As many people are aware there is currently a public consultation on The Future of Community Facilities in Thornbury and as such here are the thoughts of the group of the proposals:

We have been performing musicals and pantomimes in Thornbury for very close to 50 years, most of which have been at the Armstrong Hall.  The hall has been a fantastic venue for us across the decades but is starting to show signs of its age.  As one of the largest users of the hall we have been allowed to make incremental improvements to the facilities to allow us to keep our shows near the cutting edge of theatre.  Being our home for such a long time we would definitely be sad to lose the Armstrong Hall and everything it has provided us.  We would be very excited for improvements to the hall, in particular the dressing rooms, and it would be lovely to stay in a familiar location.

 

It is wonderful that South Gloucestershire County Council and Thornbury Town Council are considering a brand new performance venue and we hope it is due to the great quality and quantity of arts and performance that all groups within the town produce.  While there are still a lot of unknowns with a new venue and it would take a lot of work for us and all groups involved to make the transition we would be very excited to bring our performances to a brand new theatrical space.

 

Audience members have commented that our performances are of an increasingly professional quality, however the Armstrong Hall in its current form is holding us back.  We hope a new or improved venue would allow us to spread our wings and take our productions to the next level and that we would be able to work closely with the councils during any transition that occurs to ensure that TMTG and all groups maintain their current momentum.  The opportunities for a larger stage, larger dressing rooms, additional halls and better facilities would be too good to miss out on.

 

Following this redevelopment project, our key requirement is to have a good-quality, stable and affordable performance venue in which our members can perform and we can continue to provide high quality musicals, pantomimes and concerts for the people of Thornbury and surrounding areas. 

For more information and to have your say on the proposals please visit the Public Consultation Page.