City of Plymouth Theatre Company
Devonport Plyahouse is a traditional theatre, small and perfectly formed with red velvet seats and a lovely cosy atmosphere. You'd think it had always been here but actually it was the former Methodist Central Hall. It was bought by the Plymouth Theatre Company in 1998 for £58,000. The chairman of the company, Angela Collins, says at the time it was a huge risk:
"Not everyone was convinced it was a good thing to do, after all we were a company of volunteers and buying the building would mean having to take out a mortgage then having to pay for the building works to convert a church into a theatre.
Nearly thirty years later, and with the mortgage paid off, it was worth the risk. Today, as well as putting on its own productions, the Playhouse also stages shows for many of the city's other amateur companies. None of which, says Angela, would be possible without the work of its volunteers;
"We wouldn't be able to run the theatre without them. We need about 20 people to put on a show and that doesn't even include the cast!"
Luckily for Angela and the Playhouse there's always been a bit of a song-and-dance going on in Devonport and it's hoped that this seam of showbizness will help secure the future of theatre for many years to come.
For bookings, contact the Booking Manager on 01752 217833, or you can contact the box office directly on 01752 560726.
For more information on how you can get involved with Devonport Playhouse, visit their site www.devonportplayhouse.co.uk