Amateur theatre groups hit by high hire charges
10:01am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Letters
CONGRATULATIONS to the Trust of Barry Memorial Hall for securing funding for the cinema. How I wish funding could be obtained for our local amateur companies to perform on the Memorial Hall stage or, better still, for the hire price to be reduced.
It is now so expensive to hire our own local theatre that Pukka Productions will, in future, be forced to use the Paget Rooms in Penarth. Another Barry theatre company, Billboard, use Dinas Powys Community Hall for their younger children but continue to struggle to hire the Memorial Hall for their major productions. Surely this cannot be right.
Earlier this year, we were fortunate and privileged to see three brilliant musicals by local theatre companies - in July, Pukka's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat;" in August, Billboard's "Anything Goes," and, finally, Superstars' "Grease." All were really wonderful shows.
How lovely for our Barry children to perform on their local stage but how very sad if, in future, the cost of hiring their local theatre is too prohibitive.
It's great to see professional shows, such as the brilliant comedy "Boeing Boeing," coming to Barry Memorial Hall on Friday, October 4. But let us not forget that the majority of professional actors obtained their love of stage and theatre as youngsters in an amateur company. So please let our Barry young people have that chance.