Play In A Week
Inclusive theatre for all - Celebrating our 21st year!
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What is Play In A Week?

Play In A Week is an annual week-long fully inclusive project, which enables adult actors with learning and/or physical disabilities to enjoy the magic and benefits of participating in a theatre show and putting on public performances in a real theatre.

Play In A Week has been held in the southeast of England for 20 years, and is open to all.

What do we do?

Starting on a Monday morning each July, between 40 and 50 enthusiastic and talented participants, a raft of volunteer helpers, along with a team of specialist professionals start work at the Nomad Theatre in East Horsley.

The actors work hard everyday throughout the week to rehearse, learning lines, songs and dance routines from scratch.  There are no “limitations” on who can be an actor at Play In A Week.  Everyone is welcome regardless of (dis)ability.  All we require is that people come along with enthusiasm, energy and team spirit, and are able to attend every day in order to learn their parts and be an equal part of the Company.

Our Professionals

We engage a small number of specialist professionals to make all this possible for our actors!  An experienced Playwright is commissioned to write our play each year.  It is unique because of the large number of cast members involved and the goal of ensuring that everyone has a worthwhile part to play in the production.  We also aim to include ever popular song and dance numbers, so these must form part of the storyline all of which is written and tailored to suit us!

Our Director then manages and drives the week’s rehearsals; inspiring cast, crew and volunteers to stretch themselves, achieve personal goals, and form a cohesive and supportive team having lots of fun!

The Choreographer designs and teaches both dance and movement routines, and helps to direct physical movement around the stage.

The Musical Director composes, writes and teaches the company several songs each year, usually done completely from scratch.  He is also a sound effects wizard who provides “mood” music to order and well as whatever other noises, bangs, crashes, and bizzare sounds the Director decides to throw into every scene of the show!


Off stage other participants, along with volunteers, can be found hard at work all over the theatre during the rehearsal week making costumes, constructing and finding props and scenery to order!  They are also making magic happen in the technical box by planning the customised sound and lighting which gives the final production a professional finishSurtitling is written to help improve communication which is delivered live during each performance.

Even as the daytime activity dies down and the actors leave the building everyday, there is still a hive of activity going on.  With the stage clear and safe, large items of scenery and backdrops are painted and put in place, lighting rigs can be built, and even the stage floor itself is painted.

Public performances

At the end the busy week, everything somehow comes together beautifully as the curtain rises on Saturday night, and a paying public audience get to see the results of everyone’s hard work.  We have a Sunday matinee show too, and without fail everyone goes home at the end of it all totally elated and justifiably proud of their achievements.

Work then starts straight away for the team of organisers to kick off the year-long programme of planning and fundraising for next time.

Diary & Events

Play In A Week 2019 – July 22nd to July 28th

Our production team have already started working on Play In A Week 2019, our 21st annual production!

We are delighted to announce that the week will start on Monday 22nd July and culminate with two public performances on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th.

We are also pleased that the Sunday performance will not be affected by the ‘RideLondon’ cycling event in 2019 because their website says that will be happening in August.

If you want to come along and join in this year please fill in an Application Form and return it to us ASAP!

Fundraising events

Please check back here over the coming months (or follow our Facebook page!) to find out all about the fundraising events we are planning to help us finance the 2019 production.

2019 Application Form

Everyone who is planning to participate, volunteer or help out this summer MUST fill in a 2019 Application Form please.

Now that the 21st Play In A Week is on the way you need to tell us that you want to come along by filling in our Application Form.

For practical reasons we have to limit the number of participants to around 50, with sufficient volunteers and helper numbers to make it happen.  Priority will be given to those who have participated before.

Please follow the instructions on the form, and get in touch if you have any questions.

2019 Application Form

You must be over 18+ years of age to take part in Play In A Week

I would like to take part in Play In A Week 2019 which runs from Monday 22nd July to Sunday 28th July 2019.

My details

I would like to be a:

I am available on:
(either tick "EVERY DAY" OR or just the days on which you will be coming)



My Emergency Contact

Please give us the name and telephone number of someone we can contact if you become unwell or in the event of an emergency.



I WILL,I will NOT,
    be able to make a £50.00 voluntary contribution to help with the 2019 Play In A Week production and running costs.

The compulsory Nomad Membership fee of £15.00 and the voluntary contribution of £50.00 (if you choose to make one) are both payable on Monday 22nd July at the theatre please. You can pay by cash, or by cheque made payable to “The Nomads”.

Giftaid:Please tick this box if the person making the voluntary contribution is a UK tax payer. The voluntary contribution cheque for £50.00 must be made payable to “Nomad Players Limited”. We will then contact you about gift aid so that we can reclaim the valuable tax from your donation and make the money go even further!



That's it - Now just press the button below and your form will be sent to us. Thank you!

This Application Form is also available as a pdf document which you can print out, fill in, and post back to us.

Application Form 2019

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Play In A Week 2019

Our production team have already started working on Play In A Week 2019, our 21st annual production!

If you want to come along and join in this year please Contact Us urgently and then fill in an Application Form and return it to us ASAP!

Rehearsals – Monday 22nd July to Friday 27th July 2019

10:00am to 3:30pm

Dress Rehearsal & Performance – Saturday 27th July 2019

10:00am to 9:30pm (to be confirmed)

Performance & After show party – Sunday 28th July 2019

11:30am to 5:30pm (to be confirmed)

We also have a Facebook Event for you to follow to get all the latest information.

Public Performances

Saturday evening, 7:30 pm, 27th July,

 and Sunday afternoon,2:30pm, 28th July

We are pleased that the Sunday performance will not be affected by the ‘RideLondon’ cycling event in 2019 because their website says that will be happening in August.

During the week of Play In A Week 2019 you can contact us by:

Email –

Telephone – 01483 284747

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