Taunton Brewhouse survey points to the future
The Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton has used the forced closure during the pandemic to forge plans for the future. Most recently that took the form of surveying users and potential users. The idea was to get a view of what people wanted from their local theatre. Unsurprisingly, after the last 12 months of lockdown, outdoors and outreach were popular! Outdoor performances and using village halls and schools for outreach performances both featured prominently. Over a third of respondents had visited the Brewhouse up to three times in a year. A quarter had used the theatre on up to five occasions.
Ultimately this is a “bums on seats” business. Having great theatre and cutting edge performance is only sustainable within a more populist programme. More comedy, film, drama and music, featured on the wish list. That doesn’t tell us too much. its kind of what you’d expect from a theatre. But with the redevelopment of the waterfront, outdoors performance could be an attractive option in the future.
Other suggestions suggest a little more infrastructure work may be needed. Better parking, an improved food and drink offering, and a more welcoming reception area were all mentioned.
Amy Bere, Chief Executive of the Brewhouse Theatre, told us: “We would like to thank everyone who completed the survey. It will form the starting point for new and ongoing conversations with a wide range of people. We want to re-engage with our existing audiences, supporters and participants. However we also want to reach out to new ones, upcoming artists and audiences from different social backgrounds and groups.”
The Brewhouse will remain closed for public performance events until at least May 17. In the meantime the theatre’s innovative online offerings have proved popular throughout lockdown.
You can find out more at https://www.thebrewhouse.net/listings/homebrew-show/