What is Westacre? What happens at Westacre and when? Where is Westacre? Well, Westacre Theatre has been offering Inspiring, Inclusive and Creative Excellence in the heart of Norfolk for over a quarter of a century. And Westacre Theatre is probably the only all year-round rural performance venue anywhere in East Anglia.
Why? You find Theatres in towns and cities – where there are lots of people. But Westacre is different. In rolling West Norfolk countryside, Westacre enjoys a scenic setting complete with picturesque lagoon. Only 4 miles from Swaffham, it is tucked away in peace and solitude; one of West Norfolk’s best kept secrets. But once found, everyone always says how lovely it is and ‘Why didn’t we know about Westacre before?’
West End this is not and nor does it pretend to be. But The Westacre Theatre Company perform regularly to great acclaim – straight plays of immense integrity and magical musicals too. As you may expect, Westacre Theatre is more than just a stage. Its fully-equipped studio theatre is central to its ethos but there are many other parts too. And the sum of those parts is greater than the converted Chapel where Westacre Theatre was born 25 years ago and is truly a tardis. Give us a look to see what we mean.
- W = WESTACRE
- E = Education – Classes in Art, Crafts and Play Reading; Bursaries for fortunate students
- S = Screenings – Live! and Encore via Satellite from National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company with a varied selection of the best in cinema at Westacre Wednesday Flicks
- T = Theatre – Take your pick from Well-known favourites or more challenging drama
- A = Acting – For Ages 6 to 18 to create drama without a crisis in Weekly Drama Workshops, Half Term Workshops and Summer Workshops
- C = Café Bar – Relaxing drinks at all our performances with Light Lunches and Pre-Performance Suppers at selected shows – they are very popular so advance booking is wise
- R = Riverside Walk – A short wander from our sheltered patio takes you to the tranquil River Nar
- E = Exhibitions – Both Established with Up and Coming Artists display their latest work in the three distinct spaces open at Performance times
Performances are presented in three seasons each year so there is always something new about to take off. www.westacretheatre.com is constantly updated so a visit there will give you a few pointers about what is in store. But keep checking because fresh productions are being added all the time. And the value-for-money ticket prices have to be seen to be believed.
Westacre Theatre is overseen by a charitable foundation so all the support you give to Westacre (just by enjoying a cup of freshly brewed filter coffee, or acquiring that piece of art which caught the corner of your eye) will all go to the worthwhile cause of keeping Westacre Theatre alive for the next generation. The Cast and Crew is a tiny team but they certainly make it all happen. Now they are on your radar, do different and try the Theatre that is different too.
Phone number: 01760 755800
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