Yesterday Chelsea Theatre held its first ever Summer Open House event inviting the community to join us for food, drink and music, as well as to share their views on the future of the building.
The evening began with a drinks reception outside on the piazza in the glorious summer weather. Wit ice lollies and popcorn, the community were welcomed with music played by the talented Charlie Hiett, who performed under colourful bunting and lantern decorated gazebos.
Joshua McTaggart, the Chelsea Theatre’s newly appointed Chief Executive, welcomed everyone to the event and spoke about the refurbishment of the Chelsea Theatre, which will begin this summer. Joshua focussed on how, although the building would be closed for longer than expected, the local residents would still be at the heart of the Chelsea Theatre’s community programming while the venue was rehoused in its new office at 9/10 World’s End.
The evening continued with members of staff and trustees from the Chelsea Theatre answering questions from the community while everyone tucked in to a wonderful meal of jerk chicken and vegetable curry, which was served by Sharon Akintunde and her brilliant team.
As Charlie played more music in the piazza, all age groups got to enjoy the rest of the evening, soaking up the sun whilst having fantastic conversations, with many important suggestions being put forward about the future of the building. We got to hear first hand what is important to the people who consistently use the centre and what new comers would like to be involved with.
The Open House could have gone on all night, with staff and members of the community continuing conversation even after everything was packed away!
Thank you to everyone that could attend our Summer Open House event and thank you so much for all your feedback sheets! Please keep an eye on our website and social media pages for updates as the building work develops.
We can’t wait to share our new building with you in 2019!