Motorisation of the Audience Seating

Much to the relief of many of our volunteers, work has recently been carried out to make the retractable audience seating electrically operated. Whilst the barriers, seats and handrails still have to be lowered by hand, the hard work of pushing back or pulling out the seating is now done at the touch of a button.

This project was funded by the profits raised from some of the Chatsworth Centre organised events over the past 2 years, such as film nights, Brass Band concerts, the Sunday afternoon teas etc.

Better facilities for our Musicians

The complexities of modern theatre productions continue to grow, one of which is the satisfactory positioning of the orchestra or band. The provision of an ‘under the stage’ orchestra pit has already been investigated, however, the diary of scheduled events, cost and construction time have to be taken into consideration.

It was proudly announced at the 2018 Annual General Meeting, that following detailed discussions with architects, musicians and other interested parties, that the provision of an orchestra pit was now being planned.

Whilst it is far too early for precise details, it is anticipated that work will commence in the summer of 2022.

The proposed ’pit’, which will be under the stage, will probably be about 6 mtrs. wide and about 3 mtrs. deep, complete with ‘hidden’ access for the musicians.

Consultations are currently taking place with interested parties, to ensure that its design is practical, functional and cost-effective.

A team of members are presently looking into the possibility of sponsors and grant givers to fund the majority of the cost, which is anticipated to be in the region of £70,000. Local fundraising events will, as always, continue to be an important feature.

As details of this exciting development emerge, we will post them on this page.