As GCCP developed in so many areas we were asking what next to make the building most usable for all our groups. We had often been asked for the use of the stage as part of a performance but had been reluctant due to flooring issues (splits in the flooring being a hazard), the fragile nature of the curtaining and it’s hanging mechanism and the poor lighting which only lit the back of the stage area. We did manage to put on a super pantomime in 2015 and some groups braved the hazards at their own risk! However, we felt it was time to try and address these problems, making it safe and attractive to people wanting to use the stage.
Thanks to funding from our intrepid fundraisers Rob, Donna, Jo Ann and a donation from Sunderland Council Community Chest we completed updating and renovating. The stage is now fully functional with flats, wings, new floor surface and a coat of paint.
Finally new fire proof curtains have been installed and we now have professional lighting systems available for use on the stage and elsewhere. Thank you to Pantastic too for the use of their sound equipment when we put on our Pantomime for 2017.
A fantastic performance for so many to enjoy. Many cream pies and laughs throughout. We will never forget the excellent performances of all of the cast who had so much fun too.
2018 saw a theatre showcase from the Drama Workshops and to round the year off a splendid performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ delighted audiences and gave the expanding group a chance to put their fun learning into practise. The cast included children and adults from 6yrs to 66yrs! If you are interested in attending the drama workshops come along to MARRAS.
We would welcome any enquiries to use the stage for choirs, dancers, performances, soloists and drama groups. Additional stage blocks are available to make a two level performance area. The seating capacity for the hall is up to 100 so there is plenty of space for your audience to be entertained. It is a great space to perform and enjoy. Come visit us to appreciate the space fully.