Theatre working to support Torbay community

Babbacombe Theatre

Babbacombe Theatre is the venue for several support groups' work in the community - Credit: Submitted

Babbacombe Theatre are working with local support organisations providing community events.

After securing Arts Council funding earlier in 2021, which enabled the Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay to remain open after a traumatic period when the venue's future seemed in doubt, the management team is now working to secure new audiences while serving the community. 

Following on from their first project when they worked with Circus Starr, the circus with a purpose, they have other projects coming soon with the Altru Drama CIC, Torbay Community Development Trust and Sound Community.

Circus Starr’s event back in August saw children with disabilities, families on low incomes, those facing challenges such as domestic violence, bereavement or who may be living with a life-limiting condition come together to see and enjoy the circus performers doing what they do best.

Being able to bring all the fun of the circus to children and families that may have found this difficult in the past, was a really rewarding event to be a part of, says, Colin Matthews, owner of the Babbacombe Theatre.

Colin said: “After seeing how this was received by those families that attended just makes me and my team more enthusiastic to develop future opportunities." 

Altru Drama CIC will be at the theatre on Tuesday, November 2, delivering an anti-bullying, free workshop aimed at children of primary school age.

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Drama will be used as a tool to deliver messages, explore issues and develop skills.

The work involves drama performances, workshops and projects across a wide range of themes and issues.

In 2022, other themes being explored at the Torquay venue are tailored to youngsters in primary schools and pupils in year 7.

To find out how your school can join the event on November 2 or to inquire about the four events next year email, Nikki Stevens at nikki@matpro-show.biz 

Working alongside Torbay community builders for St Marychurch, Babbacombe and Maidencombe, the theatre will host Memories of Babbacombe and St Marychurch on Thursday, November 25, at 2pm.

With those attending being invited to share their memories of the area too, memories from across the Bay are very much welcomed and encouraged.

Kevin Dixon, Terry Leaman and the community builders will give short presentations sharing some amazing stories and as everyone shares their memories, it is hoped discussions will ensue and lead onto conversations on how local agencies can evolve for the future, with wellbeing and health and the theatre playing a part in bringing people together.

Everyone is welcome at the free event. You do not need to book. Doors will open at 1.30pm.

The last community event is with Sound Communities, who have recently started a new record label called OceanSide Records.

They will be performing a show to coincide with a first EP release.

OceanSide records is a rap/hip-hop based record label consisting of five members. Their material is based upon their upbringing in Torbay, mental health and their overall lifestyle.

As well as the local musical element, the Mavericks from London will be on stage during this show on Saturday, December 4, starting at 2pm.

Tickets are being sold directly for this event by Sound Community and inquiries can be directed via email to them directly, info@soundcommunities.co.uk