Theatres Trust funding brings the safe re-opening of Bromley Little Theatre a step closer.
Bromley Little Theatre is delighted to have secured funding from Theatres Trust for building works to make the theatre Covid Safe. The funds will be used to install a ventilation system to ensure better airflow during and between performances.
The funds are critical to the safe reopening of Bromley Little Theatre. “At present the auditorium is poorly ventilated…” explains Bromley Little Theatre Chair, Keith Jeremiah “…and a new ventilation system is crucial for the safety of our performers and audiences. We are very grateful to Theatres Trust for their support with this funding.”
The installation of the ventilation system will take place in March and is expected to take no longer than a week. The system is simple and economical to install and operate and will have as little visual impact as possible on the exterior of the building, as Bromley Little Theatre is in a conservation area.
The theatre has now been closed for nearly a year, During the enforced closure, the artistic team have organised on-line events and continued to run the Youth Group using Zoom. Pauline Armour, Creative Director of Bromley Little Theatre says “We are doing what we can to keep our community together, at a time when we need each other more than ever. But it is nothing compared to being able to bring people into the building to see a show. We are delighted to have been awarded this funding and look forward to opening safely soon.”
In preparation for re-opening, the theatre has also carried out an extensive risk assessment so, when the time comes, it can open in a Covid Safe way. Measures include controlling the movement of audience members, limiting the capacity to ensure social distancing and providing the recommended hygiene and tracing systems. The theatre has secured the See it Safely “kitemark” from the Society of London Theatres (SOLT).