The first phase of development at a historic building in a coastal town is under way.

There has been lots of excitement over the last few days for a prominent amateur dramatics society.

For a new scheme to "greatly enhance the look" of a former fishermen's mission in Lowestoft is gathering pace at the home of Britain's most easterly theatre.

The Lowestoft Players, which owns the historic former Bethel building that is set to mark its 125th anniversary next year, have started work at the Players Theatre.

With the first stage of the theatre’s development plan to ‘Re-Light My Frontage’ having begun, it includes a giant sized illuminated Players Theatre sign being installed high up on the front elevation of the historic building on Battery Green Road, along with two vertical illuminated Players Theatre signs to the left and right.

Lowestoft Journal: Installation of the first giant illuminated Players Theatre sign. Picture: Martin WilsonInstallation of the first giant illuminated Players Theatre sign. Picture: Martin Wilson (Image: Martin Wilson)

Planning permission was approved for the signage in the spring of last year, but it has taken some time for the Lowestoft Players to finance the costs of the signage.

Fundraising activities have included one off performance events, raffles at productions, a £1 Theatre Levy for ticket sales, donations from members of the public and generous contributions from East Suffolk councillors.

Martin Wilson - who is responsible for theatre developments - said: "We really wanted people passing by to see us.

"Although, the signage it’s not quite finished yet, already the public are beginning to notice!"

The signage was designed by Stephen Wilson, and manufactured and installed by Fitt Signs of Norwich.

Lowestoft Journal: Players Theatre Re-Light My Frontage plans. Picture: Stephen WilsonPlayers Theatre Re-Light My Frontage plans. Picture: Stephen Wilson (Image: Stephen Wilson)

The name ‘Re-Light My Frontage’ for the scheme follows the society’s successful Crowdfunding appeal to Re-Light My Fire in 2020 - as funds were raised for a new environmentally friendly air management system to warm and cool the building.

In addition to the external transformation the theatre is currently undergoing an internal festive-themed makeover for The Lowestoft Players production of Elf the Musical - which opens on September 29 - is continuing.

Tickets are available online or via the box office on 01502 770020.