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THE QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER FROM THE FRIENDS OF SHANKLIN THEATRE

2016

December 2016

STAGE-WRITE

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Chairman’s foreword

Welcome to the December issue of ‘Stage Write’. Reflecting on the past calendar year, both Shanklin Theatre and the Friends can certainly look back on a busy year with the various productions and performances taking our theatre to new heights. Throughout this period, FOST has been engaging in a range of activities both inside and outside in support. In the months since our last newsletter, both the theatre and FOST have won several prestigious awards, thanks to a lot of hard work and dedication by those concerned. As you read on, you will see the various reports covering these and I'm sure you will join me in congratulating all involved in winning them. All of us, as members of FOST, whether as active volunteers or those amongst us who simply wish to support the theatre by being members or patrons, do so because of our shared love of theatre, and the need to ensure that it continues to provide professional and amateur entertainment in Shanklin for both Islanders and visitors alike.

When doing front of house duties, I get the opportunity to talk to some of our audiences and frequently hear how delighted and impressed they are that the local community had been able to get together in this way to save and support our theatre. In this issue you will also see a report that we have just introduced a direct debit scheme as an additional way of paying membership. This payment route is entirely optional and you can continue to pay how you wish, by cheque or cash. However, if like me you have a number of annual subscriptions, then direct debit is certainly a handy way of handling things when subscriptions are due. May I be one of the first to wish you and your families a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year and to thank all of you for your continuing support of FOST and accordingly our lovely old theatre. I hope you will enjoy reading this issue which clearly shows how both Shanklin Theatre and FOST are prospering and I would particularly like to thank Mike Beston as editor of ‘Stage Write’ for compiling yet another excellent edition, and all those who contributed to the various articles.

With best regards, David Kast.

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Inside your December Issue of Stage Write Magazine

theatre. More details will be available in our March edition.

Contents 5 Treading the Boards with Carol Laidler

7 Terence Sedman’s Lucky Prize Draw Win

9 Stars flock to See Eddie 11 Shanklin Town Council Donation 12 Local Heroes Award 14 Gardening Glory 16 Theatre Support Fund 18 Happy Housekeeping

Wishing you all a joyous Holiday Season, a happy and prosperous New Year. Michael Beston. Editor. ************************************** We are always seeking any historic images, photographs, newspaper clippings or anything related to the history of Shanklin Theatre.

21 Volunteers Fair Many thanks for your continued support throughout the past year, the Friends & Volunteers have made giant steps to ensure Shanklin Theatre remains firmly on the map, as one of the Islands premier entertainment facilities. As we go into another exciting new year for the theatre, we have already planned our outside Fairs, Carnivals, Shows & Fetes that we will be attending throughout 2017. Please come along and say hello, have a chat with us and support the friends that support the

We do not expect you to give up your treasured items, but we would really appreciate the chance to copy, photograph or scan any material you may have. Please contact our Theatre Archivist – Derek Stephens. delboyds@talktalk.net

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Lucky Winners of the FOST Members’ Draw - Each Won a £10 Theatre Voucher The August Draw took place in the Box Office on 25th August: AUGUST DRAW Peter Boffin

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Keith Holmes

No 10

Christine McCarthy

No 990

The September Draw took place in the Box Office on Friday 30 th September: SEPTEMBER DRAW Norman Jewitt

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Tom Gardner

No 1091

Anthony Townsend

No 343

The October Draw took place in the Box Office on Friday 28 th October: OCTOBER DRAW Michael Murwill

No 1087

Lise Sewell

No 935

Carol Frost

No 783

TO ENJOY FOST BENEFITS DON’T FORGET TO UPDATE YOUR MEMBERSHIP Subscriptions are still the same: Under 16

£1.00

Ordinary membership £10.00 Patron

£25.00

Corporate

£100.00

Just pop the cash or cheque, made payable to “Friends of Shanklin Theatre” into an envelope and take it to the Box Office at the theatre, or send the cheque to Jacqui Robertson, FOST Membership Secretary, Shanklin Theatre. Alternatively you can renew by Direct Debit – see page 10 for details. 4|Page


