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First Act Theatre was formed in 1991 with the intention of creating a theatre company which would train young people in all aspects of producing theatrical performances.
The company was originally based in the Tyne Theatre and Opera House, but in January 1992 First Act Theatre was invited to work in partnership with Newcastle Mental Health NHS Trust to act as the resident theatre company and to renovate the Jubilee Theatre in St Nicholas' Hospital, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Since then First Act have produced over 50 shows in the Jubilee Theatre, and have seen hundreds of members pass through the company. Here are just a few of First Act's past members who have moved on to further things:
Through productions and fundraising, First Act has been able to spend over £300,000 on renovating and equipping the Jubilee Theatre to a professional standard.
First Act Theatre is a registered charity (1027875) and receives no revenue funding from any local authority or arts body, relying solely on production revenue and donations to run and improve the theatre.