Bob Symonds settled into his new role as producer and produced his first production ‘Mother Goose’ in 1972. He went onto produce for the next fifteen years. Unfortunately audiences started to decline. Part of the blame was attributed to the public’s indifferences to amateur productions, but the major blame had to be attached to television. Because people were then reluctant to leave their warm homes in the winter evenings to attend a local amateur production, when they could sit and watch entertainment on the TV without any effort. Although the appetite for live theatre grew once again in the late 80’s.