Playhouse supporters buy £14k lighting board for theatre

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:00 04 April 2018

Friends of the Playhouse members with the lighting board. Neil Gibson

Friends of the Playhouse members with the lighting board. Neil Gibson

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Supporters of Weston’s The Playhouse theatre have spent thousands of pounds on new lighting equipment.

The Friends of the Playhouse group has spent £14,275 on a lighting board for the venue in High Street.

More than £200,000 has been raised by the group over the past two decades and it is hoped the upgraded equipment will help attract new shows.

Friends member Dave Kingsbury said: “This new facility will enable the theatre to bring in more complex and technical shows to keep the theatre as one of the best in the South West.

“The Friends of the Playhouse has contributed more than £245,000 over 20 years which has included many key features of the theatre, including stage curtains, a grand piano and stair lift.

“The Friends has also played a vital part in modernising the theatre including funding the cost of a new PA system and installation of LED lighting throughout the front of house and bar.”

As well as fundraising, the Friends also supports The Playhouse by selling programmes, taking tickets and welcoming visitors when they arrive at the theatre.

The venue’s general manager Mark Thompson has thanked the group for its ‘incredible support’.

He said: “The continued support from the Friends of the Playhouse is what really sets us apart from other regional theatres of our size.

“The investment it makes in both time and equipment allows us to really push the boundaries of the building and offer incoming shows a rather unique experience.

“The latest purchase will benefit the incoming productions for the foreseeable future and really lift the visual quality of the performance.

“The support from the Friends is incredible.

“Each one of them works tirelessly to ensure the theatre can offer both the shows and those attending the venue an enhanced experience, be it by the equipment they have funded or the personal welcome and friendly greeting they offer all that attend.

“We are extremely lucky to have them.”

Formed in 1991, the Friends of the Playhouse has around 400 dedicated members who host coffee mornings most Saturdays.

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