Treading the Boards with First Act 2011

Carol Laidler has been privileged to have been associated with ‘First Act’ since it commenced in 1994, when it was part of the day services, provided by the National Health and Social Services, for people with learning disabilities. Early in 2011, as a direct result of changes to funding, the group was reformed as a charitable social enterprise, and renamed First Act 2011, when she became secretary. First Act 2011 is now based at Shanklin Theatre, where members can rehearse, participate in drama workshops, and give their three annual performances.

safe and inspiring environment, where members can meet on a weekly basis. The group performs three shows a year at Shanklin Theatre, and whenever possible, are willing to also entertain within the Island community at various events. If you have never witnessed a First Act production, may I urge you to make a date to attend their next performance at Christmas, on Monday 12th & Tuesday 13th December. The roar of the crowd and the sound of the applause, which greets their productions, will surely be the start of your festive season! For further information contact:

Since its formation in 1994, First Act 2011 has been under the leadership of Carol Laidler, and together with Volunteers, tutors and guest professionals, the group has offered a

Carol Laidler: 01983 408184

****************************************************************** FOST Committed to On-going Training

The training of the theatre volunteers is always high on the FOST priority list, and in September, a tutor from NHS Ambulance & Community team visited the theatre to put key members through their paces with resuscitation & defibrillator training. We now have thirty two Certificated Volunteers and staff should the occasion arise of a cardiac arrest.

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A further training session will take place in the new year for new volunteers, as well as a special evening set aside for ‘Emergency Evacuation of the Theatre’ training exercises for the whole of the volunteer force. The Friends continue to press for Shanklin Theatre to have the best trained volunteers on the Island. Peter Coleman.


The Friends Attending the Chale Show Sunday 7th August

We left Shanklin on a beautiful sunny morning and as we travelled West so the fog descended, thick, wet and grey. We were concerned that it would keep visitors away from the show. As the morning wore on so the fog seemed to get thicker and thicker. However it didn't stop the visitors from coming. Imagine our delight at the number of people who actually came to seek us out, to pick up a brochure, buy a Prize draw ticket or just browse through the many flyers we had on display. Then just after lunch the fog cleared, the sun shone and it was a glorious day. We had a wonderful Chale Show 2016 both on Saturday and Sunday. Many thanks to all those who helped on the stand, and to all those who patronise Shanklin Theatre. See you all again next year. Vivien Howell.

Pictured left to right: Julia Cooley, Heather Whitchurch, Shirley Armstrong & Vivien Howell.

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Two Times a Winner

Mr Terence Sedman is a very lucky man indeed! He has just won £250 First Prize in the Shanklin Theatre’s Lottery Draw for a second time; he previously won in June this year. Mr Sedman of Newport IOW is a regular to the theatre, and tells us that he bought rather a lot of £1 tickets at the shows; Best of the West End and the Roy Hudd performance. He added, “I didn’t expect to win, I just want to support the theatre, I will be buying tickets for the next prize draw on November 5th.” Asked what he would spend the money on, he replied; “Much needed repairs to my car, this has come just at the right time.” Terence Dawson, Treasurer of Friends of Shanklin Theatre (FOST), told us that based on the number of tickets sold, the odds of that happening was over six million to one! The theatre lottery draw takes place every second month and there are seven cash prizes to be won at each draw.

Tickets can be purchased right up to the 12 o’clock draw on the day. The draw is closely monitored and takes place before some 20 - 50 people on the first Saturday of each month when the theatre holds a Coffee, Cake & Chat morning from 10am to 12 noon in our theatre Green Room. Everyone is welcome and entrance is free, theatre tours are usually available on the day. Shanklin Theatre is a Grade II Listed Building, all the proceeds of the lottery, membership fees, souvenirs and fund raising go towards the refurbishment & maintenance of our Community Trust Building. FOST volunteers are the workforce behind the Theatre and we always welcome new volunteers with varied skills – please see our website. The Lottery Draw is our main source of income, and we are looking for volunteers to help with ticket sales both in and outside of the Theatre. If you feel you have what it takes to join our multi award winning team of volunteers, please contact our membership secretary Jacqui Robertson: membership@thefost.uk Membership forms are also available from the Box Office, or on line: http://www.friendsofshanklinthea tre.co.uk/volfre.php Finally, I would like to thank you all for supporting our theatre, for coming to see our great shows, and of course for buying our lottery tickets, so good luck to everyone and thanks again. Terence Dawson.

