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Basildon @ 70: New Town Sounds

Taking inspiration from the rich, musical heritage of Basildon, ‘New Town Sounds’ is an exciting, all day event taking place across Basildon town centre on 31 August 2019.
Venues around the town will come alive to the sound of music in honour of the 70th anniversary, with an array of musicians, bands and performers taking to multiple stages across various venues including the Towngate Theatre, St Martins Church, Eastgate Centre, The Edge, The Beehive, Jodhpur Indian Kitchen, Colors, St Martin Square, Basildon Market and Basildon Library to name but a few.
‘We’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the number of people and venues that are already involved with this event so far. Everyone has been incredibly enthusiastic, not to mention generous and we cannot wait to celebrate Basildon’s 70th with the community at the core.’ Lauren Martin, Creative Director, Things Made Public CIC

From local, original bands, through to sing-along events, choir performances, Jazz jams and everything in between, the aim is simple; to celebrate the last 70 years in style, giving opportunities to local businesses, providing a platform for our talented musicians and in turn creating a magical day for our community to enjoy. Running from 11am’ til late, activities and performers will be staggered throughout the day, so whether you’re heading in for a couple of hours with the kids, or planning to spend the entire day soaking up the atmosphere, there will always be something to keep you entertained. If that wasn’t enough, street performers, children’s activities, workshops, dancing and demonstrations will also be incorporated, ensuring an action packed FREE event that promises something for everyone.

To fine out more and see the full programme of events, visit:

Community groups

The Towngate theatre strongly believes in the importance of Education and Outreach work within our communities. With a host of offers for the community, there’s something for everyone here at the Towngate!

We would love to hear from you, please contact our Towngate Education and Outreach Leader by:

Rolling Exhibition Space

We now have a dedicated exhibition space in the foyers of theatre to showcase local talent.

We are looking for pieces that reflect the world of theatre: be it capturing backstage moments, the front of house bustle or the drama on stage – through any visual art medium (photography, drawings, paintings etc.).

If you or your group would like to be considered for exhibiting your work here at the Towngate, please email us examples of your work.

Please email: examples of your work to:

Workshops for community groups

Workshop dates available upon request. To discuss or book, please email:

Gateway 97.8 is your local community radio station based right in the heart of Basildon’s Eastgate Centre!

Gateway brings the sounds of home to people near and far, with all the latest breaking news, views and local movers and shakers. It keeps you informed of walks and talks, gigs and concerts, local traffic and travel, markets, sports and the local weather outlook.

And it also plays great music!

Gateway 97.8 reflects the interests, tastes, backgrounds, cares and concerns of our wonderfully vibrant communities.

Tune in to Ros Connors’ show every Friday @ 4.40pm, when she chats to the Towngate team live each week about all latest news, gossip and upcoming events at the Theatre!

Theatre out of the box workshop

Join us in our Mirren Theatre for this drama and devising workshop, ideal for Community Groups.

Working in the style of many theatre companies, we invite you to come and open our theatre box and discover how ordinary objects can become extra-ordinary, inspiring stories and in turn, creating theatre!


Show in a day workshop

Learn all about the various backstage positions of a working theatre in this devising and theatre skills workshop.

Man the Lighting Desk, pick your props and costume, call the show from the Stage Management station, control the Sound Desk then, using your new found skills, create and devise your own piece of the theatre on stage!