ImpAct Theatre is not a club or society. It has no membership, neither is it a permanently established company. It is simply a small group of drama enthusiasts who get together from time to time to undertake theatrical productions of a particularly challenging nature, or which represent work of special artistic or dramatic merit. Founded in 1996 by Andrew Richards, the cast and production team are put together by invitation or by open audition, selecting from the very best of the local theatrical talent, thus meeting Andrew’s original goals of casting the best actors available; approaching productions with a level of intensity that could achieve results in weeks rather than months; remaining aware of a responsibility to the audience and being ambitious and totally focused in the pursuit of quality.
Since its inception, ImpAct Theatre has won a fistful of awards and a well-deserved reputation for striving to present theatre of the highest possible quality. ImpAct’s first production, Educating Rita, was closely followed by Death of a Salesman and by the end of its first year, the company had completed more than 25 performances of 6 different plays in 5 different venues across Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset. 1999 was one of ImpAct’s busiest and most challenging years. It began with the staging of Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, with a cast of 13 women, which was subsequently taken to the Dundalk International Theatre Festival in Ireland.
There followed a summer season at the Mowlem Theatre in Swanage, where The Three Musketeers and Murder by the Book ran for 8 weeks, the plays switching mid-week. More recently ImpAct has undertaken annual tours of local village halls with a variety of challenging and thought provoking plays which have included ’Night Mother, Bazaar and Rummage, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, The York Realist, The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Katherine Desouza; In 2013 they presented the highly successful premier of the musical by Sam Stuckey My Wife and The King. This was followed by Neighbourhood Watch by Alan Ayckbourn in March 2014 and the summer programme of Talking Heads by Alan Bennett with The Thrill of Love by Amanda Whittington in March 2015, and Untold Stories in September 2015, Breaking The Code in March 2016 and Talking Heads June 2016.
“Looking forward to yet another Pat Richardson production at The Hub in Verwood on 14th October. Her production company always lives up to its name with its productions - impact through brilliant acting.”
“Wow!!!!!! Bravo (and Brava) to everyone involved. Wonderful theatre and fantastic performances!”
“What an absolutely brilliant performance at the Tivoli. Thank you so much. I am in awe of the cast's talent.”