Above: FOST Treasurer, Terence Dawson (left) handing over the £250 prize money to our lucky winner Mr Terence Sedman.

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Friends of the Theatre Supporting the Shanklin Festival of Christmas 2016

shows. Also look out for Circus Skills, a Bungee Trampoline, a Shooting Alley, Santa’s Sleigh and lots more. As you walk along the High St between the Old Village and Regent St you will find that many of the local businesses have something extra going on, whether it be tasting sessions, competitions or indoor craft activities. In the Old Village, as well as the opportunity to buy unique, handcrafted Christmas gifts you will find fun, games and entertainment throughout the day.

The Friends have been supporting the Shanklin Festival of Christmas since 2010, and this year is no exception. Please come along on the 3rd December and support Shanklin Town. Shanklin Town and Old Village are playing host to a spectacular array of activities to get the whole family in the Festive Spirit. Santa Claus and his Elf Helper will be in their Wooden Chalet Style Grotto on the Town Square from 10am until 4pm. It’s just £2.50 per child to visit and receive a gift from Santa. Regent Street will be home to a wealth of fun, games, entertainment and opportunities to buy gifts for the whole family. This year there will be two entertainment areas, the stage outside Boots and a performance area on the Falcon Cross Crossroads with singers, dancers, musicians, a magician and dog 8|Page

Look out for the blackboards dotted around to tell you what’s happening, when and where. As you stroll around Shanklin you may be lucky enough to hear a Christmas Carol from one of the roaming singing groups or maybe even see a Stormtrooper! A fun, traditional day out for the whole family. Our theatre Catering team will be providing hot soup & bacon butties (£2.50) on the morning of the Shanklin Christmas Festival. This will of course be in addition to our ‘Coffee, Cake ’n’ Chat’ (£2.00) taking place in our Green Room at the theatre, (everyone welcome!) Louise Bond, Ivan & Doreen Needham pictured in 2011 helping at the Christmas Festival.


Stars Flock to Eddie Gig

Sunday the 2

nd

October, will go down in

the history books of Shanklin Theatre. An enquiry from an agent that we work with came as a sudden & unexpected surprise. We were advised that Eddie Izzard was filming ‘Victoria & Abdul’ on the Island for around three weeks, and the comic wanted to arrange a performance of his ‘Force Majeure’ show. With time being of the essence, we agreed a date within 48 hours. The major reason for Eddie's request was, to entertain those involved in all aspects of the film production taking place at Osborne House, in East Cowes. As a result, some 170 guests attended the sell-out show on the night. The next arrangement to be made was for a private after show reception. This took place in our bar area. The film called ‘Victoria and Abdul’ stars Dame Judi Dench who plays Victoria, along with Eddie and others including Tim Pigott-Smith, and Adeel Akhtar, who plays Abdul, film director Stephen Frears was also there on the night. One highlight of the evening, was Dame Judi visiting the reception, and on the way viewing the display of theatrical posters in the theatre’s downstairs area. The most poignant moment came when, Dame Judi spotted a poster of the 1967 play called 'The Promise’, which she recalled acting in alongside Ian McKellen, the play ran in the London’s West End for over nine months at the Fortune Theatre. Vic Farrow 9|Page

Dame Judi Dench with Vic Farrow at Shanklin Theatre looking at the West End poster with the actress billed on it.

Eddie was kind enough to donate the fee for the marathon night-during which he ran his full set with no break- to two Island charities, the Rainbow Club and Layla’s Trust, the trust supports families with terminally ill children, or disabled youngsters with life-limiting conditions. Fans were also able to grab pictures with the comedian before & after the show.


