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Blog: Technical Cleverness

Among the many who came to see A Christmas Carol, the more keen-eyed of you may have noticed that I was playing the role of Bob Crachit. This is a little bit of a departure from my usual zone of comfort, namely, being the one behind the audience, in a dark box, hidden entirely from view. Not the one standing on stage with a few kilowatts of light pointed at me. But this raises an Read more…

Blog: My Absent Valentine

As I write this I am sat in the control room watching Casablanca. Not for fun, you understand. This is work. And tremendously hard work it is too. The beautiful subtlety of the lowering houselights. The expert twiddling of the volume knob. The highly skilled manner of pressing ‘Play’. Not just anyone can do it, you know.   Casablanca is our Valentine’s Day film. And what better way can I think of than spending my Read more…

Blog: The Autumn so Far

Time for a blog, methinks. Yes, you all thought I’d forgotten about these didn’t you? Well, no such luck, I’m afraid. Why the delay in blogging activity, then? Do you remember that thing that happened a while ago when the sun came out? I think it was called “summer”? Well, during that happy time I was of course far too busy to be writing any blogs. After all, there was gin & tonic drinking to Read more…

News: Open Day on Sunday 22 November

Westacre Theatre needs you.  It’s your own community theatre! Drop in for a coffee and cake anytime between 10am and 2pm on Sunday 22 November – no strings attached. The search is on for Volunteers to help at Westacre Theatre both on and off stage – with set making, bar staffing, programme selling, stage managing, acting and lots more besides.  It’s a completely informal get-together so come along and see for yourself.       Read more…

News: Trevor Shears and The Shears Foundation

On Sunday the 11th October, we hosted a concert by the superb Eileanóra Ni Charthaig and her very talented musical friends. Attending the event was an invited audience of committed supporters of Westacre Theatre, most notably, representatives from The Shears Foundation. This charity was founded by Trevor Shears and his wife, Lyn. Without the generosity of The Shears Foundation, Westacre Theatre would simply not exist. The concert was held as a small “thank you” to Read more…

Blog: The Siege of Westacre

27.05.15 0945hrs: A large number of vehicles are arriving in the car park. They appear to have coordinated their arrival. This is most unusual. 0955hrs: I have been observing these vehicles for some ten minutes now. Their behaviour is most irregular. They enter the car park, eject a child, and leave. This is evidently cause for alarm. 1010hrs: They have entered the building. These children are obviously invaders, intent on taking over our theatre. I Read more…

Blog: A doctor, a student and a foreigner go into a theatre…

There’s been rather a lot happening at the theatre over the past week. Let me take you through it. A week ago, I arrived at work to find a building awash with doctors. Fearing some sort of medical emergency, I rushed inside to contribute my extensive anatomical expertise to the situation. Yes, alright. That’s a lie. My anatomical expertise is not extensive. Closer to non-existent, really. In fact, the sight of blood makes me feel Read more…

Blog: A Troupe of Travelling Players (and a new hair-do)

Time for another blog, wouldn’t you agree? Well, regardless of whether you agree or not, another blog is what you shall be getting. Here goes: Last Friday we had some visitors – a troupe of actors. Good Lord! Actors?! In a theatre? What is the world coming to? A terrible situation, I know. They can be quite a nuisance. Particularly during the winter months. I think the cold drives them inside. But luckily, these actors Read more…

Blog: A Grand Day Out

Last week, at some unhappy hour, my alarm clock started bleeping at me. It does that occasionally. I think it was trying to tell me that I needed to get out of bed. Naturally, I reacted with a suitable level of disgust. In the end, it turned out that my alarm clock was bleeping at me because I needed to catch a train. You see, the kind folks at Westacre Theatre had arranged a little Read more…

Blog: (Belated) Happy New Year!

Hello! It seems that 2015 is now upon us. Anyone managed to keep their New Year’s Resolutions this long? Anyone at all? No, I thought not. Perhaps I’ll have more luck with mine; to update this blog. So, welcome, one and all, to what I hope will be the first of many a blog post to grace your screens in the year to come!   Now then, what is happening at Westacre Theatre this year? Read more…