Tredegar Thespian PlayersTredegar Little Theatre
|contact person||Cath Collins|
|other notes||The Little Theatre is home to the Tredegar Thespian Players, who present three plays a year.
We meet twice a week in the theatre , please ring (details below) to check what the current rehearsal nights are. Please do come along and join us. We are situated behind the library, by Tredegar Town Clock.
The Theatre is also the venue for various visiting companies, including Frank Vickery’s Grassroots company.
It can be hired for all sorts of events, having excellent sound and lighting equipment, and provides a perfect venue for workshops, presentations, training sessions and concerts.
We have a fully licensed bar, and buffets can be catered for by prior arrangement.
Please contactCath Collins on 001495 315362 , to check availability and discuss your requirements, or e-mail us at - email@example.com
To book your tickets, please ring Mary on 01495 723755. Season tickets are available.
The Theatre is easily accessible, you will find directions on the ‘How To Find Us’ page.
The Society was founded in 1945 by a small group of drama enthusiasts, with rehearsals held in a room at the rear of the Castle Hotel, under the control of the first producer, John Morris.
Initial performances were held at the Workman’s Hall, but soon it was decided to enter drama festivals which were held annually at up to thirty different venues across South Wales.
The first play to travel was “Dangerous Corner” by J. B. Priestly, but with Bert Burrows’ production of “Frieda” by Ronald Miller, the Society became a major winner on the circuit. The most successful play being “Anna Christie” by Eugene O’Neil, with many best acting awards won by Shirley Wring and Ray Yabsley.
Then in 1956, the players felt a need for a home of their own, and nine members made personal loans of £180 each for the purchase of the derelict pub, “The Freemasons’ Vaults” in Coronation Street.
For the next six years, members shared the work of refurbishing the building, whilst continuing to travel to drama festivals. Their prize monies augmented grants from Tredegar Urban District and Monmouthshire Councils and one for £700 from the Caoustie Gulbenkian Foundation.
Eventually on 30th October 1962, The Little Theatre opened with a performance of “Serious Charge” by Philip King. To quote Philip Price, our chairman at that time
“It is the duty of each one of us to preserve the culture of the past, create new horizons in the present and contribute same to the coming generations.”
An example of this was the formation of our Youth group by Sharon James and developed by Pamela Cheung
In 1983, the pantomime “Red Riding Hood” was produced by the versatile Gwyneth Jones of Ebbw Vale, which established the tradition of our annual Christmas shows, which were overseen by Basil Jones, one of the nine members who had financially supported the purchase of “The Vaults”
In the ensuing years, the theatre has seen a diversity of productions, including plays, serious, romantic, comic and farcical. Music Hall and vaiety shows have been enthusiastically received by our loyal audiences.
In 1990 we were delighted to accept an invitation to perform at Theatre Canada’s Festival 90 held in Regina Saskatchewan, by the host chairman Margaret Woodward, who had developed her interest in drama, as a girl in Tredegar.
We elected to perform “Family Planning” by Frank Vickery, the Welsh playwright, who has since become an active patron of the society.
Another highlight was our successful application in 1996, to the Art’s Council of Wales for a grant to upgrade the theatre with new seating, electrics, a balcony bar, hearing loop system and wheelchair access.
The society continues to provide live theatre in the spirit of its original objectives set out in 1945. Its future depends on the support of the people of north Gwent and the active and continued participation of successive enthusiasts.
We are always looking for new members for all aspects of the theatre - acting, backstage, technical, and front of house. If you are interested, or if you would like to support us by becoming a Friend of the Theatre, please contact Cath on the above number.