News From The Manifest Theatre

As I write, the COVID pandemic is still very much with us. However, the theatre committee recently met to discuss the future of the theatre.

The earliest date we have for a HMG review of social distancing is mid- November. In the light of this announcement by the Culture Secretary, we are forced to cancel the optimistic dates published in August.

Our youth group will no longer meet in September. Hopefully, it will recommence in the New Year. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is now postponed until further notice.

However, we are still doing our best to remain optimistic and continue to make plans. Subject to government guidelines, we have a further provisional date for our AGM. This is now planned for November19.

As our lovely little theatre stands empty, we look forward to turning the lights back on to bring live theatre back to Manningtree as soon as possible in 2021.

Looking forward, with fingers crossed, to our programme for next year:

March 2021: The Thrill of Love

June 2021: Ladies Down Under
Remember the hilarious Ladies Day last year? This is the sequel!

September 2021: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, by arrangement with Acorn Village

I’d like to conclude by quoting from a feature on live arts in a national newspaper. It was written by Tony Lidington, who has worked as a showman for 40 years and is also a lecturer in drama at Exeter University.

“Live arts and entertainment is so important. Without it, I think we cease to function fully as human beings. It’s important that we share stories, that we laugh and cry together. It’s a vital way of celebrating the fact that we are human.”

Let’s look forward to continuing the celebration!

Jude Hussey

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