REACTION: The Brewhouse Theatre still closed THREE months after administration

REACTION: The Brewhouse Theatre still closed THREE months after administration

REACTION: The Brewhouse Theatre still closed THREE months after administration

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FRUSTRATION is growing as the Brewhouse Theatre doors remain closed three months after the venue went into administration.

Amateur dramatic groups say the delays have meant they have been forced to choose other venues for upcoming shows.

Terry Wood, trustee of the Wayfarers, said they will be using Tacchi Morris Arts Centre for their New Year pantomime Jack in the Beanstalk, despite originally hoping to use the Brewhouse.

He said: “We could not wait any longer as our shows are at least six months in the preparation and preferably even longer – the Tacchi Morris management have been so welcoming.

“There comes a time when you just have to make the decisions and that time has now passed.”

Chairman of the Taunton Amateur Operatic Society Jill Venn said they will also use the Tacchi Morris for their autumn show Chorus Line.

She added: “Some time in the future we would consider returning to the Brewhouse if it was proven to be financially sound.

“However, we would require certain criteria to be laid down to safeguard our own finances. We do not see this happening in the short term.”

The delays are thought to be because of negotiations between Taunton Deane Council and administrators BDO but the council say they have not reached a conclusion.

Cllr Norman Cavill said: “We can understand the frustrations of local arts groups but our hands are very much tied by the administrators at present.

“The council is very keen to see a financially viable and sustainable arts hub in Taunton – it is vital for the county town.

“But it is important to ensure that any solution for the Brewhouse can be sustained in the future and this does take time.”

Cllr John Meikle, who is founder chairman of the Brewhouse and involved in one of the proposals that administrators are deliberating over, said he believes negotiations over the future of the theatre are in the closing stages with Taunton Deane Council.

Tacchi Morris Arts Centre say the closure had a big impact on their staff, programme and volunteers but added they want to see the Brewhouse Theatre open soon so that Taunton can have a ‘vibrant, inclusive, dynamic arts scene’ again.

The theatre went into administration on February 20.

 - MORE than 150 of the handwritten signatures from the people who want to see The Brewhouse re-opened as soon as possible were sent to administrators BDO this week.

There were also several hundred signatures on our online petition.

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1:36pm Wed 22 May 13

Cider_luvr says...

The Tacchi Morris arts centre appears to be coping fine in picking up the slack from the Brewhouse. Is there any reason why we need the Brewhouse to reopen?
The Tacchi Morris arts centre appears to be coping fine in picking up the slack from the Brewhouse. Is there any reason why we need the Brewhouse to reopen? Cider_luvr
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1:51pm Wed 22 May 13

david1966 says...

And what precisely is the administrator going to do with the 150 signatures? Unless they can sell each on for a considerable amount it is not going to touch the debt left! Emotion will not enter this at all, they are doing a job and have to do the best for their clients, unfortunately bottom of the pile are the people who unwittingly purchased tickets on a business that was going under for some time before.

If the council are so concerned about having a venue why not allocate the £1 million loaned to the Somerset County Cricket club and put it towards this.
And what precisely is the administrator going to do with the 150 signatures? Unless they can sell each on for a considerable amount it is not going to touch the debt left! Emotion will not enter this at all, they are doing a job and have to do the best for their clients, unfortunately bottom of the pile are the people who unwittingly purchased tickets on a business that was going under for some time before. If the council are so concerned about having a venue why not allocate the £1 million loaned to the Somerset County Cricket club and put it towards this. david1966
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2:40pm Wed 22 May 13

localmcnocal says...

I think the main problem with the brewhouse is that it didn't have enough seats to make attracting big acts not so financially viable. If you are limited to the number of customers you can serve, your income is limited, and i suppose does not make it finacially easy to expand.

In a time of cuts, I do not see the arts as a priority.
I think the main problem with the brewhouse is that it didn't have enough seats to make attracting big acts not so financially viable. If you are limited to the number of customers you can serve, your income is limited, and i suppose does not make it finacially easy to expand. In a time of cuts, I do not see the arts as a priority. localmcnocal
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9:20pm Sat 25 May 13

stanchester says...

We are ready to talk to the administrators and the council, and get this reopen by christmas, we will buy it tomorrow
We are ready to talk to the administrators and the council, and get this reopen by christmas, we will buy it tomorrow stanchester
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