New equipment for group

PUBLISHED: 13:19 04 January 2013

THE Friends of the Playhouse in Weston has a set of new equipment thanks to fundraising efforts.

The voluntary organisation was founded in 1991 to promote and help support the theatre by selling programmes, taking tickets and welcoming patrons to the venue in High Street.

The group continuously raises money to help with essential maintenance costs the theatre faces.

Over the past years the Friends have contributed to providing a stair lift and hearing aids, a new piano, stage and sound equipment and stage curtains.

The latest contribution is the purchase of the 20 new radios with separate earpieces to allow regular communication between the Friends during performances.

Friends chairman Wendy Kimberley said the radios have been used for the first time for the Sleeping Beauty pantomime.

She said: “The previous radios were falling to pieces and therefore these radios were desperately needed to allow front of house staff to talk to one and other.

“It means they can know exactly what is happening inside the foyer or the circle and respond immediately.”

The group is always looking for new members to help and anyone interesting in joining can obtain a membership form from the box office.

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