Whilst in general theatre terms, Wiltshire is not considered in the South West, in general geographical terms it is, so for the purpose of this paper I will be including Wiltshire in with Somerset, Gloucestershire, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. The region is fairly consistent in it’s demographics being predominantly rural with numerous small to medium sized towns and many more small villages, as opposed to all the other regions which each include at least one major city.
The significant venues in Wiltshire are Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre and Sixth Sense Theatre Company Swindon, although many others are included these seem to be the largest in the region.
So starting right down in the far west, Cornwall has a fantastic outdoor venue, the Minack Theatre, as you would expect, it’s only open during the summer months but is a reasonable size with capacity for 750, the productions change weekly and include both amateur and professional shows.
St Austell has by far the largest venue, the New Coliseum, it usually has one off pop music type events and can seat a staggering 3326 people (I didn’t think Cornwall had that many young people living there! 😉
Moving up to Devon there are many more venues, notably in Plymouth and Torquay.
For those wishing to get curtain calls or auditions for any of these venues, or indeed for anyone wishing to audition for TV, there are agencies who specialise in putting budding actors in touch with the producers of television and theatre shows, many of them also provide dancers, musicians and singers for shows and cruises.
If you would like to apply for UK auditions across the country, an essential first step if you are hoping to get acting jobs on TV or in the theatre, it’s well worth signing up with an agency, many of them are free for a basic membership, so you can search for the local auditions for current jobs or if your profile is particularly good and you have plenty of experience, it’s quite possible that the production team could find you.