Edward Alderton Theatre
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19 May 2015
Edward Alderton Theatre to close in July 2016?
Your theatre needs you! Please us help to ensure that our beloved theatre remains open!
In 2016, the Edward Alderton Theatre will be 40 years old, and, unless you can help us, we, the EAT committee fear that 2016 will be its final year.
You may or may not know that the theatre was publicly licensed, built and financed in its entirety by drama students during the mid-1970s. The theatre first opened its doors to the public on 17 May 1976 with a production of Oh What a Lovely War, and, ironically, we are now battling to keep the theatre running.The theatre, its upkeep and the shows produced here are run and managed by the committee and a small but dedicated team of theatre members. For far too long now this tiny team has been holding the EAT together.We have weathered so many assaults from outside forces - our heating, phonelines, gas, electric and water have all been comprimised over the last two years as work began upon the new Adult Education Centre. And, through so much good, hard work by some amazing individuals, the EAT still stands strong, but it cannot last!
Your committee is democratically elected. You, the members, elect us to ensure the upkeep and smooth running of the theatre.However, we can no longer do this alone. This is due to:
The sheer volume of issues and problems that have been generated by the building works.
The committee is only a small and dwindling group of people. We cannot run the EAT on our own, nor do we want to.
The committee are all volunteers; we all have lives, loves, family, work and other commitments outside of the theatre.
We have seen member support dwindling and we are constantly chasing members for assistance.
We always need your help with the productions. Being a member is not just about appearing on the stage. A show cannot run unless we have a stage manager, a prompt, lighting and sound people, props, backstage work, etc. All essential work and all very, easy to perform. The same dedicated group of members and committee members have performed these tasks for the past three years because no other members are offering up their services.
The same goes for assistance during the production week; we need your help with Box Office, Bar and Front of House, and,once again, the same dedicated group of members and committee members have performed these tasks for the past three years because no other members are offering up their services.This can no longer continue. This is YOUR theatre. We need YOUR assistance and we need it NOW.
Please join us at the theatre on 16 June 2015 before its too late.
19 May 2015
Lend Me a Tenor to replace The Odd Couple
Sadly Samuel French has withdrawn our rights to perform The Odd Couple. Nick Hewitt has kindly agreed to direct the hilarious farce Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig instead. This play (the non-musical version) will be the final show of our next season23-30 July 2016. Auditions will take place in due course.
09 April 2015
As construction work nears completion on the new Adult Education building adjacent to the theatre, please note that car park space is now extremely limited. The Alma Road Adult Education site in Sidcup has now moved to the Brampton Road site so there is a significant increase of vehicles on weekday evenings. The staff car park opposite can close as early as 9.30pm, while the Crook Log sports centre car park shuts at 10pm. Spaces can sometimes be found in the next-door Danson Youth Centre, otherwise street parking is the only alternative. Please arrive at least fifteen minutes before performance time of 8pm to allow sufficient time to find a parking space.
09 April 2015
Trailer for Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
A trailer for our next productionfeaturing the writer of the original 1970s sitcomis now available to watch on YouTube. Click on the image below to view it.
28 March 2015
Auditions for A Different Way Home by Jimmie Chinn, directed by Roz Betts, and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball, directed by Jennifer Walker, will be held at the theatre on Sunday 24 May at 2pm and 3pm respectively. Details can be found on our Auditions page.
1 February 2015
Former EAT member Bob Lacey recently passed away. He appeared in our very first production, Oh What a Lovely War in 1976, and his last appearance was six years later in Fings Aint What They Used to Be. His funeral is at 4pm on Tuesday 10 February at Bobbing Cemetery, Sheppey Way, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 8GZ, followed by a reception at Vaults, Preston Street, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8PA. Please contact his niece Gina on 020 8302 3602 or 07850 341 115 if you would like more information.
16 January 2015
TicketSource to take over bookings
A specialist theatre booking agency called TicketSource will be taking over all bookings for the Edward Alderton Theatre from 1 March 2015. The current Box Office telephone number will apply until the final performance of Antigone, after which a brand new telephone number will be used for all future performances. That number will be publicised on all future publicity material, alongside this website and all social media platforms. Alongside that, for the first time, patrons will be able to book their own seats online, using TicketSource, with no additional fee. Telephone bookings will incur a flat £1.50 service fee which includes ticket delivery.
16 January 2015
Annual General Meeting
The Edward Alderton Theatre AGM will be held at the theatre on 3 March 2015 at 8.15pm followed by our season launch and social time.
It has been a very busy and hugely challenging year and the committee welcome the opportunity to share both our frustrations and aspirations with you.
Anyone is welcome to join us for the evening, member or not, so bring your friends along and feel free to publicise it but please note that only members will be eligible to vote. As you may know Wendy Marsh had to step down from her position as Artistic Director and committee member which has been a huge sadness for us. It was decided that Ros and Mark would step up to the plate and they have become joint Artistic Directors. As we were running with one extra committee member there are no obvious vacancies and all committee members are prepared to re-stand. However this should not preclude any member putting themselves forward for any position. To action this all you need do is send a supporting statement (i.e why you would like to be considered and what you could bring to it) together with notification for who is nominating and seconding you (these must be full EAT members) to Karen Friett by the end of February 2015. Apologies should also be sent to Karen on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the AGM agenda:
Apologies and present
Minutes of previous meeting
Chairman's welcome and report
Treasurer and Membership Secretary's reports
Election of officers
Artistic Directors' reports and launch of 2015/16 season
Any other business
For earlier news items, see links in the right-hand bar