History

2015

November

  • The Brewhouse launch Lights-Camera-Action crowd funding campaign to raise money to install a new cinema at The Brewhouse.

October

September

  • The Gallery reopens in time for Somerset Art Weeks (SAW).  The first exhibition is Hand of Four, presenting work by four contemporary artists working in Somerset; Fiona Bradford, Sarah Hitchens, Deborah Westmancoat and Gillian Widden.

August

  • The Brewhouse announce Southern Sinfonia as orchestra in residence, signifying an exciting and historic development for The Brewhouse who are the only UK arts centre to have a professional resident orchestra.

July

April

2014

April

  • The Brewhouse re-opens with the 25th Anniversary show of the Taunton Scout and Guide Gang Show

March

  • Taunton Theatre Association are granted charitable status by the Charity Commission.

February

  • Taunton Theatre Association are handed the keys and given consent to reopen the theatre.

2013

December

  • A specially written promenade version of Hansel and Gretel is created to be performed at and around Castle Green.  The production sells out in 20 minutes.
  • On December 4th 2013, Taunton Deane Borough Council decide to award Taunton Theatre Association the licence to operate The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre.
  • Taunton School are given permission to present a one-off musical theatre event, CATS at the Brew.

November

  • The Mackintosh Foundation donates £25,000 to Taunton Theatre Association
  • Taunton Theatre Association give a presentation about their bid to Taunton Deane Borough Council’s Public Scrutiny Committee

October

  • Taunton Deane Borough Council finalise the acquisition of the lease and decide to work with Taunton Theatre Association as preferred bidders for the operating licence.
  • A fundraising target of £350,000 to support capital start up and costs is announced.

September

  • Taunton Theatre Association submits an outline business plan to Taunton Deane Borough Council

August

  • Taunton Theatre Association Ltd is officially formed through an amalgamation of Tone Theatre and TAPA / Count Me In community interest groups.  Their respective voluntary directors are supported by a commissioning group and become founder members of the new company limited by guarantee, standing as guarantors.

July

  • Taunton Deane Borough Council agree to acquire the lease from BDO

April

  • The Taunton Theatre Association prepare and submit a bid to the administrators, BDO.

February

  • The Brewhouse Theatre went into administration.  The public held a candle-lit vigil outside The Brewhouse to show its support for the venue.
  • Public response to the closure was immediate and passionate, with groups quickly forming with the intent to ensure that the arts and cultural offer in the heart of Somerset’s County Town continued.

2012

September

  • Curzon installed a cinema which showed predominantly art-house and family films.

2011

March

  • The Brewhouse Theatre fail to secure funding from Arts Council England and become a National Portfolio Organisation in the Arts Council’s biggest shake up in history.

February

  • Somerset County Council agree to scrap all of its direct arts funding which amounts to £158,800, affecting 10 organisations including the Brewhouse.

2010

March

  • The organisation was awarded a grant from Arts Council England’s Sustain fund to allow it to continue to programme arts and participatory activities during the economic downturn.

October

  • The Arts Council has its funding cut by £100m as part of the government’s October 2010 Spending Review.

2009

  • Ongoing under-funding, combined with the impact of recession and a subsequent threat of cuts meant the venue was once again put under threat of closure.

2005

  • Arts Council England announce that it would cut regular funding to The Brewhouse from 2006, following a drop in artistic output.
  • In September, Robert Miles was appointed to remodel the business, address the recent cuts and reinvigorate the organisation’s artistic programme. Miles successfully gained project funding from ACE and introduced experimental theatre companies such as DEREVO and No Fit State Circus.

2004

  • During 2004 Local Authority funding was reduced from £200,000 per annum to £152,000 per annum. The same year Arts Council England (ACE) announced it would withdraw its regular funding.

 

1978-2003

Following its inception, The Brewhouse established itself as much loved community venue.  The theatre successfully presented and supported a wide range of community groups, professional companies and aspiring artists.

1978

  • Stephen Daldry played Sandy Tyrell in the Taunton Thespians production of Noel Coward’s Hayfever.  The Thespians still present their plays at The Brewhouse whilst their once young actor has carved out an international career as a theatre and film director and producer.

1977

  • John Wilkins and Cllr. John Meikle spearheaded the campaign to build The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre on the Coal Orchard site on the banks of the River Tone.  The Brewhouse was built with public financial support.  People in local villages provided food to support the restaurant and members of the community led various fundraising initiatives.
  • The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre opened March 28, 1977.   Its first professional production was Alan Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests, starring the then unknown David Jason.