Close encounter appreciated Ursula Radford 1st April 2006
The first in a series of ‘Encounter’ evenings being staged in the historic Church House, South Tawton was very much appreciated by the audience that welcomed theatre historian and author, Dick Passmore. With the use of dozens of slides, he captured the history of the old Theatre Royal, Exeter from 1886 and the wealth of inspiration that it left to amateur performers who may seek a future opportunity to share the values of the ‘encounter’ enjoyed by those present. Demolished in 1962 the old theatre left the area without a capacity for staging major productions; a loss that still exists. The reminder of what once achieved was as moving experience encountered in a building so recently restored to ensure its preservation for future generations.
The ‘Encounter’ series continues in Church House on April 27th at 7.30pm when visitors will be invited to come into close contact with the industrial archeology of Dartmoor.