Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

How is GST run and who by?

GST is run by a number of committees and sub committees. These are:

General Committee:  

This is the society’s general management committee. It is in charge of managing the society’s budget, publicising the society and its shows and ensuring that the society runs as safely and as efficiently as possible. Any welfare issues should also be referred to the General Committee.  

Casting and Selection 

The committee is responsible for choosing which shows the society will perform and obtaining the licenses. 

When do GST perform shows and where?

GST usually performs five or six full scale shows per year in different venues. These are as follows:

  • February show – King Alfred Phoenix, Golders Green
  • May show- King Alfred Phoenix Golders Green
  • July show (sometimes two shows)– Little Oak Wood, Hampstead Garden Suburb
  • October show – Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate
  • November show – Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate

Where and when does the GST usually rehearse?

Usually rehearsals are at the Free Church Hall, Central Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb. They usually take place two days during the week from 7:30pm until 10pm and Sunday afternoons from 3pm until 6pm. The weeknight rehearsal days are usually Tuesdays and Thursdays but this may vary depending on the director’s preferred days.

I want to direct, who do I approach and what will happen next?

If you are interested in directing a play with the GST, email Casting and Selection Committee on castingandselection@gardensuburbtheatre.org.uk  to express an interest.

Casting and Selection Committee will ask you to first direct a ‘studio production’, which is a rehearsed reading of a play, cast and directed by you over the course of 6 to 8 rehearsals. They will ask you to let them know if you have a play in mind, and if not, they may suggest options.

Casting and Selection will also look to see whether or not you have taken up other backstage roles with the group, such as props, stage management and lighting. This is not compulsory, but it helps a director to work more efficiently and effectively as a director if he/she has personal experience of these roles.

Further to your studio production, Casting and Selection committee will talk with you about how you found directing the studio production. They will ask whether you feel ready to direct a full scale production, and will let you know if there are any areas they recommend you develop before you do so. They may suggest that you direct a second studio production to check to see that you have developed the areas of improvement.

Once you are ready to direct, C&S will ask you to make a proposal of a play you would like to direct and will ask you when you are available to direct it.