It’s “lights, camera and action” as The Brewhouse prepares to welcome back film fans and families to the riverside theatre in August.
The last few months have proved to be challenging for theatres around the world. But thanks to the hard work and determination of Staff and Volunteers over the years, TTA (Taunton Theatre Association, who run The Brewhouse) are positive about their situation and look forward to seeing audiences return.
Gareth Peebles, Marketing & Communications Manager notes that “before lockdown, filling our auditorium to the rafters to entertain and inspire audiences was a top priority, but a lot has changed in the three months since we closed our doors to the public. Our top priority now is ensuring the safety of our much loved Volunteers, associated acts, Staff and of course our loyal audiences, without whom we would not be here and who’s support we still need in order to thrive and survive”.
Changes on-site include a new and adaptable “one way system”, making use of the entrance on the St James Street side of the building. Dedicated arrival times for screenings, split in to two ‘bands’ to minimise the number of people arriving at the same time, plus reduced seating capacity, catering for social distancing. Not forgetting all of the now common place CV19 safeguarding measures including increased cleaning, hand sanitizers and PPE for Volunteers and Staff.
BrewCinema fans have grown to expect certain standards from this much loved independent cinema and Augusts’ line up doesn’t disappoint. The month starts with the multi-award winning, Parasite, followed closely by 2020 Jane Austin adaptation, Emma and The Invisible Man starring Elizabeth Moss. While topical cult classics, Spike Lee’s, Do the Right Thing and Priscilla Queen of the Desert complete the line up, offering audiences a chance to reflect on recent cultural shifts.
For theatre fans who have missed the true experience of a live performance, Event Cinema provides the opportunity to see stage mega hits including The King & I, Kinky Boots, 42nd Street and a 25th anniversary celebration of Riverdance.
But cinema isn’t the only thing back on offer this August, as the summer welcomes the return of the Brewhouse’s popular season of FREE outdoor family activities; Mosaic Making, Willow Weaving and walkabout theatre with The Naturals, all outside in the fresh air and with strict social distancing measures in place.
For those still not able to Take Part on-site, a range of Online Youth Masterclasses gives 11-18yos the chance to write stories, compose music for the sound track of a community film, make masks and learn dance moves with the stars of West End shows including Six, Hamilton, We Will Rock You and Wicked!
The arts have provided respite for the entire world during lockdown. Purchasing a ticket or making a donation are great ways of showing your support for the arts and will help the Brewhouse to continue its mission to entertain and inspire audiences now and in to the future.