Music is an integral part of what we do here at The Cause. It is a universal language, as seen ingrained in many of our Community Workshops: our World Music Choir, the Sunday Chorus and especially the Singing Café enjoy the benefits of rhythm and passion.
It is no surprise: the space is equipped with an organ and a complete sound and amplification system – adjusted to complement the natural reverberation that occurs in the space.
As a result, over the years we have had many interesting acts perform at The Cause: male opera singers, folk duo Philip Henry and Hannah Martin and we host a yearly Christmas celebration, in which many of our associated workshops and acts perform in a lively manner. We enjoy all types of performer, many of which return to perform in our Friday Night line-up.
Beyond the variety night, we also hire out the hall to bands and artists for rehearsals. The space is also fitted with a mixer, sound system and appropriate acoustics. Room bookings are handled through Norma, who can sort out an accessible see for the hire. It is possible to get in contact with her on 01249 446893 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the past few years, the Auditorium has been home to the creation and performance of exciting new theatre work in Chippenham. It has proudly supported young theatre companies in their quest to find their artistic muse.
We are delighted to provide a home for the Rag and Bone Theatre group
In 2012, The Cause commissioned and produced their first work. Based on a plaque in the Auditorium, the play was born out of commemoration for the local soldiers that fought in the First World War.
The play was performed four times at The Cause, selling out the last show. It went on to perform in schools, perform a week run in Bristol and feature at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014.
This local theatre company has been performing in Bristol and Edinburgh since 2012. We were fortunate to showcase productions directed by Duncan Ellis at The Cause on several occasions.
The first was A Soldier’s Tale, which was presented as a war double-bill with Brotherhood in July 2014. Next was Block, an original play by Ellis. Expect to hear more from the company in 2016.
Green Stag Theatre
Green Stag is formed of sixth form students that wish to convert their work into finished, presentable productions. They have been taking students to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival since 2010.
2015 saw Green Stag hold a small theatre festival at The Cause – Stagfest. At this little festival, they showcased their two new productions coming from two different schools. Both shows went on to find success at Fringe.
A Tale of Good Fortune
2015 saw the creation of a brand new comedy, titled A Tale of Good Fortune. Their first professional presentation of work, The Game Fors introduced this show in support to Green Stag Theatre before their run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
As a play that changes according to the nature of an audience and a location, the show was our first to take full advantage of the aesthetic pleasantry of the Auditorium. It allowed full natural light and incorporated all the environment in order to make the audience feel right at home in Harold’s fictitious luxury mansion. It is our hope to see it performed at our venue again before long.
To find out more about this show, get in touch with Sam Hughes.