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The Players Theatre Presents: A Masterplan in Two Acts! 

A major development of the Players Theatre to extend it to create a cultural arts and entertainment facility in Lowestoft. 

 

The venue is an iconic building located in the centre of Lowestoft. This fabulous old former chapel which has served us well for the past 10 years now needs improvement. Whilst a significant amount of money has been invested in developing the theatre the building needs further redevelopment to allow for multiple occupation by other users, improvement in the comfort for users and patrons in the form of heating and ventilation and improved hospitality and rehearsal facilities. 

The Lowestoft Players have been the leading amateur musical theatre group in Lowestoft for over 50 years, putting on shows for the enjoyment of its members and the theatre goers of East Suffolk. 

 

For the first 40 years we rehearsed in a pre-fabricated building generously provided by a local supporter.  In 2008 we were able to purchase an old Chapel (The Bethel) in the centre of Lowestoft from the Fishermen’s Mission, and preserve the building for the community. The Lowestoft Players were able to convert the building into a community theatre and rehearsal studios with its reserves and the support of WREN (Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network), The Arts Council and others. 

 

Initially the building was for the Players use for rehearsals and then to perform shows. The building has become a popular community asset for many other groups and users. The venue has proved to be so popular that decisions are having to be made as to who can use it when and either the Players have to relinquish rehearsal times to honour the needs of other groups or vice versa. 

The time has come to look at how we could create more space. In doing so we recognise the limitations of the existing building and have identified what needs to be done to create a premier venue in the Lowestoft area. Plans for the extended Players Theatre have been drawn up reflecting the vision of an iconic building on Battery Green Road which will allow for musical theatre, live music, exhibitions, room and venue hire to take place at the same time and provide a facility for all people in the area to enjoy a full range of entertainment. 

Our total project will cost in the region of £1.65m plus contingencies. It is ambitious and will take a number of years to realise so we are breaking it down into a number of steps or Acts as we would say in the theatre! It is our intention to seek any funding opportunities, both local or national to support our future vision.

 

The Theatre is managed and operated by volunteers who have a passion for musical theatre, supporting the local community and providing a major facility in the Lowestoft area. Volunteers come from all community backgrounds and all ages. We provide an opportunity for people to socialise who might otherwise be lonely.

 

We provide a training and development opportunity for the community to learn all aspects of theatre, from planning through performing to backstage, with many of our friends going on to have careers in the industry. Other groups who hire our current facilities organise their own events including dance instruction, meetings and parties. 

We provide a valuable facility for people to pursue a worthwhile interest during their leisure time harnessing their energy into something creative.

Act 1 

Scene 1 

Air Source heating and ventilation system. This will cool our venue users during the summer and warm them during the winter making for a much-improved experience. Budget £35,000 

 

Scene 2 

Full planning permission. Budget £6,000 

 

Scene 3 

Create access between the auditorium and the bar area enabling patrons to move around the premises and access the facilities. Budget £10,000 

 

Scene 4 

Retractable seating with floor improvements which will increase comfort for audiences as well as allow more flexible use of the auditorium. Budget £110,000 

 

Scene 5 

Roof insulation and roof solar panels to improve the efficiency of heating and ventilation systems and reduce running costs. Budget £55,000 

 

Scene 6 

Replacement windows (including black out blinds) and doors to improve the accessibility to the building whilst preserving its exterior appearance. Budget £100,000 

 

Scene 7 

Repairs to façade of existing building and signage. Budget £30,000 

 

Act 2 

Scene 1 

Extension to rear side of building creating. Budget £350,000 

 

Scene 2 

Extension to front side of building. Budget £600,000 

 

Scene 3 

Mezzanine floor creation in theatre space. Budget £250,000 

 

Scene 4 

Refurbishment of stage area, rig and under stage cross over. Budget £100,000 

 

Scene 5 

Front of house lighting and access gantry. Budget £30,000 

A MASSIVE thank you to all who have donated to our 'Re-Light My Fire' appeal to raise

funds to replace the heating and ventilation system at The Players Theatre

 

A Lancashire 

Abanazer 

Adele Farrow 

Alan and Olwen Jennison 

Andrew and Patricia Liddon 

Andrew Cooper 

Andrew Groom 

Andrew Liddon 

Andrew Pullum 

Andrew Russell Morgan 

Anna Farrow 

Anne Blake 

Annie and Kim Richards-Croft 

Anthony Cates 

Barrie Atkins 

Bernie Gooch 

Beryl Nettleship 

Brian Chandler 

Bronwen Anne Bareford

Carol Lyons and Harry Godwin 

Caroline Warren 

Catherine Clark 

Cerys Roscoe 

Chris Moore 

Chris Tanton 

Claire Bogan 

Claire Clark 

Claire Jones 

Colin Tucker 

Craig Lovatt

Daryl Bryant 

David and Gay Chambers 

Dawn Clark 

Dawn Rhodes 

Deane Dickson 

Declan Matwij 

Denise Hurren 

Diana Richards 

Elaine Thody 

Emily Capper 

Emily Takman 

ETS Sales & Hire Ltd

Fay Bishop 

Francesca May 

Georgia Woollard-Kingston 

Georgina Warren 

Gerald, Michelle and Rian 

Glynis Galek 

Graham Jermyn 

Hannah Brackstone-Brown 

Harvey Bradley 

Hayley Sharman 

Hotel Katherine 

Howie Forster 

Ian Carter 

Imogen Bunn

Jack Blyth 

Jackie Darby 

Jan Takman 

Jane and Richard Roberts 

Jane Walker 

Jane Zarins 

Janet Edwards 

Jennifer Podd 

Jennifer Wright 

Jess Ellis 

Jill Emmerson 

John Ellis 

Jonathan and Melanie Read 

Joyce Julings 

Julie Garrod 

Julie Mayo

K Foreman and Family 

Kathryn and Andy Edmunds 

Keith Howard 

Kelly Smith 

Kerry Rose 

Kim Simpson 

Kirsty Blowers 

Leanne Wild 

Lee Garrod 

LeRoy Gasson 

Lesley Moore 

Linda and George Harmer 

Lisa Lawson 

Liz Cannell 

Louise Hay 

Luke Garrod 

Lynda Joanne Morgan

M&S Energy Community Energy Fund 

Malcolm Smith 

Matt Day 

Matt Wade 

Maurice Garrod 

Mercedes Bell 

Mervyn Pointer 

Mike Turberville 

Nathan Garrod 

Nicholas Garrod 

Paul Huke 

Paula Crisp 

Peter Simmen 

Peter Wilson

Rebecca Amer 

Richard Hugh Morling 

Richard Simpson 

Rob Carter 

Robert A Edwards 

Rose Pochodnia 

Ross Mullenger 

Ryan Takman

Sally Jermyn 

Sally Martin 

Samantha Bell 

Sarah Fox 

Sheri Chalk 

Shirley Smith 

Simon Groom 

Stephanie Davies 

Stephanie Day 

Stephen Armer 

Stephen R Wilson 

Steve Hayward 

Steve Smith 

Stuart Brighty 

Sue Bishop 

Sue Smith 

Susan Julings 

Suzanne Kingston

Tayla Chalk 

Teresa Stockdale 

The Huddersfield Boys 

Toni Penson 

Trevor Ayers 

Trevor Carter 

Val Millward 

Victoria Kirk 

Wendy Brooks 

Will Ellis

And of course all of the people who have donated anonymously. 

 

Thank you to everyone. You are ALL amazing!

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The Players Theatre, The Bethel

Battery Green Road, Lowestoft,

Suffolk, NR32 1DE