Paying FOST Membership by On-line Direct Debit

FOST membership payments have traditionally been done by cheque or cash involving sending a letter or going in person to the Box Office every year. A new online Direct Debit payment facility has been introduced. This is the preferred payment method as it saves FOST both time and money, leaving more money to support the Theatre. *Membership automatically renewed each year * With Direct Debit, no more out of date membership, cheques or trips to the Box Office * Direct Debit is easy to set-up online (email account required) * It is available for existing members as well as new members * A single payment can cover all family members * Direct Debit can be setup at any time – the first payment is only due when membership is to be renewed How to Pay by Direct Debit * Go to: www.friendsofshanklintheatre.co.uk/dd.php to access the online DD application form * Once completed and submitted the form will go to the membership secretary who will initiate the setup with GoCardless. Background information * In order to set-up the DD and handle money transfer between your bank account and the FOST account, FOST is using GoCardless Ltd which is certified by FCA (number 597190) and is a BACS approved bureau. * FOST does not have access to bank account details. Only GoCardless handles bank account information. * No initial payment will be retrieved from your account without notification. * If there are any changes in membership fees or dates you will be notified by email before payment. * The first payment will be taken shortly after your account is set-up for new members or when the membership is due to expire for existing FOST members.

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Shanklin Town Council Donates £4000 Towards Theatre Window Repairs

In recognition of the ever increasing benefits Shanklin Theatre brings to Shanklin and the Island, the Town Council has very kindly donated £4000 to help pay for ongoing repairs to the theatre’s windows, which have lasted well but are in need of serious overhaul. Assisting with the handover of the cheque, TV stars Brian Capron and Jenny Funnell, who were appearing in the play ‘Home at Seven’ at the theatre during October.

Suffering from apparent amnesia he and his already upset wife get another shock when evidence incriminates him in a murder committed during the time he cannot account for. Everyone at the theatre would like to extend its sincerest thanks to our Town Council for this donation to our window appeal, for more information regarding our windows, please click the link: http://www.shanklintheatreandco mmunitytrust.co.uk/windowsappeal Shanklin Theatre is a Grade II Listed Building, the windows must be restored in their original style, and the cost of the restoration is in excess of £100,000. Phase 1 will cost in region of £30,000. That is a lot of money, but with modest support from a large base of patrons we hope to be able to raise this money as soon as we can! So - Can you help? Please? Make a difference by making a donation today! Why not do it right now? If you pay Income Tax you can Gift Aid it to make it worth even more!

‘Home at Seven’ is a 1950 British mystery play by R.C. Sheriff. David Preston returns home from work at 7pm, as usual, only to find that 24 hours have elapsed and it is now a day later than he thought. 11 | P a g e


Isle of Wight Radio’s Local Heroes Were Revealed at a Glittering Ceremony – Cowes Yacht Haven on the 6th October 2016

We are very pleased & proud to announce, that Shanklin Theatre picked up the 'Customer Service Award' as sponsored by Jewson at the 2016 Isle of Wight Radio’s Local Hero Awards sponsored by Wightfibre. Representing the theatre on the night was volunteer, Vivien Howell and our theatre operations manager Roger Coleman, Roger went on to say: ‘The award was a complete surprise for us, we all feel very humbled and honoured to pick up such a deserving award, many thanks to all of you that voted for us.’

The awards were proudly presented to Islanders who have gone above and beyond the norm, to make a difference in the lives of others.

Below, Viv Howell & Roger Coleman receiving the Jewsons ‘Customer Service Award.’

The awards included: Emergency Service Person of the year, Inspirational Leader, Volunteer of the year, Inspirational Young Person & the Isle of Wight’s Overall Local Hero. The categories for 2016 year were: *Overall Local Hero Award sponsored by Wightfibre *Best Neighbour Award sponsored by Marvins Property Sales and Rentals *Inspirational Leader Award sponsored by In-Flight Peripherals *Make A Difference in the Community Award sponsored by Island Roads *Sporting Achiever Award sponsored by Premier Ford *Inspirational Young Person Award sponsored by HTP Training *Customer Service Award sponsored by Jewsons *Tourism Ambassador Award sponsored by Hovertravel *Volunteer Award sponsored by the Earl Mountbatten Hospice *Carer Award sponsored by Charmes Care. 12 | P a g e

Christine Hancock: ‘Well done us xxx.’

