Studio Theatre celebrates work in progress

SALISBURY’s Studio Theatre had three sell-out evenings in June, celebrating success in two regional drama competitions and the remarkable progress on the extension to the theatre in Ashley Road.

Members, supportters and friends toured the backstage area and had a preview of the new building.

Work on the extension began in March 2018, when the company had raised enough money to make a serious start. As chairman Colin Hayman said: “We knew we would run out of money, but we got much further than anyone thought possible.”

With a total of £210,000 raised so far – much of it from the proceeds of productions and some from grants, fund-raising and donations – there is still around £40,000 needed to finish the fitting out and equipping of the new space.

When it is complete, Salisbury’s Studio Theatre will have a green room, in what is currently a crowded general changing room, separate dressing rooms, including importantly a room for young actors, a rehearsal studio and more storage space.

Fund-raising continues, with two summer events – Shakespeare in the Garden, at The Court House, Lower Woodford, on Sunday 14th July, and the youth group performing vintage Hitchcock radio scripts on 20th July at the theatre.

The 2019-2020 programme begins in October with A Bunch of Amateurs, followed by Goodnight Mr Tom in December, the Studio Youth Theatre in My Fair Lady in February 2020 and a thriller, The Thrill of Love, in March. The full programme is on the website, www.studiotheatre.org.uk

Anyone who would like to help Studio Theatre reach the target and complete the work on the extension – and continue to stage varied and always enjoyable productions – can contact the fund-raising chairman Peter Mitchell on 01722 501399, email Peter.mitchell203@nullntlworld.com

Ed note:  How good it would be if Waitrose, just behind the Studio Theatre extension, were to get involved  so that the new facililities could be housed in the Waitrose Wing!