All about working with local artists

Torbay Weekly

Tiverton Community Arts Theatre, a volunteer run 311 seat Theatre in the heart of Devon is offering a diverse programme of events to Tiverton, as well as encouraging local artists and drama groups to use their performance space and facilities.

TCAT first opened the doors in 2012 after a small group of enthusiastic volunteers thought Tiverton deserved its own space for Theatre and Performing Arts. Through hard work and dedication, TCAT established a great track record for a varied and growing professional programme.

They have hosted drama, from Shakespeare to pantomime, live bands, dance, outdoor productions, and children’s theatre. ‘Comedy Hall’ hosts top name comedians from all over the world, bringing theatre goers from all over the Westcountry and beyond.

The theatre operates from Tiverton High School in Bolham Road, where the school hall is transformed into a modern theatre auditorium. TCAT say: “We are very fortunate to have the support of Tiverton High School in allowing us to develop their auditorium into a modern, fully functioning community theatre.

“Our venue boasts all the requirements of a great theatre, comfortable raked seating together with a well-equipped, professional lighting setup, sound desk and a recently fitted ventilation system.”

The venue can be hired by artists, local theatre groups, and organisations. There is also the option to make the auditorium a dancing space, with café tables or with the raked seating for sit down events.

TCAT has a full bar serving beer, cider, wines, spirits, soft drinks, and snacks and accepts cash or cards. For all seated events, they offer the chance to pre-order interval drinks, so there is minimal queuing for their guests, keeping visitors safe.

There is also a lounge area where teas and coffees are served. They have ample toilet facilities, the building is fully accessible to all, and to top it all, they have free parking for their guests.

TCAT’s small band of volunteers has grown after weathering the Covid crisis. Facilities and audiences have also increased. Tiverton Community Arts Theatre has gone from strength to strength and they look forward to welcoming you to ‘your’ theatre.

They say: “Please visit our website to find out what we have planned, buy tickets, or sign up for our newsletter so you never miss an event. Tickets for all events can be bought from tivertontheatre.com or ‘The Busy Bee’ in Fore Street, Tiverton.”

Looking to the future, TCAT has ambitions to provide a purpose-built theatre and arts centre for Tiverton and the surrounding area. In the meantime, they will continue to bring a diverse programme of events for all to enjoy.

Volunteering at TCAT is sometimes hard work but always fun and very rewarding and they do have openings for new volunteers in varied roles, such as bar-tending, stewarding, front of House, digital marketing, programming, and marketing.  So, if you’d like to help, please get in touch via their website tivertontheatre.com

Slowly, since the lifting of Covid restrictions, the music entertainment and hospitality sector has started to recover from the devastating blow caused by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

More and more people, now having been fully vaccinated (although not a legal requirement), feel a lot more secure and are starting to venture out to see shows, visit cinemas and dine out.

This is excellent news for businesses who have struggled to survive and a step in the right direction in rebuilding our once thriving economy. Whilst the wearing of face coverings is no longer mandated by the Government and self-Isolation is no longer required, regardless of a positive lateral flow test, TCAT ask that people use their own personal judgement and common sense to protect others if they test positive and look forward to welcoming you to their venue.

On the 16th March, 2020, theatres across the country closed their doors due to the pandemic. They remained closed until new guidelines were issued on the 25th May, 2021.

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