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News: From the chairman

Updated: 30 August 2014

Sue Wilkinson
Sue Wilkinson
Loft Theatre Company

The summer has seen a lot of hidden activity at the Loft. Our volunteers and our Technician, Kim, put in a tremendous amount of work all year round on shows, but then we reach the summer shutdown period and they do even more – largely unsung. So I’m taking this opportunity to sing their praises.

Repairs have been undertaken to the supports of the stage as it was starting to develop a dip in one place. All the electrical items have been PAT tested for safety and research done into possible new sound equipment. Flats have been overhauled and general small repairs have been carried out. The props department has undergone a big tidy and clear out process. A major investigation and remedial works have been carried out over the last two months into the failed heating and cooling system for the auditorium and I’m really hopeful that we will soon be running properly again, giving our patrons the comfort they deserve, although there is a way to go yet to reach that stage.

This is the type of work that has to happen, but it is so behind the scenes that people never even think about it. Without this little team of dedicated backstage workers and Kim none of this would happen. So a great big thanks from me to all the backstage and technical crew and to Kim for this summer’s work.

Do you remember me talking in my first Chairman’s letter about the magic that is theatre as the empty auditorium waits quietly for the show to begin? Well these hidden backstage people are the people that make that magic happen. Without them, regardless of how many actors we might have, there would be no theatre. They are the life blood. Come and join them. They are a friendly bunch and they always need more hands to help. Technical, props, wardrobe, stage management and general stage crew are great ways to be part of our theatre without the nerves of appearing before the audience.

We are still looking to fill the voluntary position of general manager, who – alongside the artistic director and treasurer – will handle the day-to-day running of the organisation leaving the chairman and the board to concentrate their energies on the future of the company. The role of general manager is a kingpin in the management of the theatre. It would be perfect for a retired or semi-retired person, or a younger person who doesn’t work full time. Please contact me if you would like to know more. We need to fill this position as soon as possible now. If you love this theatre, I would say now is the time to step forward and get involved to ensure it continues into the future.

So as we move towards the start of our new season, let me just say I hope you all had a lovely summer (we actually had a summer this year!) and that you are ready to get back into the routine of coming to the theatre in September with the first show: Heartbreak’s Macbeth.

Best wishes...

Sue Wilkinson
Chair, Loft Theatre Company

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Heartbreak Productions 2016 Summer Tour 7
Bette & Joan 16
The Entertainer 5
Uncle Richard 17
The Men Who Marched Away 6
A Brief History of Christmas 11
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Updated: 30 August 2014