Emporium, Brighton’s only professional producing theatre, is raising funds to improve its facilities and provide a better experience for audiences and performers alike.
Since opening its doors in April 2013, Emporium on London Road has coped with temporary seating and kind gifts of technical equipment from supporters, but now in its second year it is looking to create a permanent space that can be used by theatre companies.
A crowd-funding page has been created ro raise a small amount of money for carpentry, building, plumbing, electrical work and some painting and decoration.
All money will be spent engaging local contractors to carry out the work.
Artistic Director James Weisz said: “We want to be the best for our community, so we are asking the community for help”.
You can join in and provide support, from as little as £5, and receive a reward for your philanthropy.
Emporium is also becoming a Community Interest Company (CIC), which means that every penny earned goes back into the business to ensure that the venue operates successfully for the local community.
They have a few weeks to raise the money to ensure that the venue can operate with a full programme of events in 2015.
The Theatre will re-open with a staging of What The Butler Saw starring Coronation Street star Brian Capron from April 25 to May 9. Joe Orton’s final play is a hilarious farce which revolves around Dr. Prentice, a psychiatrist attempting to seduce his attractive prospective secretary, Geraldine Barclay. As part of the job interview he convinces her to undress. When his wife enters, he attempts to cover up his activity by hiding the girl behind a curtain. His wife, however, is also being seduced and blackmailed by a Nicholas Beckett. She therefore promises Nicholas the post as secretary, which adds further confusion, including Nicholas and Geraldine dressing as the opposite sex. Dr. Prentice’s clinic is then faced with a government inspection… What follows is a near faultless piece of theatrical invention as these ingredients form the basis for a perfect recipe of outrageous confusion!
You will find Emporium at 88 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4JF
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