Turning Point is a team and we welcome new members to the gang. Whether you want to perform or be behind the scenes, your skills and interest are what we are looking for. Many of our members switch roles and most get involved with all of our productions in one way or another. We like to look after everyone and regularly both socialise and come together for organised events, trips and days out. We also love a party - for whatever reason. We are all friends or relations who support and encourage each other to try new things and try our best. At Turning Point there is no committee, everyone's opinion is valid. Of course, final decisions have to be made, but we want to listen and take on board ideas from everyone.
We are a Community Production Company, not a Theatre Club or Amateur Dramatic Society. As a member we ask for £10 per month (other events may involve a financial contribution) and we cover performers and public liability insurance. As we are not-for-profit, every penny goes back into Turning Point or is donated to charity. We also have an Annual Awards Event, these celebrate and encourage the team and as well as the producers giving awards, the whole team also vote on various categories. See our Award Winners Gallery here. So why not join us? Make new friends, create new memories and have the opportunity to be part of something really special. Contact us for more information or an informal chat.
ON STAGE AND SCREEN
We are blessed to have the opportunity to showcase some amazing talent here at TPP. We currently have players ranging in age from eight to seventy-two and it is a joy for us to be party to them sharing their experiences and knowledge with each other. We aim to produce at least two Charity Concerts, a Supper Theatre and a Christmas Show each year and are always on the look out for new stars to show off. We generally rehearse twice a week for a couple of months prior to each show, with some extra rehearsals nearer the time. We have also been making short films for both ourselves and charities for the last six years and our company thoroughly enjoy the whole process. Take a look at the film we made in 2019 for the charity MIND - 'A Million Dreams'. We endeavour to incorporate Singing, Dancing and Acting, so if you're already experienced on the stage or ready for a new challenge, please get in touch.
BEHIND THE SCENES
If stepping up in front of the lights is not for you then why not join us behind the scenes. We have a brilliant Technical Team and Backstage Crew and there are jobs for all to get involved with. Sound, Lighting, Props, Costumes, Set Building.... all these things are key to putting on a great show. Our team are happy to mentor in all of these departments and we are always on the look out for Show Runners to keep everything and everyone in check on show week. Besides the production crew we also have a brilliant Media Team. This includes publicity, photography and cinematography. These guys are so talented and creative so maybe you'd be interested in working alongside them or learning the ropes.
FRONT OF HOUSE
Our fabulous Front of House Team includes Catering and we are lucky enough to be able to provide homemade food at our Supper Theatres, Team Challenge Productions and Christmas Entertainment Shows. Are you interested in cooking? Perhaps you'd make a brilliant waitress? As well as catering, Front of House involves selling programmes and raffle tickets, showing our audiences to their seats and pointing them in all the right directions when it's showtime and of course helping out during the rehearsal period. We have our own bar 'STAGE DOOR', run by experienced, licensed tenders. From time to time we also need registered Chaperones to look after our younger performers back stage.
We believe in Turning Point as a theatre company and we know that friendship, teamwork and mutual respect encourages commitment and dedication to our team. Every new member is welcomed and for us, keeping such a happy gang is key to our successful productions. We enjoy spending time together so regular organised events are really popular. Whether it's a meal out, a trip to the Theatre or a Team Challenge Day we encourage everyone to join in. We like to keep the details of our Team Challenge Days a surprise, but they are designed to give members the chance to work collectively on creative challenges in new environments. One of our TCD was in France! Oh, and did we mention we love a party?
CHARITIES WE SUPPORT
2019-2020 - Diabetes UK, St Catherines Hospice, Movember, Refuge
2018-2019 - Refuge, Cancer Research, St Catherines Hospice, Narcolepsy UK, MIND
2017-2018 - The National Autistic Society, MacMillan
The Turning Point Company makes a food parcel donation to Horsham Food Bank every week.
Take a look at some of our rehearsal footage to see what we are all about...
PRODUCER / MUSICAL DIRECTOR
ANDREW SMITH-TURNER - 0001
PRODUCER / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
HELEN SMITH-TURNER - 0002
PR MANAGER/PRODUCERS PA
MEGHAN PARR - 0096
FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER/KEY PLAYER
LUCY ERSKINE - 0097
STAGE MANAGER/KEY PLAYER
DAVID MARTIN - 0089
KAIA SMITH - 0013
HEAD OF CATERING/KEY PLAYER
HILARY SMITH - 0072
TRISTAN SMITH - 0077
HEAD OF PROPS AND COSTUMES/PARTIES MANAGER
ERICA DREW - 0101
CLAUDIA ERSKINE - 0095
RACHEL SHUCK - 0073
CHRIS SMITH - 0019