So, the last couple of weeks have consisted of some pretty exciting milestones. Firstly – and most importantly – the actual theatre bit has made huge progress since I last saw it. All of the major removal work is now complete, so that means all steel girders (big metal pole type things for those that don’t know building lingo) and poles that held up the mezzanine floor have gone! So the area has been opened up to its’ full glory and the full potential of the space is now clear to see and it’s really beginning to take shape. To celebrate such a big achievement David Taylor very kindly took the building team to the pub for a well-earned drink. Cheers, lads!
The next milestone, which is happening as I type, is the moving in of the first residents at the new Tower. The first to move from our humble City Lit is the props department and Andy Hind has been working extremely hard getting the basement ready for them and Jean Carr and her team have been working against the clock to get everything packed. Anyone who has popped into the props department to find something during rehearsal will know what a huge task this is – just SO much stuff!
Props are not the only ones moving into their new home though, Jonathan and Ruth will be settled into their new office in the next two days – pretty remarkable since the office didn’t really exist when I last saw it! Excellent timing though as we’re only a couple of weeks away from our open evening on the 24th April (speaking of which, have you reserved your place yet? Get on it!), so it’s very exciting that so many of you will be able to see all the progress while hearing about the first shows this theatre will host.
Those lucky enough to be part of the cast of The Winter’s Tale will get a sneak peek however, as they make Tower history and become the first cast to rehearse in the new Tower theatre rehearsal room on the 16th. I think that definitely calls for post rehearsal drinks, guys.
Finally, Stephen, along with Alison, showed his mother and Tower member of over 50 years, Margaret Ley, our new home. Her verdict? Well, I think the picture says it all, definite approval from one of our longest standing members!