The Octagon was built in the 1960s with passion and dedication. We now need to improve our building to be welcoming, accessible and open for audiences and artists for another 50 years to come.
The plans for redevelopment, first announced in January 2015, will be the most comprehensive in our 50 year history.
What will change?
We will be enlarging and modernising the building which will involve demolishing large sections of the building and rebuilding around the core of the Theatre’s auditorium. This will enable us to:
- Be more accessible to those with disabilities
- Have more space for young people and community groups
- Improve our audience comfort & facilities including air conditioning, seats & toilets!
At the heart of the new building will be the theatre’s intimate flexible auditorium as well as two multi-purpose studio spaces for rehearsals, participation activities and performances, and new revamped café and bar areas.
How long will it take?
The development of the building will be all encompassing and we will be out of the building from mid-2018 and re-open in autumn 2019.
Don’t panic though! During this time, we will remain open and active as an organisation, our regular participation activities will continue in a new location and we will have a presence in the town centre for our Box Office and will perform our productions in locations across the town throughout the year.
How can you help?
We have secured most of the funding for our new building but we need to raise a final £1.5million to reach our target. We are now seeking support from our donors and sponsors, and we will be launching a Public Appeal in 2018, when there will be many ways for supporters to get involved – please help us to transform our building for the next 50 years!