WESTACRE: More breathing room for theatregoers
Theatregoers are set to enjoy a little extra breathing room when next watching a performance at the award-winning Westacre Theatre.
Long-awaited improvements to the theatre’s bar and foyer area have now been completed and there are further plans to introduce a new lighting box to the studio and enlarge the stage.
Artistic director Andy Naylor said: “An enormous amount of work has gone into making the aspirations for the future of Westacre Theatre come to fruition in such an exciting way.
“Those familiar with the Studio Theatre will be thrilled the extra foyer space, the first stage of the work, has provided.
“The kitchen and bar have also been extended to create a spacious and fully-equipped facility capable of handling all sorts of events.”
The work has been achieved through grant funding from various organisations including The Garfield West Foundation, The Shears Foundation, The Rural Development Fund, Norfolk County Council, Breckland Council and the borough council.
Mr Naylor added: “We are delighted to have been supported by all the organisations who have awarded us grants and hope that we will soon be welcoming many more people to Westacre Theatre to get the very most out of the varied programme we offer all year round.”
The next stage of the work, to enlarge the stage and create a new lighting box for the Studio Theatre, is set to begin this spring and is expected to be completed by the summer.
He added: “For the last few years, everyone’s endeavours here at the Studio have been hampered due to lack of space so we are very much looking forward to all the possibilities having these new areas will open up to the many people who use the venue.
“The demands on our studio are many, considering all of our drama workshops for children and young people, our regular Wednesday Playreading Groups, the Riverside Readers, The Riverside Singers all vying for space, not to mention squeezing Westacre Theatre Company rehearsals for our own productions.”
Members of Westacre Theatre are set start off their spring season with a new translation of Dario Fo’s timely political satire, Low Pay? Don’t Pay! The production will open on March 8 for four performances. Tickets cost £16 and are available from the box office on 01760 755800.
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