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    Directed by Kirstie Davis

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Welcome to Forest Forge Theatre Company

Forest Forge is one of the UK’s leading small-scale touring theatre companies.  It specialises in creating professional performances and Creative Learning projects that share people’s stories and experiences, with the ongoing aim of inspiring, engaging and transforming communities. The company is particularly interested in new writing.

Forest Forge is committed to making theatre accessible by touring work directly into people’s communities, to a variety of venues and working with a range of people through bespoke projects and workshops. These include regular workshops held at our custom-built theatre space in Ringwood: 

Youth Theatre 

Weekly term time workshops for young people aged 6-21.

Act Your Age!

A Monday morning drama group for anyone over the age of 55.

Bespoke Workshops

We can design and deliver workshops to your specification, for school, university or corporate settings. You can come to us or we will bring everything to you. 


Forest Forge makes theatre performances and workshops that sometimes challenge and are sometimes unexpected, but always inspiring.

The company is based in Ringwood on the edge of the New Forest and has been touring work for over 30 years.

Our purpose-built studio space is now available for hire to professionals and amateurs in the creative industries. See the link for the Theatre Centre above for more details.


Forest Forge is kindly supported by the following organisations: Arts Council England, Hampshire County Council, New Forest District Council, Garfield Weston, Ernest Cook Trust

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Use 2016 to explore, experiment, improvise and perform!

 The New Year is the perfect time to make decisions about becoming more active and try something new, and at Forest Forge we have many ways in which you can do that. Give meeting new people, building confidence, having fun and creating some fantastic theatre a chance in 2016. We have spaces in our regular groups and are looking for new faces both young and mature, to come and join us.


Can you help us make another song and dance?

 Forest Forge Theatre Company specialises in bringing local stories to life and touring professional theatre to rural communities. As part of our Connections project, we hope to bring community stories to life in partnership with local venues The Lights in Andover, Forest Arts in New Milton, The Spring in Havant as well as the University of Winchester. We are looking to raise £10,000 in order to complete the final year of this three year project. This will go towards creating a buoyant and poetic new play about the heritage waterways of Wessex.


The Bournemouth Echo came to see Hansel and Gretel

TWO young children abandoned by their father and left to die in the forest, an old woman who lures children into her sweet=laden house in order to kill and eat them – what else could this be but one of those scary old fashioned Grimm Brothers fairy tales that are anything but child-friendly.


The Director's Blog

Upbeat- first week

So we are up and happening!. Pete, Abi and William are in the house and the music is flowing. Rebecca Applin has done a phenominal job on the score and David's set is working really well in terms of giving us lots of options to play with. We are in the midst of blocking and working out the rules of the piece. But it is a joy. So great to be back in the rehearsal room and to have Dom and David back at Forest Forge...