考文垂商店的劇院將在拆除前關閉

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考文垂商店的劇院將在拆除前關閉

一個在前薯條店工作了13年多的劇院將在今年晚些時候關閉。

但他們的店面劇院將在2023年被拆除,作為重建的一部分,所以業主說他們將在11月關閉。

O'Connell先生和藝術總監Julia Negus說,他們計劃以其他方式繼續他們的工作,"我們很高興開始探索"。

這對夫婦接受了這個項目,因為他們受到了芝加哥一種模式的啟發,這種模式鼓勵觀眾進入一個空間,在平等的基礎上與藝術家見面。

"O'Connell先生補充說:"最初的想法是挑戰我們自己作為戲劇製作人的身份,因為他們只利用空間和演員來講述故事。

當地和地區的社區和藝術團體--包括來自考文垂大學和華威大學的團體--利用該劇院舉辦研討會和表演課程。

Negus女士說,他們的亮點之一是2018年的店面節。

"她說:"在一個周末,我們在38家零售商店裡安排了現場表演,與市中心的企業合作,接待了許多英國和國際藝術家和表演者。

在大流行期間,他們把店面的窗戶作為詩歌、電影和攝影的展覽空間。

劇院位於城市拱廊,作為耗資4億英鎊的南城中心大型項目的一部分,該拱廊計劃被拆除。

O'Connell先生說,看到它消失會 "非常難過",但他們有自己的其他計劃,並計劃從11月4日起舉行一個慶祝周末。


A theatre which has worked in a former chip shop for more than 13 years will close later this year.

But their Shop Front Theatre will be demolished in 2023 as part of a redevelopment so the owners said they will close in November.

Mr O'Connell and fellow artistic director Julia Negus said they plan to continue their work in other ways and "we're excited to start exploring that".

The pair took on the project as they were inspired by a model in Chicago which encouraged audiences to go into a space and meet artists on an equal footing.

"The initial idea was to challenge ourselves as theatre makers," Mr O'Connell added, as they used just the space and actors to tell stories.

Local and regional community and arts groups - including from both Coventry University and the University of Warwick - used the theatre for workshops and acting classes.

Ms Negus said one of their highlights was their Shop Front Festival in 2018.

"Over one weekend we programmed live performances into 38 retail shops, collaborating with city centre businesses to host numerous UK and international artists and performers," she said.

During the pandemic, they used their shop-front windows as exhibition spaces for poetry, film and photography.

The theatre is based in the City Arcade which is scheduled to be demolished as part of the large £400m City Centre South project.

Mr O'Connell said it will be "immensely sad" to see it go but they have their other plans and plan to hold a celebratory weekend from 4 November.

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