After some weeks of discussion with Cheshire Rural Touring Arts, the Community Centre is now the location for the storage of mobile staging that will help provide a variety of stage /seating configurations for future events. Bought some years ago with an Arts Council grant, the staging is available to any promoter who wishes to use it for a CRTA production but has been used only occasionally. CRTA needed to find a new storage location, so the Community Centre offered free space in the old oil tank area. In exchange, the Community Centre has priority use for any CRTA production, and, if not needed by anyone else, can use it for any other event. Also built into the agreement is use by Ashton Hayes Theatre Club on two weeks of the year.
Vice-Chair Sue Hardacre said "Any event, theatrical or otherwise, is enhanced if all the audience can easily see what is going on. This equipment will enable us to raise and rake some of the audience or raise a performance area so everyone can see well. It could be a catwalk in a fashion show or raise a choir to different levels for better acoustics. The old staging was worn, very heavy and lacked things like safety rails and backstops that were not quite up to modern safety requirements".
This modern modular system is quick and easy to assemble, or so the Committee have been assured. The system is designed and built in the UK and a future committee may choose to add to it as demand and need changes. Together with the newly renovated stage, Tarvin Community Centre is well on the way to meeting one of its key objectives, to be a leading centre for the arts in rural west Cheshire.
The Committee is currently negotiating with CRTA to bring two high quality productions to Tarvin this autumn. Ashton Hayes will be performing at the beginning of September and the Bluebird Belles are booked in for a concert at the end of October.
All that is needed now is the audience.....................