See the Octagon plans

PLANS for the redevelopment of Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre will be on view at two open consultation days at the theatre in the Johnson Studio on Friday 8th July between 10am and 3pm and Saturday 9th between 10am and 1pm.

The plans, drawn up by architects Fielden Clegg Bradley, are part of a long-term aim to transform the Octagon into a centre of excellence. The final touches are now being made before a formal planning application is submitted.

The open days will be an opportunity for members of the public to come in and view the plans, speak to staff and tell us what you like or don’t like about the final designs.

The plans have evolved to create a flagship centre for the creative arts that will provide opportunities for our residents and bring world class arts to Somerset.

The redesigned and redeveloped Octagon Theatre will include increased seating capacity in the main auditorium from 622 to 900, with enhanced technical facilities that will improve the comfort for audiences; two new smaller cinema/studio spaces predominately for film screenings but also able to host smaller scale live performances; a dance studio which will become the new home for the Octagon Academy and the perfect place for all dance classes, and a rehearsal space where local dancers of all ages learn new skills, develop their talents and prepare for performances on stage.

There will also be a community studio offering an alternative space for additional classes, for rehearsals including the choir, theatre groups, and arts and craft workshops; an improved café bar area open throughout the day for the public and patrons to enjoy and relax; improved front of house and customer facilities; improved backstage accessibility; the construction of a fly tower which can be used for flying scenery, enabling larger visiting companies to use our venue which would bring a new range of shows and entertainment to Yeovil.

An additional and welcome facility will be a Changing Places Toilet for those with additional needs that the theatre management hopes will make the venue, the town centre and Yeovil Country Park more accessible.

If you can’t go to one of the public consultation events, the theatre will be providing the opportunity to view the plans and details online where you will also be able to leave any feedback. For more about the plans visit the website,  www.octagon-theatre.co.uk