20th Anniversary Family Fun Day – Come Join Us!

Did you know that it’s The Elgiva’s 20th birthday this year?  What better way to celebrate two decades of entertaining the community, than for them to throw open their doors and offer families from Chesham and beyond the chance to explore their local theatre and cinema?

Come and join The Elgiva on Saturday 3rd November for a backstage pass to the entertainment world.  We are offering onstage demonstrations, tours backstage, face-painting, story-telling, costume design, artwork and a whole host of activities all over the building.

Visitors will be able to listen to the mesmerising sound of Hartbeats African Drummers and then create their own rhythms with a Royal Ballet Flamenco tutor Lucia Caruso.

The theatre will be packed with workshops and displays, things to see, to learn, to do, to make.   From auditions masterclasses to panto dress-up and street-dance taster sessions and from “Secrets Behind The Scenes” tours to hands-on technical demos it’s all completely free!

We will be showcasing all sorts of local talent including dance schools, singers, creative writers, quilters and musicians.  Local historian Peter Hawkes will be creating an incredible timeline display of names from the past, previous events and the history of the theatre.

No need to book!

Here is the full list of all those supporting our event:

  • The Elgiva Staff & Stewards – “Secrets Behind The Scenes” tours and hands-on technical demos
  • Sargent & Plester – Mini Movers workshop for children 18 months – 2½ years old, as well as a dance demonstration
  • Hartbeats – African drumming workshop and demonstration
  • Lucia Caruso Flamenco – Flamenco workshop and demonstration
  • Chiltern Music Therapy – singing workshop
  • Rare Productions – panto costumes dress-up and workshops
  • Core Theatre Arts Academy – voice and acting workshops
  • Chesham Arts & Crafts – display of quilting, textiles and crafts
  • Di Burnet’s Youth Theatre – acting and improvisation workshops
  • Chesham Theatre Company – drama excerpts and showcase
  • Chesham Musical Theatre Company – excerpts from Fiddler On The Roof
  • Chiltern Film Society – presentation and silent film experience
  • Café Encore – meals, snacks, cakes & drinks
  • Cleo Petitt – exhibition of stage design and set models
  • Let’s Party Bucks – face-painting and balloon-modelling
  • Panda Players – come and meet some of the members!
  • Matt Kirby – Armistice Art Work display
  • Peter Hawkes – history and timeline display
  • Jeannelise Edelsten – Artist Printmaker display


12th October 2018