Great Hall Players find new home

A theatre group is preparing for a real performance after finally finding a new home in Norwich city centre.

A theatre group is preparing for a real performance after finally finding a new home in Norwich city centre.

The Great Hall Players have been looking for new premises for the past year and now they have been invited to become the resident company at the Assembly House, in Theatre Street.

It is the chance the group had been seeking and its players are determined to bring more theatre to the people of Norwich and expand productions.

Group chairman Vic Young said: "We had been looking for somewhere for about a year and then the call came from the Assembly House asking us to use their facilities."

"It was a wonderful chance and great to have someone ask us."

Great Hall Players perform only theatre in the round, which means the audience is close to the cast and that brings the experience closer.

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The company had been using St Peter's Hall, in Park Lane, for the past few years but a lack of parking and space meant they really needed to move on.

"These facilities are so much better for us here and it is a chance to introduce a lot more people to theatre in the round," said Mr Young.

"Many people love it and some hate it but I really think it is a great experience where the audience are truly involved and are not cut off by the orchestra pit or the stage."

The company is looking forward to expanding its programme and getting settled into its new home.

"At the moment, we are doing about six productions a year but, hopefully, we will now increase this to eight. We are also looking for more people to get involved in front of the audience and behind the scenes," Mr Young added.

To get involved with the players, call Vic Young on 01692 535525.

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