Katie Cambridge: ‘Excellent news! Well done all!’ Doreen Needham: ‘Well done.’


The Nominations for the 2016 IW Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for Excellence

The shortlist celebrates the best in Island business and reflects a wide range of sectors and companies of every size, from start-ups to international businesses. There are two nominations each for: Brightbulb Design, English Heritage – Osborne, Isle of Wight Jobs Ltd, Isle of Wight Pearl, Red Composites, RFEL, Shanklin Theatre, Tapnell Farm and Vikoma. The awards will be presented on Friday December 2nd at Cowes Yacht Haven and hosted by TV’s Fred Dinenage. Kevin Smith, the Chamber’s Chief Executive says: “We’re hugely excited about this year’s Business Awards. We’ve introduced several new categories and the shortlist is very strong, showing a real depth and breadth to the Island’s business community. We look forward to the celebrations on the night! The Business Awards mark real achievements for Isle of Wight businesses and it’s also the perfect opportunity for pre-Christmas partying. See you there!” Fred Dinenage says: “I’m thrilled to be hosting the awards. I’m a massive fan of the Isle of Wight and I’m looking forward to the whole evening and joining in the celebrations. Island businesses really know HOW to party!” We have some serious competitors, so wish us luck! We will announce the results as soon as we can. These are our two nominated categories; CUSTOMER & TEAM SERVICE AWARD – sponsored by Liz Earle: Glanvilles LLP / Shanklin Theatre / Tapnell Farm Accommodation. BUSINESS INVESTMENT AWARD: RFEL / Shanklin Theatre / Vikoma. In 2014, Shanklin Theatre picked up The Team Development Award (Highly Commended) sponsored by Hovertravel, and the Social Investment Award, sponsored by Wightlink. Representing the theatre on the night was: Peter Stockman, Chris Quirk & Michael Beston. The award was presented by Mark Persad from Wightlink. 13 | P a g e


‘Gardening Glory’ – by Shirley Hughes

Summer is sliding away, darker mornings and evenings are giving a different tone to the days, but the success of this year still gives a glow of pride & pleasure. Shanklin Theatre is ‘On the Map’ for a different reason; our contribution to this ‘Garden Isle’ has been noticed. ‘Shanklin in Bloom’ judges awarded us 3rd place in our category. The South & South East in Bloom organised by the RHS were impressed with our progress & we are now considered to be ‘Advancing’ (or at least only one point away!) They listed what they would like to see next year and I’m very encouraged by their comments.

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at all! The email read: ‘Congratulations, Shirley, Shanklin Theatre is shortlisted for a prize in your category of Community Floral Project’, followed by details of the time and place of the presentation. I was so surprised & excited, then the big question – WHEN is it, would I be able to attend? (Because of my impending hip operation) - Alan Titchmarsh was to present the prizes, my gardening hero! I took a deep breath and read on….6th September....YES, I could go! (Any ladies reading this will understand that the next question was not how would I get there, but what would I wear!) The day was lovely & sunny, my partner Olivier had a sudden emergency call, so one of the ‘Little Scrubbers’ – the wonderful Marilyn, kindly drove me to Northwood House. She actually saw Mr Titchmarsh before I did, as she took a short cut from the car park and entered through a side door – Typical! We walked into a glorious room, crystal chandeliers sparkling everywhere. Large round tables set for ‘Afternoon Tea’ – beautiful mis-matched old fashioned china cups, saucers and plates, cake stands with irresistible iced buns, cream scones and sponge cake. We sat at the first table we came to because the ladies & gentlemen were so friendly. They enquired as to which category we had entered, I explained, also saying how surprised I had been to discover that the theatre had been shortlisted. One of the ladies (who had won a 1st prize last time) said: ‘When they read out the results, you know that at least you will have 4th place. If your


name isn’t called for that, then you are pleased because maybe you have a respectable 3rd. If your name still isn’t called, then your heart begins to race!’ She was right – by the time Marilyn & I realised that we weren’t 4th or 3rd or even 2nd, we were squeaking, and my heart certainly was thumping! The rest of the table were beaming – We’ve got a FIRST! ‘The winner of the Wight in Bloom Community Floral Project is……a long pause (and I still cannot believe it is happening)…….Shanklin Theatre.’ There was loud applause and I walked towards Mr T. He shook my hand, smiled at me and said, ‘very well done, congratulations.’ ‘I’m so delighted, so surprised’ I said to him, ‘I can’t believe it.’ He replied, ‘Flowers and Theatre, they are my two favourite things.’

