Monthly Archives: December 2013

Hansel and Gretel under the Witch’s Spell

Hansel and Gretel under the Witch's Spell

Amidst the gloom and doom of winter (and the occasional 65mph gust of wind and rain) we saw a production of Hansel and Gretel on Castle Green. The show was the brainwave of Beccy Armory (one of TTA’s founder members) who wrote directed and produced the piece.

Over 500 people enjoyed the show which was supported by a wider range of local organisations and individuals. Huge thanks to TDBC, Somerset Museum and the Knights Rest for helping us with the venue (and free food too!). Lights by Bright, Sound and staging by Liv’nUp. Dancing by the Nicky Jenks Dance School. The Stagecoach and Trull Primary School choir. Okoko’s Firestarter mix. Taunton Thespians, The Space and CiciCic for rehearsal space. Live music from Big Noise and Taunton Ukulele Strummers Club, the witches cottage animation by Alex Lovegrove. Zeralynx for print and ADK for posters and design work. Added to that a brilliant cast who enthralled us with the musical tale of Hansel and Gretel (who lived happily ever after of course). Not to forget over 30 volunteer stewards and 30 production support staff to keep the wheels going round.

We hope that if you came you enjoyed the show, we raised over £250 towards the theatre funds too!


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12/23/2013 · 6:47 pm

The Mackintosh Foundation backs the Brewhouse


Taunton Theatre Association has launched a campaign to raise £350,000 to support the re-opening of the Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre in Taunton, Somerset.  The funds, which will include local grants, are needed to carry out essential work within the building as well as to cover the start-up costs of creating a new, community based, professionally managed theatre and arts centre to lay a firm foundation for long-term sustainability.  Find out more


Taunton Theatre Association is proud to announce that it has received a donation of £25,000 from The Mackintosh Foundation towards its objective of re-opening the Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre.    

The Mackintosh Foundation, of which Sir Cameron Mackintosh is a trustee, has among its objectives to promote the performing arts of music and drama.  

This donation will help support the start-up costs of Taunton Theatre Association and is a real boost and a recognition of our efforts to bring theatre and arts to the forefront again in Taunton.


6th December 2013



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Brewhouse to reopen. Press Release 4th December 2013


We are delighted to announce that tonight the Executive Committee of Taunton Deane Borough Council decided to award the lease of THE BREWHOUSE THEATRE AND ARTS CENTRE to Taunton Theatre Association Ltd.

The fine details of the agreement are to be negotiated but planning begins immediately to bring the theatre back to life on a permanent basis.    The anticipated opening of the doors is April 2014. 

Taunton Theatre Association thanks all those organisations and individuals who have supported them over the past 9 months, making this truly a community venture.   Contributions have ranged from professional advice, through to donations, offers of goods and services, people offering to become our volunteers, others offering ideas and contacts.   We are especially pleased that a number of performers and performing companies have been in touch to say they want to return to the Brewhouse.  

We look forward with confidence and joy to an exciting future for the Brewhouse.


For more information:


Val Hammond, Chair and Director    

Phil Bower, Director

Mark Dawson, Director


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Taunton Theatre Association offers a wonderful Christmas promenade production of Hansel and Gretel in Castle Green on 19, 20, 21 December.

Taunton Theatre Association offers a marvellous Gala, a variety show, to raise funds on Saturday, 11 January 2014.   This will be at Queens Hall, Queens College Taunton.  

Other fundraising events will follow


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Charity Cookbook for the Brewhouse

We are pulling together recipes to publish a charity cookbook to raise funds for the reopening of the Brewhouse Theatre and Arts centre in Taunton.

Would you contribute a recipe for “A Taste of Taunton”

Please send a recipe that you would like to share to please don’t forget to include your name so that we may credit you.

We are especially looking for recipes for Somerset specialities – mums best apple cake, or your own cider recipe, thinks to make with Somerset Cheddar, stews with some of our amazing brewers brews?Image

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