The multi award-winning Swansea Little Theatre Company is a thriving community theatre in the heart of the Maritime Cultural Quarter and SA1 Development area of Swansea. We are a registered charity with a membership of over 150 actors and technicians, all working on a voluntary basis to provide a vibrant and varied theatre programme, and run the Dylan Thomas Theatre, Swansea's only waterside theatre venue, which is regularly hired to visiting theatre companies and community groups. We have members of all ages and experience and welcome anyone with an interest in-
. Technical (Lights and sound)
. Set Design and Set Build
. Props and Backstage
. Front-of-House and Bar
. Social Events
. Box Office/Bookings
. Premises Management
Swansea Little Theatre (SLT) was established in 1924 in Southend, Mumbles and was the first Little Theatre in Wales. The Company presented plays in many venues and established itself as the foremost non-professional English language theatre company in Wales.
Dylan Thomas was a member in the early 1930’s and according to local newspaper critiques, was an accomplished and polished actor. We maintained our link through his daughter the late Aeronwy Thomas Ellis, who was a very active and supportive President of our Theatre, we now welcome Huw Dylan Ellis as our new President. We reached outside Wales, having numerous plaudits for our "Under Milk Wood" at the Edinburgh Festival and even performing before Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Many members have gone on to achieve success in professional theatre.
Over the years, we have made our home in various locations around Swansea, from church halls to the city's Palace Theatre. Then, in 1979 Swansea City Council, in recognition of our contribution to the cultural life of Swansea, offered us the derelict former Oscar Chess showroom in South Dock area of the city - an area which had been ear-marked for major development. The co-ordination of the work and funding to convert the building was undertaken entirely by SLT members. Sir Harry Secombe officially opened the Theatre on 29th September 1983, naming it after our famous former member. The quayside area outside the theatre was subsequently re-named Dylan Thomas Square and features the citys popular statue of the writer.
Besides our own annual programme, the theatre has been increasingly used by other local dance/theatre companies, community groups and national touring theatre groups. These include Theatr na n'Og, to whom the Theatre plays host for three months of the year, allowing over 8000 school children to experience interactive theatre drawn from local historical events; Swansea Amateur Operatic Society; Swansea International Jazz Festival; West Glamorgan Youth Theatre; The Performance Factory as well as individual shows as diverse as Eddie Izzard, Ceri Dupree, Peter Karre, dance groups and ballet.
We are delighted that our theatre and continuing development is allowing us to accommodate the needs of even more community groups and visitors, and to broaden our historic contribution to the arts in Swansea. We have recently upgraded our theatrical lighting and sound with a substantial grant from Cory Environmental Trust and have (as reported by a professional lighting technician) the best lighting of any theatre in the country, with a full LED rig and the latest control desks.