being achieved on the Island. Back home once more, I telephoned our chairman David Kast, ‘I’ve got some very good news – we actually won first prize!’ I also spoke to Vic Farrow who in turn notified our town Mayor. So lovely to pass on good news after the heartache of the break-ins, and robberies at the theatre. Now, I’m planning for our winter planting…..after all, there is a certain standard to maintain!! Shirley Hughes.

He presented me with our certificate and then we turned to have our photographs taken by several people, I could not stop smiling…….what a wonderful moment. I floated back to our table, clutching the certificate, a splendid pair of secateurs for our gardening team & some beauty products all donated by the sponsors of the event. Another cup of tea was poured and between the smiles, another cake consumed. What a way to spend an afternoon. When all the presentations were finished everyone moved out into the gardens for more photographs. Marilyn took the photo that is on this article & our notice board, I asked ‘Alan’ to autograph the certificate. I really must say how absolutely charming he was, so generous with his time and extremely proud of everything which is 15 | P a g e

Above, Shirley receiving the 2016 Wight in Bloom Award from Alan Titchmarsh on behalf of Shanklin Theatre.

Here are some encouraging comments from the friends of the theatre: ‘Well done to everybody involved, yes, the displays look a real treat on the eye.’ Rodney Walmsley.


‘On behalf of all at Shanklin Town Council, may I add our congratulations on winning a well deserved Best Community Floral Project, very Best Wishes.’ Steve & Esther Knight. ‘Well done. What a fabulous result, congratulations to Shirley & her team.’ Brenda & Peter Jays. ‘Well done Shirley and the team! Very best wishes to you all.’ Janice & John Turner. ‘Congratulations Shirley & team! Well deserved!’ Jacqui & Rob Robertson. ‘A massive congratulations to all the hard working volunteers that make the theatre the success it is today, whether It’s behind the scenes in admin, up the scaffolding, taking tickets, selling ice cream or on the roof, each and every one of you are a huge asset to our town & the wider Island community. You all make me feel extremely proud and honoured to be Mayor of our lovely Town.’ Cllr Jon Gilbey. ‘From all of us here at the theatre, we would like to say a ‘Huge’ thank you to Shirley, and her gardening team for their supreme effort, and hard work in achieving this prestigious award for the theatre. Thank you!’ Michael Beston.

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The Friends of Shanklin Theatre Support Fund Better Known as the ‘Bucket Collection’ • Great news about the Bucket Fund! On the 2nd October, following the Eddie Izzard Show, we finally reached our £100,000 target, and the end of October saw us well on the way to the next target of £150,000. • Rob Beckett is a new entry to our Top Ten Shows Bucket List, coming in at 8th place with £367.36, knocking Al Murray’s third entry off the tenth spot. December is the time we get out the Santa hats, seasonal jumpers and flashing bow ties as we change into red uniforms to join in the fun as our Annual Panto, Cinderella takes us into the New Year. Well done to all our volunteers for all their hard work. Keep those buckets ready! Season’s Greetings. Alana Bird.


‘We Want you - We Want You - We Want You as new recruit.........!’ Become a Friend or a Volunteer: By becoming a Friend, you will help fund essential work required to keep Shanklin Theatre open while receiving excellent benefits as follows: Discounts on tickets on selected shows. Look on the latest theatre brochure, the theatre website and posters to find out the shows with discounted tickets for Friends. FOST Newsletter “Stage-Write” which brings the latest news on FOST and the theatre. Priority bookings whenever possible. FOST members have the opportunity for a short while, generally a day or two to buy tickets in advance of the general public. The members are notified by email. A monthly Members’ draw of 3 x £10 theatre vouchers. The draw is free and the membership number is automatically added to the draw. The draws are taking place in the Box Office on the last Friday of each month. See the winners of the latest draw: http://www.friendsofshankli ntheatre.co.uk/whatson.php No fees to exchange tickets for the same show. For non members, the fee remains at £2 per ticket. Advance notice of forthcoming big shows, when possible. Members will be notified in advance by email of the date the tickets are going on sale. This gives the opportunity to be one of the first to buy tickets. 17 | P a g e

