Alliance Theatre
Newtown's newest theatre: Exciting and Imaginative Plays, Comedy Nights, Film Screenings, Venue for Hire
LIGHTS-ON in newtown - santa's visit
The Lights-On show on the 27th November 2021 was a great success, a video will be available soon

Alliance Theatre hopes to open its doors to the public in 2022, in the iconic Royal Welsh Warehouse, better known as the Pryce Jones Building. The Royal Welsh Warehouse was built to bring Newtown together through industry. Now, 140 years later, the community will use it to bring the town together through arts.

Alliance Theatre is a community theatre with the aim to carry out activities which benefit the community and, in particular to rehearse and stage performances, providing an opportunity for local people to perform on stage. Alliance Theatre intends to open a creative space and small-scale performance arena which will be affordable and accessible to local individuals as well as community groups and visiting companies.

Our new theatre will be a small and intimate venue, with about 120 seats arranged on three sides of the stage.
Alliance Theatre is a brand new venture for Newtown, Powys. The first performance venue in the town run by a team of local creatives for the express purpose of promoting theatrical affordability and availability, together with communal inclusivity, for the expansion of Newtown’s cultural provision. 

It will host
· in house productions
· touring productions
· film screenings
· comedy nights
· music evenings

Our Ethos
We believe that theatre belongs to everyone, and that everyone has a story to tell, where individual opinions and experiences count, and are valued by others. We wish to enable communities to share their stories, and engage audiences who rarely attend theatre. The more accessible we can make it, the more groups will use it and the more interest will be generated.
Our Stage
The stage will be of a ‘thrust’ design, with the audience on three sides, as in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. This will be unique across small-scale venues in Mid Wales, providing an intimate and inclusive experience.
We intend to fully equip the premises with a blacked out auditorium, raked seating, sound and light, projection screen, and build a back stage area, incorporating changing spaces.
Our Venue
We plan for our venue to become a performance hub for other community theatre groups from the region, both amateur and professional. By providing an affordable venue, we want to encourage them to tour their productions to us, helping to share new theatrical experiences with a wider audience and therefore help to bring our communities together.
Above are pictures of recent performances staged by the group
Newtown Nativity 2018 Christmas Lights On: Our first large scale open-air theatrical event with a community cast with local choirs, animals and snow for Christmas entertainment.
Portrait of Marie Therese 2019 Wales One Act Play Festival: Original mysterious and atmospheric ghost story, winner of Adjudicator's award then taken on tour.
War of the Worlds 2019 Theatre from a Train: Giant spaceships, huge attacking aliens, screaming Victorians, terrifying Martian invasions and an exposive finale.
Christmas Carol 2019 Christmas Lights On: Huge retelling of the classic story featuring giant projections, flying spirits, towering apparitions and spectacular snow blizzard and fireworks.
Shakespeare Oneline 2020: Online play by 50 performers of the Motley Fool Monologue from Skakespeare's 'As You Like It'
Mini Cinderella 2020 Christmas Lights On: A short pantomime in verse to support an online event involving many groups created by Celf Your Health.
Cinderella Oneline 2020 A full length online pantomime involving a cast of over 350 participants from all around the world. This unique event was open to everyone who recorded their performance on a smart phone. BBC and ITV ran features about it.
HOLE 2021 One Act Play Festival: Madcap fast-paced, comedy about a hole which has been found but should not be there !
Santa's Visit 2021 Christmas Lights On: Community based show with news bulletin and sketches projected onto the walls of the Town Hall with Santa arriving on his sleigh to switch on the lights and set off fireworks.

Cinderella Oneline Panto
Alliance Theatre's first panto was on online performance of Cinderella with a cast of over 350. We recruited lots of cinderellas, ugly sisters, princes, and other charaters and each had just a few lines to perform. Come and see the screening. It is the only panto of its kind ! Featured on the BBC One Wales and ITV Wales.
Shakespeare Oneline
During the pandemic the company decided to produce an online performance in which 50 actors each had 1 line to perform. The text chosen was the Motely fool monolgue from As You Like It. Each actor was able to interpret their line in whichever way they liked. The film and radio interview can be seen now. Just scroll down to the bottom and click on the YouTube icon.
One Act Play Festival 2021
Alliance theatre took part in the one act play festival celebration along with members of the Clywd Community Theatre association at Theatr Clywd on 10th July 2021.
HOLE Is a madcap fast-paced, comedy about a hole which has been found and it should not be there. Written by Tim Parkes this play will be premiered at the festival.

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Tel: 01686 621821

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