The Newmarket International Festival of One Act Plays

A production of The Very Useful Theatre Company

The company encourages, facilitates and promotes performances by various theatre companies, organizations and artists. 

About The Very Useful Theatre Company

The Very Useful Theatre Company is a not-for-profit organization, the goal of which is to encourage and facilitate the performing arts and to utilize theatrical performances as fund-raising events for charitable organizations in our community.     

The goal of the organization is to secure adequate facilities for the performing arts and to raise funds for that purpose.  

Our Mission

We’re very dedicated to our community, and to helping out. We want to encourage the best, and give talent an opportunity to shine while raising money for deserving causes.

 Our Vision

We’d like to turn Newmarket into a regional hub for Live Theatre – giving young actors the opportunity to develop their skills and gain exposure, and boosting local tourism – to enable us to help our community and raise funds for good causes.

Our Story

How We Got Started

The Very Useful Theatre Company was formed in 1993 thanks to Founder Ross Bayley and John Dowson with “theatre helping the community itself.” They have produced a number of projects, the One-Act Festival of Plays being their most successful. 

Where We Are Now

In addition to The One Act Play Festival, we’ve produced a number of productions in collaboration with local charities.

Join Us or Become a Volunteer Today

The prestigious Very Useful Theatre Company is presenting the Newmarket Festival of One-Act Plays at the elegant Old Town Hall in the heart of historic downtown Newmarket. As you can imagine, a lot of manpower is needed to host this annual festival. The Very Useful Theatre Company is looking for volunteers to help with our planning committee and actually get involved in the actual running of the One-Act Play Festival. 

For people wanting to get involved in theatre, or just looking to spend a few hours doing something completely different, this is a perfect opportunity to get involved. If you are a student, adult or senior we need you!  


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Helping local Non-Profits and producing events since 1993!

We’ve Raised over $21,000 to Help Non-Profits

… and we’re just getting started. We’re growing! We plan to make Newmarket a Hub of Theatrical Activity, and in the process help Non-Profits serve their missions. Join us!

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