Chairman’s Update – December 2019

Hello to all SLT members and friends, and a very special welcome to everyone who has joined the theatre since my last update – a brilliant 42 of you. I know you’ll love being a part of this amazing place. And don’t forget that the more involved you get, the more fun you’ll have.

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is nearly upon us! I hope you’ve got your tickets to our splendid Christmas show (obviously I’m not at all biased!), and that you’ve enjoyed our autumn season full of great shows, packed audiences and with something for everyone. Thanks go too to everyone involved in organising the fantastic social events that the Members’ Club has been running in recent months.

As always, there’s been a lot going on that you may not know about, so I’d like to give you a quick update. As part of our work with the Heritage Lottery Fund, we commissioned a team of experts to help us build a five-year plan for the theatre, to make sure we have a solid future. They’ve now come back with a host of recommendations which we’re working our way through, and you’ll be hearing more about these over the coming months …

To give you a bit of an insight, some of the many things we’re looking at include how we make the most of our incredible wardrobe, and how we could expand the Youth Theatre, including during school holidays. And we’re seeing if we can boost our coffers by selling ice-cream at our shows – you may already have enjoyed some if you were lucky enough to get tickets to Sweeney Todd. Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to get the trial up and running for two of our biggest shows of the year. Let’s hope it’s a success (I’m a salted caramel man myself).




There are other changes coming next year. Some long-standing members of our General Council will be stepping down in May (if you want to know how we’re run you can read all about it here). Chaz Doyle, our awesome General Stage Manager, Bryon Fear, our superb Publicity Director, and Dave Hollander, our brilliant Training Director and Deputy Chairman will all be leaving their roles – but not, thankfully, the theatre! They’ve all worked tirelessly on General Council and leave some very large shoes to fill.

So we’d like to take this opportunity to make some changes to how our General Council is structured. The way SLT works has changed a huge amount over the last few years, and we think it’s time to make some changes to reflect that. We’ll be sending out the details of what we’re proposing to all members very soon, and will be holding an Extraordinary General Meeting on Monday 3 February to propose the changes, so that we can be in a position to implement them at the AGM in May.

There’s so much going on at our theatre. I can’t thank everyone enough for all the hard work that makes this such a wonderful place to be a part of. And remember, if you’ve got any questions, thoughts, ideas or feedback on anything we’re doing, you can always email me here.

Hope to see you on 3 February.