LANE THEATRE, NEWQUAYNewquay's Only Live Theatre
Keeping things contained at Lane Theatre
Despite having to postpone a number of events during the pandemic, Newquay Dramatic Society have taken advantage of the downtime to make many improvements to the theatre, both inside and out. When lockdown restrictions allowed, a programme of redecorating took place, mainly in the Bar, Lounge and Reception areas, and photosets of recent and some not so recent plays going back to 1932 have been put up to enhance the auditorium.
NDS volunteers also used the break in productions to completely overhaul the furniture and props housed in the outside stores and much had to be disposed of as the sheds had become dilapidated. This meant the incursion by intruders of weather and a fur and feathered kind to take advantage of our hospitality! Another shed suffered terminal damage during a storm and was found to be beyond repair so a number of items had to be housed, temporarily, inside the theatre where they tended to get in the way of set builders and Stage Managers!
A welcome grant from The Duke of Cornwall’s Benevolent Fund enabled NDS to invest in a new weatherproof steel container which now resides alongside the two updated cabins that house the theatre’s costumes. During early October a willing band of members gathered to transfer the “homeless” items and these are now tucked away in their new residence and safe from the attentions of rain, birds & beasts!
With a varied selection of 6 plays already scheduled for 2022, some needing the full range of props and furniture available, it will be much more convenient to have these new storage facilities to hand and the society also gains space backstage and in the workshop area.
With things improving on the Covid front and less restrictions being necessary Lane is pleased to be able to allow full access to the theatre from now on and this has resulted in some of the shows planned from October until the New Year being virtually sold out, Camp Theatre are back with an evening of two (one act) plays by world famous authors and Newquay Stage Company are set to entertain with another musical comedy in “Sing To Me”. This is good for the finances but puts a greater strain on the volunteer staff, particularly Front of House, Bar and Technical Support which are having to rely mainly on the hard working Committee members.
If anyone would like to join us and help out during play runs, musicals, tribute bands, psychic evenings, pantomimes and stand up comedians, all of whom will be filling the theatre well into 2022 then please contact us via our website or leave a message on email. You will be made most welcome and may even get to see 90% of the show for free (once the clearing up is done that is!)
Although all official restrictions have been lifted, we remain dedicated to making your visit to Lane Theatre as safe as we can.
Hand sanitiser points remain in place by most entrances and we ask patrons to wear face masks while moving around the theatre, particularly in the lobby and corridors where distancing is difficult. There are disposable paper towels and soap in all our toilets.
Some shows are fully booked so we are almost at capacity but some are quieter events and for these, seats are being sold in alternate rows giving some forward and backwards space and in rows of no more than six without a gap. If some of these events fill up, more rows will be released from the front first. Seats nearer the back are far more likely to remain as alternate spacing so patrons may wish to bear this in mind if they have concerns over distancing.