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The importance of amateur theatre - where would we be without it?

16th October 2020

Being able to participate in amateur theatre is something our members thrive on. KAOS means so much to so many in the community and not being able to rehearse and perform the way we normally would is something we miss dreadfully.

We continue to work together virtually in the meantime but urge others to shine a light on the importance of amateur theatre by sharing this article


There is no question of the importance of Amateur Theatre within our local communities.

Amateur theatre performing groups produce over 3500 productions annually which are watched by audience figures of more than 2 million every year. These performances include pantomimes, plays and musicals. We are proud to be part of the umbrella body, the National Operatic & Dramatic Association (NODA) The combined membership of this organisation is over 100,000 ranging in age from 8-80.

NODA’s members groups generate between £150m - £200m in ticket sales with at least the same being produced in additional spending including: food, drink, travel and accommodation. The vast majority of this supports a wide range of businesses, including theatres, village and community halls, theatrical suppliers, restaurants, musicians, bars and hotels. Many groups also raise significant sums for local and national charities with post show collections and specific fundraising events.

Amateur theatre plays a significant part in the cultural life of the nation; helping with both physical and mental health, not just for the performers and all taking part, but for audiences too. Youngsters involved, grow in confidence and self-esteem. Amateur theatre, in many smaller communities, is very often the hub of cultural activity as well as helping to bring communities together. Also worthy of note, is the fact that many professional performers and stars of TV, originally trod the boards in amateur theatre thus shaping them for more lucrative exploits ahead.

Amateur theatre also supports professional theatre as well. The venues amateur groups are hiring, mostly, are professional theatres and with that comes the employment of staff, both front of house and technical, as well as the hiring of freelancers i.e. choreographers, directors, musical directors, make-up artists etc.

At the present time, virtually all amateur theatre productions have been cancelled across the country, and given the lead time for productions, it is unlikely there will be many, if any, productions before the end of 2021. This is a significant loss to the cultural and economic life of the UK. Many groups have been making use of technology to keep in touch, rehearse, or put together videos to entertain their audiences via social media channels. They are eager to maintain their involvement and to resume a normal programme as far as they can.

My plea to you today, is to PLEASE give the amateur theatre sector the same consideration as that of the professional theatres. The professional theatres are currently being highlighted in the press, but there is no mention of the amateur sector. A sector which does so very much for the wellbeing and the economy of our country.

The Wedding Singer Postponed

4th July 2020

It is with regret that we have decided to postpone our production of 'The Wedding Singer' from 2021 to 15 - 19 March 2022. This was a difficult decision but we were thinking of the welfare of our members first and foremost

We are constantly keeping an eye on what the changes in government rules mean for us and if it becomes possible that we can carry out some form of performance in 2021 then we will be thrilled to share that news as soon as we can

Ayrshire Hospice Collection 2020

19th April 2020

KAOS are delighted to announce that we raised £3500 for the Ayrshire Hospice

This fantastic total was raised from our audience's kind donations during our March 2020 production of 9 to 5 The Musical.

We look forward to supporting the Ayrshire Hospice once again during our upcoming production of The Wedding Singer!


2021 production announcement

20th February 2020

KAOS are delighted to announce our 2021 production will be The Wedding Singer!

Based on the hilarious, heart warming film of the same name, this musical delight is sure to deliver 80s nostalgia set to a dazzling new score! We look forward to welcoming audiences and new members alike to join us at the palace theatre for another fabulous show week!

The show will run from Tuesday 9th to Saturday 13th March 2021 in The Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock

KAOS are on Instagram!

20th February 2020

Follow us on our new Instagram account where you can keep up with our latest news, pictures and more! Our production of ‘9 to 5’ is less than 3 weeks away so stay tuned for all the excitement as we approach show week!

Ayrshire Hospice Collection 2019

2nd February 2020

KAOS are delighted to announce that we raised £4350 for the Ayrshire Hospice

This fantastic total was raised from our audience's kind donations during our March 2019 production of My Fair Lady

We look forward to supporting the Ayrshire Hospice once again during our upcoming production of 9 to 5 the musical!

The Great KAOS Bake and Take Off 2018

25th September 2018

KAOS are delighted to announce that we have raised £572.75 from our Great KAOS Bake and Take Off in aid of The Beatson.

There was a very high standard of bakes made by our members over the four categories - cakes, biscuits, tray bakes and miscellaneous

Thank you all very much for your support!

Winners of best cake

Winners of best tray bake

Winners of best biscuit

Winners of best miscellaneous

Prostate Cancer UK Total

23rd March 2018

KAOS are delighted to announce that we have raised £4000 for Prostate Cancer UK during our 2016/17 season.

This fantastic total has been raised from our KAOS in the Park concert in November, The Farmers Market in February, The Full Monty Calendars and our audience's kind donations during show week.

Thank you all very much for your support!