Brewhouse plans for August opening

AS the country moves slowly towards a “new normal,” theatres, arts centres and concert halls begin to look at ways in which they will be able to reopen. The board of trustees off the Brewhouse theatre and arts centre at Taunton, have announced plans for a limited reopening in August.

Val Hammond, the board chairman, says that the support of audiences and local people had shown “just how important venues such as ours are to the local community.

“It has been a difficult period for theatres around the world, but it is with great relief that we can say we are coming through it and, although government guidance does not yet allow the Brewhouse to reopen for theatrical performances, cinema is permitted to restart with specific measures in place.”

The aim is to reopen for two types of events: regular films and transmissions of live events in the cinema, and free family workshops in Somerset Square in socially distanced groups.

The programmes will be announced through the website with details of the safety procedures and how to book.

Val Hammond says: “Although performances have had to be postponed, good things have also come from the enforced cancellation of our regular programme. Our Take Part programme has been transformed into an on-line offer which we hope you are enjoying, and we have created a whole new product range under the banner: HomeBrew. This is encouraging experimental and interesting work which we believe will lead to new offerings from the Brewhouse in future. Plus, right now, you can contribute to our community art gallery by contributing your own artwork on a monthly theme.”

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