The Artistic Directors behind the theatre are Guy Retallack, who is a well known Theatre Director and his wife, West End & Broadway Star Rachel Tucker, both of whom are Penge residents. They are supported by Producer and Theatre Manager Rob Harris. Between them they have years of successful artistic experience in the West End, London and Edinburgh Fringe, in professional theatres across the UK and internationally.
The Bridge House Theatre has been running for a few months. The Bridge House owners have magnificently given the Theatre free use of it's first floor. It's a professional theatre venue with capacity for up to 60 audience members. The theatre has been running since early 2014 with successful shows that have had great reviews; a range of plays including Macbeth and hilarious comedy nights.
We have special shows during the run up to Christmas and are shaping an exciting programme for 2015 including plays, cabaret nights, musicals
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Penge has rather been considered a bit of a cultural joke. But this northern part of the London Borough of Bromley has a very strong and vibrant cultural legacy. It used to have its own highly successful 1500 seater theatre venue and dancing school. We want to encourage pride in our community, provide professional theatrical experiences to a socially diverse community and encourage our talented youngers to develop careers in the creative arts. We want local schools to have a venue that can they can see professional productions at an affordable price.
We have been overwhelmed by the community's excitement, interest and support for the Theatre. The Theatre has to date been funded by the creative team and ticket sales. We need to make ourselves better known especially on social media to maximise our income and our ambitious production plans for 2015.
We need a lighting and sound system, sound-proofing & software technology to meet the standard of a professional fringe theatre in London
Steps to get it done:
Our community is changing and how we use Penge high street is changing.
We've had Mary Portas support one of our businesses. We use the high street for community activity; music nights at the Blue Belle cafe, starting our successful Penge Cycle Club from a high street cycle shop (this community club being sponsored from many of our local independent retailers) and our Penge festival has ambitious plans to build on the activities of the past few years. We are strongly linked to the local Crystal Palace Overground Festival, Penge Forum and Youth programmes; all high street activities that support social inclusion initiatives, strengthen community engagement and economic regeneration.
The Bridge House Theatre his creating a vibrancy and excitement for the cultural arts in Penge. We have ambitious plans and are looking for a bit of start up funding support to strengthen our production and community engagement; a programme of work at the Theatre will appeal to our diverse community.
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