The annual subscription fees are as follows: Under 16 £1 / Adult £10 / Patron £25 / Corporate £100. To join you can pay by online Direct Debit (email required) or by Cheque/Cash. Direct Debit is the preferred payment method as it saves FOST both time and money, leaving additional money to be spent on the theatre. More information here: http://www.friendsofshankli ntheatre.co.uk/volfre.php


Happy Housekeeping

The theatre is lit up, looking splendid, the ornate carvings on the front thrown into dramatic relief. The foyer doors, handle gleaming, are wide open and there is an audible hum of anticipation, excitement and “theatre-ness”. That is the reason, we, the volunteers do what we do...be it in the Box Office, Ushers & Usherettes, Bar, Catering, Maintenance or Housekeeping, the buzz of people coming into a show is intoxicating. Some groups have more contact with the public than others, but we all work towards the same goal – to keep Shanklin Theatre alive and flourishing. The Housekeeping team are magic makers of a different kind. We greet this place of enchantment in the cold, harsh light of morning, without the glitter and glamour, without the sparkle and splendour. We greet one another as friends, as a family almost. We look forward to the fun! Of preparing the magical space for the “next time!” There are toilets to be “twinkled”, carpets to care for, seats to be checked, windows and brass to be polished. We transform this old lady into a debutante almost every day, and unlike most other groups, we work everywhere in the building. We are a small team who would always welcome another team member. You can volunteer for an hour or two, once a week or more if you have the time. I cannot pretend that the work is glamorous but the company is fabulous! We polish, dust, vacuum, scrub – we joke, giggle, laugh and socialise. We drink tea, coffee – consume biscuits and home-made cake and go out for lunch. We have had completely different pathways through life; we are a “crossword puzzle of experiences”. We call ourselves, “The Little Scrubbers” because it’s much funnier than “The Cleaners”! We need your help because “Shanklin Theatre” is more and more successful, and that means more and more in need of “twinkling”. Shirley Hughes. membership@thefost.uk ********************************************************************************** 18 | P a g e


FOST Corporate Members and Patrons Since 2010, many dedicated people have rallied to save and continue to support Shanklin Theatre. Corporate Members and Patrons of Friends of Shanklin Theatre choose to donate more than a standard subscription. The FOST committee recognises the value of their support and would like to express gratitude for their generosity. The current list (dated 10/11/16) of FOST Corporate Members and Patrons are:

FOST CORPORATE MEMBERS

(Carol Laidler) John Graham Ron Alana Amy Bob Susan Roy Paul Pamela Lynda Larry Michael Isobel Rose Tony Neil Tim Nick Sayers Angela

Ash Benson Bird Bird Bird Blezzard Carstairs Coleman Coueslant Dana Darby Darby Ellis Ellis Green Hagan Hedges Marshall Mattocks Michael Moorman

(Sally & Michael Beston) FOST PATRONS Penny Margaret Bill Lizzy Nigel Shirley Julie Robert Lesley Janet Doreen Graeme Peter Andy Rodney Ian Anne Heather Maxine Helen Kevin

Murray Newman Nichols Nichols Pacitti Peck Riggott Robertson Rogers Sandys Sheath Sheridan-Wallis Stockman Stratford Walmsley Ward Watson Whitchurch White Williams Wilson

If you wish to upgrade your membership to Patron (ÂŁ25/year) or Corporate (ÂŁ100/year), please contact Jacqui Robertson, FOST Membership Secretary. Email: membership@thefost.uk

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Grand Prize Draw

Prize draw winners which took place on Saturday 3rd September in our Green Room: PRIZE £ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

£250 £100 £100 £50 £50 £25 £25

TICKET NUMBER 0935 2827 1886 0157 0593 1078 2260

NAME T Sedman D Baty K Christmas R Belcher R Plant E Moore E Stalker

Prize draw winners which took place on Saturday 5th November in our Green Room: PRIZE £ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

