Doesn’t time fly by? I have just celebrated two years since starting in my role as CEO of Live Theatre Winchester Trust.
Sometimes I feel as if we have achieved a lot in that time and sometimes I feel frustrated that things take such a long time to come to fruition.
However, 2019 promises to be the year when you will start to see the fruits of our labours as we aim to launch our refreshed brand identity in September. This is significant to us because it will provide us with the platform and springboard to remind the public that we are a charity and surface everything that we do in pursuit of our charitable purpose, to Delight and Unite.
When I first arrived in Winchester I was amazed how few local people knew that our charity delivered both Theatre Royal Winchester and Hat Fair for example. Also, it is apparent that very few people know about all the community engagement work we do with young people and older citizens.
Alongside boosting our profile and raising awareness of our work we are committed to welcoming a broader diversity of people to our activities in general and our building in particular. To achieve this we will, this summer, be redeveloping our downstairs front of house space to create an exciting new creative café bar, open during the day as well as in the evenings.
We hope this will be a place where people will want to come to socialise, connect with creativity, drink great coffee and enjoy yummy creative cake. Planning permission is in place and we are delighted to have the support of Hampshire County Council and The Backstage Trust confirmed to help us achieve this, ready for opening in September to coincide with the refreshed brand.
This development will also enable us to present more informal, intimate performance on occasion; lunchtime music, open mic nights, spoken word and micro performances for example.
As our audience members, I wanted to make sure you knew about these developments in advance and I look forward to chatting to you about them in the months ahead, perhaps in the new café bar!
Thank you for your support. We can only create positive change like this thanks to people like you.
Chief Executive, Live Theatre Winchester Trust