EDUCATE, ENLIGHTEN & ENTERTAIN!
As Portugal’s own English-language theatre company for in-school performances, our plays are carefully designed by professional actors and language teachers to enhance students’ understanding of the English language and to introduce them to the joys of live theatre.
We are very excited about our new shows. For younger students, we will present our retelling of the beloved fairy-tale, Jack and the Beanstalk, full of exciting characters, old and new! For students aged 10 to 14, join us on the high seas for a pirate adventure in The Lost Treasure of Tortuga. For older students, we present our adaptation of Shakespeare’s 'Scottish' play, Macbeth, as you’ve never seen it before!
And, as always, your students will become the "stars of the show" as they join us for the on-stage fun! All of our shows feature carefully created age and language appropriate scripts, lavish period costumes and the beautiful scenery that you have come to expect from a Calliope Theatre Company show. Every teacher receives our comprehensive Study Guides, filled with lessons and activities, to enhance your students’ understanding of the story.
We take a great deal of pride in the high quality of our productions, and we look forward to performing for you and your students!
Meg, & Matthew
A Letter From Keith and Beth
Co-Founders of Avalon Theatre Company
For the past few years, we have received many emails from you asking about Avalon Theatre Company. We are so very grateful that the performances we shared with you and your students meant as much to you as they meant to us. Avalon Theatre Company was a labour of love and we truly thank you.
Because of your support and your desire to give your students professional, English-language plays, we are very happy to continue our endorsement of Calliope Theatre Company.
Created by Zoe Kaye and Meg Thurin (actresses you may remember from many Avalon performances!) along with Matthew Lloyd, Calliope Theatre Company features the same high quality shows and study guides that we have carefully designed to “Educate, Enlighten and Entertain!”
So we encourage you to let Calliope Theatre Company ‘set the scene!’ We look forward to sharing the magic of live theatre with your students... and having them join us for the fun on stage!
Beth Thordsen & Keith Harle
Calliope Theatre Company – Consultants
Avalon Theatre Company- Founders
(Co-Founder / Creative Director / Actress)
Meg graduated from John Cabot University with a Bachelor of Arts and received her postgraduate degree from the Istituto Arte Artiginato e Restauro, Rome, Italy. Since moving to Portugal in 2009, Meg has worked with Avalon Theatre Company, participated in various voice-over projects and has performed in a TV sitcom pilot filmed in Lisbon. Most recently, Meg became the featured voice for iClio’s - JiTT Travel app guides for many major cities in Europe. Meg is a co-founder of Calliope Theatre Company and looks forward to seeing the teachers and students that she met during her 5 years with Avalon Theatre Company.
(Co-Founder / Marketing Director / Actor)
In his work with The Ferndown Drama Group, Huntington Drama Group, Chesil Theatre and the Royal Navy Theatre Association, Matthew has acted in a variety of full-length works including pantomimes and dramatic plays such as Wind in the Willows (Toad) and Pygmalion. Matthew has directed such works as The Anniversary and Steel Magnolias and has served as Stage Manager for a variety of theatre companies. Matthew has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management. After his 17 years in the British Royal Navy (including time spent with NATO, Portugal), Matthew moved permanently to Cascais. Matthew is a co-founder of Calliope Theatre Company.
Stori is excited to be making her Calliope Theatre Company debut this coming season! She has a background is in musical theatre and concert choir, appearing in regional productions of Fiddler on the Roof and Oklahoma!, and was a freestyle level 4 figure skater. At O’More College of Design, she completed her BFA in Interior Design, with additional concentrations in scenic design, and garment and pattern construction. Stori performed with The Gallatin Players while she continued her education at NYU. A Vinyasa yoga instructor, she moved Portugal in 2017, specializing in making Vinyasa accessible to beginners.
(Co-Founder / Former Actress)
Originally from Herefordshire, U.K., Zoe was a co-founder member of Calliope Theatre Company until leaving the company in June 2019.