AFTER THE FIRE
In the early hours of August 2nd 2017 the theatre suffered an arson attack. The fire doors were destroyed and the auditorium damaged by fire and smoke, as was backstage and to some extent the foyer. One of the foyer plate glass windows was also smashed.
The worst was the smell, and there were greasy soot deposits everywhere. These were so thick that cobwebs, gossamer thin, appeared like skeins of embroidery thread.
It is now nine days since the fire and all that has been achieved is a visit from the insurance company’s loss adjuster and one from a specialist fire-damage cleaning and restoration company. Estimates will be needed from electricians and joiners and things are moving forward at a snail’s pace. I have no prospects of re-opening the theatre before the October Half Term.
I have started this blog with the intention off keeping in touch and letting everyone know what is going on.
Thank you for all the messages of support and offers of help via telephone and email. They are all so much appreciated.