CaAPA celebrates its centenary in 2011Welcome
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  • Julian Fellowes - we were delighted to have him as guest of honour at our Centenary Dinner last December and now we are even more delighted to hear that Downton Abbey has won the 2012 Golden Globe for best television mini-series. We could not be more proud of our vice-president. Huge congratulations!

CaAPA Centenary Dinner. From left to right: Lady Emma Kitchener, Lord Julian Fellowes, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Richard O'Callaghan

Press article by Amanda C Dickie in The Catholic Herald:

Photo credit: Patrick Lee

  • CaAPA celebrated its 100th Birthday with a Gala Concert at Westminster Cathedral Hall on September 29, 2011. It was a tremendous success with an amazing turnout!

  • All proceeds from this event went to support the work of the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, CAFOD. In total, people's generosity reached the amount of £1,123.55. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!

  • Our official photographer at this event was: Helena Amor. Visit her website at:

Performers: Kilts of Caledonia Pipe Band, Don Maclean, Norman Hoskins, Elizabeth Collier, Jim Bannan, Gemma Cocker, Jimena Larraguivel, Patrick Lee, Evelyn Nicholson, Dympna Messenger, Martin Brown, Alistair Kelly, Prue Gillett, Lisa Doran

Pianist: David Hoyland

Photos by: Helena Amor

  • The Catholic Association of Performing Arts (CaAPA) marked its centenary with a Solemn Mass celebrated by its President, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, at Corpus Christi Church, 1 Maiden Lane, at 6.30 p.m. on Friday, 20 May.   The concelebrants included, Fr Alan Robinson, National Chaplain, Mgr Vladimir Felzmann, Chairman of Trustees, Father John O’Leary, Private Secretary to the Archbishop and Father Pat Moloney

What is CaAPA

The Catholic Association of Performing Arts (CaAPA) (formerly the Catholic Stage Guild) works for, and alongside, people of all faiths and none.  The Association performs a dual role, serving the needs of its members and, through them, the wider community.


CaAPA's members are, typically, theatre professionals or non-professionals with some interest in the performing arts. 

Members apply their talents and skills to helping the wider community, for example putting on theatre productions to help people in their spiritual journeys and to raise funds for good causes. 


Membership is open to all. 
Click on the image below
for further information
on our Membership page. 

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The photographs below illustrate
the breadth of CaAPA's activities:
sacred, secular and social.


Click on the image on the right for the productions page, featuring members' work with Theatre in Education company, Ten Ten Theatre. 



One of CaAPA's primary functions is to offer chaplaincy services to members and to the wider community.  Chaplains welcome members' requests for support, guidance and prayers for specific causes. 

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Chaplains also advise on the religious aspects of theatre and film productions. 

CaAPA's chaplaincy service is mirrored by mentoring, which is provided by the Association's senior professionals. 

See the Chaplaincy page for full details.



Our programme of events includes theatrical productions, church services (in London and Blackpool), retreats, theatre outings and social gatherings. 

CaAPA members are also affiliated members of the Club for Acts and Actors in Covent Garden, and many of our events take place in the CAA's theatre and in nearby Corpus Christi church, which has been our main place of worship for nearly ninety years. 


CaAPA is proud to present the annual Sir Alec Guinness award to a final year drama student, selected by competition.  The award is made by leading industry professionals during our Students' Evening at the Actors Centre in London's West End. 

See the Diary page for further details.

The first picture on the right was taken at the Sir Alec Guinness Award ceremony in February 2012: Dame Eileen Atkins presents the prize to Beth Cunninghame Graham from Arts Ed

(Photo: Patrick Lee)

Praying for Actors in London
A new prayer group begins in London next week for all those who work in the theatre, cinema and arts.  The first Eucharistic Holy Hour took place in Corpus Christi Church, Maiden Lane, Covent Garden on Thursday 13 October 2011 at 8pm.   Future gatherings will always be at the same time, on the second Thursday of each month.
David Hoyland has been a loyal friend of CaAPA and has worked with us as organist in many occasions including our Centenary Gala last year. His father, Francis Hoyland, is a painter whose website has just been launched. David would like to share it with CaAPA friends! Check it out. Click for Francis Hoyland's website
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