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News March 2018

 

THEATRE RE-GENERATION REACHES ANOTHER MILESTONE

Dear Member or Supporter

The Theatre regeneration project reaches another milestone with the dismantling of the scaffolding "cage", which was erected for the work to repair and renovate the ceiling of the auditorium. The ceiling remains substantially "as found", maintaining the unique atmosphere of the Victorian theatre, but made safe and adapted to allow lighting and other technical equipment to rigged up.

The construction work now reaches the final stage of completion and fitting out, and the team at Alexandra Palace are now turning their attention to finalising the programme of events and performances for the opening later in the year.

Nigel Willmott, Chair


FREE WRITING WORKSHOPS 29 MARCH

For new writers

Opportunity for Friends of Theatre to work with award winning playwright

WORK WITH MAMA QUILLA ON A VOICES OF BRITAIN CHORUS

In partnership Mama Quilla, Alexandra Palace is offering FREE writing workshops for new writers.

(They are particularly interested in female working-class writers).

The workshop will be held on Thursday, March 29, 10:00 A.M. & 6:00 P.M at the Alexandra Palace (head for Transmitter Hall, left of BBC mast).

The workshop will create material for a Voices of Britain chorus which will be incorporated in a state-of-nation play by Kay Adshead to be performed at the Shop Front Theatre Coventry (Theatre Absolute) on Saturday, April 7.

The workshops will be facilitated by award-winning director/writer, Kay Adshead.

For details contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


MEMBERS' TOURS

The first of three tours for members of the Friends took place on March 9 and was a great success. Ten members were given a guided tour in hard hats and protective boots by AP's head of fundraising, James Atkinson.

They were accompanied by FAPT committee member and filmmaker Richard Smith, who is making a series of short videos on the history of the Theatre and the progress of the regeneration project (see below).

There is only limited capacity for these tours because of the ongoing building work, so regrettably they are limited to paid-up members only.

But with the prospect, we hope, of future tours and other special events, this could be the incentive for more supporters to sign up as full members.

Membership remains at a bargain £5 a year (£2 unwaged), and you can join either by cheque or by PayPal. We prefer PayPal because that helps reduce administration time and costs. See the Friends website for details.


PAST AND PRESENT IN FAPT'S VIDEO SERIES

As we look forward to the re-opening of the newly restored theatre, our latest short YouTube video asks what was on stage when it opened for the first time.

You might expect music hall, but we reveal an astonishing and ambitious diversity of shows – and how it became a cinema in 1900.

This is the fifth in our history series and all can be found on our YouTube channel.

The refurbishment progress inside the theatre is featured in another new video, currently in post-production. Filmed during a tour for a group of Friends, details of when it will be released will appear on our Facebook page: http://facebook.com/aptheatre

We’re also asking you to share your memories of the theatre and the Palace, and why you became a Friend and your hopes for the future. We’ll also be answering questions and hoping for feedback to the videos. Again, please visit us on Facebook to find out more.