We hear from a number of practitioners considering the development of the first permanent theatre in the round in the Potteries sixty-years ago, and in particular the realisation of “the New Vic” theatre in the 1980s, the first purpose-built theatre in the round in Europe, lovingly built to Stephen’s ideas by Peter Cheeseman and the architect, John Sambrook.

This seminar is the final in a series of six and will be hosted by SJC Member Bob Millington, producer of “Stephen Joseph, A Pictorial Round-Up”.

The panel consists of:

  • John Sambrook – Architect of the New Theatre Vic Newcastle-under-Lyme;
  • Chris Martin – Veteran actor at both the old and new “Vics” in the Potteries;
  • Laura Whitehurst – Head of Creative Development – Contact Young Company Manchester (a highly commended entry in the Stephen Joseph Award 2021);
  • Gráinne Flynn – who came up through CYC and is now a Trustee at Contact
  • Dave Wybrow – Director of the Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone;

This seminar was followed by a Q&A session.

ABTT Seminar: Actors, Architects and Theatre Futures



Seminar Resources:

Be sure to check out the work of The Cockpit who have lots of schemes to help those wishing to create theatre: https://www.thecockpit.org.uk/

If you are interested in finding out more about the SJC you can do so here: https://www.abtt.org.uk/committees/sjc/

If you would like to find out more about our recent Stephen Joseph Award you can do so here: https://www.abtt.org.uk/sja-award-2021/


Other ABTT Seminars relating Stephen Joseph:

June 2020: ABTT/SJC Seminar: Theatre Then and Now