Curtain rises carefully in theatre land

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Covid safe is priority - Credit: Brixham Theatre

The curtain is slowly but surely rising on theatre-land in the  Bay.

Brixham Theatre’s new board of trustees was confirmed at its recent annual meeting and they are now busy ensuring the premises are safe and secure in preparation for welcoming performers and the public back later in the year.

Outgoing chairman Vanessa Fitzgerald has been replaced by Andrew Cox and it was a fond farewell also to  treasurer Charles Oldroyd. The new board comprises John Budden, Kate Graeme-Cook, Laura Jury, Senga Wallace Roche, Jayne Stone and Phil Vickery.

Chairman Andrew says: “We have all been working very hard and planning ahead and we’re looking forward to getting everything in place ready to welcome you all back when regulations allow."

Priorities are to negotiate a new lease with landlord Brixham Town Council and to ensure that the building is COVID secure and complies with all regulations. A dedicated team of volunteers led by Pauline Smith has been working tirelessly behind the scenes during lockdown.

Artistic Director John Budden has been busy researching and commissioning a wide range of performers and local drama group BOADS will kick off with family favourite Little Shop of Horrors in the autumn and is then booked for the annual panto next year. A fabulous range of tribute bands have been booked together with the Christmas Carol Concert by Torquay Brass Band. South Devon Players are working hard towards their production of Ben Hur set for next Spring.

Auditions are being held for rock musical Little Shop of Horrors.

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They are planned for June 13 to 14 at the theatre in preparation for the show by the town’s drama group BOADS.

Auditions for various roles start on Sunday 13 from 11am right through to 5pm and from 6pm to 9pmon June 14.

Participants must do a lateral flow test and show a negative result upon arrival. No guests are allowed. Candidates should enter the stage door in Market Street and exit through the car park at the rear of the Town Hall complex. More info about the roles etc from  BOADS on Facebook or Jean Reid on 01803-858111.