Thursday, 15 September 2016

Save the Charles Cryer Theatre in Carshalton for the community

My sister and her family live in Sutton where they are stalwarts of the local amateur dramatics scene. I was looking forward to going to see my young niece on stage in November in Sutton Theatre Company's winter production, however I have just learned that the show will have to find an alternative venue because the a second of their local theatres is in jeopardy - at least for community use. Local amateur groups are already unable to use the Secombe Theatre and now the Charles Cryer Theatre is being taken away too. This would be a real tragedy so I am happy to get involved in the fight to keep at least one of their theatres from darkness.

My sister alerted me to the following petition on which was created by Dick Bower and will be presented to Cllr Ruth Dombey.

'Sutton has for a great many years enjoyed a vigorous, talented, abundant and popular community drama and musical theatre scene, until recently benefiting from two good theatre venues. Now, it looks as though we may lose both of the theatres, in which, together with their public hall pre-cursors, thousands of local actors have performed to audiences of possibly hundreds of thousands since the beginning of the 20th century. For well over a hundred years a great many people have been introduced to the joys and challenges of the theatre and the public has been entertained and educated. If the London Borough of Sutton is not to lose its unsurpassed theatrical heritage and excellence for ever, it is vital that we save at least the Charles Cryer Theatre in Carshalton for use by local theatre groups of adults and young people, plus appropriate professional performances.'

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