The Nature of the Group
The ESOC Theatre Group is a social club for the employees of the European Space Agency (ESA), Eumetsat and other associated companies. Our aim is to provide the setting for our members to practice all aspects of the theatre as a hobby, and to entertain an international community of enthusiasts in and around Darmstadt, with performances in the English language. Our activities are sponsored by membership fees, a subsidy from the SSCC (the entity that manages social clubs for these companies) and revenue from ticket sales.
Why be a member?
Members can participate in all our club activities and are regularly kept up-to-date on what is going on (readings, workshops, trips, castings, etc.) and encouraged to join in whenever they can. Prospective members are also welcome to come and attend a couple of gatherings before deciding on full membership.
We hold monthly play readings, where any of our members can suggest a play to be read. We gather together for a bite to eat and a chat, then read our selected play.
There are also trips to other English speaking theatres, and workshops on a variety of topics (stage makeup, lighting and sound, wardrobe, stage combat etc).
But the best part of our group is the real family spirit we have. When a play is being prepared, we all pull up our sleeves to help. Members dedicate a bit of their free time and enthusiasm to collaborate in the production, whether it be acting, sound and lighting, props, stage assembly, wardrobe, makeup, promotion, etc. We welcome heartily any specialists in these fields who want an opportunity to practice their hobby in such a magical environment. And if you think you have nothing to offer, think again! We all started somewhere, and you will definitely learn a lot while working alongside us. You don't need to be Picasso with a paintbrush - as long as you get more on the set than on you, we'll be happy! Can't change the oven clock but fancy having a go at the lighting board? No problem, we can show you how! To act in one of our plays, it is important to have a good knowledge of English, but accent is not a problem. In fact, we sometimes prefer it!
If you want to be a member please fill the membership form and transfer the corresponding fee.
Membership is also required for regular access to ESOC premises for participating in club activities, and for being insured for any accidents.
Qualifying for membership
If you (or your partner) are a badge holder for either ESOC or EUMETSAT, then you are considered an Internal member.
Otherwise, you are considered an External member. The only practical differences are in the membership annual fee value and the fact that External members do not qualify for any club subsidies for participating in activities.
Our annual fees for 2017 are as follows:
Internal member 20€
External member 25€
Junior member (under 16 years of age) 5€