Search

Drama group in survival plea

PUBLISHED: 17:53 30 September 2009 | UPDATED: 17:14 16 August 2010

THE secretary of a theatre guild has made a plea for more people to come to see their shows, to help them through tough economic times.

THE secretary of a theatre guild has made a plea for more people to come to see their shows, to help them through tough economic times.

Ben Hulme, the honorary secretary of Gravesend and District Theatre Guild, said they need more people to make trips to their local theatres so they don't die out.

The Guild was forced to abandon The Woodville Halls in May, where it used to hold its annual large musicals, because rates were increased.

Mr Hulme says they are holding all their shows at The Guild Theatre in Vale Road, Northfleet, until they find another venue to hold their major shows.

Speaking to us last Friday, the 21-year-old said: "Because we can't hold shows at The Woodville Halls, it's harder for us to attract new theatre-goers.

"Thankfully we have quite a loyal following so we're not so bad financially, but we need new people to come and discover to keep us going." The guild was formed in 1948 and has staged over 100 musicals, drama and variety shows.

He added: "We didn't really get affected by the recession, but other people have put their prices up - so we just couldn't afford the Woodville Halls any more, which is a real shame. We have also been hit by increased rates for sets and costumes and so on.

"So I would just say to people, if you want to keep seeing amateur dramatics in your community, come down and show some support!

"We have got a great production on at the moment, called A Month of Sun Days and we are really excited about that - it is the first time it has been staged in the UK.

A Month of Sun Days is due to show at The Guild Theatre next Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

For tickets, priced £8 and £7 for concessions, call the box office on 07981 792101 or visit www.gravesendtheatreguild.org.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Bromley Times. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Bromley Times