You can join us at any time during the year, simply drop into one of our rehearsals, see what we get up to, have a chat with us. You may prefer to talk to us after one of our shows! If you intend to come along to a rehearsal it's always best to contact us first before turning up, particularly around production weeks and in holiday periods. While we normally rehearse on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the William Morris Meeting Rooms (see When & Where), there will normally be no rehearsals during production weeks and over Christmas, and occasionally they may be moved to different days or to alternative venues.
Carlton accepts new members with all levels of experience from complete novices to trained actors, directors and stage crew. New members are not required to audition, although we do hold auditions for most of our productions. If you audition for a production and are given a part, you will be required to become a Full Member (see Membership Rates below).
Membership of Carlton Theatre Group is open to all from the age of 16 and upwards. We do not have a junior section, although occasionally we may require children for one-off performances. Our productions are mostly adult oriented - for children's activities we would recommend a dedicated theatre such as Wimbledon Polka. In situations where we do invite children to participate in our performances, we require that they be escorted by a parent or guardian.
We have two types of membership – Full and Associate – depending on what involvement you wish to have in the Carlton’s activities.
Full membership: £40 per year. Full Members may act in plays, propose and direct plays, work backstage, attend our social events, be nominated for committee posts and vote at our AGM.
Associate membership: £20 per year. Associate Members may work backstage, attend our social events and vote at our AGM.
Membership is renewable annually based on when you join, so for example if you join in November then your membership will run until the following November and be due for renewal at that time. Associate Members may upgrade at any time to become Full Members, and their Full Membership will be due for renewal a year from the upgrade.
Carlton aspires to be as inclusive as possible, if you have difficulty paying the membership or performance fee, for example as a result of being unemployed, a student, or on a pension, you may apply to the committee, in confidence, to pay a reduced rate or in instalments, by approaching the Treasurer or Director of the production you've been cast in. This decision is at discretion of the committee but rest assured all applications will be met sympathetically and treated in the strictest confidence.
Full production performance fee: £50 for large parts. £20 for small parts All members of the cast of a full production must pay a performance fee. Size of the fee will be determined by the committee in consultation with the Director and be determined by the number of lines and length of time on stage.
Full details are available in the official Constitution of Carlton Theatre Group, which is available here.
Membership fees, acting fees, and associate membership activities may be altered by action of an Extraordinary General Meeting of Carlton members.