17th Jan, 2019

Droitwich's Norbury Theatre launches urgent £15k appeal to fund-raise the roof

AN APPEAL has been launched by Droitwich’s Norbury Theatre to raise around £15,000 for urgent repairs to the venue’s roof.

The large flat roof in the back stage area leaked during the bad weather but volunteers at the theatre managed to patch it up.

Then the harsh winter put paid to the repairs and now the theatre needs it completely stripping back and a new roof put in place before the weather turns again.

The quote for the work is around £15,000 but the theatre is entirely run by volunteers and does not receive any funding.

There are concerns that if the work is not carried out, the bad weather could make the situation worse with leaks leading to other parts of the venue becoming damaged.

Droitwich Norbury Theatre chairman Anne Lane said: “Because of the way we operate on a voluntary basis we simply don’t have that sort of money.

“We are hoping people or organisations in Droitwich will give us a helping hand so we can put on many more shows for many years to come.

“As well as the potential further damage it’s also not fun mopping the area when we’ve got productions on.

“Any help will be gratefully received.”

The Norbury Theatre has been going for 55 years during which time thousands of people have trod the boards and worked behind the scenes.

Many have gone on to professional acting roles, most notably comedian, comedy actor and writer Rik Mayall.

Each year the Norbury stages two musicals, three to four plays, a youth musical, a junior youth musical and a pantomime.

There is also a cinema night each month, screenings of live National Theatre, monthly children’s theatre, play readings and outside bookings.

Anyone who can help can call the theatre on 01905 770154.

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