4th June 2014
This June The Theatres Trust is pleased to be contributing to the fourth International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference from 8 to 10 June.
You can also catch the Trust at West End LIVE 2014 on 21 and 22 June in Trafalgar Square, and that same weekend follow our Director, Mhora Samuel as she travels round some of our seaside theatres on First Night Riders 2014 raising funds for the work of The Theatrical Guild – please do sponsor her here – it’s a great cause.
30th May 2014
The Theatres Trust is pleased to be contributing to the fourth International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference.
On Sunday 8 June, Mhora Samuel will be moderating the Creative Financing session at 15:50 with Steve Friedlander from Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, Judith Strong, and Jennifer Mitchell, MSc, BSc, Managing Director, Kings Place Music Foundation. This session will be looking at “How do we persuade other people to pay for new theatres to be built? We discuss examples where developers have been obliged to provide a new theatre as part of an overall building project. What are the pitfalls with this? How can we avoid these? What other cunning financial models are out there.”
On Monday 9 June, Dara Ó Briain will be making his first speaking engagement as a Trustee of The TheatresTrust at 11.20am. An occasion not to be missed!
For more information, to view workshops and to book your ticket visit ITEAC.co.uk
23rd May 2014
The Theatres Trust is pleased to announce that the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has appointed 6 new board members and reappointed 5 board members to The Theatres Trust.
New appointments include Dara Ó Briain, Professor Gavin Henderson CBE, Peter Roberts, Simon Ruddick, Ann Skippers and Anna Stapleton. Trustees reappointed for a second term include Nicholas Allott OBE, Ruth Eastwood, Oliver Goodwin, Jerrold Katzman, and Judith Mellor OBE.
17th April 2014
As new ‘Community Rights’ give people more of a say on running their local communities, discover how your theatre can benefit.
15th April 2014
A full-time Planning Adviser is required to manage the Trust’s Planning Service, contribute to the provision of advice, and build excellent external relationships to promote and enhance the reputation of The Theatres Trust in the Planning system.
3rd April 2014
The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has agreed to reappoint 5 Trustees for a second term as members of The Theatres Trust.
24th March 2014
The Theatres Trust has issued a response to Westminster City Council’s statement today in relation to the cause of the ceiling collapse at the Apollo theatre on 19 December 2013
Mhora Samuel, Director of The Theatres Trust, the national advisory body for theatres said “Theatres are constructed in very, many, different ways and use different materials and methods to fix plasterwork ceilings to their roof trusses. The important question is whether plaster-coated hessian wadding is the only material being used to hold up a ceiling as many have also been strengthened with the use of steel ties.
“If a building is one of 300 Victorian and Edwardian theatres in the UK or 40 in the West End, it is very likely to have these strengthened ties and its ceiling will be secure. Clearly though owners need to understand the state of the building materials being used to hold up their plasterwork ceilings. The Theatres Trust would like to see regular surveys and inspections from above the ceiling being undertaken by both plaster experts and by structural engineers. These could include new surveying methods that could provide better understanding of the state of the materials and physical access.
“The public should be assured that theatres are regularly maintained and inspected. All theatre owners and operators are very aware of their responsibility to look after the safety of the public. Like all building materials though, hessian has a finite life and just because a theatre is historic doesn’t mean that only hessian can be used to support its ceiling. If the public is to continue to appreciate the treasured fibrous plaster ceilings of our historic theatres we need to consider introducing more structurally sustainable solutions.”
18th March 2014
With the programme for this year’s Theatres Trust Conference 14: Community Theatres in place, and a strong line up of contributors confirmed, including Stephen Williams MP, Peter Stark OBE, Chairman of Voluntary Arts Network, and Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chairman of Arts Council England, momentum is building as delegates take advantage of the generous Early Bird delegate rates.
7th March 2014
The Culture in Planning Alliance (CiPA) is delighted that the new online Planning Practice Guidance published on 06 March 2014 and introduced by Nick Boles MP in his written ministerial statement includes new references to guide the development of culture in local plans and plan-making.
CiPA is very pleased that many of its recommendations during consultation on the beta version have been included.
CiPA includes The Theatres Trust, ixia public art think tank, the National Federation of Artists Studio Providers (NFASP), Arts Development UK, the Society of London Theatre (SOLT), UK Theatre, Voluntary Arts, the Visual Arts and Galleries Association (VAGA), the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) and the Little Theatre Guild.
20th February 2014
The Theatres Trust’s 8th annual conference, ‘Community Theatres’ opens for bookings today. This important annual theatre industry event takes place on Monday 28 April 2014 at the City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds. Conference 14 looks at what makes a community theatre. As new ‘Community Rights’ give people more of a say on running their local communities, this year’s conference considers the role local groups increasingly play as providers of theatres and spaces for theatre.