Rareseed Theatre


We offer young people the opportunity to have fun developing their skills within a safe and creative space. Rareseed Theatre works in partnership with professionals both local and from further afield, to introduce young people to exciting methods of communication and performance.


All aspects of our theatre productions are professionally led.

Rareseed directors Liz Pearce and John Lovat will work in association with other freelance professional directors, musicians, dancers, technicians and designers.

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Rareseed uses current interactive learning techniques to facilitate learning with young people. They will be encouraged to participate in creating original new work, as well as interpreting established plays. There will be opportunities for those who are interested in the technical and design aspects of theatre, as well as those wishing to perform.

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We encourage and nurture young people who have the ambition to work professionally in the field of theatre and the media. However, this is not the sole aim of  Rareseed. Drama is an effective tool for developing communication skills and self-esteem. Our work provides a forum for building new friendships, group work and independent learning.

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If you would like to join one of our Rareseed Groups, you would be very welcome. Our contactdetails are below. We run three groups for different ages on different days, all from the Melville Centre in Abergavenny.

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About us

Our Vision – We believe that Rareseed will nurture many young talents of the future who will benefit enormously from the professional experience of the tutors and their networks. This includes the valuable network which exists amongst the local community, within which both John and Liz have lived and worked for over 30 years.

Rareseed Theatre will initiate the development of new work under three strands: theatre, education and wellbeing. We will build relationships with partners to pursue our aims and objectives and link with national strategies regarding education, health and wellbeing.

We will offer young people exciting opportunities to acquire new skills and enable them to apply these drama skills to imaginatively explore, ideas, issues and themselves in a safe and stimulating environment. Young people will be encouraged to express themselves in weekly workshops, rehearsals and performances. They will be introduced to a range of professional practitioners and disciplines over time. They will grow in confidence as they acquire the tools for self-expression, and will begin to create their own unique work, as well as performing the work of others. We hope that, by the time they leave Rareseed, each young person will have begun to find a voice of their own.

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Plays & Projects

Here is an overview of some of the events we have been involved in…

Missing by Charles Way June 2017

Inspired the Grimms Tale of Hansel and Grethel, and set in an economically depressed town, a grim tale develops when a young girl goes missing. This prize winning play is perrformed by just 5 young actors drawn from the SHOOTS company. We are hoping to fill the theatre both nights! Suitable for 10yr...

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Romeo & Juliet February 2017

Our spring production brings you Rareseed’s first Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet is the story of two rival households. It is also a play about parenthood and friendship and love in different forms. It has been produced over and again many times and in many different ways. We have focussed on...

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Mapped & Tents February 2016

It is not often that two new plays are premiered in Abergavenny and it is exciting to learn that Liz Pearce, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Rareseed Theatre, is doing just that at the Melville Centre this February. In addition to co-directing them, Liz has written both plays, based on mater...

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Alice In The News, Pirates and Eye of the Storm July 2014

Our Summer performances were highly successful and acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. Three plays by Charles Way, Alice In The News, Pirates and Eye of the Storm were performed over two nights at The Borough Theatre, Abergavenny to very appreciative houses. Charlie Way is a highly success...

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Rats & Looking Out to See March 2014

RATS! -&- Looking Out To See Abergavenny Chronicle Review for RATS! and Looking Out to See For any newly formed theatre company to present two substantial one act plays as their first venture into the public arena could be seen as ambitious. That the company involved should be comprised in t...

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 SHAKEDOWN – (AN INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP EXPLORING THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY AND ITS EFFECT ON YOUNG PEOPLE) Shakedown is an interactive workshop aimed at year 8 pupils, using drama-based methods to explore personal and social issues surrounding the tobacco industry and other influences on young peopl...

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We were featured by Theatre Wales

Rareseed Theatre present two new and exciting productions at The Melville Centre in Abergavenny next week on Thursday 25, Friday 26 and Saturday 27 June at 7pm.

The works are performed by young people in a double bill – Brokenville by Philip Ridley and Tents by Liz Pearce. Philip Ridley is an established writer for young people and was named by the Guardian as ‘the master of modern myth’. Brokenville – stories are for joining the past to the future – centres on the aftermath of a catastrophic event where the characters have no idea what has happened and are unable to remember who they are. They weave fantastic stories to shield themselves from the reality and while the drama is thought-provoking it is also very funny and gives the young players plenty of opportunities for characterisation.

Tents is a very original and creative show, devised by the Seeds section of Rareseed. It explores a journey from one world to another, when all you once had is now gone. It’s a highly visual piece and the themes and theatrical images that the cast paint, will resonate for many people. Tents will provide the audience with a unique opportunity to experience how the devising process works and how a new piece of drama is created.

Rareseed is a professionally led youth theatre based at the Melville Centre in Pen-y-Pound, Abergavenny, where young people have the opportunity to have fun developing their skills within a safe and creative space.

Tickets for all performances are £8.00 (£6.00 concessions) and will be on sale from the Borough Theatre Box Office (01873 850805) and at the Melville at performances subject to availability.

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