dagenham

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Sandra KERRY

Rob Spurway Uncategorized October 20, 2023 Leave a reply

It is with sadness that we have to say that Sandra Kerry died on the 19th October.

Not everyone will know her, but she was the Panto Chair in the mid 1980s and then after that the Chair of what was then the Civic Players.  At both of these times the groups had very little, if any money, but she helped to secure their future.

She is probably best remembered for making numerous costumes.  But she also was a props lady, directed a few shows and was always willing to be front on house.

She will be missed by her friends but in particular by her daughter Sue.

Invite to all for CLIFF LAUNCH

Rob Spurway Uncategorized May 25, 2022 Leave a reply

On Thursday May 26th at 7pm the Operatic Society will introduce its autumn 2022 production
“Cliff” which celebrates the songs of a true British icon, Sir Cliff
Richard. Sir Cliff is the only artist to have a hit album in every decade
since the 50’s. He celebrates his 82 nd birthday in 2022.

You will get an opportunity to listen to a preview of some of the songs
that have been short listed for this show covering Sir Cliff’s hits from the
charts, movies and stage shows. You will meet the Director John Walker
and some of his team. The songs are a true celebration of this amazing
and popular star. The Operatic Society is looking for enthusiastic
performers who will shine a light on his most memorable hits from Rock
‘n Roll, Ballads, Eurovision, Stage, Movies, Christmas, Gospel – the
songs are endless.

In his 16 years involvement with the Arts Association John Walker has
devised and directed several Autumn Shows celebrating the songs and
music of John Lennon, Elvis Presley, James Bond and Bacharach.

Rehearsals begin on Monday 12th September and thereafter on
Thursdays and Mondays until the show week of 7th November.

Once, we know the number of members who want to be part of this
show, a few preliminary rehearsals will be arranged to familiarise the
company with the songs, before September 2022.

To become a member of the WAA and it’s constituent groups follow this link

Looking forward to seeing you at the launch.

WAA Programme November – December 2021


Event Location Date/Time Contact Notes
“A Walk Down With Shaftesbury Avenue” A Tues 16th – Sat 20th Nov (7.30pm Daily + Matinee 20th 2.30pm) opsoc@w-a-a.co.uk  Buy Tickets:
In person at Odettes Tearoom, Wellington High Street
Telephone 01823 240063
Online at ticketsource.co.uk/wellingtonartscentre
Our House – Launch Night A Mon 22nd Nov, 7.30pm ourhouse@w-a-a.co.uk  
Our House – Workshop 1 A Mon 29th Nov, 7.30pm ourhouse@w-a-a.co.uk  


Event Location Date/Time Contact Notes
Our House – Workshop 2 A Thurs 2nd Dec, 7.30pm ourhouse@w-a-a.co.uk  
Christmas Cabaret A Sat 4th Dec, 7.30pm genesis@w-a-a.co.uk  
Being Berlin – charity show A Sat 11th Dec, 2.30pm & 7.30pm John W (01823 667112)
Our House Auditions A Sun 12th Dec, 09.00 onwards ourhouse@w-a-a.co.uk
Acoustic Music Club M Sat 18th Dec, 7.30pm acousticclub@w-a-a.co.uk
WAA Christmas Evening A Sun 19th Dec, 7.30pm critics@w-a-a.co.uk


A= Arts Centre, main hall

M = Arts Centre, multi-function room

Scrubs up at the WAA

Rob Spurway Uncategorized February 1, 2021 Leave a reply

At this time of year, members of WAA would be normally busy making final preparations for the annual Pantomime at the Wellesley, but these are no ordinary times.

This year, instead of sewing costumes, as she has done for over 20 years (and more recently making props), Penny Bradnum, who is also President of Wellington Pantomime Group, has been sewing scrubs.  Just a week ago, she got a call from  WAA members Bridgette Sells and Jane Burt, who had both volunteered as a Covid vaccinators at Taunton Racecourse, to say that they were not being provided with scrubs, and could she help?. Penny had been sewing face masks for a charity during the first lockdown, and hadn’t made scrubs before, but thanks to the Taunton Scrubbers, she obtained a pattern and some material, plus whatever could be found from her own fabric store, and set to work.

So if you are called to the Racecourse for your vaccination, look out for some particularly colourful  scrubs, that might look more at home on the stage than a medical scenario. As Penny says –“ it’s not been so different from making some Aladdin chorus costumes, and I just hope they brighten peoples’ day a bit.”

Many Arts Association members have been busy volunteering during the past year. They vary from being Vaccination Volunteer Stewards, doing shopping,  collection of  prescriptions , transporting people to their vaccinations,, being NHS volunteers as Check-in & Chat reps, producing online exercise videos, sewing scrubs and masks, right up to opening a Community Shop and running a Community Support Group, and creating support software

Wellington Arts Centre has been undergoing a major refurbishment since the Spring, so the members are keen to get back to putting on Musicals, Pantos and Plays, and welcome back the public as soon as they are safely able to.

Light It In Red

Andrew Samuel Uncategorized August 12, 2020 Leave a reply

Although the Arts Centre is in refurbishment we bathed the building in red to show our support for the 1,000,000 jobs at risk.

Wellington Arts Associations stands with you.

Throwback Thursday

Andrew Samuel Uncategorized July 30, 2020 Leave a reply

This week, we shine the light on those who are normally shining a light on everyone performing, those without whom we would be in the dark…literally.

It takes hours sometimes days to produce some of the great lighting effects you see at the Arts Centre and the Wellesley. Teams consist of riggers, programmers, designers, operators, technicians who make, solder components and maintain the lanterns. There have been many people take up these roles over the years and we say thank you to you all!

If you want to get involved, email getinvolved@w-a-a.co.uk or drop us a message via Facebook.

Photos thanks to members and Shooting Pixels