The Alman Dramatic Club perform the vast majority of plays at Alloa’s unique 63 seater performance venue, the Coach House Theatre. It was built in the early 1900s as the coach house for the Patons of Inglewood. It later became a garage for the family’s cars and stood empty for a number of years.
In 1957, it was transformed into what was originally called The Hay Loft Theatre but in 1959 it was renamed as the Coach House Theatre and since that time it has been the permanent home of the Alman Dramatic Club.
In the intervening years, Alloa audiences have experienced over 200 full-length plays ranging from the classics of Shakespeare, Ibsen and Chekhov to modern writing covering comedy, tragedy and satire.
In recent times, the Coach House has been used by other groups including Tryst Theatre from Falkirk, the Stirling Photographic Club and as a venue for local bands and storytelling events. It also houses an immense collection of theatrical costumes and properties which have been catalogued and made available for hire at very reasonable prices to other drama groups, schools and individuals.
The recent renovations offer improved facilities which will allow even greater community involvement.
The Alman Dramatic Club generally performs three productions each year (December, March and June).
The unique experience of taking part in a production in the Coach House Theatre stems from the close proximity of performers and audience. It feels like you are watching theatre in your own front room.
Live bands who have performed at the venue have also been delighted by such close contact with their audience.
Our audiences are always impressed with our imaginative sets and creative use of space.
These pictures show a mere handful of productions that have been performed in the Coach House Theatre over the past several decades.
Top Right - The Main Auditorium as viewed from the stage.
Right - The Alman's first production in the Coach House Theatre "An Inspector Calls" in 1957.
Bottom - One of our magnificent sets designed by Walter Awlson for "Othello" in 2010.
Bottom Right - George Marcinkiewicz as Richard Hannay in "The 39 Steps" from 2014.