THE LITTLE THEATRE GATESHEAD IS GETTING BIGGER|BETTER|LARGER

An exciting project that will see the extension of the Little Theatre Gateshead is underway.

Gateshead Council have given planning permission to build a much needed new rehearsal space above our existing auditorium.

This new space will greatly enhance the theatre facilities for the Progressive Players, visiting drama groups and the local community.



As a charity and a voluntary organisation we are aiming to raise funds in several ways:

- The Progressive Players (resident theatre society) have pledged a substantial amount of their reserves to the project and we have secured grants with further bids to follow.

- There are donation boxes within the theatre and a contrubution can be made when booking tickets online.

- In May 2018 a 'Raise the Roof' concert will take place at the theatre - with all proceeds going towards the project.

All with the aim of securing the necessary funding to make this vision a reality.

Read on to see what we hope to achieve and why... and most importantly please help us achieve our goal.
Make your local theatre BIGGER! Help us build a new rehearsal space

Why do we NEED|WANT MORE ROOM?

The Little Theatre Gateshead has been home to the Progressive Players since 1943 and is used to stage 10 plays every year, as well as hosting numerous other companies' musical and drama productions.

With several productions underway at any time (rehearsing and using the main stage), we need more rehearsal space!

The Little Theatre, together with the Progressive Players, present ten plays per year to a very supportive and appreciative audience from Gateshead and the surrounding area.

Each play requires at least eight weeks rehearsal time and we have at any one time, two productions in rehearsal. While the most current play is rehearsed on the main stage, the following production is rehearsed in our café/rehearsal room, however this room is small, being half of the size of the main theatre stage.

When a production in rehearsal moves on to the main stage, the increased space available means that cast members often need to relearn their positions and moves on stage, as they adapt to a larger acting area.

This has a detrimental effect on the cast members' line learning and character development.


The design criteria of the proposed rehearsal room addresses these problems by making the rehearsal space as big as the stage.

A rehearsal space that is the same size as the stage will allow the cast to transfer smoothly from the rehearsal room to the main stage because:

  • The set and props will have been consistently rehearsed at full size

  • Entrances, exits and the position of stage furniture will be the same as on the main stage

  • The director can see clearly how actors' movements on stage will be represented

The Little Theatre is used by many local groups for activities such as drama, dance and musical productions.

These groups will be able to utilize the proposed rehearsal space.

 


  • The new rehearsal space will be acoustically isolated from the auditorium and stage allowing rehearsals to proceed even during a performance with an audience and avoids the need to hire external rehearsal space.

  • We have carefully designed the proposed new rehearsal space so that it is in keeping with the look and feel of the original 1943 theatre, while making it fit for modern and future use.

  • The new space will create a smooth transition from the rehearsal room to the stage and allow more useful time to present better performances for our audiences.

The new rehearsal space would be a great benefit not only to our audiences’ continued enjoyment of our performances but also to the members of the Progressive Players who give up their free time to present ten plays a year to a very high standard.

 

Our Target

To achieve our goal we aim to raise the following:

£

Target

£

Raised so far
31% Complete
% Funded

Why?

Help us create a much needed new rehearsal space that will benefit our members, patrons and the local community

How?

Raise the funds to complete the project through grants, donations and a 'Raise the Roof' concert on 10th May 2018 at 7.15pm

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Success?

Successfully building this new rehearsal space will benefit members and visitors to the Little Theatre Gateshead in the years ahead, ensuring it contunues to prosper as a thriving cultural community resource