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Brewhouse Closure - Week 3
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- Brewhouse Theatre shut its doors on February 21
- Arts centre blamed drop in funding for shock closure
- Administrators in discussions over future of venue
- Hundreds sign up to County Gazette campaign to reopen theatre
RT @MagpieBridge: video on the closure of Brewhouse Theatre Closure: http://t.co/iEGql5S2b4 via @youtube #brewhouse #saveourbrewhouse— @ZoeSaadia 10 March 2013
A Big THANK YOU goes out to the @CountyGazette for following us on twitter :) #saveOURbrewhouse - P:) http://t.co/hSl8cKkrki— @SaveourBrewhaus 08 March 2013
Last wk Iris got a letter in @CountyGazette re @SaveBrewhouse today she is at #libdem conf speaking about #brewhouse to @nick_clegg #bigday— @cllrjaybaker 08 March 2013
THE number of people who have signed the County Gazette's Save Our Brewhouse campaign has passed the 600 mark.
In addition to more than 100 names already received on paper petitions, more than 500 people have signed the online petition calling for the theatre to reopen as soon as possible.
To add your name, click here .
RT @RobertJMiles: My latest blog, addressing Somerset County Council is here http://t.co/pvGgvPbqR6 please read and RT - the truth needs to be understood— @mogger1 07 March 2013
RT @JordanPhil: Brewhouse Theartre Taunton and Weymouth pavilion to close.This government is ripping the heart out of comminities— @suzyflipp 07 March 2013
ANY ticket holders for the Taunton Amateur Operatic Society performance of the Sound of Music at the Brewhouse are being reminded they have until March 15 to exchange their tickets.
The show will now go ahead at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre from April 15-20 but tickets must be exchanged there by next Friday.
Hey @TapeFaceBoy Any idea what is going to happen regarding your gig at the Brewhouse in Taunton? I was looking forward to that!!— @SteveVellam 07 March 2013
AN estate agent is calling on more businesses to back the County Gazette campaign – Save Our Brewhouse.
Chris Willey (pictured below) and his staff at Chris Willey and Son in Magdalene Lane, Taunton, have put up a banner to back the campaign to get the Brewhouse open again. He is urging other businesses to do the same and show their support.
He said: “It is a big pull for the town and when it closed it really hit home. I think if everyone can find a space in their window then many more people will become aware, something will happen and the doors will open – the more noise people make, the better.”
TWO independent councillors, Stephen Ross and Eddie Gaines, are working on their own business plan which they hope will see the theatre used as more than just an arts centre.
Cllr Gaines, pictured above, said: “We see the Brewhouse as a community hub for lots of activities and outlets to use all the space available. We would see us linking with the local economy in the area and with support for the unemployed with Job Centre schemes.”
Both groups insist they see the community as the major part of their plans but,
as it stands, they are not working together on the same project.
Mr Gaines said: “We are trying to move John Meikle towards working with us.
“He [Cllr Meikle] has a vision for the Brewhouse to be run by a massive army of volunteers with professional help butI am not sure he realises the potential the Brewhouse now gives to community arts and drama groups and other possibilities with other organisations.
“It would be damaging for the future if someone goes one way because it would not give clarity to the administrators, TDBC, or the Arts Council – we need a solution for Taunton and the wider community.”
Mr Meikle said the two groups had found differences in their ideas for the theatre at a meeting last week.
ANYONE with The Sound of Music tickets bought at The Brewhouse need to have their existing ticket exchanged for a new ticket.
This needs to be done in person at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre Box Office by 4pm on Friday, March 15.
Brewhouse tickets cannot be exchanged after this date and anyone arriving with Brewhouse tickets on the night of the performance will not be guaranteed a seat.
Any unsold tickets for the show will go on general sale from Monday 18th March. The Tacchi-Morris Box Office is open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. Box Office: 01823 414141.
A BUSINESS plan to revive Taunton’s closed Brewhouse Theatre could be approved by administrators in FOUR weeks, according to one of the men fighting to re-open it.
Cllr John Meikle (pictured above) submitted his plans to administrators BDO this week and said his team are ready to take over but they are waiting on the go-ahead.
He said: “We have the manpower and the plans but we have to shuffle about untilthe administrator has considered all the options – hopefully, towards the end of the month.
“I am certain it can be done butitis the administrators who will determine how and who will do it.”
An army of 300 volunteers have offered to get the theatre up and running with Mr Meikle andhehas a clear vision of what he hopes the future Brewhouse would offer the community.
He said: “My angle is that I would like to make the Brewhouse of the future more of a community theatre and make the costs to smaller amateur dramatic groups a lot more affordable withoutthem having to sell out the theatre.