£250 £100 £100 £50 £50 £25 £25

TICKET NUMBER 0295 0438 3879 2058 1728 1019 2142

NAME DC Goldsmith B Ings L Platt J Binding D Green E England T Dennis

Self Service points: We have now introduced Self Service points, where you can purchase tickets for our Grand Prize Draw; these are located in the Box Office and downstairs outside the Bar. Just place the ticket stub(s) with your money in the envelope, and hand it over to any Theatre Volunteer. This has been introduced because we do not have enough Ticket Sellers. If anyone would like to help, please contact us. It’s only for half an hour before the show on as many dates that suit you. Our next Prize Draw will be on Monday 2 nd January 2017………………….Come and join in the fun! Terence Dawson.

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Volunteer Fair 8th – 9th November – Newport College

Volunteers at the theatre attended the annual volunteer fair for two days during November, organised in conjunction with ‘Community Action Isle of Wight’ & ‘Isle of Wight Volunteer Centre’. This hugely popular event is growing year on year: in January 2016 it saw 38 organisations supporting the event, and an attendance of over 130 members of the public.

The Friends of Shanklin Theatre is governed by a committee – all its members are also volunteers. Volunteers work alongside members of the management team of the theatre and its staff. We will also be attending the Ventnor Botanic Volunteer Fair on the 14th January 2017, please come along and say hello!

It featured stands, displays and ‘talk in’ areas from organisations and charities, giving information and guidance for those interested in volunteering but not sure when or how to start. The aim is that people of all ages, backgrounds and experience can speak to people from various groups and, if interested, choose something new and fulfilling to occupy their spare time. Volunteers at Shanklin Theatre are the force behind the working of the theatre, the jobs are varied, interesting and require many different skills. The various volunteer teams have a supervisor or a co-ordinator who will guide the new volunteers and ensure that all the necessary training is given.

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Our special thanks go to Margaret & Brian Platt, Gwyn & Terry Dawson, Viv Howell, Janet Wardle, Julia Cooley, Shirley Hughes, Jacqui Robertson and Dave Pointer for helping out and attending the fair. Thank you!


Friends of Shanklin Theatre Volunteer Structure

THEATRE SUPERVISORS Box Office – Doreen Armstrong. Ushering / Front of House – Peter Frankling. Bar – Brian Platt / Dave Pointer. Maintenance – John Steege. Deputy – Rob Robertson. Catering – Dorothy Coleman / Catering Team. Housekeeping – Shirley Hughes.

THEATRE CO-ORDINATORS Confectionery Kiosk – Christine Reed / Lesley Kast. Bucket Collections - Alana Bird. Social Media & FOST Publicity – Michael Beston. friends@shanklintheatre.com Theatre Archivist – Derek Stephens. delboyds@talktalk.net Theatre Hospitality – Margaret Ashfield. Prize Draw Sales – Margaret Platt / Sylvia Lay-Flurrie.

FOST CO-ORDINATORS Webmaster – Tim Marshall. tim@rookley.net Coffee, Cake & Chat – Pam Phillips. Welfare – Cilla Morris. Training – Peter Coleman.

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FOST Committee Structure

Chair – David Kast. david.kast2@gmail.com Secretary – Gwyn Dawson. Vice Chair – Michael Beston. friends@shanklintheatre.com Treasurer – Terry Dawson / Janet Wardle. Membership – Jacqui Robertson. membership@thefost.uk Merchandise – Vivien Howell. Training – Peter Coleman. Bucket Collections – Alana Bird. Theatre Tours – Roy Coleman. Ushering – Peter Frankling. House Keeping – Shirley Hughes.

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Stage-Write magazine, published by the Friends of Shanklin Theatre. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of Stage-Write magazine, the publishers do not accept any liability or provide any guarantee that the information is accurate, complete or up to date. The publisher and its contributors have used their best efforts in preparing these pages and this publication, but make no warranty of any kind, expressed or implied, with regard to the information supplied. Editor: Michael Beston, December 2016.

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Stage Write December 2016  
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