The Grand Theatre Supporter’s Club came together this week to discuss their ideas on moving the Grand Theatre forward as part of the Cultural Strategy for the City.
Lindsay Sleeman the Chair of The Theatre Club welcomed Chris Mellor, Strategy Manager for Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy to the meeting to hear the views of their members.
The Club which has been running for 46 years is a Friends Group, raises money for the Theatre, with most of their members enjoy visiting the venue for the social benefits.’
“Making friends, meeting different people and enjoying the live theatre experience is part and parcel of out Theatre Culture in Swansea “says Lyndsay. The Grand provides many excellent shows that engage people from all over the region.
The members joined Chris Mellor for a lively discussion, on a variety of topics including keeping ticket prices affordable. The group were anxious to see more discount schemes linking ticket prices to cheaper parking tickets and cheaper restaurant deals. Many members asked for free tickets for students and young people under 26, to be available half an hour before curtain up, like the English ‘A Night less Ordinary Scheme’.
Making the theatre more accessible to Families in the East of the City and people with a Disability was high on the agenda for the group.
Members endorsed their support of plans to make the Theatre’s marketing more digital and discussed how the Theatre might reflect a more contemporary Wales.
The views of the group will help inform the development plans for the venue.
Chris will be back to meet the group before long to discuss progress, “whatever happens to the bid, we have a good way to talk to the passionate users of the Grand”, says Chris.
If you have views on any of these issues, or others about the Theatre then let us know email Christopher.Mellor@swansea.gov.uk
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