The Story of NEWTS

NEWTS is the name we have given to our junior section which has been in existence in its present form for 25 years.

The group is made up of approximately 50 youngsters between the ages of 7 and 16 years who are given the opportunity to sing and do movement at our rehearsal room, The Green Rooms, at the end of Fisher Road in Newton Abbot on Friday evenings during term times.

The group was started by Val Chapman and John Amery and is now run by Claire Holden with the assistance of other society members.

Over the years the NEWTS have put on many successful productions ranging from ‘Alice’ – based on Alice in Wonderland – through to ‘Bugsy Malone’ and a spectacular production of ‘The Boyfriend’. These musicals were originally performed in the Dyrons Creative Arts Centre but latterly the NEWTS have been able to use the full facilities of The Alexandra Theatre. NEWTS productions are entirely performed by the youngsters with the adult supervision of the production team.

NEWTS last major production was Bugsy Malone in May 2016. This very successful production had a cast of 40 youngsters between 7 and 16 years of age.

Famous Members!

jon-leeSeveral past NEWTS members have gone on to work in professional theatre including; Damelza Randll (Fingersmith, TV drama), Dylan Turner (Chicago touring production and the film version of Mama Mia, plus Rock of Ages at the Shaftesbury Theatre), Kevin Woolway (technical crew of Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre, and Jon Lee (Oliver, Les Miserables, and of course S Club Seven and recently starred as Frankie Valli in The Jersey Boys at the Prince Edward Theatre).

How To Join

We will be holding a joiners workshop during the summer holidays as we have vacancies in the group caused by members leaving. PLEASE SEE THE LETTER BELOW.

NEWTS pay a yearly subscription of £5 and weekly subs of £2.00. This enables them to be members of the society and means they are fully covered by our insurance when rehearsing or performing.



The Green Rooms
Chapel Hill
Newton Abbot
TQ12 2NB
Charity No: 291487
    June 2018
Dear Parent/ Guardian,
We are excited to announce we now have availibity for new members at NEWTS and will be holding a workshop on Saturday 15th September for young people aged 8-17 years who would be interested in joining NEWTS. 
Our workshop will include drama, dance and singing group sessions. The workshop is not an audition to find the best talent, but more for us to observe how the children conduct themselves, interact, and show that they have a genuine interest in joining NEWTS. Following this workshop we will fill the number of places we have available with the youngsters we feel are ready to join, we do have to take into account age ranges and the boys/girls ratio of the group.
This process will take place each year (as long as we have availability), allowing those who were unsuccessful to keep trying. We appreciate this may seem a little unfair, but sadly we are struggling to find any other way to try and manage the huge demand of children all desperate to join NEWTS.
Please contact the NEWTS coordinator, Claire Holden via email: to confirm that your son/daughter will be attending the new member’s workshop.
You will then receive an email to confirm we have received your application request, along with all the information you will require for the workshop.
Yours sincerely,
 Richard Ward
 NADMCS chairman


following their very successful production of PETER PAN