Savoy Theatre: Your New Local Theatre

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Daniel Robertson and Hayley Taylor, a couple from England, spent their life savings on a derelict bingo hall in the heart of the Rhondda Valleys, in the little village of Tonyrefail.

The derelict bingo hall celebrates its 100th anniversary this year after being built back in 1914 as a cinema, which then changed into a local bingo hall. It then closed 10 years ago.

The couple first viewed the venue back in January 2012 and then re-viewed in June 2012, before purchasing the Grade 2 listed building back in October 2012. They hope to turn it into a 220-seat local community theatre for pantomimes, plays and comedy and for local stage schools to hold their productions at the Savoy.

One of the owners, former University of Essex lecturer Daniel, who ran a previous theatre called the New Empire Theatre in Southend-on-Sea, before its closure in back 2008, says he has already fallen in love with the Valleys and the locals.

The DIY dynamo duo will spend the next few months building their own stage sets, rigging professional stage lighting, installing seats and converting the unused first floor into their own personal one-bedroom living accommodation.

The outstanding project has already had substantial backing from the local community and businesses, supporting the couple with the big project to keep it going.

A lot of work is still yet to be completed from the staging to the seating, but progress is going well. Dan and Hayley are hoping to open officially to the public later this year.

Check out the progress of the work on the following links:

https://www.facebook.com/savoytheatreton

www.savoytheatre.net

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