A new project aiming to re-establish a permanent professional theatre in Eye is set to premier with two one-act plays later this month.
The New Eye Theatre Company, based at The Bank Community Arts Centre, will produce new work and hopes to develop talent, regardless of age.
It is hoped other forms of entertainment, such as music, radio, film and dance, could also be introduced.
The effort has been spearheaded by writer, director, and former actor John Gleeson. Despite no funding, the concept has become a reality in a number of months. Eye lost its last professional group and theatre in 2005.
“When The Bank came to life, it was manna from heaven,” said the Eye resident, who has been writing for almost 30 years.
“I want it to grow as much as it can because nowadays there is not a lot of work for actors.
“I would like it to develop for The Bank and The New Eye Theatre so it becomes nationally known.
“I am really keen to promote new talent.”
Mr Gleeson, who has appeared in a number of roles including episodes of Dr Who, added they may look to secure their own premises in the future.
“We are very, very happy working from The Bank. But it would be nice to have our own theatre,” he added.
The double-bill of plays begins with comedy Body and Soulmates. Featuring Tim Hall and Jak Quartermaine, it is a story of two hospital porters awaiting a night time call to carry out a nervous duty.
The second is a comedy/drama, A Bus Pass to Peterborough, starring Helen Fraser, of Coronation Street, Bad Girls, Royle Family and One Foot in the Grave fame, and Rob Johnson, as an unlikely couple forced to wait at an isolated rural bus shelter.
They will be performed together at The Bank, Eye, on April 26 and 27, Botesdale Village Hall on May 3, and Wingfield Barns on May 8.
Tickets are priced at £9.50 adults, £7.50 concessions. For tickets call 01379 873495 for the Eye performance, 01379 870316 for the Botesdale show, or 01379 384505 for the Wingfield event.