Community Theatre School

The School comprised fourteen workshops that aimed to boost the theatre-making skills of people in Payhembury and its adjoining parishes. Workshops were led by professional experts on aspects of theatre-making. There were three on writing theatre, three on directing, three on acting, one on technical aspects of theatre, two on set design, one on music and one on marketing. The workshops were free for 14-16 year olds and only £1.50 a workshop for under 22 year-olds - £3.00 for others.

The first writing workshops were led by Nick Stimson, ex-Young Vic, writer of the Exeter community play Matthew Miller and associate director at Plymouth’s Theatre Royal. The directing workshops were led by Rod Dixon, theatre director at the Theatre Royal and Barbican Theatre, Plymouth and the Music workshop by Paul Wilson of the Wren Trust.

The technical workshop was led by Jon Primrose, the acting ones by professional theatre worker Martin Harvey and professional actor Patrick Romer, set design by Meg Surrey, professional theatre designer and scenic artist.

Several embryonic plays emerged, including ‘Foresight’ which, in two more years of development formed a major TVCT production.