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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New 2016 Summer Show…


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The effect of fear, the things it can drive us to and the overwhelming instinct to survive at any cost!

Devised and Directed by John Lovat and Liz Pearce

A powerful concoction of elements based on the Crucible and Lord of the Flies, as seen through the eyes of Abigail and Jack, characters from the original dramas.

Don’t miss this dramatic experience – for two nights only, Friday 24th and Saturday 25th June at 7.30 at the Melville Theatre.

Tickets £8.00 and £6.50 concessions from the Borough Theatre Box Office 01873 850805


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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The Founders

Projects & Plays

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

Mapped & Tents February 2016

t 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 materi...

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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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Tuesday 9th September 2014 Rehearsals begin at The Melville Drama Centre, Pen-y-pound, Abergavenny!

Rareseed Theatre are moving to the Melville Drama Centre, Pen-y-pound, Abergavenny for the Autumn term 2014. Rehearsals will take place at the centre from 5:30pm to 8:00pm on Tuesday evenings for our ‘Seeds’ (10-14yrs) and from 10:00am to 2:00pm on Saturdays for our ‘Shoots’ (14+yrs). All classes and rehearsals are led by professionals who all make a living from the performing arts industries and we are in the final stages of becoming a Community Interest Company and we operate an inclusive policy for everyone with an interest in the performing arts. Come along and find out more or drop us an e-mail if you would like to join us!

Happy New Year 2015!

A Happy New Year to all our wonderful supporters! Just three weeks to go now before the very first productions by Rareseed Theatre will be performed on stage at The Borough Theatre, Abergavenny. Tickets are on sale now and can be bought over the telephone (01873) 850805, online, or in person at the Box Office. It is important for all our supporters to make a big effort to spread the word to try and get a good audience for both ‘RATS!’ (our version of The Pied Piper, devised by the Rareseed cast and written by Liz Pearce) and LOOKING OUT TO SEE by Charlie Way. The double bill is being performed for one night only on Saturday February 1st and we are confident that you will enjoy both pieces.

Rareseed has enjoyed a collaboration with Emma Davies’ Dance Beat group who are joining us to perform dance sequences that are an integral part of LOOKING OUT TO SEE. We look forward to welcoming you all to the Borough Theatre for this very special event on February 1st 2014. See you there!


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