Non-professional theatre produced professionally....
In 1967 the Bass brewery sold The Swan, a derelict Yeovil pub,
to the local Dramatic Society. For seven years members worked
to transform the pub into an attractive headquarters with
facilities for rehearsals and set building. Performances still had
to take place in hired halls. The society then decided to build its
own theatre on the land behind the building. Its first production
there was in 1976.
We have had no magic wand but year by year improvements have
been made. The Swan does not receive public funding, or any
financial support from any other organisation, solely relying
on the efforts of its members and patrons. Years of voluntary work
and the re-investment of all profits into the building and its
equipment have resulted in the Swan becoming one of the best
equipped little theatres in the West of England. We can now offer
the public an intimate performance space, tiered auditorium with
excellent acoustics, professional quality lighting and sound
systems, and a fully licensed bar.
The Swan Theatre Company is committed to developing the
performing arts in Yeovil and performs six shows a year,
providing a wide range of opportunities for our members to
perform or work backstage. In addition the theatre is a venue which
is used by other groups in the area - and is available to hire at
very reasonable rates. As part of our work we have a raised
thousands of pounds for local charities through donations and
particularly our policy of charity performances.
In addition to the six shows a year we are building a programme
of workshop performances and rehearsed readings through the coming
months and years to offer our members wider opportunities. We
also do classes on the technical aspects of theatre for those
members whose interests lie more in those directions. To
re-enforce our links to the local community we maintain close
contacts with schools and colleges in the area to explore mutually
All in all we aim to provide an interesting and challenging
theatrical environment for people of all levels of ability. The
Swan Theatre is recognised as an outstanding example of
non-professional theatre - evidenced by the press notices received
for our productions, the awards received in local drama
competitions and by the comments and loyalty of our local
audience, so do please come and join us.