Updated: 25 February 2014
Loft Theatre Company
First of all can I just say ‘Hello everyone’. I did not
expect to be writing this page at this time, if at all, but stranger
things have happened before.
I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Michael
Rayns for his dedicated service on the board of this theatre, as
secretary, vice chair and chairman over many years. We owe him a
great deal. Without his work I’m not sure we would still be
here, but we are still here and the future is where we must focus our
attention: where we must strive to have a really good time producing
excellent quality theatre for everyone to enjoy.
As for me, I have been working as part of the Loft Theatre Company for
13 years. During that time I have been treasurer, vice chair and head
of stage management. I’ve seen the Loft Theatre Company move
through several phases: some not so good, but some very good indeed.
But most of all I want to say to you that I love theatre and have done
most of my life. I think there is something truly magical about a
group of people coming together, working, learning, practising and
finally creating the magic and sense of release surrounding the
audience’s suspension of disbelief for a few short hours in an
otherwise hectic life.
I love the silence of the auditorium half an hour before the show
starts. The stage is set, waiting for action. The muted house lights
are on making the Edwardian seats glow red. The space almost smells
of anticipation (and a little dust). If you ever have the good fortune
to be first into the auditorium one evening, just stop for a moment
and see what I mean. Magic is about to happen and it’s about to
happen just for you.
On a more practical note, one of the tasks on which I am currently
engaged with my colleagues is finding ways to break down the work that
has to be done to create our wonderful shows and welcome our audience
into the building. Historically we have worked in a certain way, but
people have bigger demands on their time now and so it is necessary to
look at how we might share the work in smaller chunks so that more
people, experienced and inexperienced alike, can join in the process
and learn just how amazing working in a theatre can be.
Every one of us has some skill or enthusiasm to offer to the world
that makes living more worthwhile and enjoyable. No one was born
knowing what to do in life; they simply joined in with others and
learned on the job. That applies to walking, talking, using a
computer, driving a car or working in a theatre. I would like to leave
you, for now, thinking about how rewarding it might be to join us as
an active member, in however small a capacity. If you don’t
know how you might be able to help, our experts will soon sort that
out for you and get you going on something fun.
More next time. Until then enjoy the show and if you would like to
talk to me you can contact me by emailing
Chair, Loft Theatre Company