GO! Palace Theatre Plymouth: Let there be light

The Charity GO! are restoring the Palace Theatre & are raising funds for the first phase lighting and wiring for its first Christmas concert

We did it!

On 1st Oct 2015 we successfully raised £16,878 of £15,000 target with 451 supporters in 42 days

Project aim

GO! Palace Plymouth is a project run by the Charity GO! (Great Opportunities) Together and the 'Let there be light' campaign is to fund the first part of the rewiring and lighting of the main theatre in time for the first Christmas concert being held in the theatre in decades. 

The aim of the project is through the building restoration process to create jobs and opportunities for young people in Plymouth and particularly those with additional needs or who are marginalised through poor life choices in the past. We are totally committed to restoring and regenerating the New Palace Theatre of Varieties in Plymouth back to its former glory. With many dedicated local volunteers, thousands of hours of work and support from organisations already given, we need your help to move on to the next exciting stage!

Getting the first stages of the lighting and electrical work ready for the Christmas concert at the Palace Theatre in Plymouth is key to welcoming the 200+ choir and orchestra members who have come forward to perform an evening of popular Christmas songs, carols and orchestral music that will be conducted by Plymouth University Graduate, Marcus Alleyne. The beginning of the new house lighting will really kick start the restoration work in the main theatre area and we are calling on Plymouth to help make this happen!

Due to the overwhelming response from people wanting to attend the Christmas charity event GO! are working hard to move forward the downstairs restoration work. Your pledge will enable this to happen!

Bringing music back to this building is going to be an extraordinary experience and one that will be remembered. Anyone who has walked, driven or remembers being inside this iconic building on Union Street will know just how incredibly important it is to the regeneration of Union Street and the local area.

The Building 

Listed as number one in the UK’s top 10 Most at Risk Theatres, getting the restoration work done is important to secure the buildings future in Plymouth so it can become a truly unique space for the community to enjoy. Remaining empty since 2006 the building inside and out has deteriorated significantly and, unless a group stepped in, the building would be beyond repair... this is where GO! Great Opportunities Together stepped in with its GO! Palace Plymouth project.

Phase 1 of the restoration has been underway for three months, seeing the building become wind, water and pigeon tight and meeting the heavy demands put on it by the council. The outside crumbling wall has been repaired with a long list of work already having been carried out since May 2015 with the help of many volunteers, thousands of hours of man power and by many local firms and trades donating their equipment, materials and time.

Your pledge today will be for the restoration work to continue in the main theatre area to ensure stage one of the wiring and lighting is installed, this is such an important element to have ready by Christmas for the theatre's first Christmas Charity event ... The Charity needs the help of the community to buy materials and other installation items to complete this work phase. 

About the Project

In Plymouth GO! (Great Opportunities) Together will be renovating both the Plymouth Palace Theatre of Varieties to much of its former glory through a scheme which seeks to improve the outcomes for young people by providing:

  • Youth training and mentoring
  • Utilizing senior citizens and local volunteers to pass on skills to younger trainees
  • Apprenticeships
  • Utilizing offender placements and training programmes
  • Verified volunteering opportunities for those of any age who are seeking 16hr or more work placements
  • Volunteering opportunities for anyone in the community aged 16 and upwards

Bringing Christmas to the Palace Theatre will mean that for the very first time in decades an orchestra and choir will once again be setting foot inside this fantastic space and performing live music

Working in partnership 

GO! (Great Opportunities) Together is delighted to be working with Architects Design Group, a highly respected local firm, who will be providing the architectural lead and guidance as we move forward. We are also working with support from local organisations, including Western Electrical, Fotonow CIC, B&Q, Travis Perkins, Dymacore Ltd, LTC Group, HSS Hire, MLA Music, Johnstone's Trade, SIG Roofing and we look forward to working with other partners. 

To recognise everyone who donates their time or pledges to the Palace Theatre restoration your names will be recorded on the theatre's wall of fame.

Who we are

GO! (Great Opportuntiies) Together is a registered charity with a dedicated and passionate team, we have recently been shortlisted as a finalist for for ‘Best New Charity’ in the National Charity Times Awards. The Charity is honoured to be recognised for its work in Plymouth and the South gaining its charitable status in 2014 with a vision to create great opportunities in music, theatre, art, work, sport and technology, with innovation and people at the very core of what it does. The charity has over 20 projects spanning the South, which help build confidence, wellbeing and self esteem. GO! have achieved thousands of hours of buddying, mentoring, clubs and events for young people to help encourage those who might need extra support due to a disability, mental health, or just because they might need a helping hand. The project GO! Palace in Plymouth has already seen hundreds of volunteers in Plymouth sign up and we need your help to make it a success! So get involved and help us make history in Plymouth and secure the Palace Theatre's future and pledge to our 'let there be light' campaign!

Since 1st June 2015 GO! Palace has had over 3200 followers on social media and the Charity's new site has had over 10,000 visitors in 12 weeks with the new GO! Palace site recording 3000 visitors since it launched on 6th August in its first 10 days. 

If you pledge to this campaign we will post your name on our social media page and include your name in the theatre on the wall of fame. Corporate sponsors and organisations will be added to the website as sponsors with your logo and a brief message. So please help us make this amazing project happen! 

So let's help bring the New Palace Theatre of Varieties back to life. Let there be light but also LIFE once again back in this amazing building on Union Street in Plymouth.

So make a pledge and be part of restoring this fantastic piece of history!


Thank you from all the team here at GO! (Great Opportunites) Together and GO! Palace. 

Find out more on our:

website:  www.gopalaceplymouth.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GOPalacePlymouth 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PalacePlymouth 

Or you can get in touch with the team at: 

Telephone: 01752 426 203

Email: contact@greatopportunities.org.uk 

Postal Address: PO Box 4005, Swindon SN2 9HS (secure postbox during the building phase)


GO! (Great Opportunities) Together is a charity registered in England in Wales charity no: 1159406



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