“Taunton also has so many talented musicians and I hope we could give them opportunities in future Brewhouse.”
MORE than 440 people have now added their names to an online petition demonstrating the desire of people in Taunton and beyond to see the Brewhouse reopened. Add your name here .
The entrance to the closed Brewhouse Theatre has become a shrine - so many people are so upset..... http://t.co/3AnuabdRpu— @ChrisWilley2 06 March 2013
Please join the campaign to save The Brewhouse Theatre - Massive petition expected - Please sign - We have forms in our office— @ChrisWilley2 06 March 2013
8:50pm Tue 5 Mar 13
Somerset Tourist says
Re-ignighting the Brewhouse is a very positive message from the town's people and in this day and age a bit of pride in our town and wanting to get involved to support the local community still gives me hope for this country that not all is lost.
However; the plan should be to drive for a bigger venue that can attract the bigger shows that would give a fighting chance of the theatre being sustainable without the reliance on grants in the future.
If the Brewhouse is restarted with only amateur productions in place, in 5-10 years the theatre will yet again attempt to broaden it's wings and attract the medium sized shows. With no funding it will struggle on and end up where it is today.
The council needs to feel very embarrassed about the cost of Castle Green when they were in full knowledge of what Taunton needed elsewhere. This money would have gone a long way to build a bigger venue. It's about time, that public opinion is listened to.
We do not have the facts of the payroll budget of the Brewhouse, but I think we can do the basic maths on assumptions only and should realise that although it may have contributed to an earlier demise, the inevitable would have happened anyway at a later date without public funding.
A bigger theatre would have brought more visitors to the town who would have stayed in our hotels, shopped in our shops, bought our local produce etc. What is Castle Green bringing to the economy ............. a laughing stock opinion of our town!
Jamie Wonnacott, Taunton, made this video after he was 'gobsmacked' the Brewhouse Theatre had closed. Worth a watch! http://t.co/mkZVY4IUUi— @GazetteDMilli 05 March 2013
A VIDEO to show how the closure of the Brewhouse Theatre has affected local people and amateur dramatic groups has been made.
Creative director Jamie Wonnacott, 36, created the video because he was 'gobsmacked' the theatre closed.
He said: "Hearing the Brewhouse closed was the final nail in the coffin because there are so few places of culture in Taunton."
MORE than 330 people have already added their name to an online petition calling for the Brewhouse Theatre to reopen as soon as possible - click here to add your voice.
@CountyGazette wrecking motion so Brewhouse not even discussed. Councillors again looking after self-interest, not our community.— @IanMorrell 04 March 2013
A PROPOSAL by Taunton Deane councillor Ian Morrell for all councillors on the authority to halve their allowances in a bid to raise cash for the Brewhouse has been knocked back without even being discussed.
Councillor Morrell had hoped the idea would be discussed at last night's special Full Council meeting but instead councillors voted not to talk about the idea, instead devoting time to debating the potential link-up with cash-strapped West Somerset Council - see here for more.
Everyone in Taunton loves and needs The Brewhouse - Could a voluntary donation invited from our c.80k residents get it back on its feet?— @ChrisWilley2 05 March 2013
SPEAKING to the County Gazette, Councillor Eddie Gaines, who is one of those examining the viability of reopening the Brewhouse, said work is being done by several different groups to explore options.
For more details, don't miss this week's County Gazette.
@marcusbrig @AmeliaGrif trying to get Brewhouse open but won't by next week see fb Tone Theatre - contact administrator if ticket holder— @newshadygrove 03 March 2013
DON'T forget, you can download a poster to show your support for the County Gazette's Save Our Brewhouse campaign by clicking here .
'SAVE THE BREWHOUSE' Taunton's campaign to save its theatre gathers momentum as furore of dissent pours in - Please sign the petition!— @ChrisWilley2 04 March 2013
Loads of people at the Box Office this morning exchanging their TAOS Sound Of Music tickets from Brewhouse to TMAC http://t.co/WfqxHWtxGs— @TMAC_Taunton 04 March 2013
ANYONE who purchased tickets to see the Taunton Amateur Operatic Society's performance of The Sound of Music can exchange their ticket for a rearranged performance at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, it has been announced.
The venue has stepped in to stage the production on April 15 and anyone wishing to swap their Brewhouse ticket for a Tacchi-Morris ticket should go to the Monkton Heatfield box office before March 15.
For more details, click here .
HUNDREDS of people have signed a petition calling for the Brewhouse Theatre to be reopened as soon as possible - to add your support, click here .
STAY tuned to this Live article for all the latest developments in the campaign to reopen the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton.
For previous updates on the story, click here .