Westacre Theatre needs you – it’s your own community theatre. That’s the message from officials at the venue, which is opening its doors on Sunday, November 22, for potential new volunteers both on and off stage.
It’s a totally informal get-together so go along and see for yourself to see what’s involved in set making, bar staffing, programme selling, stage managing, acting and lots more besides.
Matt Grist, director at the theatre, said: “Westacre Theatre has been offering Inspiring, Inclusive and creative excellence in the heart of West Norfolk for over a quarter of a century. And we are probably the only all-year-round rural performance venue in the whole of East Anglia. So, Westacre is different.
In rolling West Norfolk countryside, Westacre Theatre’s scenic setting comes complete with landscaped lagoon. Only 10 minutes from Swaffham and 20 minutes from Lynn, it is tucked away in peace and solitude; one of West Norfolk’s best kept secrets. But once found, everyone always says how lovely it is and ‘Why didn’t we know about Westacre before?’
Westacre welcomes all-comers so the theatre has a happy band of volunteers performing vital roles in its varied activities. Many of the team are long serving troupers; everyone has a part to play. The turnover within the team is very low - once at Westacre, people tend to stay for the friendship and fulfilment. But life outside does goes on and sometimes people have to move away and move on.
Mr Grist added: “From time to time, fresh faces are needed in Westacre’s regular line-up. And now is one of those times.
“Our website (www.westacretheatre.com) will give you a good idea of the dynamic range of events on offer. Our own theatre company perform regularly to great acclaim - straight plays of immense integrity and magical musicals too, well known favourites or more challenging drama.
“But as you may expect, Westacre theatre is more than just a stage. Its fully equipped studio theatre is central to its all-inclusive ethos but there are many other parts too. The converted Chapel where the theatre was born 25 years ago is truly a tardis. Give us a look and you can see what we mean.
“Our own in-house productions are complemented by sourcing the very best Live! and Encore screenings via satellite from the likes of National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare, The Globe and Matthew Bourne with mainstream cinema under the Wednesday Flicks banner.
“Performances and activities are presented in three seasons each year so there is always something new about to take off. The theatre is overseen by a charitable foundation so all your time and skills would go directly to the worthwhile cause of keeping Westacre Theatre alive for the next generation. The cast and crew is a tiny team but they certainly make it all happen. So why not do different and link up with the Theatre that is different too. A warm welcome awaits you on Sunday, November 22.”