C&D Productions was founded in 2014 to produce and perform straight acting plays. The Northants area had a lack of open audition theatre groups that catered for both youngsters and adults, especially with regards to large scale productions.

Using experience gained in their previous years which saw the pair perform roles in over forty productions, the theatre company was created with a base in Kettering, Northants. They soon realised that actors were coming from all across the county, including Northampton, Corby and Wellingborough to take part as demand grew. The attraction of transparent open auditions, a year along programme of theatre activity and affordable costs meant the theatre company was accessible to everyone, especially with Kettering being centrally located.

The theatre company performed ten productions within a year of being founded, with an inaugural performance of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen in May 2014. The next challenge came in the form of the Camden Fringe, where C&D performed Three Blinks For…, written by Chris Lynch, and was followed up by Frankenstein and A Christmas Carol.

2015 saw increased activity theatrically in response to the high demand the theatre company has garnered. The Picture of Dorian Gray saw the group travel back to Victorian England and Sleeping Beauty had much influence from the original Brothers Grimm stories. Other projects followed including Macbeth by William Shakespeare, which had a sell-out run at the Brighton Fringe, Dracula by Bram Stoker in October at the Masque Theatre, Kettering and a youth production of Peter Pan at Christmas.

2016 saw the company performed two productions, starting with Pronoun by Evan Placey at Northampton University and a highly successful run of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest at the Corby Cube. This was followed by a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival of Jekyll & Hyde in August, then equally acclaimed productions of Jack The Ripper (October) and A Christmas Carol (December).

2017 has seen a decrease in production size as C&D produced and performed their first musical, Talkies, based in Hollywood in the 1920's on the eve of the Great Depression. Much work is going on behind the scenes to create original work and classes continue to run for acting and musical theatre.

Dracula Commentary

Here members of the Dracula production team and cast discuss the play, what audiences can expect to see from this adaptation and how they've related and grew with their characters.

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