On the 7th May 2019, the Friends of Shanklin Theatre committee held it’s very first ‘Patrons’ evening at Shanklin Theatre.
47 patrons, corporate members, guests and speakers were in attendance. FOST patrons voluntary choose to donate more than the standard subscription. The FOST committee gratefully recognises the value of their support and, by organising this event would like to express gratitude for their generosity and loyalty. The event has brought together people with the same theatre interest who will become our theatre ambassadors and help nurture a new social network.
The evening commenced in the room known as the ‘Mayor’s Parlour’ for reception drinks and nibbles. A display of historic signed theatre show posters collated by Debbie Clements; volunteer scrap booker were available for viewing.
FOST chairman; Janet Wardle, then gave a brief introduction to the evening. Following this, Anne Springman; Lady of Shanklin Manor, officially handed over the framed Popham Scrolls dating back from 1872 to chairman of the Shanklin Theatre and Community Trust; Chris Quirk. This took place in the room known as the ‘Council Chambers’.
After retiring downstairs to the theatre’s ‘Map Room’, a savoury buffet was presented to our guests by our volunteer catering team.
Our guest speaker and patron of Shanklin Theatre; Ray Allen, gave an interesting talk with humorous anecdotes about his life and experiences of being a successful TV comedy writer.
The current list of FOST patrons was then unveiled in the Bar by Janet Wardle.
Shanklin Theatre bookings manager; Roger Coleman gave a short talk on the recent improvement work undertaken at the theatre along with an update on future acts and shows for 2019 and beyond.
To conclude the evening, Michael Beston; FOST vice chairman and FOST publicity, gave an update on the renewal of the seat plaques and the new plaque design initiative.
The evening concluded at 8.30pm.
The FOST committee would like to personally thank everyone who is, or has been involved in supporting Shanklin Theatre, without your continued help and involvement; we would not have our cherished and beloved local theatre.