The Brewhouse needs your memories

The Brewhouse in Taunton is asking the public to help record its history as part of a new project to celebrate the venue’s 40th anniversary.

The theatre wants to commemorate the significant date through a variety of ideas, including a new “oral and visual history” project called In Our Time.

A spokesperson said the scheme would “recognise and document” the past 40 years of history at the theatre, by collecting local stories and memories.

All the stories collected will also be stored in the new Brewhouse archive at South West Heritage Trust records office in Taunton, ready for future generations to enjoy, the spokesperson added.

The theatre has also commissioned a writer and film maker to use the material as inspiration for a piece of creative writing and a short film at the end of the year.

The theatre spokesperson added: “Do you have old programmes or photographs of performances? Perhaps you were on stage yourself or involved back stage?

“The Brewhouse team would love to meet anyone and everyone who has a tale to tell.”

There are four free Story Cafe drop-in sessions planned at The Brewhouse throughout the summer, where members of the public can share their stories and staff can gather the information. These take place on:

  • 31 May – 11:30 to 15:30 BST
  • 12 June – 10:30 to 13:00 BST
  • 10 July – 10:30 to 13:00 BST
  • 14 August – 10:30 to 13:00 BST

The Brewhouse Theatre is also looking for volunteer interviewers to help out with the project and is offering a free course on 30 May for people to learn how to record oral history.