REFLECTING ON PROGRESS IN THE RUN-UP TO #LOVETHEATREDAY
This week I am in a somewhat ruminative mood. I have now been at this desk for ten weeks (has it really been that long already!?) and I am reflecting on the work that has happened in that time.
Those weeks have been very busy here at the theatre. Not only have we been hosting productions, but we have also been working on the fabric of the building to ensure that it is being well looked after, and we have been planning for the future. It is this future planning that has given me cause to pause and take stock of where we are.
In a short space of time we worked hard to ensure that we bringing in acts of quality to the theatre. This week, Dinosaur World Live announced their 2018 UK tour dates before they take up a residency in London at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. And where have they chosen to kick start their tour…? Hello, The Broadway!I know I have mentioned him in past posts, but we are overwhelmed by the success of Sean Lock’s sales and are looking forward to hosting him next Saturday evening.
Next week, I am spending two days in London meeting with producers and attending a read through of a brand new musical (it’s a hard job but someone has to do it). All of this is in preparation for some of the ventures we are look towards for 2018 and beyond, and this is another development which has made me take some time to reflect.
Everything here has been chugging along nicely, albeit in fifth gear since the word go. Now it seems we have found a sixth and things are being ranked up a notch. The future for the theatre is looking incredibly promising, and everyone that has been part of the journey so far should also take a moment to reflect and feel proud of our achievements. In the long run, it means the building will be around for another 80 years at least, and continue to be part of Peterborough’s cultural life.
As part of the local aspect of what we are working on, last Thursday I had a great meeting with Tom from Lamphouse Theatre to discuss collaborative projects, plans for the future and just to generally chat about theatre. Delightful!
If talking about theatre or being part of it is something that you are interested in, Wednesday 15th November is #LoveTheatreDay. This is an initiative that is being run in association with The Stage. On the day, there will be lots going on in the theatre. New College Stamford are briging some students along to have a tour of the venue, Peterborough Regional College will be filming in the auditorium and then in the evening we have some of the local theatre companies and Am Dram groups in. They will be giving a flavour of what they have to offer, talking about their companies and there will be lots of time to mingle in the bar and chat about The Broadway, theatre in Peterborough and beyond.
If you want to get involved in #LoveTheatreDay, you can pop along next Wednesday from 7.30pm or if you want to ask a question, please send them in between now and Tuesday and I will tweet the responses on Wednesday during the day.
You can comment here, send them via Facebook or Twitter or email me: Harrison@thebroadway.today
Until next time…